Okay, I think I might be in full festive mode over here. I find November a little bit flat, to be honest (sorry November babies), all the excitement of Autumn and Halloween is coming to a close or over and it’s not quite time to embrace everything Christmas, but at the same time all the content I can think about making is festive. I have lists of lists of Christmas photo ideas and Reels. I am so ready to add even more sparkle and magic to my grid! And why not. We have had a pretty rough 2 years, so although I won’t be getting my Christmas tree out just yet, I will be making a start on festive content before I go all out “fairy lights have taken over my grid”. I thought that I would put together a round-up of ideas to shoot this festive season. I also have some Reels planned all about tips and tricks and how I create my festive content, so do make sure you are following me on Instagram so you don’t miss those. Right, let’s get started on festive inspo.
Oh Christmas Tree
Christmas trees make an excellent backdrop for photography. You can embrace the fairy lights and add more, holding them close to the lens creates a magical bokeh. Or position your subject closer to the camera to make the magic Christmas tree bokeh. Pop the kids under the tree and climb a chair and capture their excited faces, twirls in a tutu in front of the tree, or why not just take a really lovely family photo!
It’s not Christmas without food and food makes an excellent prop in photographs. From cosy hot chocolates in front of the fire to peppermint cremes in Christmas shapes or using gingerbread to make fairy wings. There are so many possibilities. And fear not, if you don’t bake you can buy a whole heap of gorgeous festive food from the supermarket or better yet support your local bakery!
Presents & Props
I keep a massive bag full of present props. Wrapped up cardboard boxes with nothing in. Once I’ve finished shooting all my Christmas content, the girls sit under the tree and unwrap them pretending they got toys. It is the cutest. I use ribbons and trees and lots of little decorations for the presents.
Fake snow is a brilliant one too as here we never get any real snow before Christmas. I also have a sled leftover from when I used to shoot Christmas sessions. It’s become a brilliant prop for my photography and looks brilliant inside too! Oh and don’t forget snowglobes. They have such magic about them. The perfect prop for photos.
Through The Window
And finally one of my favourite kinds of photographs. Is shooting from the outside looking in. It provokes such cosiness and magic. Like that feeling when you come home out of the cold and into the warmth and comfort of your house with the magical tree lights twinkling. It’s the loveliest feeling. You can get window pens, decals, and spray snow to make it super magical.
I hope this post inspired you and I would totally recommend planning out your photos for the season ahead if there are some, in particular, you want to take. So here we go, Christmas 2021 had officially started.