5 Christmas Photo Ideas to Brighten the Holiday Season

Looking for some inspiration for your holiday photos?  Here are a few ideas to spark your creativity.

Holiday Mischief
Kids or pets getting into trouble around the decorations?  This can make for an adorable photo opportunity, not to be passed up!

Casey in the Bag (2)

Casey and the Lights #Flickr12Days

Decorations - Focus on the Details
Look around the house for inspiration for photos!  Isolate figurines and ornaments from their background with a fast lens.  Getting the Christmas tree in the background is a definite plus!

The Holiday Deer


The Little Family in the Snow Globe #Flickr12Days

Store Surprises
Stores have lots of little surprises to photograph during the holiday season.  Don't forget your camera at home when you go out shopping!  Be respectful, though.  Make sure the store allows photography, and avoid using a flash, as it can be distracting to shoppers.

Not My Mantle (I Wish Though...)

Ornaments on Display at Lemon Tree Village

The Little Caroling Family #Flickr12Days

Food Preparation
While taking photos of food once it's ready to eat is pretty customary, taking the behind the scenes photos of it being prepared can tell a nice story.  You might consider putting them in a montage, like the one I made below.

Catching Christmas tree lights or other holiday lights in the window adds a nice element to your scene.

Tools I used to create the photos this post:  Sony Alpha 200 (discontinued, but you can get the current Sony Alpha SLT-A58, Canon EOS Rebel T1i, (replaced by Canon EOS Rebel T5i), Canon EOS 60D, Canon EOS 6D, Minolta 50mm f/1.7 (discontinued, but you can buy the Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DG EX HSM (replacec by the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM II), Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM, Canon Speedlite 270 ex (replaced by the Canon Speedlite 270ex II), Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe Photoshop CS6


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