Source: Stu­dio Mil­la

Hol­i­day pho­tog­ra­phy is an extreme­ly respon­si­ble deci­sion for a pho­tog­ra­ph­er. The task is not only to make them look like post­cards, not only in a beau­ti­ful frame, but also to cre­ate a cer­tain mood. On New Year’s hol­i­days, the task is a lit­tle eas­i­er, because dec­o­ra­tions, Christ­mas trees and much more come to the res­cue. But the basis of the foun­da­tions is still a plan. There­fore, today we will talk about ideas and inter­est­ing tricks that will help you shoot a won­der­ful and inspir­ing New Year’s pho­to shoot.

Decor and furnishings

We asso­ciate the New Year with a com­plete­ly obvi­ous list of dec­o­ra­tions. These are gar­lands of lights and fir branch­es, a direct­ly dec­o­rat­ed Christ­mas tree, and gifts. There­fore, all these dec­o­ra­tions can and should be used in a pho­to shoot. At the same time, it is not nec­es­sary to cre­ate a stu­dio atmos­phere, although such a move is now espe­cial­ly pop­u­lar. Much more inter­est­ing from an artis­tic point of view is a calmer, home­ly atmos­phere. If you have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to shoot a pho­to shoot in just such an atmos­phere, you are best to use it. Such pho­tos will empha­size the atmos­phere of the fam­i­ly and cre­ate a mood in the pho­to.

If you are going to shoot in nature, which is also com­mon, then do not for­get about props. You will be lucky if the weath­er turns out to be snowy, but you will still have only nature and the envi­ron­ment at your dis­pos­al. There­fore, many frames will require acces­sories and dec­o­ra­tions, which should be tak­en care of in advance. If you have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­nect the lights, then this can turn out to be an inter­est­ing shot. Some pho­tog­ra­phers even dec­o­rate trees and snow-cov­ered bush­es to cre­ate a state that resem­bles both the real nature and the stu­dio at the same time. In gen­er­al, it adds a fab­u­lous effect to the pho­tos.

In addi­tion, when shoot­ing out­doors, it is espe­cial­ly impor­tant that the cloth­ing is not too lay­ered. After all, it is impor­tant that grace be pre­served in the fig­ure, and it is desir­able to main­tain dynam­ics in the frame. There­fore, it is bet­ter to choose not too cold weath­er, or shoot the way fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phers do — stock up on blan­kets and hot tea, and take shots inter­mit­tent­ly.

Source: Bulles de Joie

family shots

We usu­al­ly spend the hol­i­day with the fam­i­ly, so the fes­tive pho­to shoot should include the fam­i­ly. Whether they are new­ly­weds or par­ents, it is best to take pho­tos that con­vey the warm and cozy atmos­phere of the hol­i­day. For exam­ple, if the fam­i­ly is large and you can’t fit every­one in one frame, then a series of shots with dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions can be a great idea. Every­one can be includ­ed in this process: grand­par­ents, teenagers, chil­dren and even tod­dlers.

Many choose not sim­ple staged shots, but more inter­est­ing ones. For exam­ple, when fam­i­ly mem­bers are busy with some­thing, cook­ing, look­ing at an album or sign­ing post­cards. Think about what will cre­ate the most inter­est­ing pic­ture that will be easy to cre­ate.

If you shoot a pair, the task is notice­ably sim­pli­fied, you have only two mod­els, and it becomes eas­i­er to con­vey pos­i­tive dynam­ics. This can be done by sim­ply ini­ti­at­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion between peo­ple: talk to them, let them com­mu­ni­cate with each oth­er. By and large, approach­ing such a shoot is absolute­ly the same as a pho­to shoot in the love-sto­ry genre.

Clothing combination

Cloth­ing is an impor­tant part of any pho­to shoot, because in many ways, it is she who cre­ates the main con­trasts between the back­ground and the fore­ground. A suit for a pho­to shoot also needs to be cho­sen extreme­ly wise­ly. Cloth­ing, of course, should fit the char­ac­ters, and in addi­tion, be com­bined with the over­all col­or scheme of the frame. Clas­sic fes­tive, name­ly New Year’s col­ors are red and green. How­ev­er, del­i­cate col­ors are equal­ly well suit­ed, but keep in mind that the tree in the back­ground will be a dark spot, so he needs a con­trast­ing pair.

The most con­ve­nient tech­nique is to cre­ate a col­or palette in advance that will work for your pho­tos. Remem­ber that the char­ac­ters in the pho­to should stand out, and the back­ground should be the sec­ond plan, so you should not load it with over­ly bright ele­ments.

