The festive season is such a lovely time of the year, and a great time to capture memories for the years to come. We all have aspects of Christmas that always get photographed – such as Santa in his grotto and the children opening their presents on Christmas morning, but here are some ideas to help you capture the whole story of your Christmas period.
1. Decorating the Tree
it’s great to have photos of the finished tree, but don’t forget to capture the decoration in process.
2. Christmas Decoration Detail
Do you have decorations that mean a lot to you? Make sure you capture them. The little mouse in the photo below was one of my parents decorations, they gave it to me when I got my own house, and it gets pride of place every year. I used to play with this decoration every year, so it’s lovely to see it on my tree now I have my own child.
3. The Finished Tree
Decorating the tree can be stressful, I wonder if there have been any divorces due to tangled Christmas lights. It’s only right to have a picture to show all your hard work. If you have a DSLR camera, open the aperture as wide as possible and deliberately shoot out of focus to get beautiful blurry lights.
You can get a similar effect (but not quite as blurry) on your phone by using portrait mode and focusing on something close to you so that the tree is blurry. Alternatively you can fake it using an app. Just search Bokeh effects in your app store.
4. Advent Calendar
Better take this one on the first of December, just in case your little one decides to eat all the chocolate!
Back before I was running Sweet Whimsy Photography, I loved spending ages wrapping my presents, so I liked to capture my creations. Whether your wrapping is Pinterest worthy or last minute mayhem, it’s nice to get some pictures before the wrapping paper is torn off.
6. Candid Images
It’s not all about pretty details, Make sure you capture the ordinary moments at this time of the year too. They will mean so much in years to come.
7. Christmas Activities
Do you have a Christmas activity tradition in your house? When I was growing up we would wrap little boxes of Smarties and hang them on the tree (a tradition that swiftly ended when we got a puppy!). Now, we love to make mince pies.
8. Christmas Eve Traditions
New jammies? Christmas eve box? How ever you do Christmas Eve, capture some memories before the craziness of the actual day arrives.
9. Milk and Cookies
Leaving a treat for Santa is such an important moment for kids.
10. Christmas Morning Carnage
I’m not going to mention taking photos of the kids on Christmas morning, I’m sure it’s already on your list. I also like to take some detail shots of the beautiful mess. Before and after shots are also fun.
11. The Preparations
A Lot goes in to making Christmas perfect, so make sure you get a behind the scenes shots
12. The Christmas Table
Decorating the table has always been a big thing at my parents house.
13. The Food
Do you make the best turkey in your cul-de-sac? Or a Christmas pud that’s so boozy you can’t drive until New Years? Get some pictures! And if your Mary Berry Christmas cake didn’t go to plan (#nailedit!) you still need to take a picture, I promise by next Christmas you will be able to laugh about it.
14. Loved ones
Christmas is all about the kids, isn’t it? But don’t forget to get images of everyone, especially if you don’t see them often. This was the last Christmas we had with my father in law, and I’m so glad we’ve got pictures to remember him.