Merry Christmas!

I’ve always loved Christmas, but so much more now as a mom. It is so fun to watch the boys tell eachother about Jesus’ birth and get excited to give presents…thrills my heart. I’ll be enjoying the week with my family, so no need to check back here…no posts until sometime next week. Yes, this was our Christmas card. Totally random I know – fitting for us! I hope you all have a great week and a very Merry Christmas!

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  • Lesley - Too fun! Makes me smile every time.

  • bopha27 - I love it!! Hope that you have a great Christmas and enjoy every moment with your boys.

  • jesse - Love it! Merry Christmas!

  • april w - love it!

    Merry Christmas Campbells!

  • Kathy - what a beautiful card, congrats on your upcoming addition to the family.

  • AshleyAnn - Thanks Kathy! We decided not to make the addition of a puppy to the family this Christmas…maybe next! It is crazy enough around here!

Photo Tip {candlelight services}

This is one of my favorite Christmas 2007 pictures…it is Biggest Brother and Chris at our Christmas Eve Candlelight service. Part of the challenge for candlelight services is you can’t use a flash…for one it is hugely distracting and two it destroys the feel of the moment. So here are some tips depending on your camera and understanding:

If you have a point and shoot or a dslr, but don’t really understand more than automatic shooting you will need to first turn off your flash. If your camera has a night mode, try that. If not use the auto setting and either hold your camera very still or sit it on something sturdy for the shot. Using the self-timer option will also help with keeping it sharp. You will need to be steady and still.

If you have a dslr and understand its manual settings….flash off, use a high ISO (mine was around 600), slow shutter speed (mine was around 1/60), low aperture (mine was f/2.8) and a sturdy hand/lap/tripod.

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  • Trinity - Thanks….I get so confused with all of the numbers. Thanks for explaining things where even I can understand! I can’t wait to try it out!

  • jen - thanks for the tip. the low-light photos (minus the flash) are where i have the most problem. i’ve already started practicing around my house. :)

Photo Tip {Christmas Present opening}

I know a lot of moms who are getting cameras for Christmas or recently purchased a new one, so I thought I post a little note about Christmas present pictures. I’d encourage you to pick 1-2 presents for each kid that you know they will be overjoyed to open….then do the following:

1. Take a picture of the present before it is opened

2. Take lots while your child is opening it from several angles (lay on the floor, stand over them, close ups of their hands opening it, every possible detail you can get, etc.) You’ll have to move fast for this….

3. Take some of your child playing with the gift…and you or your spouse joining in the fun.

Then after you have fully captured a few presents being opened, set your camera down and be fully present with your kids as you finish up the rest. Too often parents, myself included, get so wrapped up in taking pictures that we aren’t fully involved and a part of the moment. I will enjoy having pictures in the future, but my kids want me in the present. And really…what are you going to do with tons of pictures of every present being opened? Enjoy your kids and breathe in those moments with them….

Tomorrow I’ll post on getting great Christmas Eve candlelight service pics…

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  • jesse - Great tips, I usually get so excited I forget my camera all together! Hopefully not this year! Thanks, again! Merry Christmas!