On the sixth day of Christmas …

If you are looking for a posed Christmas photo, a great backdrop is the Christmas tree. And dressing the kids in Christmas colours like red or green can help the “theme” of your photo too. What I like about these clothes is that while they are great for my Christmas photo, they’ll not be out of place once Christmas is over.

This is a completely posed photo … one I purely took for Mum the Photographer after I saw something similar on Pinterest. I wanted to see how a present box would work as an option for containing a crawling baby while you took your shot. And I think it worked well. Because what I was doing was a bit different, Will was keen to be a part of the photo too. Another idea if you wanted to keep the kids close together would be to sit them in a single chair.

For tips on how to get some natural smiles from your children, check out this post … and another here.

Janet & Liana xx

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On the fifth day of Christmas …

Be sure to capture the details of your Christmas, like your Advent Calendar or other traditions that your kids enjoy.

Whether or not these photos include your children, just having the details captured will ensure that they are remembered for years to come.

Liana & Janet xx

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Kerri - This is such a great tip! I take random photos of things that are around too. I find them great to use as backgrounds in my albums and you get to keep the memories of how things were. Eg the style of couch you has while the kids were little or how ugly the wallpaper was!!!!

Mum the Photographer - Ugly paint schemes are definitely on show in my boys photos … I was so happy last week to be finally painting over them!

On the fourth day of Christmas …

This tip will not apply to everyone, but we have a lot of people in our community who have young babies and this one is especially for you!

Try to capture some photos that celebrate your baby’s first Christmas.  For really young babies who aren’t sitting up yet, you can easily achieve a Christmassy feel with them lying down (think decorations, santa’s hats, etc).  If you are lucky enough to have a baby that is sitting this Christmas then beautiful photos in front of the Christmas tree are just one of many options.

Don’t leave all your Christmas photos of your lovely baby until the big day itself.  Try to square some away in advance!  They won’t celebrate a first Christmas again…

Liana & Janet xx

 

 

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On the third day of Christmas …

Use some techniques like framing to add interest to your Christmas record.  Wreaths are an obvious choice to create a circular frame (and kids think this game is fun!), but you could also use your Christmas tree or other decorations to ‘frame’ your child in photos.   If you want a bit more info on this technique, this post describes what framing is and how to use it.

 

Liana & Janet xx

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On the second day of Christmas …

Christmas is probably one of those occasions where you might want to take a posed photo of your children to send to the family. I don’t often set a scene as such but I decided this year I wanted a Christmas photo of my three children together. Everything was as I wanted it … but Quinn was having none of it. It could just as easily been one of the boys. When things are like this I find its best to walk away so I cut the boys loose who were quick to ditch their “photo clothes” and escaped to the park next door … with their Santa sacks which had been sitting to the side.

And that I realised was the Christmas photo I should be taking that day … something fun, not posed. By all means try for the photo you have in mind but if its not working let the kids do something fun. Forcing them to keep trying for the perfect photo can sour their willingness to pose for photos another time.

So on the second day of Christmas, remember its all supposed to be fun.

Janet & Liana xx

PS. Two days later I tried again for the three kids posed near the Christmas tree and I got it … we celebrated with ice blocks!!

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Bridget - God love C trying to cheer Q up ! The sack shot is gorgeous :-)