Free US Shipping on 2+ beanies | use code "ship2" at checkout | Current Turn Around Time 3-7 days

5 Tips for an Easy, DIY Christmas Photo Shoot

December 07, 2016 26 Comments

5 Tips for an Easy, DIY Christmas Photo Shoot



We are going into the first full week of December.

You know what that means... its crunch time.  Crunch time for Christmas decorating, Christmas presents and Christmas photos!  For many people this time of year is crazy expensive and not much wiggle room is left to pay hundreds of dollars for Christmas themed photo shoots.  Today I'm going to tell you how you can create your own photo shoot for your kids from the comfort of your own home.

Keep in mind, this is not meant to create the same type of professional photos that a professional photographer can provide, but for most people, these DIY photo shoots can suffice when you simply don't have the extra cash to spare to pay for professional services.

DIY CHRISTMAS PHOTO SHOOT

 

5 Tips For An Easy Diy Christmas Photo Shoot

1.  Camera:  You do not need a big fancy DSLR camera to take photos!  This is such a huge misconception.  Don't get me wrong, they are great, and I use one myself.  But I want to stress, you can easily get great photos by simply using your iPhone if you have great lighting and editing to work with!

2.  Lighting:  Lighting is so important!  If you are shooting indoors, the trick is to find the best lighting in your home.  I have a handful of great spots to choose from in my home for certain times of the day.  I find that mornings/mid-day work best in my front room and master bathroom while mid-day to early evening (before the sun sets) work best in my family room or kitchen.

3.  Props/Backdrop:  Props are not necessary but can be a fun and cute addition to your photo.  You probably don't even need to leave your house to buy any, you may have some stored away with your Christmas decor.  Don't have anything handy and don't want to spend a small fortune?  Wrap a shoe box with wrapping paper and throw a bow on that baby.  Have your little one hold it or place it near their feet.  This year I took advantage of the Target dollar spot, as well as a really good sale they had on Christmas decor.

 

 

 

5 Tips For An Easy Diy Christmas Photo Shoot

If you are looking for an inexpensive backdrop, try checking out vinyl backdrops on amazon.  Don't want to invest in the vinyl backdrop or running low on time to order those Christmas cards?  Try using a fun wrapping paper print tapped to the wall or skip the backdrop altogether.  I've seen some very nicely done photos against white walls.  If you have a fun colored wall, even better!  My favorites recently have been dark grey and bright yellow walls.  These are not your typical Christmas colors but they really do make the photo so much fun!

4.  Cute Outfits:  Because you can't do cute Christmas photos without a cute outfit! :)

 

5 Tips For An Easy Diy Christmas Photo Shoot

Romper:  Dream Big Little Co ||  Beanie:  Noxx

 

5 Tips For An Easy Diy Christmas Photo Shoot

Romper:  Gigi and Max  ||  Beanie:  Noxx

 

5.  Editing:  There is no doubt that Photoshop and Lightroom are favorites for professional photographers in aspect of editing software.  However, these programs are not cheap.  Looking for an alternative?  I've got a list of the top 3 free apps that you'll want to take advantage of!

1.  VSCO

2.  Snapseed

3.  Facetune

And that's it!  Remember to have fun with it and that sometimes the unposed photos where your kids aren't looking at the camera can be real winners.  Those are actually my favorite types of photos.

 

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED - Winner has been notified by email** (Leave us a comment and let know what you thought or even share a tip of your own for a chance to win a $15 shop credit from NOXX!! Winner will be randomly selected from the comments below and contacted by email on Sunday 12/11/16.)

 





26 Responses

Angel
Angel

December 15, 2016

I love your photo sessions! I’ll need to check out some of those editors too! Thanks!

Jessica Levasseur
Jessica Levasseur

December 12, 2016

The clothes. The props. The tips. Everything about this post is just great!

Bernice Rivera
Bernice Rivera

December 11, 2016

Love the tips, I have used this tips before and they make for great shots!

Erika
Erika

December 10, 2016

Lighting is definitely important! Our home doesn’t have many spaces with good lighting, which is one of the main reasons we did our son’s newborn photos at the photographer’s in-home studio instead of having her come to our home.

Shannan Panganiban
Shannan Panganiban

December 09, 2016

Stealing all these secrets cause Nicole’s photos are always on point! lol!

Patricia
Patricia

December 09, 2016

These are fantastic tips! Maybe I will try to take my own!

Hannah
Hannah

December 08, 2016

Love VSCO! And of course, beanies.

Chelsea
Chelsea

December 08, 2016

Love these tips!

