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From Parade Magazine – Sunday, November 13, 2011

Jennifer Chaney, photo consultant for, on shooting a family portrait you’ll be proud to post. Visit to get 30 percent off your holiday card order!

Pick the right light. Early mornings and late afternoons are the most flattering times of day. If you must shoot inside, avoid the flash; it’s harsh and causes shadows. Instead, pose by a large window or glass door.

Avoid busy backgrounds. Outside, find an open park without buildings or jungle gyms. Indoors, clear away clutter and make your family the focal point. For a traditional look, try an outdoor mall decorated for the holidays, or a tree farm.

Coordinate your outfits. Go with a uniform look, whether casual or dressy, and choose colors that complement each other. Style tip: Skip the traditional green and red and opt for blues, grays, golds, and cranberry. Matching your scarves, tights, or shoes helps, too. And pay attention to fit—neither too snug nor too baggy….

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