5 Classic and Offbeat Photo Ideas to Try in 2016

It’s 2016 at last! Now begins another year to play, explore and experiment with making photos and memories with York Photo.

Did sorting through your photographs from 2015 make you wish you’d spent more time behind the camera?

This year, vow to plan and have more fun with your photos. Play with new poses, settings, colors and facial expressions. Make it a New Year’s Resolution to capture the love, energy and spontaneity overflowing in your life.

Here are a few ideas you’ll have tons of fun trying.

Couple with Fireworks in Background
  • 1. The New Year’s Kiss with an Epic Background. (Forgot to document this moment? Stage it now – we won’t tell.) The key to the “Hollywood movie kiss” photograph is the setting. Romantic bridges, spacious parks, firework-lit skies and moonlit streets create wondrous backgrounds. Did you spend the evening on the couch with Netflix and wine? Tongue and cheek photos of you and your significant other kissing amongst take-out boxes make a refreshing take on the classic shot.
  • 2. The Reunion of Old Friends. Retake old pictures from your freshman year of high school or college, and print/share them side-by-side with the originals. Have everyone wear clothing similar to what they wore in the old shot, mirroring their original poses. These photos may take planning, but the hilarious and nostalgic results will be worth the effort. Plus, they’ll be a hoot at your next official reunion.
  • 3. Have a Photo Shoot With Your Partner in Crime. Best friend photos are the best kinds of photos. From sitting casually in deserted streets, to playing in shopping carts, to dressing up like characters from your favorite movies, check out these 37 impossibly fun best friend photography ideas. Matching and ridiculous outfits create fantastic photos. Anything goes with your best friend – the crazier, the better. Just have fun.
  • 4. Seasons Changing. Have photos taken of you and your family posing in the same setting wearing clothing and accessories reflective of the season. Thick scarves, fall-colored headbands, Santa sweaters, sundresses and beachy flip-flops are fitting details. Make every photo have a distinct seasonal feel. These shots are great for cards and calendars.
  • 5. All Dressed Up for an Evening Out. You’ll have at least a few occasions this year when you and your significant other will get gussied up. Take a picture, cheesy though it may be. Simple, classic settings and poses work best for romantic photos. Arms around each other and smiles will suffice, but if you’re feeling whimsical, there are endless more creative options for couple poses.

While you’re embracing staged photos, don’t forget to enlist a friend at key events to take photos of you and your loved ones when you’re not looking. These photos, along with the five ideas outlined above, will leave you with an abundance of images to sort through and post on social media, print out for friends, and perhaps repurpose for awesome presents on YorkPhoto.com come the end of 2016.

You rang in the New Year in style – hold on to that energy and holiday spirit. Make an effort this year to steal lively and lovely moments for you – and don’t forget to capture them on camera.

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