It’s Christmas time! Time for family, food and fun. You don’t want to miss a minute of capturing all of the festivities.
Taking pictures of your holiday activities is important this time of year.
Blow up your social media (especially Instagram) with fun, festive pictures.
Today, I wanted to give you some ideas of how you can boost your holiday photos and make them shine. These will be pictures you will cherish for years to come.
10+ Holiday Photo Ideas:
Bokeh is the blurred out parts of a picture, usually shaped in small circles. With the holidays, colorful bokeh is easy to come by with Christmas lights. By getting lights out of focus in the background of your picture, it makes the photo dreamy and fun.
Get the details
I love the details of the holiday season. The food, decorations, clothing, presents, etc. make the holiday so fun and gives you lots of opportunity for great photos.
Lighting in photography is very important. So many times people suggest you take a picture in awful light, and then wonder why it doesn’t look awesome! If you are taking the picture, then you need to find the light that is the best in the situation. You won’t be upset you made the change.
Do you have certain traditions your family does every year? Decorating the tree, Christmas pajamas, or Christmas morning cinnamon rolls; whatever it is, capture it!
Use a Tripod
If you are in a low light situation, use a tripod for better results. Don’t have a tripod? Steady your camera on a table or steady yourself against a wall for better stability. You don’t want to end the season with blurry photos because your settings were off.
Get the big picture
I know I said above to get the details, but you also want to get the wide shot. Years later when you are looking back at these pictures, it will be fun to see people’s clothing and how your living room was laid out. Those will be pictures to cherish.
Get the kids and pets involved
I love to get pictures of the kids and the animals under the tree. You can give them a Santa hat or other prop if necessary. Your kids will get older and your pets won’t be around forever. Record what they looked like each Christmas for the future. I cherish this photo I took about 5 years ago of my youngest playing with a train under the tree. I love how little his hands are here.
A great activity for December is to do a December Daily Project where you record each day the things you are doing for the holidays. Your family will love looking back on these things!
Leave negative space
You never know what your photos may be used for in the future. So allow for negative space to give room for copy or other things later.
Get behind the scenes
Outtake pictures are sometimes better than the posed shots. Get behind the scenes of your Christmas and see if you can get some once in a lifetime shots when people are least expecting it. This photo shows that we were listening to Christmas music while decorating the tree. Something you wouldn’t have known just by looking at the other pictures.
Bonus!!! Get in the picture
I threw this one in extra because it needs to be said. All the beautiful pictures in the world won’t be good enough if you aren’t in any of them. Get in front of the camera and be in the action too!
- Pay attention to the holiday festivities around you.
- Take your camera with you everywhere so you will be ready to capture all the fun.
- Share your photos on your favorite social media channels.
The holidays are a magical time of year for photography. The lights, the happy faces and all of the decorations make for wonderful pictures. I hope you use these tips to make your holiday photos special your family.
I’ll be adding holiday photos on my Instagram daily all holiday season long, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to see them all!
What do you love about photographing the holiday season? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks!