Family Photo Tips for the Holidays

Family Photo Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are a time we spend with our loved ones and family. Why not use this time to take a beautiful photo to cherish for years to come? You don’t need a professional photographer to take an amazing family photo, just follow three basic tips and to get that perfect shot:

 Wait Until the Golden Hour to Take your Photo Outside.

The Golden Hour refers to the time of day when the sun is at its lowest point right before sunset. “Golden lighting” refers to softer lighting and offers several benefits, including:

  • Softer looking skin, brighter eyes, and smiles sparkle
  • More dimension to photos
  • No “sun-in-the-eyes” faces

Now that we’ve turned back our clocks for winter, the Golden Hour is roughly between 4:00- 5pm depending on your geographic location.

 Posing with a large group? Make sure you create levels with each person to make the photo more interesting.

You don’t want to end up with a straight, boring line! Try using a staircase to break up a large group of adults. Put the children in front of the adults rather than at their sides. You can also incorporate seasonal décor – like a garland on your stairway, or a wreath on your front door – to help shape the photo.

 Incorporate Candid & Natural Looking Shots.

Nothing is worse than a stiff photo with no life! Create an amazing photo by allowing individual personalities to shine through with a candid or natural looking photo. A tip to get you started? Try taking a “funny” photo first to loosen the mood. Have everyone jump or make a silly face. Kids and adults alike will have fun with this.

Extra tip: Protect These Precious Memories

As always, we remind you to backup all your priceless photos with one of our amazing Picture Keeper drives. What’s the point of capturing the photos if you can’t keep them safe? Try our mobile device, Picture Keeper Connect, for a fast, simple backup straight from your smartphone.

Enjoy your family and friends this holiday! We hope these three easy tips will help you capture (and keep) your most amazing seasonal shot yet!

Share your tips for holiday photos below!


  1. Honestly, while I love taking pictures, I’m not the best at doing it. Luckily, there are several shutter bugs who have all kinds of gear that make our family photos better. For the rest of us, Picture Keeper is a godsend!

  2. I would love to win this as a gift for my best friend. She could really use one of these. She captures natural pictures all the time.

  3. I love this, I love seeing people do candid shots, its really heartwarming to not have things posed and looking awkward. Its really important to wait for the golden hour as its mentioned here, I really love getting everyone outside and having that perfect sunlight to get really great pictures. Great information in this article, thank you!

  4. I love candid shots. It’s hard to corral upwards of 30 people for a group shot! That’s our issue when we have our family Christmas gathering.

    1. Hi Carolyn! Were you able to give the connect a try? We’d love to hear more about your experience!

    1. Hi Julie! Were you able to give Picture Keeper a try? We’d love to hear more about your experience!

  5. My best tip for picture taking is just let everyone act normal sometimes the people place themselves perfectly I love catching laughter bloopers and things

  6. With better and better cameras coming out on smartphones, it’s rare to see anyone with a real camera anymore. The PK would help protect all those wonderful family photos that you take with your phone.

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