Expert Advice – Taking Your Best Holiday Picture

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This expert advice comes right in time for the holidays…

Taking Your Best  Holiday Picture!
By Kristin Eldridge

This is the time of year that we start thinking about scheduling a portrait session with the kids or the entire family.  It can be stressful to decide on the location and clothing, not to mention getting everyone looking happy!

The process doesn’t have to make you feel like pulling your hair out!  With a few easy tips, you’ll be well on your way to a gorgeous Holiday picture!

1.     Location:  You should choose your location based on where you love to hang out with your family.  That may be the beach, a favorite park, a cute ice cream shop or even as simple as your big fluffy bed at home.  The key is to relax, have fun and be comfortable in your environment.

2.    Clothing:  Once you’ve chosen your location,  you can start thinking about what to wear.  Make sure your clothes have the same vibe as your location.   For example, if you’re at home, you might want jeans, a tee and bare feet…not your holiday best.   I tell my clients to choose two main colors- then mix and match subtle patterns and solids to create a casual, yet pulled together overall look.  I even create inspiration boards with clothes for the family as part of my pre-consultation.

3.    Be realistic, and make it fun:  During the photo session is not the time to discipline your children, or expect them to do things you don’t normally expect of them at home.  Also, a little positive reinforcement (like a special toy or a treat when we are finished) goes a long way.  A good photographer will be able to control the situation and get the best out of your kids.

Kristin Eldridge Photography


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  1. 1
    Michelle Lewis says:

    Thanks Kristen for your help. I have three kids and find the first few pictures turn out the best because by the time the fifth shot is taken……..they are done.

  2. 2
    Aracely- says:

    Great tips!

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