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Christmas Cards that Wow: Shooting and Styling Holiday Family Photos

Elizabeth Hambleton

Christmas Cards that Wow: Shooting and Styling Holiday Family Photos

Elizabeth Hambleton

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6 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Intro

      2:30
    • 2. Identifying Your Light Source

      2:35
    • 3. Location & Lighting

      15:07
    • 4. Styling & Choosing Props

      12:30
    • 5. Tips For Shooting With Kids

      4:58
    • 6. Class Project

      5:29
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This class will help you save money by skipping the professional photographer session this year and shooting your family holiday photos yourself. It offers some basic tips and tricks for lighting and choosing a location, but it does not go in depth with the technical aspect of photography. Instead it focuses on helping you achieve the styled look of your favorite Pinterest photo. 

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1. Intro: Hi Welcome, Teoh Christmas cards that wow styling and shooting holiday family photos. My name is Elizabeth and I studied photography in college, and I work as a personal stylist now in the fashion industry. And even with that much experience, I know that the struggle could be riel when trying to get a good family photo. I have two small Children myself, a two year old daughter and a four year old son, and I know that coordinating outfits and getting a cute idea and doing something different every year it can be overwhelming. It can also be really expensive to buy the outfits and then pay two or $300 for a mini session. And I love a good photography session. Um, and then there's definitely nothing wrong with having your photos taken professionally. But this cost is designed to help you both style and shoot a family photo for your holiday card without paying for a professional photographer. That said, you could definitely use the styling tips to help make your professional session even more fun or more styled. So if you want to do that, that's totally great to. But this cost will help you but think of an idea. Style it and go ahead and shoot the picture all by yourself and be ready to have a really awesome quality card that you're proud to send your friends and family. I will say that I give it some photography tips on things like lighting and location, but I don't go in depth into things like aperture or shutter speed. If you need help with the actual shooting, the technical aspect, there are lots of classes that already cover that. So I didn't cover that content in this class because I didn't want to make it to unmanageable love. But it's gonna be a great class. It'll really take the mystery out of styling because getting a really creative card is not as hard as you think. And I'm gonna show you some examples everything from something like this. This is my son a couple years ago and just in a festive background, not a lot of styling to it all the way into doing something more like this, where you have a pretty style set and her shooting inside. We will cover both this type of inside shooting as well. US. And tips for shooting outdoors like this one. So just grab a cup of coffee and enjoy and get ready to take your Christmas cards to the next level. All right, thanks. 2. Identifying Your Light Source: Hi, I'm back with just a quick tips about lighting later on. In the cost, I'm gonna talk to you about facing your whiting source or facing away from it, or how to arrange your subject abusively your lighting. And so I wanted to be this little tip. Sometimes it's super easy to tell where your main light sources from like right now, you can tell that the light is stronger from this side than it is from this side of me, and then sometimes it's just obvious. Like if you're shooting in a room and there's only one big window, then that's your light source. Or if it's a sunny day and you can clearly tell where the sun is kind of coming from than that's your light source. But sometimes you'll be in a room where there's windows on multiple science, and it's a little hard to tell what's my strongest light source, and sometimes two. If you're shooting on a date that's a little bit overcast or cloudy, it can be hard to tell where the light source is. So a really quick thing that you can do if you are trying to tell, is if you hold your fist out, and then you take your finger and you rotate it around your fist, looking carefully for where is there a shadow? So but lights definitely coming from here right now. I can already tell, but say you couldn't if you hold your finger over your wrist and then you look and see what can you tell right there on my wrist? There's definitely some shadow. So I know that this way is where my light is coming from that strongest, even though there actually are windows to this side and both to the front of me right now, while I'm shooting this video. So sometimes it's just a question of finding where your strongest light sources from, and that's gonna help you arrange your photos successfully. So that's a good thing that you can do that's quick and easy. If you're outside, especially when it's cloudy and you can tell, just