Holiday. Photo. Time.
Three innocent little words that when strung together can cause much anxiety in parents around the globe.
Rachel’s neatly rolled up her top notch advice in this guide that’ll last you straight through your eggnog supply and into next year!
Capture holiday traditions that are unique and make sure that your little family’s personalities are represented.
These are images of your kids, so show them how they really are. Tell their story.
Christmas Eve in Australia with my three kids looks Just. Like. This.
This is essential as children have extremely short expiration dates on their patience for picture taking. Don’t waste any time on getting your settings and exposure right.
*Never leave little kids alone in or around water…make sure your camera is with you before running the bath!
If the quest for a perfect holiday photo is stressing you out, forget the special posed portrait and go back through the last year’s worth of images and pull a few that represent how your children have grown and changed through the months.
Presenting the photos together in chronological order on the front of a card will be like a visual update for the year. Remember those annual Christmas letters from the long lost aunt? Like that, but in pictures.
Let them record what the holidays mean to them and get a different perspective of your world.
If you don’t want to actually put the fancy camera in their hands, let them direct the process and help come up with ideas for the outfits everyone is to wear and location.
Make sure you put a little note in there to say “Styled by Child’s Name and Age” so your friends don’t think you have completely lost your mind.
This Christmas tree farm was our little way of getting an “American Christmas” here in our new home in Australia.
Here, the light in the guest room was so lovely that a simple game of wrestling came out gorgeous.
If you want it more controlled than daily life, but still relaxed, set the kids up on the bed with a favorite holiday story book and capture them reading it all together.
If you say just one more photo, respect the kids and just take one more photo!
It is so important to keep the photo shoots with children happy and light. The energy you give out is what you will get back and what will be captured in your camera!
Convert your color shots to black and white to simplify the look and unify all the mismatched details!
This day and age, you can save some money and a trees by sending out digital cards to your loved ones.
Turning your photos into gifts, creating photo books, notebooks and even printing and framing will make someone smile.
Rachel Devine is a commercial kid photographer and American ex-pat based out of Australia. She runs a photo blog Sesame Ellis and teaches people how to take better photos in online classes and live workshops.
Check out her books: Click! How to Take Gorgeous Photos of Your Kids and Beyond Snapshots (coming in March 2012).