Best Christmas Shoot Ideas

The Magic of Christmas Photo Sessions

Christmas is a wonderful time of year where families connect, unlike any other season. It’s also a great time of year to have family photos taken which can be used when sending out Christmas cards, having canvas prints made as gifts, adding them to photo collages of the cumulative year, and other fun ideas.

Holiday photo shoots can incorporate a variety of different candid and posed scenarios. Depending on the setting, photographer, and number of people being photographed, Christmas photo shoots can and should be beautiful keepsakes.

What to Wear

Some families like to purchase matching or coordinated outfits for their holiday photo shoots. Wearing red and green colors are more traditional and give that sought-after Christmas spirit some strive to achieve. Others prefer a more timeless color scheme, with black and white outfits, while posed before red and silver or gold settings. There is no right or wrong way to dress for a Christmas photo shoot. Afterall, these are for your Christmas pictures. Consider what you want your shots to look like and talk with your photographer about the different background settings available.

Outdoor Photo Shoots

Outdoor photo shoots can beautiful. With snow covered fields or mountainous views, using a natural setting can be wonderful for holiday shoots, especially if you live in a place that gets a lot of snow. The downside is it can be quite cold. Be sure to consider what the temperature might be when you schedule your shoot and try to pick outfits that won’t leave everyone shivering and miserable in the pictures.

Scarves, mittens, and winter boots can be great props, in addition to keeping your family from freezing. You may not want to sport large winter coats, but layers of turtlenecks and sweaters can be beautiful without making your family look fluffy in size.

Be sure to have an alternate plan should the weather be too cold or rainy. A photographer will most likely not want to expose their expensive cameras to these types of elements. Having a backup plan is a good idea so that you can get your photos take in time to be printed.

Feel Free to be Silly

Christmas photo shoots don’t have to be a bunch of stiff people with fake smiles standing around. You should have fun during your shoot. Talk to your photographer about having some silly face pictures taken. You will be sure to enjoy these, over time, probably more than the traditional photos that you also had take that year.

Christmas photo shoots should be fun and magical. Be sure to talk to your photographer about the types of photos you would like to have done, the colors you want incorporated, the setting or settings you want to utilize, and the vibe you want captured during your shoot. A combination of traditional and silly photos should most definitely be taken, along with candid and traditional poses. And don’t forget, you are supposed to be capturing a family that loves each other. Be sure to bring your patience and smiles with you.

Now please enjoy a few pictures from our 2018 Christmas photo sessions

Best Friend Maternity shoot | Maryland Maternity Photographer

Friends That Baby Bump Together

When a woman is pregnant, there is so much worry and anxiety about, well, basically everything. Will the baby be healthy? What if he or she is not? Am I eating the right foods? What if I can’t breastfeed?

The list goes on and on. There are 500 page plus books that talk about every aspect of what to expect, but when the time comes, everything seems to be unique. While your partner should be a great support for you, they don’t really know what you are going physically through. The cramping, morning sickness, back aches, stretch marks, weird cravings. So, what if you had a best girl friend who happened to be pregnant at the same time? That would be fantastic! You could shop together, compare aches and pains, commiserate together.

But this should also be a joyous time too. Why not do a maternity photo shoot together? There’s nothing cooler than friends that baby bump together and having photos of your time pregnant will be keepsakes you will forever cherish.

Hiring a Photographer for a Dual Maternity Shoot

When you book your photographer, you want to be sure to discuss all the different types of photos that you want taken. Obviously, you will want photos together, but you will also want individual shots, as well. Talk to your maternity photographer about what you have in mind for pictures, poses, and locations, but also be open to suggestions from your photographer. It is their job to make sure that you have the best experience possible with the most memorable outcome.

Photo Poses

There is no doubt that having a baby bump-to-bump shot will be taken. But what other poses should you be considering? If you have your shoot in a park, you might want to have pictures taken on swings. If you choose a wooded location, then you might want to do a split, forward/distance shot, where one of you is in the forefront and the other the background, and then switch it around. However, in the case of these gorgeous mamas, we had the shoot right in their backyard… cool, right?!

Photo Props

Don’t shy away from using props in your pics. Using a picture frame to “capture” your baby bumps is a cute idea. Chalkboard signs and ribbons are adorable too. If you decide to go with different dressing themes, you can virtually have a fashion show favoring your pregnant belly’s. The options are limitless, so be sure to talk to your photographer ahead of time about ideas that you really want captured.

Post-Maternity Pictures

Another idea to consider is having your babies photographed together after they are born. These can be precious shots where the babies are snuggled together or propped up in clever poses. Chances are since you have been best friends with the mom, your children will grow up to be forever friends, as well. Capturing these first moments of togetherness can be wonderful. Perhaps you can even have annual photos of your children taken to document their friendship growing and maturing through the years.

Maternity photo shoots do not have to be limited to a single mom and her belly. If you have a friend who is also pregnant, having baby bump photos taken can be the start of a fantastic annual tradition.