I love Christmas.
Yes, the weeks leading up to the actual day are chaotic and don’t often feel too festive. But when the day arrives I love spending time with my family, listening to cheesy christmas carols, watching the excitement of the kids, and of course eating great food (usually too much so potentially a short-lived enjoyment!). Not to mention it’s often the start of a break from work, computer screens and some quality family time with my favourite people!
Christmas is also a great opportunity to get some fantastic family photos! It’s a rare occasion when extended family often come together, and you can capture some great memories to go in the family album, to print for your home or just to share with everyone.
With that in mind, there are a few tips you might want to consider to help make the most of photo opportunities:
1 – If you’re heading out, make sure you take your camera with you, including extra batteries and cards in case you run out. Also an off-camera flash if you use one. This is not the day to rely on your mobile phone!
2 – If you are keen to capture some nice portraits, do them as early as possible in the day when everyone still looks fresh. If you get complaints you can always bribe people… “no first drinks/presents/food until the family photo has been taken!” Once these shots are done, you can relax for the rest of the day and just enjoy taking candids.
3 – If you have one, take your tripod so you can put on the self-timer and get a group shot with everyone in it, including you!
4 – Try to capture a mix of images. As well as more traditional portraits of people smiling at the camera, try to capture interactions where people aren’t looking, emotions (kids opening presents is a classic one), and detail shots such as Christmas decorations, food, hands unwrapping gifts. Digital photography makes it so easy to experiment so don’t be afraid to take lots of shots and try different things.
5 – Asking people to smile will only generate a fake one for the camera. Try telling a Christmas joke to create a real smile instead. Here’s a few to get you going:
What do Snowmen eat for lunch? Icebergers
What do you call an elf who sings? A wrapper
What’s the difference between Snowmen and Snowladies? Snowballs
Have a wonderful Christmas! Fi x