Capturing the “perfect” family photo in the great outdoors can be a challenge, but since Christmas cards aren’t going away, lets go over my simple tips and tricks to getting the photos that you want this season.Step One| Make sure to set the appointment with the photographer weeks in advance. This way you’ll have no way to know what weather to expect, think of it like: weather Russian Roulette. If you’re lucky you’ll get to shoot on the coldest day of the week, it might even start snowing right as you arrive.
Step Two| Wind (aka natures ice-cold blow dryer) will be blowing so make sure to use it to your advantage. If your husband happens to wear a toupée, make sure to use extra glue to hold it down onto his scalp. My husband doesn’t have one, so unfortunately there was so way to hold his hair down, but look at all that volume! This is also a great time to let your inner Marilyn Monroe out and really work it. Once you get some great shots showing your underwear, class it up and pinch your skirt in between your knees. If you’re able to also hold the toddlers skirt down with one hand, make it look comfortable and natural.
You may also want to hold your hair down from blowing away, do it gracefully so no one will be able to notice that you’re actually in the beginning stages of frost bite.Step Three| Instead of rescheduling, which you’ve probably considered 20 times by now, ask if you can move to an even colder and windier spot. Hold on to your husband arm and contemplate why you thought a tulle skirt was a good idea considering the weather… You come to terms with the fact that you’ll be leaving this photoshoot and head straight to the hospital to remove a few frozen toes. You decide its a great thing that you’re already married, because he’s stuck with you for the rest of eternity, toes or no toes.Step Four| Its a Christmas miracle because your brilliant photographer actually captures a “semi-normal” looking photo with everyone smiling! You set aside all dreams of a photo-collage type Christmas card and print out one photo cards using the image that turned out.
I hope these tips help you get the most stunning outdoor photos this year!