By Lisa Reid
Getting family photos around Christmastime is a holiday tradition. With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to think about your Christmas photography.
Here are some tips on how to perfectly capture the memories of your family’s festive season, whether you are staying on island or visiting your family abroad.
Capture the preparation
Part of the mystique of Christmas is the preparation of the big day. These activities present exciting and fun moments full of photographic opportunity, especially when you have young kids:
- Decorating the Christmas tree — If you have small children, try capturing the excited looks on their faces as they open the ornament boxes, place an ornament delicately on the tree or at the moment when the tree is fully decorated and the lights are plugged in for the first time.
- Christmas Crafts — Whether it’s making Christmas cards, decorations for the tree or acetate paper stars for the windows, getting photos of your kids doing crafts will evoke fond memories for years to come.
- Baking — Baking is a Christmas tradition, especially for families with kids. Snap some photos of the kids using cookie cutters, decorating gingerbread or wrapped in grandma’s arms with cute cookie dough faces.
The things that your kids most want to remember about the holidays when they grow up is the unique ways your family celebrated. It could be putting out cookies for Santa and the reindeer, singing Christmas carols before opening presents, the big family meal together at the decorated dining table or, if you celebrate in Cayman, going to the beach as a family before or after Christmas dinner. No matter what they are, preserving these memories is well worth the effort. You’ll look back in a few years, so happy you have these special moments captured.
Getting updated family portraits can happen any time of the year, but in families that have members living in different countries, Christmas can bring them together. Don’t miss that opportunity to get some updated family pictures taken and if you plan it early enough, these photos can have a dual use — they become wonderful memories but can also be used as or enclosed in your family’s Christmas cards. This is a good time to hire a professional photographer to update your family portraits, but don’t leave it too late as most photographers get booked up quickly during the busy season.
Lisa Reid is a photographer at Picture This Studios based on Forum Lane in Camana Bay.
This article originally appeared in the November 2019 print edition of Camana Bay Times with the headline “Capturing holiday memories”.