5 Do's and Don't Tips for great holiday photos

Celebrity photographer David LaPorte is here, and if you're getting ready to take your holiday family photos, he's got the top tips you need to know to get perfect pictures every time.

#1 DON’T 

Don’t stand shoulder to shoulder on the same plane. It makes for an uninteresting composition.

Do:  Create an interesting composition in the photo by implementing different positions and planes of composition Use available props likes stools , apple boxes or chairs. Lying on the floor also makes the photo look more creative and interesting.

#2  DON’T

Don’t over or underexposure the lighting. It will take away from the final look and the people in the shot will not look their best. Think in terms of being creative and unique.

Do: know your light:  Lighting is everything in a great photo. The right exposure will bring out the best of the group. If a photo is underexposed (darker) it will bring out all the flaws. An overexposed (lighter) photo will wash out the features along with the expression.

#3  DON’T 

Don’t use or have a distracting background. The focus should be on the people in the photo, not the objects that could be competing with them.

Do: The best background in family photos are simple. I like white or various shades of grey. Keeping the background simple will make the photo look more professional. Magazine studio shoots apply this principle.

#4 DON’T

Don’t have your pet in your family picture. The chances of nailing your photo, are slim

Do: Use fun Props

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