We all begrudgingly haul out our camera for the dreaded holiday photos. From the moment the kids wake up to the time you sit down for desert, there’s always someone taking photos. With the ever accessibility of cell phones ready in hand, you no longer need to get the huge family “fancy camera” with a tripod out to capture your special moments! So use your camera whether it be that iphone, android or DSLR….but challenge yourself to photograph something other than just your typical smiling shot! Here are 5 tips I recommend to make your xmas photos more interesting.
Don’t just stick to the typical opening presents photos! Yes, of course those are important, but look for other special moments that mean something to you. Do your kids help you make pancakes for christmas morning breakfast? Did they just shove their hands in the bowl instead of mixing it with a spoon? Capture that! Is your teenage son helping set the table for the first time without complaining? Capture that! Is your baby happily playing with the wrapping paper instead of the gift you bought them? Capture that! You get the idea. Find moments that are not typical…moments that bring a smile to your heart and photograph those!
Having correctly exposed images is super important because you need to see your subject! Use natural light whenever possible and if it’s simply just too dark, then use your flash! It is better to have a memory captured than none at all, and better yet to see what you took a photo of! My kids eat our gingerbread house on xmas, so I wanted to capture that special moment. See how they are perfectly backlit by the kitchen window.
You put a lot of effort into your christmas decor and setting your home up for the holidays….so remember it! Especially for those who like to switch up our decorations every now and again, it’s nice to see what your “old” stuff looked like. Everything has a great memory attached to it. Photograph your tree, your favourite ornament, the wrapping paper, the table centerpiece, the christmas wreath etc. Get excited about taking photos of the ‘other things.’ And better yet, take photos of your loved ones enjoying your decor!
Get a change of scenery with your photos and head outside for 10 minutes, even if it’s just in your own back yard. This gives variety to your images and not everything will look the same being inside the house. Photograph your kids playing in the snow together, having an impromtu snowball fight and hugging it out afterward. Walk down the path and take photos of the landscape around you! Remember, christmas photos don’t always have to just be of everyone opening presents!
Use this as an opportunity to get your group family photo, whether it be inside or outside. Set up your self timer, use a tripod or just lean your iphone up against something. And if you want a different spin on the family shot…take one of the mini snowmen your daughter just made! Take a photo of your family in front of the fireplace or christmas tree. Get your neighbour to take a snapshot and return the favour for them. Or go with the ever popular selfie! Really, there is no reason not to have a family group photograph on xmas morning!
So get out there and get creative! Watch for the perfect light and capture moments that extend beyond the typical smiling pose! Challenge yourself to appreciate the little details that make your house a home! Wishing you all much Love & Light this holiday season.