Originally posted on ESSENCE.com
Tis the season to gather the gang and pose for a holiday card photo. It’s the perfect time to show off your family and create another classic shot for the family album. While year after year some families pull out their Sunday’s best and head to their local photography studio, nowadays easy access to digital photo editing apps and tripods has prompted more and more families to grab their own cameras and go the DIY route to create their own holiday photo magic. It’s a great way to save money, but capturing professional quality portraits at home, isn’t as easy as it sounds. Washington, D.C. based photographer, Valerie Robinson of Photography by Valerie shoots family portraits often and knows firsthand what makes the most memorable photos, and how things can go wrong fast.