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Take your holiday photo on Thanksgiving morning

Posted By Deborah H On November 24, 2009 @ 10:12 am In Photo Tips | 3 Comments

Thanksgiving morning is a great time to take your holiday card photo!

To Grandma’s house we go.

If you’re like me, Thanksgiving morning is about getting the family dressed and ready to go to Grandma’s house. This is when I love to take our holiday card shot—Thanksgiving day, right before we head out the door. Since there’s never a good time to get your kids dressed up and almost perfectly groomed, take advantage of this opportunity and take your holiday card photo when everyone is already spiffed up.


(Image by GloriaM9 [1])

The night before Thanksgiving I do some test shots to see which background feels right. I’m looking for something that will tell some sort of story about our year. Maybe it’s in front of the new windows, the newly painted living room, the remodeled kitchen or the yard. If you have a favorite place, that’s fine. It’s fun for your card recipients to see how you and your family have changed no matter where you’re standing or sitting. Try shooting with your family in place, in their jammies or wherever, just to set your composition and have your trial run. Then set up the tripod, or at least take a mental note where the shoot should take place.


(Image by CoriT [2])

On Thanksgiving day, finish packing up the car, scoot your dressed-up and polished family to where you want them and take as many shots as you can. Check to see how the shots look and that you’re happy with the results. Then, go enjoy Thanksgiving, knowing that your holiday card photo is done.


(Image by KariD60 [3])

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, this tip probably won’t work because you’re most likely already too crazy-busy to think about shooting your holiday photo.

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