Spread some smiles this festive season with personalised Christmas cards featuring a lovely family photo. Don’t have a lovely family photo? Never fear, because we’ve put together some top hints and tips to help you capture that perfect picture of your rabble to send to your loved ones.
Find the right lighting
Natural light is best for a family portrait, but shorter, darker days can make natural light hard to come by at this time of year. Not to mention the problems posed by the rain! If you do have to take your photo indoors, get to know the light inside your home to find the best spot. For example, which direction do your windows face, and which room gets most light?
Move the group closer to a window to make the most of the natural light, and if necessary you can improvise a DIY reflector from a white bedsheet or piece of card to reflect light back onto your subjects.
Keep it simple
There’s often the risk that your family portrait can look too posed, so keep things simple to help everyone relax. Consider letting the kids stay in their pyjamas rather than making them dress up in their Sunday best, and don’t worry about including lots of fussy props in your portrait. Happy smiling faces are the best prop of all!
Use a tripod
You might be the designated photographer, but you’ll still want to get in the frame with your family. Simply use a tripod and your camera’s timer function so you don’t have to miss out on the family portrait fun.
Try burst mode
The more photos you take, the more likely you are to get that perfect pic, so use burst mode to take multiple photos at once. If someone blinks in one shot, you’ll have plenty of others to choose from! You can use burst mode on your iPhone too; simply hold down the shutter button when you’re taking a picture.
Leave some blank space
Posing against a plain background with some space around your group will make it much easier to add your festive message to the front of your card, without putting text over your happy faces.
The Christmas tree shot (or not…)
If you want your Christmas card picture to be as festive as mince pies and mulled wine, then posing in front of your tree in your beautifully decorated house will be perfect. Alternatively, if you want to take a photo you can enjoy all year round (and repurpose for different occasions), it’s probably best to avoid the decs and give your photo a neutral look and feel. Then it could easily be reused as a lovely canvas print to brighten up your walls.
Posing for a photo can be a bit of a chore, especially for little ones, so remember to be patient. Don’t try and force that perfect picture – just keep having fun together and playing with the camera and sooner or later you’ll capture that magic shot! It may just require a little persuasion in the form of some chocolatey Christmas goodies…
Once you’ve captured that perfect picture, design your own personalised Christmas cards to make this year’s festive post even more special.