Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Photos That Make You Smile


My thanks to Sheila, Heather and Sarah for having me back.

I am a scrapbooker.
That was one of my first big creative endeavors.
I love the creative outlet and the joy the albums bring my family.

Taking photos during the holidays is not always an easy task.
There is always so much going on in all the photos, sometimes we forget to even pick up the camera, and then there is the whole bad lighting situation.

I am going to give you some ideas on what types of photos to take. Offer a few tips on when to take them and how to embrace the photos you do capture even if they are not perfect.

Make sure you capture photos of the some of the traditions and fun leading up to Christmas.

Every year I try to take photos of some of my decorations.

It's always fun to look back through the scrapbooks and see how my decorating has changed over the years. Sometimes the photos even come in handy when I want to recreate a vignette.

When taking photos in the house. I always do this during the day and at a time when that particular room is filled with light. I try to get by without using the lights or my flash.

I also like to capture the kids getting ready for the season.

Again, shot in the day with natural light flowing in through the window.
No need for flash here.

Christmas Eve is always held at our house with my side of the family.

It's dark outside by the time everyone arrives so there will be no natural light. Bummer.
I still opt for no flash because my camera has very high ISO numbers.
I understand that many cannot do this, so use your flash.
This is where we embrace what we can't control.

Make sure you catch some candids of the festivities...

as well as posed shots...

Some of these are a little blurry because of low light, or too warm because my white balance was off, but that's ok. I still love them anyway.

They show our family having fun and that is what my scrapbooks are about.

Christmas morning is so much easier for photos.

Make sure you reset any settings you may have changed from the night before and you are ready to go again.

I always try and capture our tree with all the presents before we dive in.

Again, I try and capture some candid and posed moments.

And make sure you have a family member grab the camera and take some of you.
You are a part of the family too.

And don't forget to get a photo of the room after presents are opened.
You know, right after the tornado goes through.

Wow, look at that mess. And I didn't even know it at the time, but I caught my daughter and her boyfriend hugging in the background. Extra special photo now.

So there you have it. My tips for taking photos that will make you smile and make your scrapbooks shine.

Merry Christmas to all of you.


  1. Thank you, Traci for the great photo tips!! You're the best:)

  2. Traci - I loved all of these! Is that your sister? OR, someone that looks alot like you. The "tornado look" happens at our house too. So fun. Yes, I noticed the hug in the background AND your son is left handed? ME TOO! (smile)
    Connie LOU

  3. Traci, love your photo tips for scrapbooking. I love the idea about getting all the mess! Gotta try that this year. Oh, by the way, my Christmas morning starts way before sun up! Thank you for the tips!

  4. Loved all the tips, Traci--I sure need them! I usually take a picture of the "after mess", too--one of the best parts!

    Hope your day is wonderful!


  5. its so nice to have someone who actually is a photographer make you feel alright about maybe not taking the best photos...just love what you CAN take! i just have a point and shoot and i am a HORRIBLE photo taker!! but i always just figure that is someone else's talent and i still have pictures of my family.:D

  6. thanks all. it's so fun to look back through the years at the photos. funny i didn't remember some of them being blurry until i went back to look at them. no biggie. i love them anyway.