Make Holiday Photos Less Stressful

December brings so much stress, especially for moms.   Moms have food to prepare, presents to buy and wrap, kids to entertain when schools go on break.   And then somehow, during all this, moms have to find a way to capture what is going on so that everyone can remember.

 

Here are some great tips for de-stressing and improving your holiday photos.

 

CAPTURE SURPRISE

Holidays of any kind bring so many special times when you are spending those precious moments with friends and family.   Holidays also bring so many opportunities to capture the surprise reactions of your children, siblings, spouse, etc.

To quickly snap a photo on your iphone, swipe left on your locked screen and put your camera into burst mode.  Continually press the shutter button and later pick your favorite shots.  Another option? Put your camera in video mode and press the white circle on the bottom left to capture images within the video.

 

GET OUTSIDE

Holidays are the perfect time to get outside with the family and do something fun.     Great ideas depending on the area of the country and the temperatures would be a great little walk on the beach or in a nature park.  If you have snow in your area, then a build a snowman or have an impromptu snowball fight, or make a snow angels.  All these activities will be the perfect chance to capture great family holiday photos.

If you find yourself in snow, make sure to use the blank canvas to your advantage. While shooting falling snow can be tricky, you’ll have the most success when you avoid direct sunlight. Also, highlighting a vibrant subject (like a jacket or sled) can help bring contrast into your photo. Once you’ve taken the photo? Bump up the exposure to make the whites stand out.

 

GATHER AROUND

Holidays in December bring families together like no other time of the year.  Take this special time to photograph the entire family together including MOM!).  SO… it’s time to pull out the self-timer and gather everyone around to get the group picture you’ve been waiting for.

To do this on your iPhone, you can balance your phone against a stack of books, 10 feet away from the group. Then, tap the self-timer option at the top of the camera screen. Select the amount of time that you need, and you’ll have a photo together in no time. (Hint: sometimes the outtakes make the best photos!)

 

CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

Most folks, no matter the occasion, stand in one spot to snap their photos.  In order to get more exciting and interesting holiday photos, change where you are when you snap that photo.   A great example, if you are snapping photos of the kids opening presents, then get down on the floor with them so you are at eye level.  Or even giving the kids the camera for a short while for a look into their world!

Some of my favorite ways to do this?  Snapping the small details that are so easily missed, cropping your photo in to create a new view, and peeking into a window to capture a genuine moment…just to name a few.

 

TELL YOUR STORY

With so many chances to get a great assortment of photos this holiday season, don’t forget to shoot the details that help make up the whole story this holiday season.  Welcome in both the good and the bad images — finding beauty in the blurry and authenticity in the not so perfect.  The entire story will be waiting on your camera roll for you to revisit, year round. Even better? Once the season is over, tell the full story in print with Artifact Uprising or Mpix.

 

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