It sounds obvious, but Thanksgiving really is one of the best times for family photo opportunities. With all the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the event itself, it may seem like it’s more of a hassle than it’s worth. I promise you, it’s not. Taking photos every year at Thanksgiving will give you and your family something to look back on year after year. One day, all those Thanksgiving snapshots may become some of the most cherished pieces of your photo history.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here are a few of the biggest reasons not to overlook those Thanksgiving family photo ops:

  1. Celebrating the Generations

    Unfortunately, we all have a limited amount of time together. Because of this, Thanksgiving is one of the best times to capture special moments with aging grandparents, parents, and children. Think about it. When else are you going to have all of your family members under one roof? Even if you’re not one for posed portraits, there are plenty of candid photo ops available for the taking.

    Large group photo for flattering portrait poses

Honoring Traditions

Regardless of how your family celebrates Thanksgiving—documenting your traditions is a great way to immortalize them. From the start of the preparations, to laying the table, or carving turkey, capture all the meal prep. If your family plays football after the meal, get that on film, too. What about sitting down to watch the Macy’s parade? Whatever it might be, snap a few shots and put them in your photo album to reminisce on later.

Little girl sitting outside next to pumpkins for Thanksgiving Family Photo

Documenting Meals

Taking pictures of your food isn’t just for Instagram! Shocking, right? Snapping pics of your yearly Thanksgiving dinners can bring back memories of the particular year’s event. It can even be a great reminder of some of the dishes you don’t want to forget to make again the following year. Kids love looking back at the photos and pointing to the dishes they loved the best. If you serve unusual dishes, or something nontraditional–it’s a great way to spread the love and share the memories.

Meal for Thanksgiving Family Photo

The Set Scene

Does your family break out the fancy plates for Thanksgiving supper? Decorate the place up right? Trust me, you’ll want to look back at the way things looked in years gone by. Remembering what the house looked like each year, or the way your meal was set out, will always be a fond memory.

custom family photos by Julie Kubal

Embracing the Season

Capturing candid shots of your family outside with whatever the season brings – leaves, snow, or sunshiney goodness is a wonderful way to celebrate the changing weather.

brother and sister fraternal twins in Rock Creek Park in Washington DC by Julie Kubal

Professional Washington DC Photographer Julie KubalAbout the Author:

Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!