On the 11th day of Christmas …

It’s a great idea to change your perspective occasionally and shoot from above (or below!).  It will provide you with a great mix of photos for your collection.

This is especially true for activities such as card and note writing for Santa.  Shooting from above lets you capture the details of the activity.  For this shot I was standing on a chair.

 

Liana & Janet xx

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On the tenth day of Christmas …

Keep a few of the rules of composition in mind this festive season to create some striking photos.

This photo uses the Rule of Thirds and Leading Lines to draw attention to the very important activity of checking the advent calendar!  If you want more information on these techniques you can find more info on Rule of Thirds here and more info on Leading Lines here.

Liana & Janet xx

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On the 9th day of Christmas …

Activities that you do with your children at this time of year make for wonderful Christmas photos. They allow the kids to focus on something so there are no fake smiles, and it won’t seem like a chore to the kids because they’ll be doing something they like doing anyway.

You can use a colour theme to add to the scene, such as the reds and greens in the aprons and dishes in this photo. But the single thing that will enhance your photo the most is to remove the rest of the clutter from your frame. We’re not suggesting you have a perfectly clean house before you start taking photos as that would be so hypocritical of us 😉 just clear out the area where you are taking photos of things like kitchen utensils, the toaster or extra dishes. This will keep the focus solely on the cuties doing the activity.

Janet & Liana xx

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On the eighth day of Christmas …

Think about capturing some photos of your children placing decorations in the lead up to Christmas.

Is your tree already up and you didn’t take any photos of the decorations going on?  Don’t be shy about re-enacting the decoration hanging!  It’s sometimes easier to get these images after the main event once all the mess is cleared away and a sense of calm is restored!

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On the seventh day of Christmas …

We suggest snapping some photos of the many Christmas craft activities that the children complete at this time of year.

This is particularly relevant if you have kids that go to school or daycare as you will know that many little decorations land in your house around this time!  We will admit that not all of these make it onto the actual Christmas tree (many are hung in other little spots around the house which the kids love).  By taking photos we know that even if the craft decorations don’t last for years, the photos will!

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