try circling your hand, and sometimes you're to kind of go back and forth and tie see? Okay, I think it's stronger over here. I'm not seeing a shadow on my hand. This hand will create a shadow on your lower hand, so kind of play with that, and that's a good tip for if you're out in the field and you can't tell where sources, then it'll help you arrange. And then the important part about that, especially for this type of photo, is you don't want Your face is in shadow, so we'll talk more about that. And I just wanted to let you know that's a good way to help tell where your primary light source is coming from, OK? 3. Location & Lighting: hi, everyone. Today we're getting started with one of the most basic parts of styling photo. You want to choose your location in, and from that it will often determine your lighting. But we're going to talk about making the most of lighting in different situations, and whether or not you want to shoot inside or outside, it's definitely a very different look to shoot inside or outside insides. Typically, more of, ah, studio look that you can have what's called more of a lifestyle look of something that's still kind of more casual unless styled in the way that this photo is. This is more of a studio vibe, But, um, you see a lot of both used in holiday cards, and it's not really one. It's not better or worse. It's just a question of what do you like and what do you in the mood for? And I know sometimes I like to switch things up your here with my holiday cards. And so if I've done a bunch of outdoor photos for the last couple years like it's nice to mix in an indoor photo just for something a little different little variety, um, shooting inside I think can feel daunting because you think to yourself I don't have a studio or the right light or any of the things that a professional would have, and I totally understand that feeling. But I'm here to tell you that it's actually much more accessible than you would think. This is a picture I took of my daughter when she was a newborn, and it does look kind of like it was in the studio. But I actually shot this in her nursery. And there you go. Um, you might be surprised to see that it's really not a complicated set up. If you have very small Children or animals that you'd like to photograph, you can do it with just a whiteboard that the whiteboard in that picture is just a foam core board that I bought it. Hobby Lobby. Um, if you don't have a hobby lobby near you, there's different craft stores like a Michaels, uh, places like that. So I'm their only like five bucks. They're light, they're made out of foam core, and you can use that to create the sense or the look of like a plain white background. But I also show you this just to kind of reinforce the idea that it doesn't have to be super fancy to be successful. Um, it's really just a question of a little bit of planning and looking at your space with kind of new eyes. I will show you some other pictures later on. They were shot in this very same room, and the lighting's like okay, but it's not exceptional, and the walls were white. So if you have any sort of room with some natural light that are have white walls, you could certainly shoot in there. I will say that even when shooting inside, I recommend using natural light as much as possible, just cause it's going to give you a softer look to your photos. Um, rather than trying to use like an overhead light, it's gonna create a lot of shadows typically. So just to show you how many options there are, probably that you might be overlooking. So this is shot in the same room. This is still my daughter's nursery. This is about two years later. She's too now, and I just thought this the other day, and this is for her birthday, but I wanted just a little sort of soft portrait of her, and it shows how you can put her near like, a window or something. And to get that pretty side lighting on her that is kind of soft and flattering. This is just sort of a casual picture. I took what I want to show you. How different you, how many different voters you can take in the same room? If I were to use this for, like, an actual card or something, I probably would have moved that table out of the background and pulled the drapes over a little bit, so they filled in. But also, you could just crop it in, and you could make a really cute card out of that if you wanted. So, um, you know, there are a lot of options. It's just a question of looking at your space kind of more creatively. Then perhaps you have, like, thought about it in the past. Um, one of the main things about lighting is that you want it to be soft and even, and you don't want harsh shadows. You can't even really see it in this picture. But that window has pains it has. You know, the wood kind of slats, I guess, that are in a window that give it that pained look. Um, so you don't want light That's going to be so harsh that you would see that kind of shadow on your subject. And so this slide gives you an idea of what to look for. If you've ever shot with a professional photographer, had them take your photo. They're always looking around. This is the kind of stuff they're looking for in the left. There are, since soft shadows kind of from the bottom of that wall where the window