How to Snap the Perfect Family Photo for the Holidays

These tips are sure to help you capture your family at their best.
3:00 | 12/09/13

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Well, it is the most daunting task of the holiday season. Getting your kids to sit style for the christmas card portrait. It doesn't have to be all bad. We have invaluable advice. Here's paula faris. Reporter: Taking that flawless family photo is not always a perfect process. Impossible. Reporter: With websites like awkward.Com, people share their holiday portraits groan awry. The crying baby on santa's lap. Or the uncomfortable matching outfits. What tipypically goes wrong? Tempers. Impatience. I'm hungry. I'm thirsty. Reporter: But lindsay snyder says taking the first pic could be a click away. Tip number one have fun. Avoid the word cheese and smile. Resort to saying, monkey sounds. Then you get a photo where everybody is smiling and laughing. Reporter: Tip two. Coordinate, but don't match. The second they're matching, it will be dated. Monkey! Reporter: Tip number three, if it's a family photo, make sure you're actually in it. Without that, they might not know who the card is coming from. Your kids want to see what you look like. They want to see what mom and dad were like. . Reporter: Yaeeah, mom looked good back in the day. And finally, don't be afraid to use holiday props. Such as my 9 months pregnant belly. My kids got on n on the action to show you our gift. I destroyed every pregnant picture of myself. You took one for the team. Is everybody having a good time here? We talked about having fun. How important it is. Probably the single most important tip happens before you show up to the photo shoot. Make sure you are well rested. And well-fed. If you have children, bring snacks. It is so important. There's a reason all of those things are important. As us moms know to bring sacks in and distracting toys. How many photos can you expect to take before you find the perfect one? You just need one. I would expect between 100 and 150. A lot of times, the best ones are the candids in between the staged photos. The ones where the kids are crying, reaching out, those are the ones you love forever. Sometimes the messups are the ones that live on and you put on the refrigerator. They tell the best stories about your beautiful, chaotic life. How long were you there with your kids? A couple of hours. But we were there for the entire story. The photographer just engaging. Don't laugh kids. Do anything but. When you say don't laugh, they do. They have a good time. I'm I'm not going to sit on santa's lap. We invite you to send in your funny holiday photos. Coming up, bradley cooper is here live to talk about.

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