Are you in need of holiday pictures, but don’t have the time or money to get them done? Then this post is for you!
A couple of years ago, I was working so much that I did not have the time (or money) to take my daughter to JCPenney or ask my photographer to shoot them for me. Trying to keep the tradition alive and well, I hopped on Pinterest and Youtube to learn how to take holiday pictures on my own! Of course, I am going to share with you how I set up each shot and took every photo via my iPhone.
Here is what you need (there will also be links provided):
- Phone camera or a digital camera that you own. I used my iPhone 11 Pro
- A holiday-themed backdrop
- Good lighting. You can either shoot the pictures outdoors or purchase these lights for indoor shots.
- A tripod or a ring light
- Cheap Lightroom presets from Etsy, like this one
Now you are ready to set up your photo shoot!
For the outdoor photos, I have a church parking lot within the neighborhood that still had beautiful leaves on the trees. I tried different angles, used the leaves as props, and took plenty of candid pictures of my daughter. Check them out.
The indoor pictures were rather tricky for me, but I was able to get it! The hardest part is finding the right lighting. I took mine near the Christmas tree and used both of my ring lights to create the perfect lighting for each shot. I also used my flash! If you have an iPhone, you should utilize portrait mode. It makes the pictures look like they were taken with a professional camera.
After taking these pictures, I got on Walgreens and CVS photo sites to compare holiday card deals and chose the one most suitable for my budget.
I hope these tips helped if you are in a bind to get holiday pictures!