starts, but you'll see that it's not a super harsh line on the ground. It kind of fades out a little bit, and there's plenty of room to stand in the wood, where you have nice, bright light but no shadowing. That's the kind of light your warning toe look for whether or not you're shooting insider outside. You don't want harsh shadows in your picture. Now have you see on the right. This is a picture from my living room, and you can see how much more defined the edge of that shadow is. It's a pretty crisp line. You can clearly see that the sofa edges making that shadow, so that's the kind of thing you want to avoid. If, for some reason you were forced to be shooting in this room, you would just want to make sure that your entire subject is in either all the way in the shadow and you're exposing for that for all the way in the light. You don't want the shadows crossing through your picture. One thing to think about is shade is really good when you're outside shooting, but it needs to be complete shade. You don't want to shoot your photo under a tree where you're getting like dappled light through the leaves, which can look pretty in person, but it's not gonna look good in a photo. You want the light to be even, and you don't want shadows on the ground. If you see shadows on the ground where you're shooting, you need to try toe, rearrange and pull your subject away from. So this is just like a quick example of lighting, Um, and how you can. These were both shot at the same time in the same room with my son obviously, um, as my model. And it just goes to show you that I would say that backlighting, though very popular, is not what I would recommend if you're pretty new to photography. If you know how to shoot, I'm manual and expose. Use a light meter. You get the exposure on the subject space. Then you can totally do that. And it's very pretty when it's done well and a lot of professionals do shoot with a kind of some backlighting for a little bit of added drama. But if you're pretty nude or just trying this out kind of for the first time, I wouldn't recommend shooting with the light source behind you because it's gonna be harder for shadows. Thes were, I tried to make him kind of extremes. You can clearly see one thing is you might get your subject their faces, OK, but the background is super blown out. You're not gonna want that, probably on the other one. The background looks OK, but his face is way too shadowy for like a nice portrait type photo holiday card look. So to avoid that, if you're aren't really too confident on your exposures or if you're shooting on automatic , I would not shoot. With the light behind you, I would recommend shooting with the light to this side. The lighting is typically very flattering when it comes into the side and you can have it creates a nice variants in the picture. Naturally, where say on like the left, her face is in the light, and there's a little bit of subtle shadowing kind of on the other side of her face, and it creates a more professional look more styled look without being too difficult to expose. For, um, these words were both taken on an iPhone, so you don't even have to have a fancy camera to get a picture that is exposed correctly. If you if anyone is shooting with their phone. If you have portrait mode on like the eight plus, I think the nine plus maybe the X, I'm not sure which phones, but that portrait mode does give you like a nice soft background. It can help you get soft lighting, but just somebody consider you really need to be cognizant of where your light is coming from because that's going to tell you which way the shadows are. going, and you just always want to keep the face typically, unless you're going for a different look. But most the time you want the face of whoever you're shooting your kids to be. Not in shadow. Um, and you hopefully watched the little quick video tip where I should. You had a look for shadows if you're not sure where your light source is coming from. So if you are gonna shoot outside, definitely shooting in the shade is a good idea because it's going to keep from having your kids squint at you. Which certainly mind do if it's too sunny and you're also going to avoid having them be shadowy. It can be counterintuitive, but actually, when it's really sunny, you could have way too much shadowing in the face. Like if you've ever seen a picture from the beach that people take on their phone. A lot of times, the face of the subject is shadowy because there's just too much like light. It's not exposing correctly, Um, but here is just an example of how this shoot isn't completely uniform, and that's fine. I like the look of the hot spots of light in the background. But you just want to make sure that, like in this photo, your subject is evenly wit. So I pulled him forward to where he was in a spot of shade that was gonna not have any big hot spots, No bright, shiny parts of him. And again also no, like really dark parts to give a nice, even look so you can just adjust. Try to either move your kids forward or background, but forward or backwards when you're placing them to make sure there isn't like an awkwardly bright or dark spot in the photo, Um, so then you can also do what I call it Artificial shade. I kind of It's