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There all kinds of pictures being taken this time of year. Why not try a few different ideas!
Squish Your Family into an Ornament:
This can be done both with an actual ornament or in a photoshop type program!
Get your family together nice and tight (especially your heads) and shoot your reflection. You might try shooting from an angle to get your camera out of the shot or use a editing system to take it out.
You can even take an image and lay it over an ornament. Too cute!
Utilize common things to make interesting backgrounds like:
Chalkboard. There is chalkboard paint you can put on a wall/board of wood. Then use it to put "Merry Christmas from The Taylors" or your kids names...
Tinsel. Hang this along a wall for a sparkling background.
Wrapping paper. Either one or many patterns and crumple it up and spread back out for more texture.
Paper-craft snowflakes. Make a wall of these with your kids.
Foil. Crinkle it to give it texture!
Tree lights. Can't go wrong with tree lights!!!
Speaking of tree lights!!!
It's always a pretty picture when the lights behind an image are out of focus and blurred out (like below!). A classic way to do this is getting a very shallow depth of field. This looks especially cool when you have lots of tiny lights in your background.
Aim for a large aperture (which means a low aperture number, like between f/1.4 and f/5.6). A portrait or telephoto lens works best - anything 50mm and up.
Just have your subject stand close to the lens and far away from the background. Don't be afraid to not have your subject center either. This is the perfect time to work off center!