Holiday Family Photoshoot: How to Make It a Positive Experience

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It’s that time again Mommas! Yes, it’s holiday photo time! If you haven’t scheduled your annual holiday family photoshoot, I am here to tell you that you still have time. This year has been crazy for all of us and honestly, I was thinking about not scheduling pictures but the kids are getting older and I am sure that our family members are waiting for their annual holiday card. I am sure your family is too. We all need something to cheer us up these days and beautiful pictures always seem to do the trick. 

Holiday Family Photo Shoot: How to Make It a Positive Experience Sharonda Stewart Contributor Miami Mom CollectiveFinding a Photographer

The hunt for a great photographer can be less stressful if you ask your friends or family members for referrals. This will save you time and maybe even some money. Another option is to browse the hashtag Miami photographer. Social media makes it easy to view local photographers’ work. Next, determine your photo budget. Be sure to ask if they are offering any last-minute specials. (If you don’t ask, they might not share.) Due to Covid, you should definitely ask the photographer what their safety practices are. 

Holiday Family Photo Shoot: How to Make It a Positive Experience Sharonda Stewart Contributor Miami Mom Collective

Setting the Location

Deciding where to shoot your photos will set the tone for your family photoshoot and color scheme. I love taking pictures outdoors in natural lighting. Deering Bay, Fairchild Gardens, or Matheson Hammock make great backdrops in Miami. One of my favorite photoshoots was actually at our home. The kids were comfortable in their own environment. Some locations have photography fees so be sure to check before arriving. 

Finding the Perfect Outfit 

I love searching for the perfect outfits for our family. I usually start with a color scheme and then go from there. We have done red and white, champagne and white, gold, black and white, and black and white is my favorite. It’s so classy, easy and everyone looks good in it. They also look amazing hanging on almost any wall color. Check out Macy’s, Zara, and Old Navy for great looks at affordable prices.

Holiday Family Photo Shoot: How to Make It a Positive Experience Sharonda Stewart Contributor Miami Mom Collective

Helpful Tips

1. One person in a standout pattern. In this case, I styled our shoot around my oldest daughter’s dress. 

2. Mix and match textures.

3. Always have a backup outfit in case of an accident on the way to the shoot.

4. Pack extra water, snacks, and treats so you won’t have grumpy kids.

5. Have lots of patience.

P.S. Matching pajamas make the cutest holiday picture! Happy Holidays!!!

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