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Tips for Taking Your Best Holiday Photo Featuring Amanda Fogarty Photography

Tis' the season of annual holiday photos! There’s a lot of us who dread this time of year. The thought of matching outfits with your siblings or hunny, making sure everyone has their eyes open and making it look like for a brief moment.. everyone has their lives together. Well! Whether you have hired a photographer, decided to DIY, or plan on using old photos to create a holiday card, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Keep it natural. Cozy up on the couch, take a walk in the nearby park, or simple on the porch of your front deck. Take your photos where you feel most at home. Laugh! Be yourself! Expert advice: you don't always have to be smiling and looking directly at the camera for a good picture. Some of the best ones are you interacting with your family!

  • Cohesive not Matching. When taking photos in groups avoid the traditional matchy-matchy outfits. Opt for a color scheme that will let each individual personality shine, this will help create a more cohesive look for your photos. #PinterestPerfect

  • Simplicity. While props can be fun.. keep your holiday photos simple. The focus should be on you and your family. This also helps keep your images timeless for you to enjoy for years to come.

And lastly, we all feel the high energy of the holiday season. It’s a time for giving of ourselves, spending time with family and doing the absolute best we can.. So, our last bit of advice for all of you rushing around out there, making your lists and checking them twice..

  • Don't rush it. If you didn't get to take your annual family photo before the holidays, *breath* it’s all going to be okay. Consider sharing a New Years photo, instead! This way, you get a few extra days.. You’re not subject to wearing green, red and white.. And it’s a nice way to reflect and close the chapter of the wild year you had!

No worries, babes. You’ve got this. These tips also apply to casual friendly photo-ops during holiday gatherings! Get your little cousin or crazy aunt to snap some memories of you and your friends and family in the moment! Most importantly, if you forget or don’t have the time for any photos this year, remember to soak in every moment, be present and have a happy holiday!

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