If you are deal­ing with a large fam­i­ly, then one of the best options is to choose clothes so that every­one can express their indi­vid­u­al­i­ty, while main­tain­ing the over­all gamut.


If the fam­i­ly has pets, they can also add a fes­tive mood to the frame. Espe­cial­ly if you specif­i­cal­ly come up with an out­fit or dec­o­ra­tion for them. At the same time, keep in mind that it will be more dif­fi­cult to pho­to­graph ani­mals, even if their own­ers are near­by. There­fore, if you are unable to catch a pet, then it is best to leave this idea. Some help­ful tips are to get the ani­mal’s atten­tion with a treat or a toy. To do this, you will need an assis­tant, and one of the hosts will be per­fect for this role.

But if you’re lucky, such dynam­ics will have a pos­i­tive effect on the atmos­phere of the pic­ture.

Pets look espe­cial­ly good in pho­tos with chil­dren, and with cou­ples. It is also worth remem­ber­ing that ani­mals, like chil­dren, are best shot at their height.

Source: Good­Prints

Use Creative Techniques

Per­spec­tive and dif­fer­ent heights can work in your favor, espe­cial­ly if you have to work with group shots. In this case, it is best to bor­row a skill that wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers often use — to stand high­er than the char­ac­ters in your frame are worth.

You should not use a wide-angle lens, it cre­ates a cer­tain dis­tor­tion, and if this is ide­al for pho­tograph­ing build­ings, then por­trait shots and even group pho­tos can dis­ap­point the cus­tomer. The goal of a pho­tog­ra­ph­er is to cap­ture the emo­tions and beau­ty of a per­son. Any dis­tor­tion com­pli­cates this task.

Pay attention to individual elements

Again, just like in wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy and love sto­ry pho­tog­ra­phy, you can pho­to­graph not only por­traits or full length, but also indi­vid­ual details. So, for exam­ple, small gift box­es on the palms, chil­dren hold­ing their par­ents’ hands, even snowflakes on fur or wool gloves and mit­tens look great. Pay atten­tion to such tri­fles in order to slight­ly change the for­mat in the series. By them­selves, these pho­tographs car­ry much less seman­tic load, but when design­ing a pho­to book, they will play a sig­nif­i­cant role. Even if you don’t plan to cre­ate such a project, pho­tos also work great for a port­fo­lio, and may also appeal to those you pho­to­graph.

The main purpose of shooting

The main task of such fes­tive pho­to shoots is to cre­ate some­thing sim­i­lar to a clas­sic New Year’s card, where fam­i­ly, an atmos­phere of joy and hap­pi­ness is felt. There­fore, it is from post­cards that you should draw inspi­ra­tion. You must have come across Vic­to­ri­an hand-drawn post­cards. Imag­ine repli­cat­ing their ele­gant con­tent in a frame. Of course, this will require a lit­tle more prepa­ra­tion and a stu­dio with pre-installed scenery. But, if you man­aged to find a suit­able room, then the prob­lem is solved by itself. It remains only to choose appro­pri­ate, per­haps a lit­tle old-fash­ioned cos­tumes, and try to cre­ate the effect of light pic­turesque­ness. Such a task may well be per­formed by non-pro­fes­sion­al mod­els, but the result will def­i­nite­ly turn out to be inter­est­ing and non-stan­dard. And what you will def­i­nite­ly suc­ceed in is a fes­tive mood.

Source: My Kar­ma Stream

The alter­na­tive is the mod­ern approach. More light shades, con­trast­ing col­ors and the most mod­ern inte­ri­or. Most stu­dios just offer just such halls. The inte­ri­or in them is very min­i­mal­is­tic, the tree is dec­o­rat­ed in a cer­tain col­or scheme and, in fact, you have to adapt to it. This does not mean that you can­not set the tone for the pho­to shoot. After all, this is why we usu­al­ly research the upcom­ing shoot­ing site in advance. The task of the pho­tog­ra­ph­er in many ways is to think over the pho­to ses­sion in advance and coor­di­nate it with those who are to be pho­tographed.

Remem­ber that the most impor­tant task is to lis­ten to the wish­es of your cus­tomers, and try not to impose your own ideas. Wher­ev­er you can com­pro­mise, choose this option. An idea can always be tweaked and tweaked, but if it comes from who you’re shoot­ing for, you’re much more like­ly to get com­fort­able on the set.

A pho­tog­ra­ph­er is a bit of an artist, a bit of a psy­chol­o­gist and a bit of a direc­tor. All these skills you have to put into prac­tice dur­ing the pho­to shoot.