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With the next holiday being Valentine’s Day I thought I would share with you a fun heart bokeh tutorial.  Can you imagine the cute customized Valentine’s that could be made with this?

Heart Bokeh Tutorial

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I created these DIY silhouette gift tags while wrapping up our gifts last year.  I got so many questions on how I did them that I thought I would walk you through a tutorial so you could make silhouettes for your own children!

diy silhouette gift tags

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The month of December may be my favorite.  So many fun activities, so many photo opportunities.  But, what better opportunity than photographing your child in front of the Christmas tree?  Today, I am sharing my favorite Christmas tree photo tips to ensure you get great photos of your kids no matter if it’s day or night.

Christmas Tree Photo Tips

When it comes to photographing this season there are three different types of photos I try to get of my kids in front of the tree:

1.  Decorating – Decorating the tree is an important moment in our home each year.  I try to time it so that it’s prime lighting hours within our home (1pm-3pm).  The sun is over our house so that there isn’t direct light shining through the windows but the room is well light.  Be sure that your back is to the light source (in my case the window).

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2.  Artsy – Try taking some silhouetted photos of your children in front of the tree.  To capture this look you’ll need a low shutter speed.  I used a tripod and my settings in this photo were ISO 800 Shutter Speed 1/13 and Aperture 2.8.

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3.  In pajamas in preparation for Christmas morning – I like to do a Christmas Eve photo shoot in front of the tree with the kids.  Last year I snapped these photos of the kids and I’m so glad I did…Christmas morning they were up at 6am and I did not capture the beautifully lit photos that I had hoped to.  Read more about my Christmas morning photo tips here.

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In years past I waited until Halloween night just before going out to trick or treat to try to take a photo of my children in their costumes.  And it would almost always backfire.  Either they were in such a hurry to get out and trick or treat, it would be dark outside, or they would just be melting down that I would never get a great shot.

I have learned some things to make it easier and wanted to share my Halloween photo tips with you so that you can get some great pictures of your children this year!

Halloween Photo Tips

1.  Don’t wait until Halloween night to get a picture – Try a costume trial run another day to get some portraits.  Without the anticipation of trick or treating they are more likely to take their time, look at the camera, and smile!

2.  Get great light – During your portait session head for open shade (shaded side of a building or covered patio) or wait until the sun is low in the sky.  Your images will look so much better when the light is diffused and your subject is without shadows on their face your images.

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Halloween Photo Tips

3.  Start trick or treating at least 30 minutes before the sun sets – Light is a major component when it comes to photography.  You want as much natural light as you can so that your images aren’t dark or blurry and so that you’re not forced to use flash.

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4.  Be Present – I suggest taking a handful of photos gathering candy from about 3-4 houses to document the occasion and then put your camera away!  Enjoy the evening with your family without your face behind the camera.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!