Do you love the annual flurry of holiday greetings, but stress about which photo puts your family’s best face forward? With a little advice from the experts, it’s possible (dare we say… easy?) to take a great snapshot.
- Keep it simple. Get in close, and minimize noise (so nix the roaring fireplace and brightly patterned clothing).
- Light it right. Inside or out, the light source should be behind the photographer. Take advantage of overcast days, when the light is softer and there aren’t harsh shadows on everyone’s faces.
- Construct a triangle. For a more interesting shot, consider levels. For example, you may want to have one person standing, one in a chair, one on the arm, and one kneeling in front.
- Keep it short and sweet. Arrange the shot before you get the kids in the room, use big teddy bears as stand-ins if you need to, and consider having a friend take the picture (so your kids are more likely to actually take direction).
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