Better Holiday Photos San Diego Family, Child and Event Photographer

Here are a few tips to improve your holiday photos

Have your camera handy, with charged batteries and lots of memory cards….be ready for that quick moment when siblings are sharing a smile…..

Shoot moments, not poses.  While a few posed portraits are terrific, consider capturing the essence of what people are doing – talking, opening presents, playing a game and sharing a laugh – candid moments often make for much more interesting photos as well as better memories in years to come.

Use your camera – not your cell phone.  Cell phones are great for spur of the moment photos, but don’t rely on them for your special once in a lifetime holiday moments.
Try using your “Portrait Mode” for portraits – it will give a slightly blurry background
to help emphasize your main subject.
Don’t always stop the action to make people smile….keep it natural and low key…


Turn off your flash sometimes to really capture the amazing light and sparkle of the season.


 Get down at the kids’ level.   By putting yourself physically at the same level as the kids, you’ll capture a much more interesting view of their world, making for photos that are far more personal and memorable.

 Consider capturing ‘The Story’ rather than just one photo — add some details and scene setters that will help you remember the whole story years from now….

 Know when to put the camera down.  (A surprising tip for photographers, isn’t it?)  
Remember there is a time to shoot pictures and a time to just be with friends and family.
 Rather than 100 photos of your family opening presents,  just take a handful and use the rest of your time to simply be with your loved ones and enjoy your time together. 

“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” Don McCullin

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