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  • Writer's pictureAlina Ciobanu Photography

How to Prepare for Your Christmas Photoshoot

Updated: Jul 7

Christmas is a magical time, perfect for capturing cherished family moments. As a family photographer based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, I want to ensure you get the most out of your Christmas mini-session. Here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare: 1. Choose Coordinated Outfits

When selecting outfits, aim for a coordinated look without being too matchy-matchy. Think in terms of a color palette, like reds, greens, and golds, to keep the Christmas spirit alive. Layering with scarves, hats, and cardigans can add depth to your photos. Avoid large logos or distracting patterns that might take the focus away from your faces. Textures like knits, velvet, and lace can add a touch of elegance and warmth to your images. Make sure everything fits well. The last thing you want is to try something on the day of the photoshoot only to find out it doesn't fit right. This can build up stress, which we want to avoid. Order everything you need in advance and try it on as soon as you get the items. This will give you ample time to make any necessary adjustments or replacements.

Family celebrating the festive season with a Christmas mini session in Hertfordshire-min

2. Practice Posing Naturally

Natural, candid moments often make the best photographs. Practice some poses at home with your family to get comfortable. Simple interactions, like holding hands, hugging, or playing with your children, can create heartwarming images. Trust in your photographer's direction during the session to capture those spontaneous, joyful moments. It's also helpful to discuss any specific poses or ideas you have in mind with your photographer beforehand.

Happy brothers enjoying a Christmas photoshoot in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire-min

3. Bring Meaningful Props

Incorporating personal or festive props can add a unique touch to your photos. Consider bringing a favorite Christmas book, a family heirloom, or small holiday decorations. These items can serve as great conversation starters and keep younger children engaged during the session. Remember, less is more – choose a few key pieces that reflect your family's personality.

4. Prepare Your Children in Advance

To ensure your children are relaxed and happy, talk to them about what to expect during the session. Show them the promo images and find what they like the most about it. Creating a bit of excitement will help them feel at ease. Bringing along a favorite toy or snack can also keep them comfortable and entertained. Make sure they are well-rested and fed before the session to avoid any crankiness. Consider bringing an extra outfit for each child in case of spills or accidents. A little preparation can go a long way in keeping the session smooth and enjoyable.

Boy on a sleigh with presents enjoying a Christmas mini session photoshoot in Hemel Hempstead.-min

5. Consider Hair and Makeup

While a professional hair and makeup session is not necessary, a bit of grooming can make a big difference. For adults, consider a light touch of makeup to enhance your features and ensure your hairstyle is polished yet natural. For children, clean and brushed hair is usually enough. Remember, the goal is to look like the best version of yourself, so don't go overboard with new styles or heavy makeup.

Family portrait during a Christmas mini session in Hertfordshire-min

6. Arrive Early and Relaxed

Plan to arrive a little early to give yourself time to settle in and avoid feeling rushed. Use this time to make any final adjustments to your outfits and relax before the session starts. A calm and stress-free atmosphere will help everyone feel more at ease, resulting in more genuine smiles and interactions. Take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that this is a fun, memorable experience for your family.

7. Think About Your Holiday Cards

If you're planning to use your photos for holiday cards, consider this when choosing outfits and props. Coordinating your look with your card design can create a cohesive and polished final product. Discuss with your photographer any specific shots you need for the cards, such as horizontal images for landscape-oriented cards or close-ups for more personalized greetings.

8. Embrace the Unexpected

Some of the best photos come from unexpected moments – a child's spontaneous laughter, a shared joke, or a loving glance. Embrace these moments and don't stress if things don't go perfectly. The goal is to capture the genuine love and joy of your family, so let go of any perfectionist tendencies and enjoy the experience.

Boy playing with drums during a festive photoshoot.

9. Communicate with Your Photographer

Keep an open line of communication with the photographer before, during, and after the session. Share any specific ideas, themes, or poses you have in mind. Discuss any concerns or special requests you might have. A good photographer will appreciate your input and work with you to bring your vision to life while adding their creative touch.

10. Bring Snacks and Water

A well-timed snack or sip of water can be a lifesaver during a photo session, especially for young children. Pack some non-messy snacks and a bottle of water to keep everyone energized and happy. Having these on hand can help prevent any mid-session meltdowns and keep spirits high.

By following these tips, you'll be well-prepared to make the most of your Christmas mini-session.

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Happy brothers building a snow man.

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