6 Thanksgiving Photography Ideas You’ll Want to Try This Holiday

Turkey day is almost here and you’ll want to make sure you’re snapping up the memories that will last a lifetime. Thanksgiving photography is an often overlooked aspect of taking pictures.

Each year we find ourselves snapping obligatory photos to mark the event but don’t often go into this special holiday with a photography strategy.


This year we encourage you to think outside the box and step up your Thanksgiving pictures with the tips below!


Take the perfect turkey picture


The main event, the star of the show—of course, the turkey should get its own mini photoshoot on Thanksgiving! Taking an amazing picture of your turkey falls into the food photography category so you’ll want to make sure you’re following tricks for taking excellent food shots.


For this, you’ll want to capture sharp details so the lower the ISO, the better. You’ll also want to make sure your shutter speeds are matching your ISO—so somewhere around a 60th of a second will work (but you’ll need a tripod). From there you’ll want to manually adjust your aperture to make sure you’re getting the look you want.


Get candid


We often think of staged, Norman Rockwell-type photos as our go-to photo aesthetic this time of year. But why not to add in a few action shots? Try taking some candid pictures of the host or hostess doing their thing in the kitchen, jokes and laughs shared between family members, or everyone cheering when a touchdown is scored in the big game. These photos will help you remember far more than the dinner as time wears on.

Snap the cozy, quieter moments


On the flip side of the above suggestion, also consider taking pictures of the quiet moments throughout the day. It could be a picture of a little one looking out the window at falling snow or a cat curled up on the lap of a loved one. These often-overlooked moments are beautiful in their own right.

Go traditional


While we encourage you to buck traditions, don’t completely write the traditional shots off either. Get the classic table-scene set or have everyone stand in front of the fireplace to say cheese. Maybe add a twist to the traditional shots with silly faces or props–the sky’s the limit!


Try a new angle


Switch things up by shooting the dinner table from above or take a close-up picture of the turkey from the table’s level. You never know what new style you might find simply by shooting from new angles.



Black and white


It’s hard to miss the autumn colors associated with Thanksgiving but if you want to give your pictures a sense of nostalgia and drama, then consider shooting a few pictures in black and white. Just keep in mind that you should look for scenes that have a lot of contrast in order to get a really vibrant shot.


Do you have the perfect Thanksgiving print pictures from years past that you want to show off? Send them to us today to scan and digitize and you’ll be sharing those amazing shots on social media in no time!