Thursday, December 20, 2012
Truth be told I probably drive my kids nuts at Christmas, snapping pictures of each and every moment of the day. The camera is always in hand as the spontaneous opening of that perfect gift, the interaction among siblings, the smiles of beautiful grandchildren, are flashes of time meant to be captured.
But a tradition that began a few years ago has become a must for me too. Each year, my adult children and their 'new' families are posed before the tree for their annual portraits— like it or not.
Generally, I've been pleased with the final results; after all, I obviously can't imagine more photogenic subjects. However, this year I've been wondering if there may be some tips that will perhaps help perfect the practice. So, here are some sites I found explaining how to pose picture-perfect family portraits:
DPS Posing Guide for Photographing Groups of People
Improve Photography Posing Tips for Group Portraits
photofocus How to Pose Groups
Ultimate Photo Tips Family Portrait Poses
The Portrait Photographer
Photography Concentrate Stress-Free Posing: Family
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Memories of Christmases with my grandparents are among the most treasured for me. The pictures in my mind's portfolio are as vivid all these many years since as they were then.
With two sets of grandparents, the celebrations alternated each year, but were remarkably the same at each house. They were busy gatherings with cousins, aunts and uncles, tables laden with all the delicious home-cooked food my German grandmothers could prepare. Always the ones in charge of the kitchen, they tossed gentle commands to the adults and affectionate asides to their boisterous grandkids as we ran from room to room and just generally got in the way.
My grandfathers, quiet, gentle men, had the best laps in the world and could often find space on them for more than one child. From there my cousins and I listened to stories and poems, wide-eyed and settled, at least for a moment or so.
I have been without my grandparents far longer than I was fortunate to have them in my life. But, I still see their smiles, still feel their hugs, still hear their endearments. So, at this special time of year, it seemed appropriate to acknowledge that special bond between a child and their grandparents with these wonderful photos:
iCLIPART.com Photos of Children and Grandparents
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sadly, besides some uphill climbs on a treadmill during breaks, this is about the only exercise I get. While I've never been a sporty girl and would rather lift books than weights, I do know the benefits of regular exercise. The real problem, however, seems to be time. I'm not a morning person so rising any earlier to exert myself simply isn't happening. And by the time I get home, prepare supper, clean up and digest, I am done with the day. I want nothing more than to curl up in my jammies to read or watch a mind-numbing TV show.
Throw snow and cold into the equation and a brisk walk to work is about all the outdoor time I need. It's a different story though for the hardy winter-sports enthusiasts in these photo collections:
iCLIPART.com Winter Sports Photos
Acclaim Images Winter Sports Photos
ClickArt Online Winter Sports Collection
Winter Sports Photos
Monday, December 17, 2012
Grabbing my trusty camera I set up, keeping in mind the interesting photographic conditions in place. My mind's eye knows the type of picture I want, each and every year. And each and every year the results fail to live up to expectations. Lighting the room certainly doesn't give the effect I'm going for, but plunging the room into darkness, in the hopes of capturing the lovely luminescence, often gives me a faintly outlined tree with blurry specks of yellow.
So this year, in the hope of finally capturing the same gentle ambience photographically that I see when not looking through the camera lens, I decided to do a little research. Here are some helpful tips I found:
Elizabether Halford Photograph How to Photograph Your Chrismtas Tree
How to Photograph Your Christmas Tree Video Tutorial
NY Institute of Photography Take Great Photos of Holiday Lights
Strobist How to Photograph Christmas Lights