just something like if you can't find a tree or if the clouds air kind of inconsistent on the day your shooting one of the best way is to reduce dresses. Just fun shade. That's not gonna move on. Yeah, so this is a photo I took of my daughter on our front porch, and it is a covered porch, so she's in the shade right here. You can also put your kids near walls in the shady side of buildings or up against you see that a lot on Pinterest, where someone's nearer like a barn or kind of an older building, and they have cold break in the back. Those kinds of pictures are always shot in the shade, so you don't want to be on the sunny or side of the building. You definitely want to be on the shady side, and that's because it creates a nice, even look without a lot of shadows and without people squinting. And you can see here, this is actually not a super sunny day. There aren't any harsh shadows on the ground from like the porch posts. That kind of thing is important to look forward to because they can be hard to get rid of later on. Unless you really know what you're doing. A photo shop, the more you can look for problems and evenness when you're shooting, the more successful your B because it can be hard after the fact to get rid of some of the problems. Just always look at the ground, see how even this is, and then that's the kind of lighting you wanna look for toe. Have a successful photo. So I added this one just as like a little reminder of things I don't recommend again unless you really know how to expose pretty well. Things like hats can create too much shadows. Even large bows on girls can create a lot of shadow on their face. Do you want to make sure they're further back on their head if they are gonna wear a big bow so that it's not gonna block the light? And it can be nice to have some variants in light to give your photo depth like here. The lighter background helps create that more professional look and the depth to the photo a little more interest, but you just want to make sure that your subject is nice and even, and there's something distracting on them. So again, if you are shooting with an iPhone, you can do it on portrait mode. This was shot with a camera, but you could get a similar look on portrait mode where it kind of blurs the background. And that could be nice for a car to, because it gives this kind of blurrier background is ideal for using. If you wanna have some space for text or messages on your card, um, if you are seeing with camera and feel comfortable, you can create this kind of look with a really open aperture. But, um, again, you can't have to know how to meet her for light. And I don't go super into that in this class. But there are tons of photography classes on skill share that can teach you more about the technical side. If you are interested, and then our next video is going to be on styling. Thanks. 4. Styling & Choosing Props: All right. Welcome back, guys. Today we're talking about styling, and it doesn't have to be as complicated as people think. Just a few small props can really make a huge difference in your photo. This, uh, most of the photos in this class all but Teoh. I shot myself. This one was our critic and by a professional photographer, Lori Wilson photography, who is in Dallas. And I highly recommend if you're in this area, but I want to show it just because I think this is what people think of sometimes when they think of a style photo again. Even this is actually not as complicated as you might think. And you can use a lot of security have. But getting a sound look doesn't need to have Otan of different elements. You could just take your favorite few things, like a throw or rug or at a Christmas tree, or things that you already have in your house. And they can really be successful as props in a photo. So my first tip is to use what you have. They you don't need to go out and spend a lot of time and money sourcing new props for a photo, especially if it's one with just your kids in it that you're taking for a holiday card. I would imagine that you already have some holiday decor if you want that type of look, or you can use things even from around your house, that can give your look. Your photo are totally new look, and we're going to go into, like, different types of styling, props and how to use them. So the first thing is natural props, and what I'm calling natural props are things that are in nature like trees, but also things that are already in the location where you want to shoot. So this is a picture I took of my daughter at a local arboretum, and they have a pumpkin festival every year in the fall. She was born in the fall, so I didn't myself bring any of these pumpkins. I didn't buy them. I didn't have to pay for them. It was already there for me. All I did was look strategically around and try to find one that was big enough that I could put her on and kind of arranged her arms and her legs to where they were in kind of a cute position. And especially if you're looking to save money by shooting yourself rather than having a professional, you definitely don't need to feel like you have to spend a ton of money buying things. There's lots of locations around you, whether it's maybe a building that's read that would make a cute red background