Christmas Morning

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

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.
    DSC_8986a-SMIt was a great day, but I can’t say I’m not glad the holiday hustle is over !

    Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays !

Author: Rebecca Hardy

A native New Yorker, Reby Sky took a deep interest in the arts from an early age. Classically trained in ballet & theatre, she began her career in dance, performing in off-broadway venues & competing in dance competitions throughout the United States. Reby has also been featured in numerous instructional dance videos, including "Bellydance Your Way to Cardio" & "Bellydance for Mothers & Daughters".  Also formally trained in classical piano under master-pianist Rosario Garriga, Reby has performed in concert halls throughout the East coast, and attended the LaGuardia School of Music & Art & the Performing Arts - The "FAME" school - as a major in music.  In addition to dance, theatre, & music, Reby added professional football player to her repertoire in 2008; She signed with the LFL (Lingerie Football League) for a brief period of time before resigning for personal reasons.  Working as a successful model, Reby Sky has appeared in numerous national & international publications including, but not limited to Esquire, STUFF Magazine, Supermodels Unlimited, & PLAYBOY. Also making the jump into live media, Reby has appeared on television shows such as SPIKE-TV's "Midnight Spike" as a guest host & on TLC-TV's "Date Patrol" as a guest dance instructor. She has been featured in dozens of print ads and in numerous television advertisements, as well as internationally aired music videos. In 2009, Reby was named Miss Howard TV of the Year by the Howard Stern Show. She is also known within the sports world as the "NY Giants Girl".    Also working in broadcast media, Reby performed as an on-air talent for Sirius/XM Radio on the pro-wrestling show, "Busted Open”. Previous radio experience includes work as a sports correspondent for Clear Channel radio station, 98 Rock in Tampa, FL. Reby was also the host of her own radio show, "Digital Photography on the Radio", on 1010am Sports Radio (CBS) in 2008. In the world of professional wrestling, Reby is best known for her work on TNA Impact Wrestling, where she performed as a wrestler & recurring character from 2014-2017. Sky previously worked as a backstage interviewer, color commentator & professional wrestler for Lucha Libre USA Masked Warriors on MTV2. Reby currently lives in Cameron, North Carolina with her husband & two beautiful boys & is the owner/operator of

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