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5 easy photo ideas to capture Christmas

Capturing Christmas memories can be difficult with two young children running around. The toddler is overcome with excitement and diving into presents faster than the speed of light and the baby goes between needing to be fed or at least held, wanting to nap and maybe eyeing a gift or two himself.

It can be easy to fly through the gifting festivities before realizing you totally forgot to take a picture! But you can be sure to create a few memories with some easy shots that will tell the story of your own Christmas without being overwhelming. After all, you don’t want to be behind the camera all day either.

This year, we are celebrating Christmas twice. Yesterday was our first celebration so I was able to get a few fun shots to kick off my favorite holiday week!

Capture Christmas memories with 5 photo ops

Christmas Tree at Night

If you open your presents in the morning, try taking a picture the night before, once all the gifts have been loaded under the tree. Skip the flash to get the glow of the lights so you can see how pretty it was before all the gifts are pillaged. This also allows you to get a nice shot while the kids are asleep and not underfoot.

This is a nice shot to get after spending the evening in the kitchen prepping for Christmas meals like this traditional stuffing recipe. The house is quiet and everything seems so peaceful.

capture christmas in pictures

Santa Hat (great for babies!)

Who doesn’t love a santa hat? Well, toddlers don’t that’s who. This shot is great for babies who don’t have a choice in the matter. Bonus points if you can get your 3 year old to cooperate! This is also a great option for those of us who don’t see the point in buying “christmas themed” clothing for just one day. (holiday jammies notwithstanding)

Gift opening action shot

This one is super fun because it doesn’t have to be perfect. I love the slight blurriness and how it shows how fast paced things are with a young child. Another one to try without using the flash.

Silly faces

In my opinion, Christmas day isn’t the time for perfectly posed pictures. It’s great if you can grab them, but the memories I want to preserve are those times when the kids are just having fun and letting loose. I mean can you argue with this face?

Capture Christmas silly

Playing with a gift

When the wrapping paper has settled and the toys are slowly being assembled, grab a shot of your little one playing with one of his/her new gifts! You won’t remember what you gave them years from now and it will be a fun memory as they get older to remember the toys they once loved.

What are your favorite ways to photograph Christmas morning? I have one more chance to get some great shots. I’d love to hear your tips!



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Hines-Sight Blog

Tuesday 20th of December 2011

Merry Christmas!! Love your photos.

Kristy @ Almost On Purpose

Monday 19th of December 2011

Awesome ideas! I've never though to take a night-time picture of the tree (with all the presents). Will have to do it this year!

BTW... yay for trains and train tracks!!!

Martha Metzler

Monday 19th of December 2011

GAHHHH that pic of Calvin is amazing

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