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Written by Resident Events On  November 23, 2015   1692   1
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Holiday Mini Photo Shoots

This is the time of the year where most families have professional pictures done.  These photos can be placed on holiday cards to send to family members or even turned into gifts for loved ones!   Parents enjoy getting pictures done of their children every year as cherished memories, or newly engaged couples may enjoy some holiday photos to celebrate their engagement. 

This week’s Resident Event idea is to host a mini photo shoot day for your residents!  Find a local photographer who can come out to your property for a day, best if done on a weekend, and do mini shoots for your residents.  Do some research first and make sure you are booking a photographer who will give your residents a fair price: remember you are providing a great location for free and a handful of clients for the photographer plus doing all of the booking and scheduling for them, and possibly even opening the door for future business if your residents choose to be repeat customers or by referrals. So make sure you negotiate a fair price for your residents! Make sure you also prearrange the deal your residents are getting with the photographer such as “$50 for a 45 minute mini session and you will receive 5-6 digital images without watermarks”. Also be sure to find out what method of payments the photographer accepts. 

You’ll want to have a sign-up sheet and make sure your residents sign up for a time slot before the day of the mini photo shoot.  I would suggest 30 to 45 minute sessions at a time. This way, you don’t have everyone show up at once and while they wait kids can get restless. 

Make sure you have a clean and festive area for the mini shoots to take place.  Most photographers have props for certain picture themes so make sure you make those arrangements ahead of time whether the photographer will be bringing props or not.  If the community will be providing some props, consider using a red wagon for kids or a string of colored lights. Location is important and make sure there is plenty of natural light. If you have a great clubhouse with a nice sofa, possibly use that.  Or, if you put up a holiday tree you can use that as a background for the pictures.  Grab some empty boxes from the maintenance shop of various sizes and wrap them to look like presents under the tree. If you have a nice outdoor location that could be a possibility too, weather permitting.  You can buy some fake colorful leaves from a local craft store for extra colorful details for those outdoor photos.  You can find some other great ideas just browsing at a local thrift store: a red wagon for small kids, a festive blanket to sit on outside, a vintage couch or sofa in a rich color.  Consider your model as a possible location for pictures, too, if you can utilize props to create a great space for photos.  If you have a fireplace in your clubhouse or model that might be an ideal background, too!  If the photographer is comfortable with it, encourage pet participation since furry friends are part of the family, too!  There are many possibilities with this event, you’ll just have to get creative and have a dialogue with the photographer ahead of time to make sure the experience is a positive one for your residents. 

This resident event is one that should not be too much on your property’s budget but should be seen as a huge benefit for your residents! They have a photographer coming to them, the price is fair, and they get some great photos of their families!  The photographer gets some additional exposure for his or her business and some new clients possibly for years to come!  More often than not, photographers share their work on their social media or business websites with permission from their 

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