Here’s the lowdown on where to get the best family portraits shot, who to get to take them and where to print them!
Winter is coming! Without Game of Thrones to entertain us anymore, that can only mean one thing. It’s time to get the kids dressed in their best, drum up some festive cheer and step out to take those photos for your Christmas cards that everyone back home is waiting for. They’re what grandparents look forward to year on year and even if your children grumble about it, they would also secretly agree that it’s a fun family exercise that everyone enjoys. We’ve lined up some of the best HK backdrops to add a special touch to your annual ritual.
We’ve also rounded up some of the best photographers in the city, who are offering special Christmas photoshoot sessions in November. Make sure to book yours today! Plus, if you’re looking to print these memories and make and send out personal photo cards, we’ve got you covered.
Streets of Hong Kong
To capture the true flavour of this bustling city, step out onto the streets and take a family photo with taxis whizzing past and trams inching their way through the crowded roads. Most streets in Hong Kong have colourful and easily recognisable signs and if you wander around Soho, you will also see street art that always adds colour and warmth to pictures. Here are some of our favourites.
Central: Des Voeux Road
Sham Shui Po: Pei Ho Street
Tai Ping Shan: Off Hollywood Road
Temples & Parks
If you have spent any time at all in Hong Kong, chances are that you have visited some of its well-maintained parks and historic temples. Naturally beautiful, these offer rather serene settings for the festive season’s greeting cards.
Hollywood Road: Man Mo Temple
Admiralty: Marriage Registry at Hong Kong Park
Repulse Bay: Kwun Yam Shrine
Hong Kong offers an abundance of other landmarks, from the eye-catching Blue House in Wan Chai to the historic buildings that are now being repurposed as malls and cultural centres. Make a fun family outing of a visit to any of the following and snap up some beautiful memories as well. We’ve put together some of our favourite images (and poses!).
Tsim Sha Tsui: 1881 Heritage
Hollywood Road: Yue Po Chai Curios Store
Wan Chai: Blue House
These are just a few of our favourite spots from this seriously photogenic city. If you are looking for other traditional Hong Kong backdrops, you can never go wrong with the charming Star Ferry, the Victoria Harbour skyline or even one of the many beaches around the 852. Take your pick and get shooting.
Christmas mini sessions
Most of the images above have been taken by the city’s uber-talented photographers. If you’re looking for a photoshoot with the family, get in touch with them to find out about their Christmas mini sessions. They are seriously stress-free and take place in less than half an hour. For between $1,200 and $2,500, you can get yourself anywhere between six to 12 images that you will treasure for much longer than the festive season. These mini sessions can be conducted in locations ranging from Discovery Bay to Soho, Victoria Peak Gardens to Victoria Park. Some photographers offer printed cards, with others coming prepared with Christmas outfits for your little ones, but all are willing to spread the joy around with some specials and perks for the jolliest season of the year.
Take a look at our quick recap of the best Hong Kong-backdrops for your festive cards and get in touch with the photographer of your choice to find out what’s on offer.
Where to get your photocards printed
Many photo studios in Hong Kong offer to print your photos on to cards, postcards, calendars and photobooks. While some design it for you, others offer an easy upload service with a few templates for you to choose from. Depending on the quantity you need and the time, patience and budget you have, pick the ideal one for your family.