Normally, I am just shooting the "moments" as they occur. The kids are doing their thing and I'm snapping away. However, this little photo shoot had a specific purpose. The kiddos had to dress up in their Christmas finery and basically pose for some Christmas-y photos. They were pretty good sports about it, but trying to get 4 small children to all look at the camera at the same time (and possibly smile naturally - ha!) is quite a challenge. I normally do not offer to take indoor photos for anyone because I am more of a natural light photographer and I'm much better at taking outdoor shots. ...but I'll do ANYTHING for those nieces and nephews and my family. So, there I was, IN the house, taking Christmas card photos. Yes, the lighting was a HUGE challenge and the littlest one had her OWN ideas about how this was all going to go down, but in the end, I think we got some great pictures. I especially LOVE the one of them lying in front of the fireplace (their idea) because I have a very similar photo of me and my siblings lying in front of our Christmas tree when we were little. I added some snow to one of the photos just for fun (a freebie on a photography website that I wanted to try out) and that picture was the oldest nephew's favorite.
When I look at these photos, I am reminded of all the fun my family had at Christmas time when I was their age. It's such a special time... Santa, the excitement, the magic! When my nieces and nephews are all grown up, I hope these photos will bring back the magical feeling of childhood Christmas!
Check out my fake snow!
This is totally staged! I told them to act "annoyed"... and they were cracking me up!
I like this one as much as the smiley ones!
Title: "Are we done yet?"