The holiday season presents a rare opportunity for family portraits. For most of us, it is the only time of the year when the family is together in the same location. Naturally, recording our memories of this time because important. But to truly appreciate this time, you’ll need more than a basic snapshot. Here are some tips to improve your holiday family portraits this holiday season, so that they look fantastic on a Plywerk custom picture frame or photo display stand. 1. Give your portrait a setting A holiday family portrait should show why, when, and where it was taken. You can accomplish this pretty easily, just photograph people in front of something that reveals the setting, such as a Christmas tree, the hearth of the fireplace with greeting cards on the mantel, etc. You can also spice the image up with props, like ugly holiday sweaters, New Year’s party hats, grandma’s fruit cake, or anything that symbolizes the spirit of the season to you! 2. Take better selfies using your camera’s timer If you’re arms aren’t long enough to get the camera far enough way to include yourself and your entire family in a selfie, just use your camera’s time-delay mode. It helps to have a tripod for this, but you can also just set the camera on any stable surface. 3. Lighting matters Try to find a place with even lighting in the room. It’s great to have tree lights or the warm glow of a fireplace in the background, but make sure there is enough light falling on your subjects so they don’t look like anonymous silhouettes in an investigative reporting show. 4. Prepare your portrait for print by leaving a wide margin If you’re not sure what size you’ll eventually want to print the image, it’s a good idea to frame your subjects in a way that leaves plenty of room. That way, when the picture is cropped for printing, you won’t inadvertently cut anyone out of the family tree. With these basic tips, you should be able to take a great family portrait before dinner gets cold. Naturally, everyone in your family will want a copy of your great image, and what better way to send them one than mounted on an eco-conscious bamboo or maple panel? Simply upload your masterpiece to Plywerk, and we’ll take all of the headache out of printing and mounting your image in whatever sizes you desire.