There are a lot of traditions that come with the holidays; opening Christmas Eve gifts, smashing the Peppermint Pig, Secret Santa, and baking Christmas cookies for Santa. Of all the holiday traditions, taking a decent family picture has definitely proved to be the most difficult one. Every year my mom tries to get a good picture of my brothers, my sister, and me for the Christmas card. If we don’t get a good picture on Thanksgiving, we take one on Christmas instead and our “Merry Christmas!” card turns into a “Happy New Years!” card. So for those of you who struggle with getting the perfect family picture during the holidays, here are steps you can follow:

How to Take the Perfect Family Picture During the Holidays

Use the highest quality camera you have

This doesn’t mean you have to have one of those big digital cameras. Your highest quality camera could even just be on the iPhone 7. With all your relatives over you’ll have plenty of cameras to choose from, and the higher quality the camera the better the picture will look on a Christmas card!

Make sure everyone’s outfits are coordinated (somewhat)

My siblings and I always try to wear red and green for Christmas but if we don’t match colors, just making sure everyone’s outfits look good next to each other will make your pictures look better. Try to avoid wearing graphic shirts or sweaters as this will take away from the picture itself. Solid color sweaters or button down shirts for guys always looks good. Flannels are also a good way to go, but avoid overdoing it; if you have four people in the picture, two people at most can wear flannels.

Find the perfect background

Finding the perfect background can seem pretty difficult depending on what backgrounds your house has to offer. By using the right angles and cropping your pictures, you can make a mediocre background look 10 times better. Fireplaces, couches, in front of the Christmas tree, or even on the front steps of your house can provide good backgrounds for your picture. Whichever background you choose, just make sure to get rid of any clutter that might appear in the background, or crop out the clutter after taking the picture. If you can’t seem to find a good background, make your own background! Hang snowflake cutouts, or hang a sheet over a wall to make a solid color background. Get creative!

Develop a pose for the picture

Depending on how many people are in the picture, getting a pose that gets everyone in the picture can get pretty difficult. Play around with it! It helps to have someone stand in front of everyone and shift people around depending on height, age, and so on. You want the picture to be as symmetrical as you can so balancing each side out with tall and short people is essential to getting that perfect picture.

Have fun with it!!!

The most important part of course is to have fun with your picture-taking! If you still have young kids in the family a photobooth can be a great idea to have some fun and encourage picture-taking. Print some holiday pictures and sayings and glue them to popsicle sticks and have people hold them up in the pictures. This makes picture-taking fun and you can get some cute pictures out of it too!

Check your picture on a computer

This might be the most important part, especially if you are planning on putting your pictures on a holiday card. Always check your pictures on a bigger screen such as a computer. My sister and I are especially picky about our pictures and almost always disagree on the best picture. Checking your picture on a computer immediately after picture-taking allows everyone to make sure they like it, and allows you to retake the picture if needed and still have good lighting. My family had a bit of a mishap with our picture this Thanksgiving because we didn’t check the picture on a computer until nighttime. We attempted to retake it but at this point the daylight was gone and the picture came out terrible, so it’s looking like this year we will be sending out a New Years card.

Use editing apps if needed to fix lighting, flaws, etc.

There may be small things you want to get rid of in the picture, acne, red eye, or maybe even a stain on your clothes.These things can be easily edited out of the picture. If you’re an adult and don’t have those editing apps on your phone, I would suggest handing your picture over to one of the kids and having them edit out anything you need. I personally use “YouCam Makeup” to edit any flaws in our pictures. This app can be downloaded in the Apple AppStore and I guarantee it will get rid of any flaws your picture has.

Once all the finishing touches are in your picture is ready to be sent out to all the relatives!! I guarantee if you follow these 7 steps your holiday card will surpass all others this year! Hopefully this will ease the stress of getting that perfect holiday picture this year.

Finally, be sure to post the family pictures to your social media, to share with your friends and family alike!

Holiday Traditions

One of my favorite traditions around the holidays is smashing the peppermint pig after Christmas dinner. For those of you unfamiliar with the peppermint pig, it’s pretty straightforward; the peppermint pig is a pig made of pink peppermint that comes in a little red velvet bag and a small hammer to smash it with. Everyone gets a piece of the peppermint pig in hopes of receiving good fortune the next year. The peppermint pig can be purchased on Amazon through this link if you would like to share in the tradition this holiday season!

For those of you who are not big peppermint fans, here’s a delicious sangria recipe you can make this holiday! (another personal favorite of our holiday traditions). I hope you have a wonderful time indulging in all of your holiday traditions this year, and maybe even make some new holiday traditions!

Happy Holidays!

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