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How to Take Better Pictures of Your Family at Christmas

How to take Better Pictures of Your Family at Christmas

Want to take better pictures of the family in front of the Christmas tree or outside in the snow? 

I do.

I did some research and there is a LOT of information about this.

 Here is what I gleaned on the subject. 

How to Take Photos of Kids in Front of the Christmas Tree. I love the bokeh lights in the background of this pictures. I want to learn how to do this. I might need a better camera. :) (UPDATE: November 2014 - I now have a Canon D-60 camera. It's awesome and I'm so learning how to work it.)

The Christmas tree is way in the background of this picture of a toddler with mmore bokeh lights - sorta round orbs of light fuzzed out.

Take an actual picture frame and let it define your picture like HERE.

I've seen lots of pictures of families, kids, and animals with strands of lit Christmas lights HERE.

Take pictures with a sign. In this case a girl is holding a banner with letters that say "Merry Christmas". Clever and awesome.

Candy cane ideas.... Here is a photo with a girl holding 2 candy canes to form a heart. I must do this with the grands.

Another candy cane idea...  another awesome candy cane idea.............. and a Christmas kiss.

Here is a silhouette type picture of kids in front of the Christmas tree. This look doable for me.

Snow in the background pictures...

Another picture with Christmas lights... this is more than adorable...

I love the use of the big letters in this family picture... JOY!

Children are in the background but are the main focus of this picture. Awesome idea.

If you use PicMonkey there are some awesome effects under "Winterland"... snow, ice crystals and etc. Also if you go under EFFECTS there is a BOKEH SHAPES that will give you lights in different shapes like some of the pictures in the links above. Bokeh adds so much to a Christmas picture. Try it. It's so fun to play around with.

Try to use natural light, too, whenever possible either outdoors or close to a window.

This is a REAL TREAT, people. Amanda duplicated a scene from the movie, A Christmas Story, for herself and her family.   Amanda Earles put in lots of extra effort to buy all vintage clothing for this picture. She tells how she did this including how she made the  "leg lamp".

I hope you picked up some ideas on how to photograph your family this holiday season.

With love at Christmas,




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  1. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to see how they will work with food (as well as family) Merry Christmas!

  2. Hi Linda!!!

    Great ideas!!!

    You know the winner is the last!!!!! Gotta love that movie and for her to take all the time to get
    all the vintage items to make this, is incredible!!!! So, funny!!!!


  3. Great ideas! Looking forward to grand children so I can capture the joy of the season on their faces :)

  4. Hello Linda! These pictures are great! They're very creative and beautiful. Merry Christmas!

  5. Some great ideas.. I want to figure out how to do brokeh.. that is my goal for this year. But I am thinking I may need a new lens.

  6. Great ideas! I always have so much trouble taking pictures of my son, who runs off if he even sense the camera is coming out lol.

    Thanks for sharing these tips on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

  7. Awesome ideas on how to take better pics. Loved looking at all the pictures.

  8. these are all great ideas. thanks for making the round up for us! thanks for linking up to the all things pretty party!

  9. Gorgeous picture. I really enjoy looking at the idea. I have yet to learn to have a good photo taking techniques. Thanks for sharing with 4 seasons blog hop. Cheers and have a nice day. Pin in the groups' board.

  10. Thanks so much for sharing them with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above