The annual family holiday picture is a time-honored tradition and a perfect way to keep a record of your children as they grow up. But year after year, the classic posed photo starts to look repetitive and lackluster. This year, buck tradition and opt for a more creative approach with one of these five tips.
1. A Special Holiday Twist
How often have we seen the same photo of a smiling family sitting on the sofa next to the tree? Transform this standard portrait into something meaningful and personal by adding a timely touch to indicate when the photo was taken:
- Honor a milestone or special event that happened during the year, like an anniversary or graduation
- Find inspiration from a favorite book, movie or painting
- Wear something seasonal like ugly holiday sweaters or color coordinate your clothes (Make sure they’re looking and smelling great with Gain)
- Ask your kids to choose a theme that reveals something about your family life
Try converting your photo into a cartoon, drawing or billboard with free online downloads. Best of all, these photos capture the emotions the family shares: the excitement, surprise and warmth of the season.
2. Before and After the Holidays
The holidays are filled with many great moments and festivities. Capture these by taking a series of photos during family activities:
- Baking cookies and cooking a feast
- Decorating the house and the tree
- Singing carols
- Enjoying the big holiday dinner and granny’s special dessert
- Opening gifts and playing with toys (to contrast with pretty wrapped gifts under the tree)
- A tradition unique to your family
Use the “burst mode” or continuous shooting mode to get a series of photos that are candid and show fun in motion.
3. Lights, Camera …
Make sure you and your family look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the day of your pictures. Your kids will love brushing with Kids’ Crest Sparkle Fun Toothpaste and you can prep too with Crest 3D White – everyone’s smiles will be shining as bright as the season.
Choose a different angle or pose to keep everyone looking happy and bright:
- From above (stand on a chair or ladder) so everyone is looking up
- Holding hands and jumping with joy
- Arm-in-arm or cuddled together in your pajamas
- Outdoors in the snow, in front of your door or house decorations
5. Photo Albums
A holiday album is a wonderful way to remember the occasion as well as a great sentimental gift for out-of-town relatives:
- Celebrate baby’s first holiday
- Show images of holiday guests and parties
- Holiday meal recipes – from baking to savoring these treasured dishes
- Include images from the rest of the year, too
- Bring your family pet into the portrait
Create a collage of images and place in a frame as a present. Don’t forget to include close-ups for variety. Write captions to identify people and places, along with a fun comment.
For more tips on capturing brilliant family photos – even with your smartphone – check out “DIY Family Photos.”