How To Get Beautiful Thanksgiving Pictures

on September 17, 2020

It’s hard to decide on the BEST part of the holiday season: the food, the family time or spending all day in your PJs stuffing your face with dessert dressed up as a dinner side dish. This time of year is filled with so much holiday spirit that you don’t even mind that the in-laws are staying an extra week in the guest room! (Well, you almost don’t mind).

One way to reflect on your memories and have fun with your family is through an epic Thanksgiving photoshoot. The question is: What kinds of pictures do you take? And where? And are there holiday props that should be involved?! Have no fear. These 12 Thanksgiving photography tips will result in beautiful fall photos that you’ll gobble up — and then print into a Chatbook, of course. Beautiful Thanksgiving pictures are on the way!

  1. Take photos baking with the family
    Whether or not you’re the star baker in your family, Thanksgiving is a great time to come together with delicious food and family traditions. Take some awesome candid shots in the kitchen or snap your family as they start piling food onto their plates.
  2. Capture Thanksgiving traditions
    Every family has Thanksgiving traditions that result in some LOL-worthy photos. Some families might run a 5k race while others opt to watch a new holiday movie together. Whatever your annual tradition, take family photos so you can cherish these moments and perhaps even use them for your Chatbook!
  3. Snap a group photo
    Family and friends coming together is a rare and very special occasion for some. Be sure to include time for a photoshoot with the whole group as they gather around the dinner table for a delicious meal.
  4. Photograph the prayer process
    If your family is religious, capture the special moment of prayer around the Thanksgiving table. Designate a family member to take photos of the prayer in process. Consider an overhead shot of people holding hands or a long angle along each side of the dinner table.
  5. Go for candid photos
    Candid photos are great for some organic content to fill your photo albums. Take pictures of your siblings laughing as they share their favorite holiday memories. Snap a few shots of dad carving the turkey. These will be great memories to look back on.
  6. Immortalize your tablescapes
    Let’s face it: You put a LOT of work into making sure the dining room table looks jusstttt right. This year, be your own biggest fan by taking a series of beautiful shots and close ups of the dining table with dinner prepared.
  7. Get photos of people enjoying the food
    Odds are you’ve been dreaming of Thanksgiving dinner since Black Friday of last year. Nothing beats the turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and mashed potatoes. Are you drooling yet? Be sure to take pictures of your guests enjoying the dinner and laughing together as they eat.
  8. Don’t forget about dessert
    The desserts during the holidays can be masterpieces in and of themselves, and the sweets table is always a work of art great for a photo op. Make sure you treat yourself to an extra slice of pie!
  9. Remember the Turkey bowl
    It’s hardly a Thanksgiving holiday without a little football. This year, as you turn on the big game or do your own turkey bowl in the backyard, be sure to bring the camera for some fun action shots.
  10. Pose with Thanksgiving props
    A great way to bring your kids into the photos and to help entertain them is through props. Collect all the turkey paraphernalia you have and give it all to the little ones for an adorable photoshoot.
  11. Shoot post-meal naps
    For a seriously hilarious photoshoot, start snapping pictures of all the food comas that have resulted from your delicious dinner. Grandpa lying on the couch with his mouth wide open, mom curled up on the floor… they all make for some great photos.
  12. Make a fall backdrop
    Fall leaves, pumpkin patches and deep oranges and reds all are great backdrops for a beautiful Thanksgiving photoshoot. Find a spot that speaks to you and snap away!