How To Prepare For Your Family Photos This Holiday

Ah, the dreaded holiday family photos. The yearly tradition that ushers in bad haircuts, questionable wardrobe decisions, and cheesy department store photo studios. If your family is dead set on continuing the yearly tradition, but this time are open to suggestions, then you have come to the right place for tips and ideas.

The most important tip that we can give you is to stop trudging into holiday photo studios at aging retail chains and instead hire a photographer who can come to you. With that, here are four holiday family portrait tips to enhance the experience.

Get a Photographer

You need to book a photographer early, especially during the holiday season. We’re talking months in advance. This season fills up quite quickly. The sooner that you do it, the better chance you have to book the photographer that you want and select the date that bests works for you.

Plan Ahead

Where do you want to take the photo? When? What time? Who do you want in it? All these questions need to be answered before the day arrives. Once you have selected a photographer, meet with them and share what your expectations are. The photographer will work with you and come up with the perfect plan for every little detail. It’s best to have a solid plan in place to mitigate stress, hassle, and confusion.


This is the time that you want to start coordinating clothing, what type of photo this will be, and what the vibe will be. There are tons of ways to take photos. Is it a silly, serious, or natural type of photo? Are you indoors or outdoors. Are you going to wear matching clothing? Will these photos go on a holiday card or will it be framed in your house? These questions might sound silly, but they’re all legitimate questions to ensure that everything goes as planned. Remember, you get what you pay for.

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Plan the Day

Plan for when the shoot is, how long it takes to prepare for the shoot, and what happens during and after the shoot. This helps ensure that you have more than enough time to prepare so that you and your family can relax and have a good time.

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