The shopping is done, the presents are wrapped, the stockings are stuffed…now all that’s left are the cookies for Santa and the memories that will be made on Christmas morning that you are oh so ready to capture….so without any further delay, here are 7 tips for perfect Christmas morning pictures.
Get photo ready.
Charge your camera battery, your smart phones the night before. Make sure you have enough space on your phone and camera cards are cleared.
Designate a spot to make the kiddos wait.
Let their anticipation grow by making them wait in a designated spot. It helps to show them where they need to wait the night before. Some of the best pictures are capturing the excitement on their little faces while they wait. Try hiding and taking a few pictures secretively to really capture their smiles and growing excitement.
Stand by the tree and presents.
When it’s go time and the kiddos come around the corner to the tree and the PRESENTS, make sure you stand in front of them so you can capture their faces when they first see everything instead of walking (let’s be honest, RUNNING!!) behind them.
Gift opening session and the other details.
It’s a good idea to have everyone take turns instead of trying to capture pictures during a mass gift opening session. This way, you can capture your little one’s unique expressions as they open their gifts. Don’t forget to also get great detail shots. One I like to remember is taking pictures of the before…like the tree with the presents, the leftover milk and cookies for Santa, twinkle lights on the tree and special ornaments that the boys have made. Even special Christmas breakfast treats. Little feet coming down the stairs, siblings and cousins in their matching Christmas footsie pjs. The other details that are worth capturing are little hands pulling off bows and ribbons, faces the light up at what’s inside their stockings, the kids playing with their new toys…with crazy bed head and all.
Thank you pictures.
This is a great tip because it allows relatives/friends who aren’t with you during Christmas to feel like they kinda have been with you. When your little ones unwrap a gift from a relative or friend, pause to take a picture on your phone and then text/email it to whoever it was from with a quick thank you note. It’s such a simple, easy way to show them how happy they’ve made the kids with their thoughtfulness and gift. It also saves you time with not having to write actual thank you cards later. Double win!
Mommas (daddies), join in.
Whoever is taking the pictures needs to make sure to be in them too. I know in my home, I’m the picture taker. So I need to remember to actually get in front of the camera because you don’t to look back and be disappointed that you aren’t in any of them. Make sure to pass the camera around so that there are some pictures of you unwrapping gifts, with the kids helping them open or put together a toy, or eating cinnamon rolls with your much needed coffee!
Put the camera away and enjoy your family!
And the most important tip. Take the pictures you need to capture and remember the moment. But then put your camera down. Put the phone away. Just sit back and soak in all the laughter, love and the pure joy around you..your family together enjoying food and giggles, kids happily playing and just the love in your home on Christmas morning. These memories will stay with you, with or without the pictures. And forever. Merry Christmas!