3 Tips for an Unforgettable Family Holiday Photo

Sunny summer days are slowly fading into chilly fall breezes and you know what that means...the holidays are almost here! Here at Roam Rentals, we LOVE the holidays.  Even though it’s always sunny in Hawaii, we’re excited for the transition into moodier palettes and cozier textures. With that said, it’s time to start thinking about your holiday photo shoots. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! Keep reading for tips & inspiration!

 
 Photo By: Delbarr Moradi

Photo By: Delbarr Moradi

 

1. Timing
When planning your photoshoot, you should try your best to plan ahead and book with a photographer in advance.  Aim to have your photos booked by September so that you can have your photos taken in October so you can have it ready by the end of November and shared in December! Don’t forget to research photographers to see who’s style best fits yours and your family’s and discuss the vision you have with them. We work with some of the best, check out our Instagram for local connections.

Things you should consider is the location and time of day.  Do you prefer to have an indoor studio shoot or somewhere outdoors? Often times people choose places with meaning such as a favorite park, hiking trail, or even their own home.  Also, the time of day is important. Although Hawaii is an overall sunny state, broad daylight is often the harshest- a golden hour photoshoot (about an hour before the sun goes up or an hour before it goes down) provides a lot of good lighting.  

2. Get Creative
Consider activities you and your family like doing together and incorporate that into your shoot.  Or think about special traditions you have together such as well.

Another struggle is finding the right outfit to wear. When deciding on the right wardrobe Pintrest is great source to go to for finding the right color palettes and styles. Matching outfits are cute, but feel free to deviate from this trend and add your own flare too!  Just make sure it is consistent throughout everyone in the photo.

And remember, not every picture has to be perfectly posed!  Sometimes the best moments are unplanned. If you’re all doing something you enjoy and embrace each other’s company, candids often best capture everyone having fun naturally.  If it starts raining, embrace the moment and cue the dance party. And remember, bring your pets! They’re family too!

 
 Photo By:  Em the Gem

Photo By: Em the Gem

 
 
 Photo By: Sheena Marie Photography

Photo By: Sheena Marie Photography

 

3.  Props
Once you’ve planned out the theme of your photoshoot, start thinking about the types of props you want to have.  Furniture such as chairs, pillows, rugs in velvet, faux fur, etc. help to add more personality to your shoot! Mirrors and frames can also be used for special effects when combined with photoshop. If you’re planning to do an outdoor shoot, make it a little homier and add textures that feel organic to your family. It can be as simple as one chair or an entire lounge. 

And remember, no matter what location, theme, or props you choose, it's all about the people you're with.  Just smile and have fun- the rest will surely follow and you'll be able to cherish these memories for years to come! We'd love to help you stage the best photos yet so email us with your ideas. 

 

Aloha, 

Marina