Christmas Day is only a week away, and, if you’re anything like me, that means you’ll be seeing lots of family and friends – the perfect chance to get some lovely photos! Taking better shots of those people closest to me was actually the main reason why I got into photography in the first place – so I thought I’d share some tips and tricks on how to get some photos you’ll savour for years to come.
Go For The ‘Candid’ Shots
I’m not a fan of the group photo stereotype – we all know the one; a badly-lit, flash-blasted montage of the whole family around the sofa, with 2 out of the 5 people choosing to blink or suffer from the worst case of red-eye-itis. Posed photos just don’t cut it! So, like in the photo above, where I caught my father- and -brother-in-law playing with their new toys on Christmas Day, try to take natural, ‘candid’ shots of your family and friends – they just look so much better.
Some examples of Christmas-y situations that are great for candid shots include:
- Opening of the presents (catch your child’s joy when they unwrap their gift, and then your partner’s look of dismay as the little one plays only with carboard box).
- Playing with the gifts – both young and old alike!
- The preparation and cooking for the Christmas meal – perhaps you can catch a shot of your Mum downing a glass of sherry or two…?
- The meal itself. Lots of full mouths and action-chewing shots.
- The aftermath. Uncle Charlie asleep on the sofa. Your Dad asleep on the sofa. Hmmm, not too much action then – should be easy to get some sharp photos at least!
- And lots more besides…