for a holiday card or a born somewhere around town or a local park or an arboretum. If you look around with that in mind, thinking about what would make a que background or what could I use? You'll be surprised at how much you see in your environment. There's also seasonal props, and that's very popular things like ornaments, banners, Christmas trees again. Something like a Christmas tree farm is a great place to shoot a holiday photo because it makes it fun. Family outing Anyway, Your kids will probably be in a good mood when you're there, and you could just bring something as simple as like a gold banner like this fall, a long one. And with the background already being kind of seasonal, there isn't a lot that you have tow. Add to the photo and sometimes that's a great way to go. Or even just something as simple as using a plaid blanket and giving your kids Christmas cookies to eat at just a local park. And shooting in just a natural greens base can have a really cute look, and especially if you use something like a plaid blanket, I would you want there close to kind of be in the same color family. But that's a really cost effective way to get a more styled feel without breaking the bank . Um, so this is not a specifically holiday photo. I took this for my daughter's first birthday, but I included it cause I wanted to show how accessible styling can be. This was taken in her nursery in her career Beauchamp Hotel, and all I added was balloons. But just the simple addition of balloons and putting them both in like a matching kind of white outfit gives it a very style or more professional feel. But I mean, these aren't even balloons filled with helium there. Just once I blew up myself, So this whole all of the styling for this photo only cost me about $3 cause they already owned some white clothes, so it's really more about creativity than it is about expertise or expense. And I think that's one of the main things I want you to take away from. This is feeling empowered that you can do this, and it doesn't have to be horribly hard or expensive. You have everything you need to take a successful photo. It's just a question of looking at what you already have and where you already are with kind of new eyes. Then I include this one because it was actually shot on the same day. And I think you can see that just zooming in more really changes the look and adding the little tiara cannot princess Thing around. Her hair really makes a big difference to to something as simple as like from this photo to this photo. This has a really feminine, girly vibe, and if you feel like you're room isn't maybe totally photo worthy. Thes pink balloons do a good job in kind of covering the background and giving a festive and style feel. But for very little money and very easy to dio Anytime you want shooting in your own home, the good benefit of that is that you can do it whenever you want. You're not taking your kids out to some other location, and so it's just super convenient. But I want to show you that it doesn't have to be complicated to have a good effect. So moving on to clothing your clothing and your props should coordinate kind of work together in terms of color. I would say, if you are going to try to shoot in a location around town that has a certain beam kind of going like here. I was obviously going for kind of a full Halloween field, and I took them to this local arboretum where they have pumpkins. And obviously the pumpkins are going to be in shades of orange. So you want to put them in something that's gonna coordinate with your environment, especially if you know it has a lot of a certain color. That being said, you don't want to match your environment too much. For example, I would not put your son in ah Hunter green sweater and then try to photograph a Christmas tree farm because that's gonna blend in a little bit too much to the background so you kind of want to coordinate, But not I wouldn't do like a really dark green outfit against any kind of trees or grass just because it might blend in a little bit too much. But the other thing I'll say about clothing is that you'll see they're both wearing clothing that has a similar overall aesthetic. And by that I mean she's not in a sequin dress and then he's in a T shirt. They're both in T shirts that are kind of the same level of dressing this. They have a similar graphic feel. The black is in both kind of picks up on each other, so you don't want toe. Try to think of it as you don't want someone who's really dressy and someone who's really casual. You kind of want things toe have a cohesive feeling. So these are just some general guidelines. Um, this was actually taken at our local arboretum at the same time during the there pumpkin thing, but I just pulled him to the side, changed his clothes and stuck him against a tree that has a kind of evergreen feel. Even though this was not shot around Christmas, so just think creatively about things. You can probably find an evergreen tree in the middle of July in your city if you look for it. So it just kind of a question of looking and observing and thinking creatively about what you want, I would say with close stay in the same general color family also the same tones, especially if you aren't super comfortable