Picture-Perfect Holidays

December 13, 2018

Our guide to taking the best holiday photos in The Palm Beaches

Dust off your Santa hat, unpack your matching PJs and get out your stamps, because it’s that time of year again … holiday picture season! Family holiday photos are a tale as old as time—you send them out every year to friends and family, looking as festive as possible to wish season’s greetings and a happy new year. But we all know getting that perfect picture can turn anyone into a Scrooge without proper preparation.

So we asked two local photographers, Lynn Hernandez of Lynn Studios and Michael Wright of Michael Wright Photography, to help put together a guide so you can deck the halls with a holiday photo while having fun doing it. Here are tips and tricks for snapping holiday shots at some of the best locations in The Palm Beaches.

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
Photo courtesy Lynn Studios

Nautical or Nice? Put a twist on your card this year by visiting the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and experiencing breathtaking views with the family. Dress in your holiday best, or keep it simple and let the scenery do the talking. With large grassy areas and long trails, there are plenty of perfect spots to squeeze in the whole family. 

Photography Tip: When taking photos, the goal is to have fun while you’re doing it, so let your personalities shine! In spots such as this, you have the creative freedom to bring fun props to showcase something your family enjoys doing together. 

Worth Avenue

Worth Avenue clock tower
Photo courtesy Lynn Studios

Tired of stiff, posed pictures and want to get out on the town? Worth Avenue is the perfect spot. This shopping and dining district spans three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway and is a sight to see during the holidays. Best of all, the Clock Tower at the end of the avenue perfectly frames the Atlantic—and you, dazzling everyone who receives your card with a stunning backdrop. Wander around hand in hand with your family and let your photographer capture your natural reactions at this special spot.

Photography Tip: Going to public locations saves you time and money. Eliminate the stress of waiting in line or paying to get in; spots like this keep the cost low and the good times rolling. 

Boca Raton Resort & Club 

Did someone say “Santa Staycation?” No need to travel far for a beautiful backdrop. Boca Raton Resort & Club, located directly on the beach, is a great spot to unwind and get creative with your holiday pictures this year. Whether you do a fun shot by the pool relaxing in Santa hats or take a romantic walk under the lights in the courtyard, this romantic spot is ideal for all types of groups. 

Photography Tip: Several places will let you do a shoot on their property for a small fee or for free if you’re a member, meaning you can have a multimillion-dollar backdrop for minimal cost at locations like Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Flagler Museum, Mounts Botanical Gardens, and various high-end country clubs and hotels. 

Riverbend Park

Riverbend Park
Photo courtesy Lynn Studios

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” quite like the beauty of Old Florida at Riverbend Park. This location is ideal if you or your family enjoys experiencing the great outdoors. Nearly 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, 7 miles of equestrian trails, and 5 miles of canoeing and kayaking trails allow for never-ending photo ops. Stroll along the Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River, visit the Cracker Farmstead, or throw a holiday-themed picnic under a Seminole chickee to capture this magical location.

Photography Tip: Public parks such as Riverbend allow you to let loose for a fun day of shooting while also including the family pets. Jazz up your card this year by including your furry best friend and making this card one to remember. 

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

If you’re craving a little peace and tranquility to balance out the hectic holiday season, this might just be the spot for you. Morikami's six distinct gardens are inspired by famous gardens of Japan that are guaranteed to bring anyone some holiday joy. Grab a picture by the hidden waterfall in the Romantic Garden, or stroll through the garden of Paradise with your loved ones to ensure the most special holiday photo of them all.

Photography Tip: Enjoy playing with the elements of nature when it comes to taking photos in a museum or garden. Clouds, sun rays and wildlife usually photograph well and add extra life to pictures.

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