6 Holiday Photography Tips to Capture Memories This Holiday Season

by | Family, Light, Technical, Top Tips


This week we are talking all things Christmas! Christmas is my favorite holiday! I love the way my house twinkles with the lights and candles, the memories being made, and the traditions of the decorations that I put up. Today I was taking some fun festive photos and thought, why not share these holiday photography tips with all of you.

So here you go~some fantastic tips to help you capture the holiday season.

Find the Bokeh

Christmas lights lend themselves to creating bokeh. Remember you have to shoot on manual mode for this one. Place your subject far enough away from the lights to create a nice depth of field, shoot wide open, and start taking those pictures!

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Just like when you took the Halloween Photo Challenge and focused on the details, do the same with your Christmas photos. The decorations offer endless possibilities to capture the memories of the holiday season. Do you have a collection of Santas? Or snowmen? Capture those memories to look back on in years to come.

Capture the Family

Of course, you will be taking plenty of photos of the family this Christmas. (So many opportunities to try out these holiday photography tips!) Capture both posed and unposed shots of your family. Try to catch your little one sneaking a peek at the presents or writing that letter to Santa. Pose everyone in fun, festive Christmas PJ’s or a family shot posed in front of the tree.

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Document the Days

Do you have family traditions leading up to the big day? My family bakes cookies every year and one of my favorite thing to do every year is look back on the pictures that I have taken of my boys baking. Do you read Twas the Night Before Christmas? Do you watch The Polar Express? Enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate? Document these memories for a more intimate look at the season.

Don’t Forget the Food

Once those amazing cookies are made, use the rules of composition and snap some shots. Don’t forget Christmas dinner or the sweets from the stocking on Christmas morning.

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Christmas Morning

There is nothing like the craziness of Christmas morning. Sometimes, it can be challenging to capture the moments, but you can do it with a little preparation. Be prepared. Make sure your settings are ready. Capture the details, their little hands tearing into the paper, the smiles on their faces. And don’t forget to get into the photo. Using a timer can help ensure that you are actually in your Christmas photos!

Remember, don’t wait until Christmas day to start capturing those memories. Start now! I’ve put together a printable Christmas Photo Prompts checklist for you to put these holiday photography tips to use. Check it out, and have fun capturing your family memories this month!

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