10 Tips for Success

The minute the weather turns cool, my mind goes into holiday mode. Nothing gets me more excited for the season than photographing children as part of my annual holiday sessions. Here are a few of my favorite tips on how to prepare for a holiday photo session. If you’re someone who dreads Christmas card photos, have no fear! I’ve put together a few tips on how to make the session fun and free of stress.

 10 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL HOLIDAY PHOTO SESSION

1. KEEP IT SIMPLE

I’ve done elaborate sets, I’ve done simple sets. What I find works best is a basic set up that allows everyone to play and move. I incorporate a few perfect props (a Christmas tree and red ornament, Santa cocoa mugs, a pillow, sled, or book. The essence of the portrait should be about YOU and I assure that you’re the focus by paring down the rest.

2.  BOOK EARLY.

I do special holiday sessions once a year and offer a range of times. Younger children tend to do better earlier in the day; older children and teens fare better as the day goes on. Be sure to book early so you get the session time that works best for you.

3.  BE PREPARED WITH TREATS FOR A HOLIDAY PHOTO SESSION.

There are a few reasons I always recommend bringing treats to a holiday photo session. First, if your kids know there are treats afterwards, they will have something to look forward to. I think everyone deserves a little reward after a successful photo shoot. It really is hard work! Additionally, sometimes it might take a little bribery to get the “perfect shot”. I know you’re technically not supposed to bribe kids with treats, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do! I think treats can be especially persuasive in holiday photo shoots during the toddler years.

4.  DON’T PUT YOURSELF OFF UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.

I think every mom is guilty of this from time to time. We get busy taking care of everyone and everything else and don’t prioritize ourselves. I’ve found that putting yourself off until the last minute will only add stress to a holiday photo session. Instead, you’ll feel better if you take the appropriate time for yourself. Choose an outfit you feel great in. Plan enough time to finish your hair and makeup without rushing. If you’re at ease and feeling confident, your family is more likely to be as well.

5.  WEAR FALSE EYELASHES FOR ADDED CONFIDENCE. 

Sometimes the smallest changes can make a big difference. For me, one of those small changes is wearing false eyelashes. As I approach 40, I’ve found that a good pair of fake lashes boosts my confidence, especially during photo sessions. I love this pair of false eyelashes because they look soft and natural. If you find they are too much for you, you can cut them in half, and just apply to the outer part of your eyelash line.  And here’s a fun fact…applying fake lashes is maybe my number one skill! But, if you have a hard time applying them, you can always ask a friend to help.  

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