Traditions are so much fun and are sometimes passed down from generation to generation! We frost cookies, go see the lights at temple square, drink loads of hot chocolate, read the Christmas story from Luke 2 and sing the Christmas songs that go with the story, make Christmas shaped pancakes, watch Claymation Christmas, and Read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Christmas eve!
I can’t wait for Aspen and Wesley to grow up and enjoy in the traditions that we have taken from our families and passed down to them! Taking the time to fit in all of these traditions can be stressful! I try and space out our traditions over December so I’m not doing everything on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
Here are some tips for you to shoot your traditions better.
Use Natural light
If possible use natural light! Open up those blinds, pull the table over by the window and use that natural light! Sometimes this means you need to bake cookies and decorate them in the middle of the day instead of at night. Natural Light is going to elevate your holiday pictures EVERY TIME
Details, details, details
Don’t forget to capture the details. Capture the sprinkles on the cookies or your kid’s little fingers turning the page of the book they are reading.
Have your kids help you de-clutter the background. Remove the distractions because if you don’t, when you look at the picture you’re probably going to think “Man, I love this photo except for the random cardboard box in the background!”
Shoot the moment
Let your kids be kids. Capture your kids being kids. Let them run around on Christmas morning like a crazy person and capture their happiness! Silently shoot them looking at the tree. Shoot their innocence and childhood!
Live in the moment
Participate in your memories and your children’s memories. These memories are far more fun when you step away from the camera and participate!
At the heart of every family tradition is a meaningful experience
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