How To Take Better Family Photos this Holiday Season

How To Take Better Family Photos this Holiday Season

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Elizabeth Giorgi
Dec 19, 2014
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The holidays are one of those rare times when entire families are together, ensuring no one will be missing from great pictures and memories. However, if you often find that you are not hugely excited about about the images that come out of these wonderful days, there are a few things you can do to make more memorable images.

Apologies in advance to my friends and family who are subject to being exposed here... I love you all and you're very handsome, so it's worth it.

Here's how we've managed to create some really memorable photos of the holidays the last few years:

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1. Put the fancy cameras away: I know this is counterintuitive to a lot of people, but the quickness and immediacy of phone cameras is a real bonus and allows you to capture real moments as they happen. There's something charming and real that actually resonates years after photos like these are taken.

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2. Take advantage of apps: Last year was one of the rare moments when every single one of my cousins (Except one! We missed you, Tony!) were together over the holidays. There were quite a few of us and we wanted to do something really fun so we used an app called Cycloramic, which spins your phone 360 degrees to create incredibly awesome panoramas. The photos are ridiculous sizes, but I love them.

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3. Props! Get props!: There's something about whipping out some crowns and Santa hats that always makes friends and family loosen up. Everyone puts their guard down a little and has more fun.

4. Go out and do something: Build a snowman. Make cookies. Go skating. Or caroling. Or hiking. Or whatever! Photos of people doing things are about 10,000 times more interesting than everyone standing around and posing.

5. Make it a game: Ask everyone in your family or friend group to take part in a 5-photo challenge. Essentially, try to take 5 great photos over the course of the day and then share your photos with each other at the end of the day. You may even be surprised who the hidden photography talents are in your group.

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