LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11) - It's that time of year- time for taking family holiday cards to share with loved ones and cherish for years to come.
But getting the picture perfect photo can be a challenge, especially for families with little ones! It can also be expensive.
We have tips from professional photographer Katee Grace to help you get the best photo this holiday season.
But you don't even need a professional photographer! Self-timer modes on cameras or smartphones is one way to get the whole family in front of the camera, or you could hire a photography student from a nearby high school or college.
- Don't Say "Smile": Instead, the photographer should do or say things to make the kids laugh or smile naturally.
- Good Lighting: With phones these days, you'll be fine if you just get enough lighting in the shot. Shooting at sunset is the ideal time, but Grace says between 2-4 p.m. is best if you are shooting indoors (and be sure to take the photos next to a window!)
- Embrace the Chaos: The photographer should step back and allow the family to interact and be affectionate in a natural way.
- Eat Before the Shoot: Grace suggests feeding the kiddos before they get in front of the camera to avoid anyone getting 'hangry.'
- Get a Hype Man or Woman: Have someone on hand who knows the child so they can be by the photographer to help the kids relax and have fun.
- Create Good Vibes: Kids pick up on the energy of the family and photographer so be sure to relax and build rapport so they are relaxed.
Happy holidays and happy snapping!