Wednesday, December 24, 2014

45 Lovely Christmas Eve Landscapes

Today is Christmas Eve, probably my favourite day of the year. The time for the busyness of pre-preparation is over, done or not done. The promise of tomorrow morning fills us with anticipation, while the feeling of love and peace is evident.

One of my favourite images when I think of Christmas Eve is a charming house, lights glowing, while the soft, snowy landscape lies peacefully around it. It is a scene of tranquillity.

Sure, inside the place might be different. It could be abuzz with relatives to the rafters, full of lively conversation and boisterous laughter.  It could be a story with different scenes in each room, children running and playing,  adults engaged in entertaining pursuits. In one spot the tree twinkles softly in a corner, in another people crowd around a table where discussions range from the comical to the occasional conflict.

When I am one of those acting out that tale inside, with all the comfort and complexity that means being part of a family, my mind will stray from time to time to how our version of a homey little world looks from outside, as calm and perfect as those in these lovely images from

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How to Photograph Your Christmas Tree

Decorating my home for Christmas involves a little bit of something in virtually every main floor room as well as a few touches upstairs.  But while replacing the everyday with snowmen and santas, garlands and twinkling lights can take time, the most demanding job is decking out the tree.

Once the children left home the responsibility of this fell squarely on my shoulders for several years. And for several years I moaned over the pesky lights. Strings that lit when tested then failed to light after painstakingly weaving them through the branches and plugging them in.

Of course this  always only happened after several strings had been added to the tree. Each time it did happen  I threatened to dump the tree  in favour of a pre-lit gem. Each time I threatened, my husband talked me out of it.

Until he helped me this year and began to sing my song. After a succession of strands with half of the bulbs out and even one that mysteriously decided to flash, shopping for a new tree that would have that chore done  became the stuff of serious discussion. The project  after all,  had taken two of us six valuable hours to finish, thanks to those lights.

Needless to say, when the work was finally done getting a picture of the stately display this year took on a whole new meaning. Rather than a memory of our 2014  tree, it was more about proof that we can achieve in the face of adversity.

Getting photos of the annual Christmas tree, for whatever the reason, is a popular practice in most homes. It's soft glow is a charming image on its own, and the perfect backdrop for family photos.

To capture it perfectly, though, can be tricky. Here are some helpful tips to get it right:

Picture Correct How to Take Photos of Your Christmas Tree

KelbyOneTake Christmas Tree Photos

GlobalPost Take Pictures of Kids in Front of the Christmas Tree

NYI of Photography How to Take Photos of Holiday Lights

Lightstalking How To Photograph Christmas Trees