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How To Capture Your Best Family Holiday Portrait


How to Capture Your Best Family Holiday Portraits

Pumpkin season is officially here! And you know what that means... you'll be decking the halls and fa-la-la-la-la-ing before you know it. So before things get super-crazy for the season, it's time to tackle your family portrait for your holiday card and family gifts .

Here are some tips to help prepare for a fun family photo shoot:

1. Get your family EXCITED.
•    Talk UP the portrait session, treating it like a FUN experience so that the kids don't see it as a chore.
•    Prepare your kids ahead of time by telling them what to expect (still making it sound like FUN).
•    Ask your kids to bring along a favorite toy or something they love. Those items don't necessarily need to be IN the pictures, but they'll keep your kids happy in the new environment.
•    Make a fun DAY out of it, where the photo session is just ONE special event in the day. Ex: eat lunch out together, have your photo shoot, then take the kids to a favorite place of theirs.
•    Don't threaten punishment if they misbehave (ex: "no ice cream if you act up"). They won't enjoy being photographed if they're worried about getting in trouble.

2.  Coordinate your clothing ahead of time.
•    You don't necessarily have to be "matchy-matchy," but plan your outfits so you look like a cohesive group. It should look like you all bought your clothing from the same store.
•    Select 2-3 colors for a simple color scheme. If you know where the portrait will be displayed in your home, it's easy to select colors based on the decor of that room.
•    Prep your outfits in advance. Make sure you're all comfortable in your clothing and that it still fits properly.
•    Don't forget to plan your accessories, too. (Belts, earrings, socks, shoes, etc.)

3.  Take your family portrait ASAP.
•    Photographers book up QUICKLY this time of year. The later it gets, the more difficult it will be to get an appointment.
•    Weather is unpredictable. If you'd like to take your family portrait in an outdoor setting, it's best to take it now before the weather turns wetter.
•    You'll have time to order those holiday cards and mail them out. While others are still scrambling around (or give up entirely), you'll be done.
•    You'll save money by ordering photo gifts early, instead of paying extra to beat those nasty shipping deadlines.

Looking for a photographer? Sign up for a holiday mini-session with me, and you'll receive 25 custom holiday cards. Mini-sessions are held on two dates only, so don't delay. Click here for more information and to reserve your spot: http://www.thesuitcasestudio.com/holiday-mini-sessions/

Thanks so much!

The Suitcase Studio

written for Saige Nicole's baby and toddler boutique

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11/29/2012 at 05:00:42 PM

Hi I'm interested in pasihurcng. Portrait sitting .. Could you tell me if you have offices near Onley this would be a gift for my boss who is going ona maternity leave next week. What package would you suggest how much are the photos and sizesof the photos?If you are replying during working jours could you please use the floowing email ; HIDDENLook forward to your reply.


12/01/2012 at 03:36:47 AM

HI Kala - what a wonderful gift you plan to give your boss. Please contact Michelle at

The Suitcase Studio

She will be able to answer all of your questions and make sure you have everything you need. Warmly, Wendy

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