As a professional family photographer based right here in Washington DC, I can’t help but get excited about the upcoming holiday season. Christmas is a time for joy and cherished memories with your loved ones. And what better way to capture those moments than with a Christmas photo session? I’m here to guide you through the process of dressing your family in a way that will make your photos truly enchanting.
1. Coordinating Colors
The first step to achieving a picture-perfect Christmas photo is selecting the right colors for your family’s outfits. Think red, white, gold, beige, brown, and green – these hues are classic, timeless, and blend seamlessly with the festive holiday backdrop. You’ll want to coordinate but not necessarily match outfits. Mix and match these colors to create a harmonious yet visually interesting ensemble.
For instance, dad could sport a deep green sweater while mom wears a rich red dress. Your little ones can wear white tops with beige bottoms, and if you have furry family members, like a beloved dog, accessorize them with a festive red or green collar. Remember, it’s all about creating a cohesive look that celebrates the holiday spirit without going overboard. With the right colors, you’ll set the stage for stunning Christmas photos that you’ll treasure for years to come.
2. Special Wardrobe for the Girls
Moms and girls, I’ve got you covered! At my photography studio in Vienna, VA, I have a collection of dresses that are perfect for the occasion. Whether it’s a gorgeous red gown or a classy white dress, you’ll have access to a variety of options that will make you and your little princesses feel like the stars of the show. Once you’ve nailed down your color scheme, my wardrobe options will add some extra sparkle to your family’s outfits.
3. Keep Comfort in Mind
While style is undoubtedly important for your Christmas photo session, comfort should never be overlooked. Uncomfortable clothing can lead to cranky expressions and awkward poses. So, when selecting your outfits, opt for fabrics that are both festive and comfortable. Soft, breathable materials will help your family feel at ease during the photo session, allowing for more genuine and joyful expressions.
4. Layer Up for Versatility
Washington DC can be quite chilly in November, so it’s wise to layer up for your Christmas photo session. Layering not only keeps you warm but also adds depth and texture to your outfits, making your photos more visually interesting. For example, a cozy cardigan or a stylish scarf can work wonders in elevating your family’s look.
Layering also provides the opportunity for quick wardrobe changes during the session, adding variety to your photos without the need for a full outfit swap. This versatility allows you to capture different moods and moments. So, don’t be afraid to mix and match layers to create styles that tell your unique holiday story.
5. Pay Attention to Grooming
A polished appearance can make all the difference in your Christmas photos. Before your session, schedule haircuts and trims for everyone, ensuring that everyone looks their best. Makeup, if applicable, should be natural and accentuate your features without being too heavy.
As for the kids, a quick check for messy hair or smudged faces can save precious editing time later. And don’t forget to bring along a small grooming kit with essentials like tissues, combs, and lip balm to keep everyone looking picture-perfect throughout the session.
6. Prepare for Fun and Candid Moments
Christmas photo sessions are not just about posed shots; they’re also about capturing those spontaneous moments that truly reflect your family’s love and joy. Be ready to have some fun during the session. Share laughter and create memories together. These genuine moments will shine through in your photos, creating an authentic story of your family’s holiday celebration.
Encourage your kids to be themselves and express their excitement for the season. Whether they’re decorating a Christmas tree, sharing cookies, or simply enjoying the holiday ambiance, these candid shots will add a touch of magic to your collection.
7. Trust Your Photographer
As a professional family photographer, I understand the importance of making you feel comfortable and confident during the session. Trust in your photographer’s expertise and creative vision. I’ll guide you through poses and locations that best capture the holiday spirit and your family’s unique dynamics. Relax, enjoy the moment, and let your photographer do the rest. With the right guidance and professional eye, you’ll achieve those picture-perfect moments effortlessly.
8. Capture Lasting Memories
Once your Christmas photo session is complete, the magic doesn’t stop there. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from a selection of beautifully edited digital photos. As a special bonus for returning clients, I offer a discounted price, ensuring that you can relive your cherished holiday memories for years to come.
You’ll receive ten edited digital photos of your choice, each perfectly polished to showcase the enchantment of your family’s Christmas celebration. The remaining photos, approximately 40, will come with color correction to ensure that every image radiates with the beauty of the season.
Remember, at Nataly Danilova Photography, we’re creating lasting memories that you’ll treasure for generations. So, don’t miss out on the opportunity to make this holiday season truly unforgettable. Book your Christmas photo session at our studio in Vienna, VA, from November 10th to 17th, 2023, and let’s capture the magic of your family’s Christmas celebration. Contact me today and let’s make this holiday season unforgettable!