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…