6 Tips for better holiday pictures today

As a parent myself I know how important it is to capture your children during the holidays. Thats why I created 6 tips for better holiday pictures this year. Another year passing means another year that they have grown and changed and another year you don’t get back. I want to remember every moment possible and be able to look back and see how much they have changed. After reading you can implement these tips today!

  1. Turn off the flash. Look into your settings on your camera and turn off the flash. Flash gives harsh light to the subject closest to you and makes your background look dark. You don’t want that, you want to not only show your cute kiddo you also want to show off the festive decorations or your beautiful christmas tree.

  2. Clean the clutter. Nothing can be worse sometimes than taking a adorable picture of your cutie and seeing a eye sore of toys all around or something that shouldn’t be there. If it lends to your holiday theme leave it but if it doesn’t move it out of the picture. You want your focus on that sweet smile not those bright color toys that we all have around the house.

  3. Close to the window. Light is needed to take pictures and depending on the time of day opening those curtains and putting your kid in the light from the window will result in beautiful pictures. If you have white sheer curtains feel free to leave those shut if it is a sunny day. Just be sure to have the kids face towards the window to get the best light possible.

  4. Pull away from tree. We all love the pictures with your tree all lit up for christmas. Make sure you put your kids a few feet in front of the tree. Having them a few feet from the tree will give you that beautiful blur in the background and festive feel your looking for.

  5. Holiday attire. Don’t forget to get those matching pjs or holiday themed outfits ready. It not only ties in the holiday theme it really completes the picture and will be something you will cherish for years to come.

  6. Turn off all other lights. When your taking pictures in the day open those curtains like tip 3 and be sure to turn off those overhead lights. Having different lights on can create different tints and tones to your images. In my images below you can see the christmas lights give off a warm glow. You can see in my first example even there clothes pick up that warmer tone because that is the light they are in.

 In this example they are right up against the tree and they look darker since farther away from the light and pick up that warm tone from the tree lights.

In this example they are right up against the tree and they look darker since farther away from the light and pick up that warm tone from the tree lights.

 In this second example they are pulled from the tree and closer to the window so they are brighter then the first image and reflect true tones.

In this second example they are pulled from the tree and closer to the window so they are brighter then the first image and reflect true tones.

I hope these tips will help you create the best images for you and your family to remember this holiday season. Now go out and capture some holiday moments.

Paso Robles family photographer

Hi! I'm Elizabeth, mom to three kids oldest 5 and twins are 3. I am their biggest fan! I am a family and children portrait photographer at 3E Photography. If you want to know more about me or my work click here.