The holiday season is full of family memories and opportunities to preserve (and share) them. Here are some ideas to ensure you don’t miss a special moment. If you’re the (un)official family photographer, I haven’t forgotten about you and I have included tips so you can also be in the pictures.
One too many moms (such as yours truly) tend to take great pictures of their kids and extended family, only to discover later on that they are seldom in any of the shots. I guess that is part of being the family photographer, but there are ways to solve this. This holiday season make it a goal to be in your family pictures, even if you are not hiring somebody else for your portraits.
How? Get a tripod and learn to use the timer on your camera. You could also ask another family member to snap a picture of you, but in my experience, it’s always better to not have to rely on other to capture special family moments.
7 family moments you should capture this holiday season
School and daycare plays or parties: You might think you will always remember your little preschooler’s plays, songs or holiday parties, but our memories are fragile. Plus, you’ll want to share those adorable moments with your family and embarrass your child when he or she is all grown up.
Family get-togethers. Are you getting together with other cousins? Take pictures of all the kids together. Candid photos are great but posed pictures will actually be crucial when remembering those precious moments. You might ask older children to hold the younger ones. In any case, don’t expect everybody to say cheese. If you manage to get everybody in the shot just be thankful for that and set your camera to continuous shooting so at least you can have a fun sequence.
Milestones: Some are obvious, such as your baby’s first holiday, whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or Día de Reyes (Three Kings Day). Others aren’t as obvious. The first snowfall of the season can be a beautiful memory, or the first holiday meal. Formal or professional family pictures also can be considered a milestone since we tend to dress up and studios have great props. You may also simply snap a picture of your child next to a holiday card or special decoration that symbolizes the holiday you are celebrating. Later use photo editing tools such as picmonkey.com or apps on your smartphone to add a label.
Holiday spirit and decorations: Snapping pictures of your kids decorating the Christmas tree, under the mistletoe, next to their stockings or lighting the Menorah make for great family memories. Also remember to snap pictures of your kids with Santa Claus, eating their Rosca de Reyes (traditional Three Kings Day pastry) or spinning the dreidl if you’re Jewish.
Faces of joy and surprise: Gifts being unwrapped provide a perfect memory-making moment. Make sure you are strategically located so you can snap your child’s face.
Ringing in the New Year. Even if your baby is sleeping, take a picture to remember the moment. A cute idea is to put a clock or watch in the shot that shows it’s after midnight. Avoid using a flash if your little one is sleeping. You can set your camera so it is very sensitive to light at a high ISO but remember to keep your hand steady to avoid blurry pictures.
Fun outside. Play in the snow, or with leaves, and let the kids have fun. Then get a tripod, preselect the continuous shooting option if your camera has one, set the timer and join in!
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Meeting Santa Claus 1 of 5This is a classic. Take pictures of your children with Santa Claus and also snap a photo of any letters your kids write to him.
The holiday table 2 of 5After all your hard work, make sure to get a picture of your holiday table.
Decorating the Christmas tree 3 of 5Regardless of how big or small your Christmas tree is, get candid shots of everybody helping decorate it.
School plays and shows 4 of 5Many schools put on special holiday shows. Remember to take your camera!
First snowfall 5 of 5The first time your children play with the snow deserves a picture. It's a family memory for sure!
Would you like to win your own Samsung Galaxy Camera? Repin one of the photos from our “Holiday Memories + Moments” Pinterest board with the hashtag #samsungmemories for a chance to win, or upload your own photo onto your personal board with the hashtag #samsungmemories. And from there, we will pick the top twenty photos. Contest ends December 31st, 2012.
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