with your camera. But even if you are, it can be easier to expose your photo if everyone's in kind of the same tone. And by what I mean, What I mean by that is that you don't want to people in the shot wearing all white and then two people wearing all black because that can be hard for exposure. It definitely has a more cohesive look, and it's a little easier, technically to take the phone. Oh, if people are in the same general family, it doesn't have to be exact. But if people are in like lighter pinks and graze and khakis and whites, that's gonna be easier to photograph than if one persons in a really light color and one's in a really dark color. So, uh, just something to keep in mind when you're choosing clothes for your Peru. And then here's just some kind of basic color combo ideas. You can see tons of examples online and suggestions. Caesar is just some colors that I like together and then, I think, have a nice effect when blended. So this is the other photo that I did not take. This was also by Lori Wilson on This Is My Extended Family, but I included it because it has so many people, and you'll notice that the clothing doesn't really match per se, but it does coordinate. We tried to stay in a sort of berman D Navy Sham bray white type, basic field of color. And when you're shooting, if you can think about it. If you know you have someone here, my step dad, it has a noticeably lighter shirt on than everyone else. So to kind of anchor that photo visually, it works really well. Toe have him in the middle because it still feels really balanced. If he was like on the very edge, it might feel a little bit like he doesn't coordinator fit in as well. So if you do have someone who's noticeably addressed a little lighter or darker, then that's just something to think about when you're composing your shot, to think about balance and what's gonna look good for people individually but also in relation to each other. So just a little something to keep in mind. And I do like to say to you like, it doesn't have to be super casual. I think it could be fined tohave address here. Look like I did in that very first photo just to kind of again to mix things up your two year. If you did jeans last year, maybe you want to do something a little dressier this year, and then our next video will be on tips for shooting with kids. 5. Tips For Shooting With Kids: All right. Welcome back. Today we're talking about some basic tips for shooting with kids. Since I did gear, this class towards family is looking to do a holiday card, though, Um, of course, you could use these tips for shooting with other people, Dio. But I added this photo just for a little bit of humor because the reality is shooting with kids does not always go exactly like you would like or like you plant. So you do want to have some realistic expectations about that. This is from my daughter's first birthday. I really wanted to do a cake smash, even though she was having some digestive troubles at the time that we were working out. Um, and she rust really didn't like to eat. So a cake smash. Maybe it wasn't a good idea, but I tried to do it, and we didn't get a single good, cute photo of her smashing the cake at all. She just threw it in the grass and cried. So the thing to remember is that it doesn't always go perfectly, and you just have to be flexible and either kind of work with what you have or, you know, I think it's fine to to just kind of admit defeat for that day and try try it again. You know, the next weekend or on another day, and that's totally an option. So this is also kind of a joke, but seriously, you want to feed your models. Kids who were tired or hungry are not gonna be a good model or very cooperative. For the most part, my Children, er small, my sons four and my daughters, too. So I guess this would be easier if you have teenagers, but still, it's best to plan ahead. You're gonna definitely up your success rate, and I think the thing is, it's not. There's no one solution that makes sense for everyone. If your kid is a morning person, maybe you want to shoot in the morning. You know, if your kid is the happiest right when they wake up from nap, then that's probably good time to shoot. You just want to try to work around your schedule in a way that's gonna help maximize the chances that your kids in a good mood and we'll work with you to get some good smiles. So here is from the same shoot. You've seen a couple photos from this, but I will say, especially if you have a young Children, that keeping them busy and photos. It's sometimes a really good idea. And not actually when you're props can come in handy and actually kind of multi task for you because my kids get bored easily when I'm trying to take photos of them and yours might as well. But if they are enjoying Christmas cookies on a blanket in the park, they are probably having a really good time already. And you're gonna have an easier time getting a genuine smile. Or like here they were having fun playing with the balloons in the crib, and so I kind of like, let him just do their own thing and shot while they played. And that could be a nice way to get a genuine smile and also a little bit of a mixture of photos. They don't have to all be shots where the kid is looking