Dabl at Home
Easy DIY Holiday Photo Studio
Here’s how to take those family photos at home this holiday!
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If you typically head to a photo studio or the mall this time of year for your annual family holiday photo, you may want to consider having your shoot at home. Not only will it keep your family safe, but it will also be a fun activity to get everyone involved with. And, you can leave your backdrop and props up as holiday decor all season long!
Here are some fun suggestions on how you can create your photo studio at home.
Find an empty wall to set up your backdrop. You can use a large rug, bedsheet, or blanket as your backdrop. Or, you can buy a holiday-theme removable decal to place over a blank wall. If you’d like to envision your family on a tropical beach, you can even get a full backdrop like this one from Amazon, to transport yourselves there.
Decor and Props
There are so many ways to decorate your at-home photo studio! If you are sticking with a fall theme, pumpkins, faux leaves, and cornucopias can all be found at craft stores, and placed on any ledges or floor space near your backdrop. More of a winter vibe? Incorporate a timely and festive wreath! If you have the space, and a Christmas tree, place it several feet behind where you will stand for your photo. If you’re going with a beach theme, a few beach chairs and prop cocktails will really make your photo standout!
For the best photos, you’ll want to set up in a room that is the brightest, and that gets the most natural light. Ideally, that means a room with windows. Try to take your photos during the time of day when that room is its brightest. If able to, have your family face the window or have the light hit the side of your faces, when you take your photos.
Taking The Photo
While most of us rely on our smartphones to take photos these days, that doesn’t mean you can to only take selfies or be left out of the group shot. Most cameras have a self-timer function and there are tons of tripods you can purchase to get that perfect shot setup. We like this one from Amazon, which works with both iPhones and Androids. Since you’ll likely be sending a photo-sized postcard, the resolution on your camera phone should work great! If you own a camera, a simple tripod like this AmazonBasics 60-inch one should do the trick.
Dress to Impress
Have fun with coordinating your outfits with your family members. Maybe this year wear matching pajamas, which would be very on-brand for 2020. We love these Burt’s Bees Baby Red and White Family Jammies because they even include a matching bandana for the dog! Ugly sweaters are a tradition that always make for great photos, as well! If you want to stick with more basic colors, black and darker colors work better for indoor shoots. If your background and decor is filled with a ton of different colors, simple solids for your outfits may be the best way to go.
Time to Print!
The good news is that most color printers can handle the resolution needed for a simple holiday card, so you'll just need a bit of cardstock or photo paper to complete the project! However, for the person who wants go all in, there are photo-specific printers chock-full of features like wireless connectivity, 2-sided printing and more.