Holidays are about family—which makes this the perfect time of year to get updated pictures. Here are a few of my tips to make your holiday family photography experience fun and easy:

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Decide how you’ll use your photographs

A little planning in advance makes everything easier. Do you want to use your finished images as greeting cards or home décor? Will you be gifting some of them? Would you like photos for year-round use or just the holidays? This can help you decide things like:

What to wear (festive outfits are great for holiday cards or Christmas wall art, while more neutral sweaters and boots allow for greater flexibility)

Who should take the pictures (a friend with an eye for photography may be all you need for a handful of Christmas cards, but you may want to invest in a professional for wall art, albums, or gifts)

When to schedule your session (turnaround time varies and will probably be longer for creating a canvas than for printing snapshots for your annual newsletter)

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Choose a photography style that works for your family

While posed studio sessions work well for some families, you may have more success with a lifestyle or outdoor session. I do all of these types of sessions, and believe me, they all result in beautiful artwork! Choose what you feel your family would enjoy the most so your holiday family photography will be a great experience.

Get someone else to take the pictures

As moms, we’re tempted to do everything ourselves—including capturing those precious family moments. But that family isn’t complete without you! You deserve to be in those photographs and to simply enjoy being with your family while someone else operates the camera for a while.

Happy Holidays!

Whatever it looks like for your family, I hope you have a wonderful holiday family photography experience this year! Enjoy each other, and enjoy the moments!


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Shannon Reece Jones Photography is a fine art portrait studio located in The Woodlands, TX. We proudly serve Houston, TX and surrounding locations, and do travel upon request. Currently, I am booking several months in advance, so please be sure to reach out as soon as possible to learn more. A quick phone call helps explain everything a little better and answers any questions you may have. I can’t wait for your session!