Photographing Christmas

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Documenting Christmas — one of the most amazing times of the year — is important. Christmas is a time of family, food, and fun. It is filled with decorations, traditions, and a sense of awe and wonder (and perhaps stress!) Feeling the wonder is one thing…capturing it on {digital} film is another! I want to share with you a few tips for photographing your Christmas.

MY FOUR MAIN TIPS:

1. Details, Details! Christmas is filled with so many little details that make the season SO BIG. Don’t forget to include them in your photos.

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2. Don’t expect perfection: I know most of us are hoping for that “perfect” Christmas photo. But the reality is, perfection is overrated. Reality is priceless.

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3. Enjoy the day! The worst thing we can do as a mom-with-a-camera is to be so busy taking pictures that we miss ENJOYING the season with our family. Last year, I bought a remote timer and set it up in our living room. It took one picture every minute and it allowed me to be part of the special day. Read more about the remote HERE.

4. Don’t feel like you have to scrap it all! Just because you take 600 pictures of Christmas, it does NOT mean that you have to scrap them all! Find your favorites, capture the feel of the season, and then let it go. Read more about scrapping big events HERE. As I was looking for photos for this post, I was tempted to go back and scrap some old pictures. And then I saw my layout for last years Christmas and I thought, “Nope. That layout about captures it all.”

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And here are some holiday things that you should remember to photograph

DECORATIONS

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THE TREE

For this photo I used these settings (with the camera on a tripod!)

ISO 100 F22 SS: 20 seconds

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ORNAMENTS

New and old favorites

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CRAFTS

Any crafting you (or the kids!) have done

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FOOD

Food is such a big part of the holiday season! Make sure you get pictures!

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THE PARTIES

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THE CONCERTS/PLAYS

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THE SPECIAL CHURCH PROGRAMS

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THE GIFTS

(and the wrapping of them!)

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THE FUN TREATS

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THE TRADITIONS

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And THE PARTS THAT MATTER MOST TO YOU

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Enjoy photographing your Christmas!

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