This post is written in partnership with Socialstars and ROC.
How in the world is it already time to think about holiday photos? I feel like we just started the school year…..but believe it or not, holiday photo time is rapidly approaching. Most families take holiday pictures in the beginning or middle of November so that they have time to receive pictures, order and send holiday cards. So, it's time to prepare…..and today I'm sharing a few of our simple tips for how to take great holiday photos! How to Take Great Holiday Photos:
Use a professional photographer: there's no substitute for quality when it comes to pictures. Super crisp, sharp pictures……just look better on a holiday card. Plus, photographers know how to capture great pictures in all different lights and locations. And honestly? If you've got a busy toddler….you need a pro. Our pictures of Lydia? Ghost hands most of the time. Most photographers do mini-sessions for the holidays…..they shoot a ton of families in one location in 30 or 45 minute slots. Ask your friends, it's a great deal…..and you'll get stellar pictures you can use for way more than your holiday cards!
Go for real, not perfectly posed: Perfectly posed pictures? Not my thing. With kids, they're pretty much impossible and when they do happen they just look boring. Ask your photographer to snap away. Let them capture you hugging your kids, playing with them. Turn some music on and ignore the camera. I promise, those are the best pictures every time.
Coordinate your outfits, without being too matchy-matchy: Totally matching outfits look a little cheesy, and can look dated after a couple years. Subtle coordination? Help pictures look more focused. For these outfits? Lydia and I are both wearing bow accents…and we stayed within a color scheme. Everything we are wearing is grey, black, white or red. Coordinated without being over the top.
Prepare yourself to look your best: Mom life is exhausting. It drains you, and honestly? It showed in my pictures. I looked tired and old. It was a little depressing. The best piece of advice a mom friend gave me? Preventative measures LONG before pictures. I've been working on my skincare routine…..and it's helped a ton. I've talked around these parts about how I cleared up my postpartum breakouts…..but those wrinkles? They didn't look so cute in pictures! I've started using RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream……and I'm LOVING the results. The main ingredient in this night cream is retinol, which is the #1 dermatologist recommended anti-aging ingredient….and man did it make a difference. Within 4 weeks, my skin looked firmer and younger. No one would have guessed that this 36 year old mom is exhausted from working full time and chasing a toddler around (unless they noticed the massive amounts of coffee I drink). Mamas, take the time to prep yourself for pictures…..it's as important as prepping your little ones!