4 Tips for Great Photographs of Your Family’s Christmas Traditions

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I can’t believe how quickly this month is flying by. It’s been filled with lovely family and newborn sessions, lots of editing, a Christmas styled interiors shoot and getting ready for Christmas. This is the first year that my daughter has been able to join in with our Christmas preparations, and it’s so lovely to see her recognise Santa and get super excited about turning the lights on the tree every day. It’s also got us thinking about what Christmas traditions we want to have as a family.

This week we baked some Christmas biscuits together, and as it’s the first Christmas we’ve done this I took A LOT of photos! I imagine I’m not the only parent out there who wants to document their Christmas traditions, so today I’m sharing my 4 tips for photographing your family’s Christmas traditions.

 

1. Capture all the details

Keep your camera out through the whole activity so you can capture every step. I love seeing tiny details in photos like my daughter trying to hang decorations on the tree, or in these photos cutting out her cookie shapes – they really capture her personality and the development stage she’s at now. I’m sure she’ll also love looking back at these details in years to come, so in a way they are precious heirlooms for our family too.

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2. Zoom In

Get as close as you can to your children – this minimises the distractions in the background of your photo, and brings the focus entirely on to what your children are doing. I didn’t do any tidying up before I took these photos but it doesn’t really matter as they’re nicely zoomed in on my daughter.

 

3. Change your angle

Move around, and capture each part of your tradition from different angles – try shooting straight on, from above and from the side. Each angle gives you a different perspective, and importantly different details that you may not have captured if you’d stayed in one place.

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4. Embrace the imperfection

Life with children is messy, and whilst there is definitely a place for ‘nice photos’ where everything has been carefully styled, there’s also a place for capturing thing just as they are. I know that my daughter’s hair clip is falling out, there are cutter marks in the middle of her cookies, and there are probably a million other imperfections I could find if I looked hard enough, but it doesn’t matter – this is our Christmas tradition just as it is, and there’s nothing more perfect than that!

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And finally…the moment where she became bored with decorating the cookies and decided to eat one instead! I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s tips. As ever, you can find tips from previous months here. Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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