Tips for Taking Christmas Tree Photos

Is it just me or do you tend to go a little photo crazy around the holidays? There are beautiful decorations hung everywhere, family might be in town visiting and there is definitely more excitement in the air. My camera gets a lot more use around the holidays as it is such a special time of year and I want to make sure I document as much as possible for my daughter. She is only eighteen months old but already beginning to experience the wonder and magic of the Christmas season. One focal piece of many of your Christmas photos is probably your Christmas tree! It makes a perfect back drop for family photos, Christmas morning shots and c'mon - your decorating skills should be documented! If you have ever wondered how to take great photos of your Christmas tree I am here to help! Here are … [Read more...]

Adorable Christmas Crafts for Kids

Now that we've filled our bellies with turkey and stuffing it's time to crank up the Christmas tunes, pull out the Christmas decor and start making Christmas crafts with the kids. Creating keepsake crafts with my kids is something I do all year long. But, Christmas keepsakes are even more special. I think it's because after the season is over they all get packed away and forgotten about until the following year. When I pull the totes out of the attic and begin to unwrap each handmade craft is when the tears begin to fall. Hand prints that are no longer so tiny, coloring pages with scribbles outside of the lines, anything that each of them made that I can spark a memory from is so very special. Today I have gathered together a bunch of crafts that you can sit down and do with your kids. … [Read more...]

6 Winter Red Tablescapes

Winter can be a gray and dreary season and there's nothing like a big splash of vibrant red to bring a winter tablescape to life! Whether it's a Valentine's Day tea party, a winter wedding or a romantic dinner for two these winter red tablescapes will evoke feelings of romance and elegance. This Aspen Welcome Party is inspirational! I love the warmth of the twine and linen paired with the bright red tin cups and flowers. The red border on the tablecloth pulls it all together for this romantic western table setting featured on Style Me Pretty. If you're looking for a classic table setting that will impress your dinner guests, Got My Reservations' A Nice Italian Red is sure to set warm up the room. Serve up a scruption lazagna and finish off the evening with a homemade tiramasu and … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Lights Background

Have you ever wondered how photographers are able to get pictures of babies and children in front of a sparkling christmas lights background? Well I am here today to show you how it's done, and it's easier than you think! Here is a step-by-step DIY guide to creating your own Christmas Lights Background. Before we start I would like to mention that I originally planned to have my adorable daughter be the model for this DIY post. However, after FOUR failed attempts and lots of tears (hers and mine) I decided to go with one of her favorite teddy bears instead. Hopefully your little one will be more cooperative than mine! One tip I learned from this is to get everything set up and ready to go and then bring in your subject at the very end. That way all you have to do is snap a few pictures … [Read more...]

6 Unique Holiday Photo Gifts

Now that Halloween has come and gone we have officially entered the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas and New Years are all just around the corner. It is time to start thinking about holiday gift giving - and no it's not too early! You don't want to get caught at the last minute without a great gift. Photo gifts are great for everyone in the family, especially if there has been a big event that year. Weddings, new babies, graduation and even just every day moments make perfect gifts for parents, grandparents and others (especially those that live far away). Photo books and framed prints are always a great idea, but why not mix it up a little this year and give one of these unique photo gifts! 1. Photo Puzzle I can see kids and Grandparents loving this photo … [Read more...]

Apple Topiary for Holiday Centerpieces

A holiday topiary is a perfect way to spice up any holiday decor. They're perfect as a set on either side of a fireplace or as a single decorative centerpiece. A holiday topiary is also super simple to make. You'll only need a minimum of supplies including a Styrofoam cone, acrylic paint, plastic decorative apples, decorative wreath stems, a hot glue gun and a candlestick. First paint the Styrofoam cone the same color as the decorative apples. This will help the Styrofoam blend in with the apples. Separate the apples by size and use the hot glue gun to attach them to the cone. Start with the largest ones on the bottom and work your way up to the top, decreasing the size of the apples as you go. [sc:adsense ] After you have adhered all the apples, add decorative … [Read more...]