Pattricia
Pattricia

December 08, 2016

Lightning & Focusing are important when taking pics,

Danielle Dorsuleski
Danielle Dorsuleski

December 08, 2016

Loved this!! Perfect lighting is key! Also love the rompers, thank you for sharing!!

Rosie
Rosie

December 07, 2016

Like the tips! Thanks for sharing. Geo looks so cute ; )

Melissa
Melissa

December 07, 2016

Such great ideas! Thank you for sharing!

Silver W
Silver W

December 07, 2016

Great tips, lighting is so important. Also remember, framing and focus when taking a picture too.

Shelby
Shelby

December 07, 2016

Love these! I sometimes just use a white sheet for my backdrop!

Emily
Emily

December 07, 2016

Yes to all these tips! Your photos turned out great!

Janet
Janet

December 07, 2016

Love your pictures and these tips are so helpful!! Noxx rocks!

Erica Derosier
Erica Derosier

December 07, 2016

Love the tips! And I love noxx beanies for my son! Xo

Shannon Reynolds
Shannon Reynolds

December 07, 2016

Really good point about the camera!! The iPhone really does take some of the best photos!!

Stacey
Stacey

December 07, 2016

Also… above “?” on my comment was supposed to be a smiley face… sorry! New to the blogging world! Lol!

Stacey
Stacey

December 07, 2016

Great tips! ?

Brittany Susic
Brittany Susic

December 07, 2016

Be patient with your little one! If at first you don’t succeed, take a break and try again later!! :) Love these tips! Excited to take a pic of our sweet girl in front of our Christmas tree!

Jacki
Jacki

December 07, 2016

Such a cute idea!!! Those beanies really are an adorable touch to his outfits!

Erin
Erin

December 07, 2016

I have been wanting to try to take holiday photos at home-this came at the perfect time. Thank you for the great and helpful tips!!

Sandra R.
Sandra R.

December 07, 2016

Don’t forget to make it fun! Play some fun Christmas music and let your kids dance, because what’s better for Christmas Photos than sweet belly laughs and just pure joy <3

Melinda
Melinda

December 07, 2016

Thanks for the tips Im going to try them out!

Kristen
Kristen

December 07, 2016

Thanks for the editing app tips! I will check those out. A Noxx beanie always makes our pics even cuter!

Leave a comment


Also in BLOG

Summer Baby: Hospital Bag Must-Haves
Summer Baby: Hospital Bag Must-Haves

June 24, 2018 33 Comments

A simple list of practical must-haves for a summertime hospital bag!

View full article →

Halloween: NOXX Edition
Halloween: NOXX Edition

October 20, 2017 43 Comments

Halloween is almost here...are you ready? Get inspired with these NOXX Halloween looks!

View full article →

Noxx Addict Contest 2017 | WINNERS
Noxx Addict Contest 2017 | WINNERS

August 30, 2017 6 Comments

View full article →

Sizing & Fabric Types

BEANIE SIZING

If you want the hat to fit right away, we recommend ordering by current age or measuring. Because we use a wide variety of knit fabrics, each beanie may fit and feel slightly different. All beanies can be worn folded up at the bottom for a slightly smaller fit with less slouch and a "cuffed" look, or unfolded for extra slouch.

***For newborn photos or coming home outfits please order the NEWBORN size.The infant size will not fit until your baby is at least a few weeks old.***

Newborn: Birth - 3mo (Head sizes 13"-16")
Infant: 3mo - 6/9mo (Head sizes 15"-18")
Toddler: 6/9mo - 3/4yrs (Head sizes 18"-22")
Youth: 3/4yrs - Adult Small (Head sizes 19.5"+)
Adult: Unisex (Head sizes 22"+)
 

 

FABRIC TYPES

>> Signature Style - Our original design! These are made from only 1 layer of fabric, this makes them super lightweight and breathable.These are great for year round wear, but are most popular for warmer months. (Contains: Polyester/Rayon/Spandex)

>> Jersey Knit These beanies are going to be very thin, lightweight and stretchy. (Contains: Rayon/Spandex)

>> Sweater Knit – These beanies are going to be a little thicker than the jersey knit, but still light-mid weight and great for year round wear.  (Contains: Polyester/Rayon/Spandex)

>> Ribbed Knit - This fabric is the same as our sweater knit, except with a ribbed look/texture.  (Contains: Polyester/Rayon/Spandex)

>> Cozy Sweater Knit – This fabric is the same as our sweater knit, except it has a “fuzzy” feel to the outside for added warmth. These are the "warmest" beanies we offer and are popular for the fall and winter months. (Contains: Polyester/Rayon/Spandex)