4 Tips for a Great Family Holiday Photo Session & Full Session Giveaway

I don’t know who started the family holiday portrait trend, but I honestly think it’s here to stay. I love the holiday season on social media, because my timeline is filled with my friends and family showcasing their holiday spirit through their photos. 

It’s even better when I open up my mailbox and a friend has thought enough of my family to send us a holiday photo. 

My family hasn’t taken professional family portraits in almost 3 years. I think being a blogger makes me sometimes think I’m a photographer because I have hundreds of photos of my family in my phone. 

My husband reminded me, “We need new family pictures!” as if my family selfies don’t qualify.  

0002C_11I couldn’t have been more excited to partner with Portrait Innovations for our 2017 holiday and family pictures. They were prepared for our family’s session and we were done in under 1 hour. 


0002C_1Here are 4 Tips for a Great Family Holiday Photo Session:

  1. Decide if you want to do a family theme. Even though your pictures may be for Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas or the New Year, you should decide if your family is going to dress for the occasion or is it a free for all. Are you going to match, look similar in color and style, or grab whatever is in your closet. Whatever you choose, you want everyone to be comfortable. 
  2. Get prepared a day early. We’ve never dressed alike, but we’ve always had a theme or similar color palette. Once we decided that we were going for a cute casual look this year, we got everyone’s clothes out the day before to try things on (make sure they still fit), iron clothes, wash and style hair, etc. It’s also important to get a good nights sleep. If you’re tired, it will show in the pictures. 
  3. Decide where are you going to take your pictures. We’ve taken pictures in the park, in a community center, and a portrait center. You decide what works best for your family depending on the look you’re going for this year. We took our holiday photos at Portrait Innovations this year because they had multiple holiday backgrounds.  
  4. Pick the best time for your children. Although many photographers are skilled to work with children, you can make their job (and your experience) easier if you plan your photo shoot when your children are the happiest and most alert. Our appointment was at 9:20am. They were wide awake, fed and ready to smile big for the camera. 

0002C_5Portrait Innovations has locations all over the nation, so I’m giving away the same package my family had:

·      Six (6) pose collection with 2 sheets of each pose

·      Two (2) 10×13 special effects Decorator Portraits

·      One (1) high resolution CD of all of your portrait images

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for entering the contest! Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope you’re able to relax and enjoy your family. Which one is your favorite picture?



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  • Jessica Vega
    November 19, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    You are so right family photos are important. As the designated photographer for our family I rarely get to appear in the photo’s with the exception of the occasional Usies that I post on social media.

    Seriously, the last time we took family photos was when I was pregnant with my middle child. Wow, that was eight years ago! I think it’s time to capture my growing family that now is a total of 5.

  • Alisha
    November 19, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    We haven’t taken family pictures in forever! I love how these turned out and don’t have that generic studio look like some do when you go to places like this. Will def check them out!!!

  • Kimberly Wright
    November 20, 2017 at 9:07 am

    These are great! Family portraits and holiday portraits are every thing and every family needs them . Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  • Ngumabi
    November 20, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Such a beautiful family you’ve got there
    Your photos are so cute

  • Ngumabi
    November 20, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Such a beautiful family you have there
    You photos are so cute too

  • BehindTheSchmile
    November 20, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    These photos are amazing! Beautiful family!

  • Bridgid
    November 20, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    We take family photos every spring and winter. A huge factor that I can never forget is the time of day that I schedule it. That is definitely so important. Especially with toddlers, lord knows the wrong time of day can end up with tantrum themed holiday cards haha

  • Melanie Edwards
    November 22, 2017 at 7:01 am

    It’s been too long since we’ve had professional portraits as well – I think the last time my youngest wasn’t even 1 (he’s almost 7 now)! So it’s time we had someone else snap our photos. Yours came out lovely!

  • mimicutelips
    November 22, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Family photos are serious business for me. We do them annually, I coordinate our looks colors and everything. I give the kids a smile and attitude pep talk and we take family pics.