We started a tradition our first year of marriage to take a picture together, in our Christmas pajamas, in front of the Christmas tree. It’s never perfect. Let’s face it, there’s too much excitement, anticipation, and busyness to get the perfect Christmas morning photo. But it’s fun to see the how the photo changes each year!
Please excuse the poor quality. It’s really amazing how much I’ve learned in one year and over the years! Be sure to check out my indoor photography tips for better indoor photos!
How to take the perfect Christmas morning photo:
You probably don’t have much time to take it! This is a photo that needs to be quick and painless. So these steps are how you can take the perfect Christmas morning photo without annoying your family!
1. Set up your tripod Christmas Eve.
Don’t wait till the last minute, get everything ready the night before. Or at least have it nearby and know exactly where you are going to position it.
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2. Find your camera settings early.
You can’t do this the night before, because obviously your lighting will be different in the morning, but definitely find your camera settings before anyone comes in the room… Or if you wait till after the mess, find the settings before you tell everyone it’s time to take a photo. Either way, don’t call everyone together till your camera settings are ready to go!
3. Pass around the remote.
Anabelle and Betty love taking the picture, but they never hide the remote in time… So we play a game and pass it around! At least at this age, it helps keep it interesting for everyone!
4. Get it right the first time.
I know this really is never the case, but this is why you want to take a little extra time to make sure the settings are right. At least this is the case for my family, they don’t have much patience Christmas morning!
Here’s some photos from Kevin’s and my first Christmas together till now! Not going to lie, it was so fun to pull these together! (And no, Kevin wasn’t sad! Just a goofy face!)