I love getting Christmas cards. If this can be genetic, then I inherited it from my mother. She saved all her cards and collected them in a decorative basket. At the beginning of the year, she would gather them, tie a ribbon around them and place them in a decorative box. From time to time she would pull the box out and reminisce. Now I find that I do the same thing….
When our family gathers together, we frequently have professional photographs taken. The following tips will help whether you’re taking your own photographs or hiring a professional.
* When photographing a group of people coordination of clothing is imperative. If the photo will be enlarged and framed for your home, you’ll want to make sure you coordinate your clothing to match the décor. Crazy? No, you’ll thank me later. I’m not suggesting you wear curtains ala Carol Burnett but rather you wear similar tones to the room’s color palette.
* You’ll also want to make sure all the participants wear clothing in the same tones. If someone wears white and another wears black it creates too much contrast and becomes distracting. Stay away from busy prints (including bold stripes, checks and plaids) or bright colors. Coordinating clothing really creates a sense of unity, which is significant when taking photos for holiday cards.
* Four-legged sons and daughters can certainly be included in family portraits. As you can see, our dog, Ella, is used to having her picture taken. She’s a bit of a ham.
* If you’re taking the photo in your home, make sure the spot you choose is photogenic. Not sure if it is? Take a photo without people in it and take a look. Is it too busy? Is it dreary? Take the time to set the stage. If there are windows in the background, wash them. If there are window treatments in the background, iron them. If there are electric cords visible anywhere in the photo, hide them. These little things make a big difference in photographs and will save you from disappointing results.
Have a well-designed day,