One of the best things about the holidays is dressing your kids up in some super cute, festive outfits and taking pictures to mark the occasion. Between holiday cards from friends and family and the photos you see on Facebook and Pinterest, you might wonder how on Earth some people take such perfect pictures while you usually struggle just to get all the kids to look at the camera at the same time. You’re not alone! Those fabulous photos don’t always come easy, but that doesn’t mean they’re impossible for the novice photographer. Today we have some tips that should help you take your photography skills up a notch, as well as some adorable holiday photos of kids you can easily replicate.
- Plan Around the Kids’ Schedule. Don’t try to take photos right before nap time or when they’re getting hungry. You probably know their typical “happy time” of the day, so have everything ready to go for your photo session right then.
- Make Sure You Have Extra Clothes. Kids can get messy in the blink of an eye, so have a backup outfit in case your first pick ends up with spit-up or snacks smeared on it.
- Pick Comfy Clothes. You might love that fluffy, ruffley dress for your little girl, but if she’s tugging and fussing because she’s uncomfortable, you’re probably not going to end up with an awesome picture.
- Be Adaptable. Some days, no matter how well you plan, your kid just won’t want to cooperate. Maybe they’re coming down with a cold, or they didn’t sleep well last night, or their tummy hurts – whatever the reason, they just don’t feel like giving you that big, happy smile that they wore the whole day yesterday. Do what you can to get a giggle, but if it’s just not happening, don’t force it. Reschedule your session and you’ll be happier with your final photo.
- Use Fun Props. Kids love playing with new things, so using a prop can help you capture that perfect smile, as well as help set the holiday scene. On the other hand, sometimes very young children or babies might be frightened by a prop, in which case you’ll have to switch gears. Try to think ahead of how your child might react to sitting in a box wrapped up as a present or suddenly having a big white beard. You know your kids better than anyone else does, so pick props that they will enjoy (and have a few to choose from).
Need some inspiration? Here are those adorable holiday photos we promised!
Do you have cute photos from the holidays? Share your photos so we can see how adorable your little munchkins are!