I clicked “like” as I looked through the images. My friend’s Facebook photos of her family’s adventure to the a cut-your-own tree farm were adorable. Her little ones popping their head under the tree as dad sawed away at the trunk. I smiled, continued through my feed, and moved on.
Later that day, I paused as I went to grab my camera. Our family was putting on hats and mittens to go to the local IGA to select a small Christmas tree. Her picture-perfect Facebook moments raced through my mind; should I even waste my time taking my DSLR to a grocery store parking lot? I stared at my camera. My friend would be flabbergasted if she knew that was my delayed reaction to her photographs.
But this is what I do, this is what many of us do . . . We compare ourselves to the better mom, the better house, the better vacation on Facebook or Pinterest.
I shook my head, frustrated with myself, grabbed my camera and headed to meet my family in the car.
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Look at this adorable photo I captured! Yes, yes, yes. Always take the camera, my friend.
Do you remember playing hide-and-seek among the Christmas trees as a kid? Me too! I was walking around looking at the trees when suddenly Quinn’s little head quietly popped out as she looked for her sister. I could have missed these shots. And for what?
Simple Photo Tip: I once read that if you ask the people you’re photographing to “touch cheeks” it immediately adds a sense of intimacy to the photo (above left). If you use this trick long enough, be prepared for your kids to eventually throw their butt cheeks together and laugh hysterically.
This is the first time in YEARS that we’ve gotten a fresh Christmas tree. In fact, we’ve had an adorable almost Charlie Brown-esque artificial tree for the last ten years. As a kid, I remember coming down the stairs into our family room and smelling the fresh Christmas tree each morning. I loved it. I had almost forgotten . . .
Each night I smile. As I turn the lights on, I hum “Oh Tannenbaum, Wie treu sind deine blatter,” the way my Grandma Gertrude did. Life is too short to waste time comparing ourselves with others.
Here’s to being happy within your moment.
PS: My attempts to take Christmas photos in the past have been HORRIBLE. For that reason, you’ll constantly find guests posts here at Let’s Lasso the Moon. Every time I meet a photographer, I ask for their secrets!
Below are 5 of my favorite holiday photos tutorials and posts:
- How to Take Photos by the Christmas Tree
- How To Take Christmas Tree Portraits with Bokeh (Blurry Background)
- 5 Holiday Photography Tips for Beginners from Real Moms
- 5 Photography Tips for Getting Natural Smiles from Children
- How NOT to take a Christmas card photo
Here is our little IGA Christmas tree . . . Can you hear me humming “Oh Christmas Tree” in German?
I am sharing this imperfect photo of my unevenly lit tree because, well, because it was the best I could do and I am proud of our little imperfect tree.
Holiday Glow Recipe:
- ISO 1600
Looking for DSLR photography inspiration?
Check out these great Pinterest boards:
- Peas & Carrots Studios
- Snap Happy Mom Tutorials
- Photography Tutorials from I Heart Faces
- Join the Mamarazzi
- And of course … DSLR Photography Tips