Photographer Charlotte Emily Gray has these top tips for gorgeous festive photos. Merry Christmas everyone!
If you visit a Christmas market take your camera and capture your kids enjoying some treats and marvelling at the lights. Likewise if you take a Boxing Day walk or try out new bikes in the park, bring the camera along. Your baby cocooned in a cosytoes will look super-cute.
Rituals and details
Decorating the Christmas tree or leaving out the mince pie and sherry for Father Christmas: whatever your family tradition, take a few photos! It’s also great to photograph those homemade decorations in all their charm – they may not survive the years!
When photographing your children in front of the tree, turn off your flash. Set your camera to manual and set your ISO (film speed) high. If you want to create the blurry effect with the Christmas lights, use a small aperture f4 or less and position your children a couple of feet in front of the tree.
If we are lucky enough to get snow, again take your camera off auto. The camera will automatically underexpose on a snowy day giving you grey looking snow. Set your exposure compensation to +2 to get those crisp whites.
If you’re looking for something that is extra special, more original than socks and will be treasured forever, give the gift of a family photo shoot. You can either book a shoot in advance and give photographs as presents or buy gift vouchers for a shoot so everyone in the family can get in the photos!
Emily Gray specialises in newborn, baby, children and family portraiture. You can see more of her work on her Facebook page. She is currently on maternity leave until March 2014, when she will be offering Kiddicare customers an exclusive 10% off the cost of a shoot – just quote KIDDICARE10 when booking.