Holidays hold a special place in a family’s story. Any time we pause from the rush of the day-to-day to gather together, we create a sacred space for connecting with the people we love. Celebrations showcase our values, shape our traditions, and create memories that we cherish for years to come. Preserve a priceless piece of your family’s legacy this Thanksgiving by capturing and archiving these photos.
- The place: Setting the scene is essential to telling any good story. Capture the location of your Thanksgiving gathering by taking a wide-angle shot of the outside of the house and the surrounding landscape, or snap a photo of the central gathering place such as the kitchen or living room.
- The food: You’ll want capture the delicious meal your family creates; however, you don’t need fifty pictures of the turkey. Take a variety of shots and commit to saving only the best. Try a photo of the full spread, a close-up of a dish that has significance (such as your grandma’s famous cranberry sauce), and a few shots of family members’ reactions as they relish a bite of pumpkin pie.
- The generations: Be on the look-out for sweet or funny interactions with the older and younger generations. Preserving a conversation or a hug between grandfather and granddaughter will be a treasure for the younger generations in the years to come.
- The traditions: Whether it’s a wildly competitive card game, an afternoon nap, or a pick-up game of football, be sure to capture those traditional moments that make your family unique.
- The siblings: Families are constantly growing and changing, but don’t forget to preserve the irreplaceable relationships of brothers and sisters. While you have everyone together, snap a few shots with your siblings, and you’ll be able to laugh at the ways you’ve changed over the years.
- The candid moments: Snap some candid shots of family members as they’re chatting, washing dishes, or goofing off. You may have to be subtle with your camera to get these relaxed photos, so don’t be afraid to hang around for a while until they forget you’re there.
- The faces: Set aside time to take traditional portraits as well. Give your family members a heads up that you’ll be taking family photos, write down all the groups you want to get, and set the time early in the gathering before everyone starts to get tired. It may feel like a formality, but you’ll be grateful you have those faces and smiles documented for years to come.
Five Tips for Making the Most of Your Thanksgiving Photos
- Aim to tell a story. A simple way to capture stories through your camera is using the wide, medium, tight trick. Take a wide shot to set the scene, a medium shot to introduce the characters or showcase the action, and a tight shot to preserve those details you don’t want to forget.
- Hang out in the kitchen. The kitchen is often the central gathering place during the holidays. Keep your camera ready to capture the expressions and the flurry as your loved ones prepare and enjoy food together.
- Use natural light. You don’t have to be a professional to capture memorable photos at Thanksgiving. Use natural light from the windows, or head outside whenever possible to make sure your photos (and your subjects!) look their best.
- Archive your photos. Having all those photos is a great first step, but don’t let them sit unused on your memory card. Upload your photos to your FamilyArc archive, and give yourself the peace of mind that you’re not going to lose any of those wonderful moments.
- Share the memories. Add meaningful context to your photos by writing stories or grouping photos together in digital albums to share with your whole family on your archive’s Storyline. Be sure to invite your family members to your archive so they can enjoy and add to the memories as well.
However you celebrate this Thanksgiving, be sure to put aside the camera at times and simply enjoy your family. Happy memory making!