Tiffany Dahle is the founder and managing editor behind the popular lifestyle blog, Peanut Blossom. Her blog features inspirational tips that help readers develop everyday opportunities for creativity in the kitchen, through photography, and on the road!
One of the things I most looked forward to during my daughters’ first year of life was celebrating their first Christmases. No matter which holiday your family celebrates, this season is filled with a joyous vibe that you’ll want to capture in memorable images to share with family and friends.
If you’d like to share your baby’s First Christmas as part of your holiday card, you’re facing special challenges for setting up a sweet scene everyone on your card list will adore. All you need to do is arm yourself with your camera, these simple tips, and then go play!
10 Tips for Capturing Baby’s First Holiday
- Before you start, make sure everyone involved (including YOU) has recently had a snack. Hunger sneaks up on us and can quickly cause meltdowns, tantrums, and grumpy faces. The best smiles come from satisfied tummies.
- Use safe and comfy props like stuffed chairs or blankets (and siblings!) to position baby for the photo. Get everybody comfy, and the whole shoot will go so much better.
- Don’t use your camera’s flash. Use natural light whenever possible, babies do not respond well to bright flashes in their eyes and their sweet skin is so much more flattering with real light.
- The best time to capture the twinkly lights of the Christmas tree are before the room has gone completely dark. Try late afternoon just as dusk is setting so that your child still has enough light on their face to avoid the camera flash.
- Capture your images by shooting at eye level to your child. Squat down low or even lay on your tummy on the floor to get the proper angle.
- If baby can’t sit up yet, try shooting straight down with baby lying flat on the floor looking up. Use a solid color textured blanket to make a pretty backdrop but make sure it fills the entire frame. This means you’ll want to crop in closely and try to engage baby for some eye contact.
- Give baby a safe holiday themed prop to hold and inspect. Think child-proof ornaments, a shiny bell, their stocking or a festive toy.
- You will have the best luck keeping your photo shoot in your own home. Babies are more comfortable in their familiar surroundings and you can break for naps as needed
- Siblings are perfect for keeping baby in the right spot. Set them up with an activity where they will interact with one another like reading a story together.
- Let go of “perfect”. Getting more than one child in a photo at the same time with everyone smiling perfectly and looking at the camera can be darn near impossible. This is supposed to be fun for you all, not anxiety inducing. Even the imperfect image will be heart melting when you look back in the years to come.
Keep this simple check list handy as you head into your photo session.
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