1) Take a LOT of Pictures
You can always cut down, but you can never take more. It may seem annoying when the photographer makes you tilt your head six different angles in the same position, but trust me, it's worth it. Better to have a lot of images in a variety of poses at a variety of locations, especially if you're picky. You never know what could go wrong, some may come out blurry or one of you may be blinking. So click, click, click!
2) Don't be tired or hungry
As before any play date or hour of the day the ends in o'clock, always make sure your children are well fed and well rested before your photo shoot. There's nothing worse than a cranky child misbehaving during that one hour of paid time. They'll be more cooperative to move into poses and listen to the photographer if they napped and ate some Christmas cookies beforehand.
3) Don't Feel the Need to Always Smile or Look at the Camera
Candid pictures, ones where you or your children are "caught in the moment" rather than posed, look happy, effortless and carefree. Maybe you're kids are playing tag, running in the surf, or playing patty cake. Your photographer may try and sneak a few clicks when you don't think anything important is going on, but just know that it is. As long as you are engaged with each other, you will shine in the picture!
4) Choose Your Clothing Carefully
I absolutely love neutral colors with soft, flowy fabrics if your goal is to have pictures that are light, airy and pretty. Consider your background. Photo shoot in a park? Choose whites, light blues, or warm tones. Consider the colors of the places in your house you might hang this picture, like your kitchen or family room. Avoid logos and clothing with cartoon characters, you want to look classic. Coordinate colors, but try not to be too matchy. Warm tones, reds, greens, taupes, creams look great in holiday card pictures.
5) Incorporate Props
Pinterest is a fantastic source for finding ideas for photos and I love it when clients send me their boards! It really is a great inspiration finder. Some fun and easy props to incorporate into holiday card photos are chalkboards, signs, Santa hats, numbered or lettered balloons, a blanket, or a toy. Plus, it's a nice and easy way to get your kids interested in the photo shoot, too!