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5 Holiday Photo Op Tips

During the holidays we gather with many friends and family, and sometimes, it’s the only time in the year which we do so. Busy lives and distance may prevent people from connecting with their loved ones during other times of the year.

So, the holidays really is the ultimate time to get in those photo ops!


Holiday Photo Op Tips:

Prepare the gear – Ensure your photo gear is ready for those moments, so get that tripod out of storage. You are aware of the opportunity in advance, so if possible, put down the phone camera and break out the real deal. Trust me, the photos will be much better! Make sure your battery is fully charged and your memory cards are formatted and ready to go.

Position yourself – Before you take photos, make sure you are with camera, and in the right location. The backdrop of the lit tree, or a great feature wall will only enhance your photos. Make sure there isn’t unwanted objects in the frame, or you might cringe later.

Variety – Get a few posed shots in front of the fireplace, but don’t forget those candids that truly capture the holidays. Maybe Grandpa is reading to the grandchildren or your uncle is sneaking tastes of the turkey as he traditionally does every year. Capture all those special holiday moments that make YOUR Christmas, special. Sometimes the best memories are those that are 100 percent authentic.

Capture the action – Just because the meals been eaten and the gifts have been opened, that doesn’t mean that the photos are over. Dozing happily fed on the couch makes for an authentic holiday moment, as is zooming around wrapping paper filled room with a new remote controlled car. It’s a big part of the Christmas excitement and deserves to be preserved!

Put it all together – After you’ve captured your holidays to perfection, it’s time to preserve those memories and have keepsakes that last longer than the leftovers. For yourself and for others – Posterjack offers great photo frames, photos gifts, desk decor and more.

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They also offer gift certificates which you can print off at home, so it’s a great option for gifting as well.

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Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.



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  1. great tips! i love adding some candid shots in there as well. It is nice to have some posed shots for the holiday cards but dont forget those candid shots to that really capture the fun moments. we take our own pictures every year and send one in a card

  2. Thanks for the tips. I’m not very good at pictures so any help is appreciated.

  3. agree with another commenter – getting some non-posed photos is a great idea. Also, turn off the flash if you can!

  4. All great tips. Last year we hardly took any picutres so we have to do better this year.

  5. It’s the last tip I never seem to get to … pulling it all together into something meaningful!

  6. Those are great tips. I find the best “in the moment” photos are staged, ironically.

  7. Great post. I love holiday photos. I keep trying to get a perfect photo of my boys with their two cousins but it’s impossible. The boys are ages 6, 3, 2 and 1 and won’t sit still or look at me all at the same time for a great shot. Oh well, I just take what I can get right now.

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