Parents, it's coming... Christmas morning. Man your battle stations!
For those of us who want to enjoy the morning while still photographing the highlights without stumbling around looking for the camera. A few reminders to help you out when the 25th rolls around :)
- Charge batteries and clear cards. Do this on Christmas Eve (not at 4:30 am when your kids come crashing into your bedroom singing a mashup of 'Jingle Bells' and 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'.. I know I'm not the only one).
- Consider your "must have' shots. Whether it's an image of them opening THE gift, digging into a stocking, or staring at the tree with sweet bedhead and pajama feet - be ready for it.
- Let them be. If you must have a shot of them looking and smiling, maybe get it after all the unwrapping is done and they are a bit more relaxed. The less we cajole and beg for "just one good picture" the less children usually comply. Unless they are total hams, and then go with it ;)
- Forgive the imperfections. This is not the morning to try to get off Auto mode (if that's your comfort level right now) or try to master white balance. Use that pop-up flash and just ROLL with it. It will most likely still be dark outside, so rocking natural light might not work. Do your best to capture the moment and let go of perfection.
- Coffee and cuddles. Once you have those "must have" shots, put the camera down. Enjoy the time with your most favorite people and count your blessings. And caffeinate like it's your job ;)
If Santa does happen to leave a shiny, new DSLR camera under the tree - it's time to learn how to use it! I'd love to teach you the basics at my next class of Only Little Once ~ A Photography Class for Parents on Saturday, January 16th. :)
Wishing you the merriest of Christmas mornings!