right at the camera. Sometimes you can get one that you really love when they're playing and engaged and happy, and so there's a lot of different props you can use that would help with that. I mean, some kids like Christmas lights in photos, and I kind of play with, um my kids don't particularly like that, but yeah, there's there's all kinds of stuff you can try. And again, it's knowing your own kid and what they'll be into and trying toe work around that to maximize your success. Yes, in case of doubt, always take more. Shots were pretty much all working digitally these days, so there's no reason to not take a ton of shots and then just go through and delete what you don't like later, especially if you're working with multiple Children or you want, like your kids and your family pet in the shot or something like that, then you're gonna really up your chances for success. If you have a lot of shots to choose from when you're wanting to make your holiday card later and then the last video is going to talk about your project 6. Class Project: All right, welcome to your final video and now it's time to work on your project. Hopefully, you are feeling confident and excited to try out some of the tips that we've gone over in your own photo. And this project is gonna have three steps, but they're very clear and manageable. The first is to create a Pinterest board with inspiration. I work as a professional stylist, and this is something that a lot of professionals do to get a feel for their often called mood boards The sense of the project. And I suggest that you add at least 10 photos to your board. I have linked my Pinterest board with inspiration in the class description. If you want to check it out for kind of an idea, I see at least 10 photos should be on there just to give you a little bit of variety. You can obviously add a lot more if you would like once you feel like you have a good number. The thing to do is to kind of scroll through your board and look for similarities. So if you're just looking at this small clip from my board, you can see that a lot of times I'm drawn to outdoor photos. I tend to like an outdoor shoot the most. I clearly like red in my photos. I seem to really go for plaid, and most of these have a prop, but not all of them. Some of them just have, like the red bar endure serves as kind of the prop, if you will, and that it adds the color a little bit of a seasonal feel. But the thing to do is look at your overall board and try to notice what do you personally like going on? What kind of style is it? And then think about how you could re create that, and then the next step is to choose one image off your board. That's gonna be your inspiration image to recreate, so it doesn't have to be that you're going to recreate exactly. Um, I chose this one, partly just to show you two that it doesn't even have to be a holiday image. This is from a newborn shoot, but I liked that it was indoors just cause I'm looking to mix things up myself. I've done outdoor shoots the last couple years and I like it to be a little different, so I like there was endures. I like the use of the book toe. Add some personality and interest and I like the kind of queen all white background. My kids are a little bit older than these kids, so obviously that's gonna change the feel a little bit. But I like this overall as something that I thought I could recreate this. And then the final step is Teoh actually get shooting. So as you can see, I took interpretation fairly loosely. I carried the white background, the fact that they're on the master bed and the books over. I tried to get my kids call me looking at it like this girl, but they weren't cooperating. But they're also a little bit of a different age. So you know, that kind of thing you just have to roll with. And I did go ahead and add a blanket for a little bit more color, a little bit more of a seasonal feel and the garland in the back just to give the sense of it is Christmas. Even though I shot this like, months before Christmas, I just went to my attic and got out some of our Christmas decorations to give it that feel , Um, and I'd put him in the Christmas PJ's again, just something casual on cue, but it coordinates, and it helps give that festive feel. So one, oh last tip to think about you when you're really like getting ready to shoot is that if you are going to turn this image into a holiday card, a lot of times it can be nice. Toe. Have a little bit of visual space around your subject. If you want to add text or writing into the card, you can't always do a card where all of the writing is around the photo in the border. But I kind of like it when the Texas over, kind of over laid with the image. So for specifically shooting for Christmas cards or any kind of card does not be Christmas could be New Year's or Honda car. Anything you want to think about having some extra space so I would shoot a little bit further back. You can always crop in later, but you can't ads based if you need it, and then this is gonna be our design for our holiday cards this year, and I can't wait to see what you guys come up with. Be sure to share your links to your Pinterest boards and your final product in the class gallery, and I can't wait to check him out. Thanks.