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What To Photograph During The Christmas Season

Giorgina Parker shares her ideas and suggestions on what to photograph during the festive period.

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During the Christmas season there are lots of things to see and do. With all the lights, trees, baubles and tinsel, it’s hard not to get excited, even as an adult. Christmas is a time for all the family to enjoy themselves and is the perfect time to get your camera out. 

Here are just a few ideas of what photos you can take during the festive break.


Christmas Decorations

At this time of year, Christmas decorations are on display everywhere and they come in all shapes, sizes and form. Some are bright and colourful, while others are more traditional but no matter the style, they make interesting subjects for photos. If you don't want to venture too far you'll probably find neighbouring homes decorated with Christmas lights. Another option is to time your Christmas shopping with a spot of photography and make your town's Christmas lights your topic of choice. If they haven’t gone up yet, maybe head to the light switch on and take photos there. You never know who will be turning them on, plus it's also the perfect outing for family and friends who will be entertained while you enjoy taking your photos. 

We can't talk about decorations without mentioning the Christmas tree, beautifully decorated with baubles, tinsel and fairy lights and truly represents the magic of Christmas time. 


Christmas Markets

Something that is now proving more popular at Christmas time is the Christmas market. Here they have fun fairs, little stalls selling gifts, food and mulled wine while Christmas music beams around the market. Take your camera along and take photos of friends and family enjoying the Christmas period at the market or why not take photos of the decorations and stall details? Head along to one and see what you can find around the market as there is bound to be a perfect Christmas photo just waiting to be taken.


What To Photograph During The Christmas Season:


Christmas Day

Christmas day is the perfect time to take photos with those you love the most. Start with the presents around the tree and the presents being opened, capturing the excitement and joy on their faces which is the perfect representation of Christmas. While around family and friends for Christmas dinner, take candid shots of people enjoying themselves and don’t forget the ever flattering Christmas hat photo for the album!. It’s also the perfect time to get a group photo of all your family in their Christmas jumpers stood in front of a beautifully decorated tree. Don't forget a few food shots, too. 



Like the Bing Crosby song suggests everyone dreams ‘of a white Christmas' but unfortunately, this doesn't happen very often. However, if you’re lucky enough to see snow, don't forget your camera when you head outside. Build snowmen, make snow angels, go sledging... but most importantly, have some fun in the snow and take photos of your friends and family while doing so! You never know, you might take the perfect Christmas card photo whilst enjoying a day in the snow you can send out the following year.


Words by Giorgina Parker. 

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