There are a million ideas out there for adorable kid christmas card pics and I love 'em all, which is probably no surprise, given my penchant for all things seasonal. That said, one thing that going from zero kids to two kids immediately has taught me, is expectation management. Getting one good picture of two moving children is challenging at best - and a good picture of both of them looking at the camera and smiling is basically a miraculous festivas unicorn. I have found that the key to success for taking your own great kid photos is in working on the things you can control - but mainly trying to remain chill and flexible while it does not go AT ALL how you envisioned So without further ado, here are 5 tips for getting some cute shots for your holiday card this year:
1. GOOD LIGHTING - It's taken me a long time to learn and buy into this, but it's sooooo true - good lighting is really over half the ingredients to a good picture. And by good lighting, I mainly mean good natural lighting - the more sunlight can grace your picture, the better. Indoor lighting tends to give an overall color hue to a picture - usually kind of a yucky yellowish tone - and to cast weird hard shadows. Totally not the case with professional lighting obviously, but for the average momma that lacks that set up and skill set (oh and did I mention the time to set that up?!), natural light is the way to go. It's also important to think about the direction that the light is coming from and the time of day that you want to take the picture. The picture below was taken in the middle of the day, honestly because that's when the kids were at their best, but the backlight totally ruined the pictures. Even when I photoshopped the bejesus out of it, the backlight forced the inside light to take over the picture so everything is slightly yellow. Which was a bummer because I thought the setup was really cute!
- Christmas/holiday themed books
- Seasonal fashion forward accessories ;)
- A pet with a festive attitude
- Christmas lights
Oh, and as a shameless plug, make sure you check out the store for some great festive props for your holiday photos!