So, better late than never right?
Since we're down to almost "the day" and besides the
- Relatives (either coming or going) (bearing gifts would be nice!)
- Setting the table (remember this photo before you all sit down) (don't forget to light the candles)
- Baking and/or candy making (either the process or the beautiful trays of goodies)
- Wrapping presents (set your photo on the table and use your self-timer for a great perspective of your hands in action!)
- Last minute shopping? (parking lots, lines, cash register, receipts, etc.) (I also love retail signs on doors stating holiday shopping hours)
- Group family shots (those are a tradition at our house, using a tripod and the timer)
- Stockings ready for Santa (love the shot of them stuffed to the brim on Christmas morning)
- Leaving cookies out for Santa (don't forget the milk)
- Holiday cocktails (peppermint martinis anyone? so festive with a candy cane garnish) (I also love eggnog with nutmeg sprinkled on top with a shot of most any kind of liqueur)
- Family traditions (what is that your family does without fail?)
- Christmas PJ's (either opening them or wearing them on Christmas morn)
- Christmas love/joy (kisses, hugs, mistletoe)
- If you don't already have a gazillion shots of your tree, remember to photograph it in low light on Christmas Eve
- The "aftermath" (the mess/chaos of gift opening)
- Pick a shiny ornament from your tree and see if you can photograph the reflections (the dog, the family, gifts, lights, etc.) (use your macro setting)
- Don't forget your pet (see if you can get yours to sit or lay under the tree) (mine won't)
Camera settings/hints/know-how/practice reminders:
- Turn off your flash
- Use your tripod in low light situations
- Use the self-timer
- Remember to "get in the photo"
- Charge your batteries!
- Look for candid shots (not posed)
- Look for people interacting with each other
- Take loads of pictures/edit & delete later
- Hand your camera to someone else
Enjoy your holiday!