by Patrick Ilagan . December 12th, 2014
There are a plethora of activities to be done during the holidays. But for us photographers, photographing and capturing the spirit of the holidays is one of the best things to do. We can photograph the sumptuous Christmas feast, create landscape photos of the place we are spending our vacation in, and take a nice family portrait.
Taking family portraits can be fun but it can also be down right exhausting if you don’t have any idea what to do. This is why we here at YouThePhotographer would like to keep your holidays stress-free by presenting you some holiday photo ideas that you can do with your family.
We have collected a variety of photographs that you can use as a springboard for ideas. Not only that, we have added some tips on how to make your holiday portraits—and the actual session itself—more fun for you and your family.
Tip 1: Bring out props for the kids — How about adding a book? A candy cane? A snowman? Add a little story to your photo. It can also make the portrait look more fun and festive and have that candid feel to it.
waiting for a miracle by Irina Sochivets on 500px
Christmas Miracle (Magic Moments) by Alina Mayboroda on 500px
Tip 2: Make use of those colorful lights and turn them into lovely bokeh — A burst of color from Christmas lights certainly gives the seemingly cold snow-laden background or bland room that much need festive feel to it.
Untitled by Vladimir Dudka on 500px
christmas Market Portrait #5 by RICOW de on 500px
Tip 3: Don’t forget your pets — Pets are family too so why not include them in the shoot as well and for the added cute factor try dressing them up.
Christmas is coming by Maria Churkina on 500px
Tip 4: Shooting under the snow — A light snowfall can make any portrait appear more magical. Just be mindful of your gear if its not weather-sealed.
Kiss by Ruslan Grigoriev on 500px
In Love On Christmas #2 by Sin Dong Kim on 500px
Tip 5: Go Bonkers! — Forget the warm, fuzzy Christmas feeling. Why not opt for something wild and hilarious — after all, aren’t we supposed to enjoy the holidays?
Stars on demand. by Robert Toth on 500px
Holiday Card 2013 Inside by Mike Van Tassell on 500px
Did we miss out anything? Would you like to share your tips with us? Drop your thoughts and ideas at the comments section below!
If you have amazing photos that you would love to share don’t hesitate to submit it to our gallery and we’d love to put a spotlight on it!
Patrick Jude Ilagan is a graphic designer/photographer hailing from the vast jungles of urban Manila. Always on the look out for visually appealing stuff he scours the internet and the bustling city in search of inspiration. His tools for mass creation is a Canon 500D along with a wide array of lights and lenses plus a 4 year old (but still fighting) laptop. Check out his work on Tumblr.
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