Friday, October 5, 2018

Time to think about your Holiday card photo shoot | Rebecca Lewis, Portrait Photographer, Campbell, New York

Quick question, I know it’s only the beginning of October, but have you ordered your holiday cards for this year?  

There are some simple ideas to assist you in planning your holiday card photo shootIf you haven't even thought of cards, don't worry. There's still time to schedule your session AND get them back in time to mail them out. 

I know you want a beautiful product to send your message of good cheer and many thanks this holiday season. I also know you also want your cards to reflect who you are, so consider a few tips shared below.

Consider your theme. How d0 you want your images to look for your greetings? 

Do you like a more relaxed, fun, and traditional festive theme? A casual lifestyle session might be the look you're going for.

Do you like Fashion? If you like a more fashion, magazine inspired look, then fresh, dramatic, or formal attire will certainly fit the bill.

Once you know what theme, now it's time to consider your wardrobe.

  • It’s a good idea to coordinate outfits with color rather than try matching outfits. 
  • The classics red and green are always a festive idea for the holidays, but they don’t have to overwhelm the image. Red makes a great pop of color when paired with a black suit coat for men or as a lipstick for women. 
  • Kids can wear hats and hair accessories in matching colors to make the image look seasonal and pulled together. 
  • If you’re not a fan of the traditional holiday colors, use rich and luxurious golds, silvers, purples, royal blues.
  • Black is always a good idea. 
  • And my favorite, rose gold.
My rule of thumb is, if you have a favorite color use it. You will feel and look amazing and your images will truly reflect your personality.

Use patterns as an accent.

An example would be using plaid and stripes. I love them both and they are beautiful when used any time the year. However, too much in one photograph can be overwhelming. Try these suggestions as simple accents.
  • A plaid/stripe tie, vest, or pocket square for men and boys.
  • A skirt, dress, or hair accessories in a coordinating plaid/stripe for girls and ladies.

Finally, don’t forget textures. They are always a great go-to for the holiday season. 
  • Chunky or cable knit sweaters will clearly convey the season and be a bit more casual. As will flannel clothing options.
  • Add visual appeal with layers for an element of fun and personality. This is where your scarves and sweaters will create even more textures and playfulness. They're perfect for your lifestyle themed cards. 
  • Velvet conveys a sense of luxury an often feels dramatic. This makes it perfect for your "Vogue style" portraits. It even comes in a gorgeous array of colors.
And, just in case you are wondering the best time to send your cards, here is are easy guidelines.  

  • Holiday cards are best sent between mid-November and Early December. 
  • Christmas cards are best sent during the first week of December.
Hope these tips help you with planning your next session!