Finally. My little one is old enough to “get” Christmas ! My oldest is 2.5 years old & officially pumped for the holidays. I always tend to be a little snap happy at family gatherings & events, but this year I was super excited to take photos on Christmas morning because I knew this one would be a particularly special one. I was right ! Every year, I learn a little more through trial & error regarding what to/not to do during holiday photos & thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned so far.
- Get down low. Kiddos will most likely be sitting on the floor & looking down a lot. Get on their (eye) level ! The last thing you want are 20 photos of the top of someone’s head; you won’t catch their expressions & may encounter perspective issues or distortion, depending on your lens. And while you’re at it…
- Change angles often. Over the shoulder, from the ground, from high above; there are lots of different ways to capture the spirit of the morning & you should use them all !
- Be prepared to move around. Little ones get really excited & in their own zone & end up all over the place. Seriously, stretch before your kids wake up & set your shutter speed high.
- Tidy up. A big messy shot is essential after the Christmas morning madness, but make sure your point of view will look good from all angles while they’re opening their gifts. A pile of forgotten coats or shoes in the background may not lend to the look you’re going for.
- Don’t be afraid to “stage”. I don’t mean break out the Hollywood clapboard, but set the scene for your best photos. I moved the coffee table out of the living room this year & it made all the difference in being able to capture the mass (and mess) of toys.
- Utilize all those lights ! Spend more than 7 seconds on my website & you’ll realize I love bokeh. Set your aperture low (I used my 50mm 1.4 for a few of the photos above) & you’ll really be able to see the glow & blur of those gorgeous christmas lights.
It was a great day, but I can’t say I’m not glad the holiday hustle is over !
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays !