’Tis the season for family photos: Tips for getting the right shot (and outfit) on a budget

Allison Andrews

Fri November 25, 2016 1:01pm

Allison Andrews and Family
Allison Andrews and Family

The season of festive lights, holiday music and shopping is upon us. And what better way to reconnect with friends and family around the country and send warm wishes than holiday cards?
Regardless of what holiday you are celebrating, now is one of the few times during the year when you have the perfect excuse to gather the family for a formal portrait. The best part? Your outfits, the scenery, photographer and location don’t have to break the bank. I’ve pulled together some holiday card style hacks below that can be crafted from items you already own and shot at nearby locations you love.
A coastal backdrop
Make your friends and family living in cooler climates envious by using the beach as your backdrop. We are surrounded by the water and beautiful beaches throughout San Diego, so why not take advantage of it. Keep the photo casual by dressing the family up in a pair of blue jeans and white shirts. Just grab a friend to take the photo and you’ll have a fresh, simple and clean holiday card. Tip: Spice up your outfit by adding a splash of color, such as a colorful staple necklace or vibrant tie.
Merry mall
For a fun, easy and low-cost holiday portrait, head to the nearest mall. Come holiday time, malls tend to put out a ton of decorations, including festive walls that make the perfect photo backdrops. Dress the family up in color-themed outfits, drive over to the mall and ask a fellow shopper to point and shoot. Tip: Make a day (or evening) out of the photo shoot and spend some quality time with the family shopping.
Formal family
Look completely professional without going to a photography studio by finding a gorgeous hotel near you. Around the holidays, hotels typically have Christmas trees and other festive pieces, perfect for holiday cards. For a more formal photo, dress the family up in dresses, suits and bow ties. Hop in the car and use a hotel lobby to take some fabulous pictures. Tip: Use the trip as an opportunity to explore a different neighborhood in San Diego and grab a nice dinner with the family.
From casual holiday cards depicting a coastal lifestyle to more formal photos, this holiday season is sure to bring cheer to the neighborhood. If you’re like me and don’t have a whole lot of time or big budget for holiday cards, one of the above is sure to do the trick.
Happy Holidays from my family to yours!