Some tips for getting your “perfect” photo for the Holidays

If you haven’t yet captured the perfect holiday photo, don’t despair. Stephanie Roeder, a card stylist at Shutterfly, offers these tips to help get the job done. More advice is available online at

  • When taking a photo of the whole family, the rule of thumb is leave the busy holiday patterns for holiday pajamas. If family members insist on wearing clashing colors, opt for a black and white photo. It’s flattering for everyone and pairs well with the largest selection of card designs.
  • You know your kids best, so plan on taking photos at a time that is right for them, not when they’re over-tired or craving a meal.
  • A posed family portrait is still the most popular choice for holiday card photos. However, candid shots are gaining in popularity as a way to add a light-hearted touch to the season. Have the family try to make a pyramid, bring the dog into the photo, or simply chronicle the spontaneous moments of any given day to capture your family’s unscripted moments.
  • If you are choosing an outdoor location, remember to keep the light source behind you and get some of the colors of the outdoors into the shot along with your subjects. If you’re shooting indoors, try to forgo the flash by flooding the house with natural or artificial light. The tiny flash on a camera can sometimes produce a harsh and cold effect.
  • Take your photos both horizontally and vertically to avail yourself of the greatest option of corresponding card designs.
  • Keep your camera close at hand — you never know when you’ll catch a perfect moment.
  • Get close up and down to a baby’s level; the photos will turn out much more interesting from that angle.

Engagement Session in Meriden

So, I’ve been on the lookout for some graffiti for the past couple of months. I was on a mission presented by this couple & his love of graffiti. My search ended when I found an underpass in Meriden and thought that might be a good spot. A little dirty, kinda run down, but it made for great pics. I Love railroad tracks! These guys were great sports about it. They got into the session (after a bit of convincing!) and we had fun. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in Sept. 09!

My cute little man

I took my son out the other day for a mini photo shoot. My daughter was in school and I thought I could get his full attention. And maybe, possibly have him make some eye contact with me (the camera) and not her. Well, it lasted for about 15 min. or so and then it was over. He’s 2, what can I say? I took him to Eli Canon’s in Middletown. The outside of that place is so cool, great colors, signs, etc. I pass by there all the time and have always wanted to do a shoot out front. I’m constantly on the look-out for new places to shoot. Sometimes the most unlikely places make the best backdrops. So….that brings me to my point (it wasn’t just that my kid is cute!). Everyone who decides to book a session should give the location some serious thought. There are so many great spots in CT and I’m open for suggestions. It can really take your session to the next level when you pick the right location. And I’m always willing to make recommendations too!

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