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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.
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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 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.
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.
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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.