December 20th, 2011 at 2:57 am. Posted in Randomness.

Taking Christmas pictures has become a stressful tradition for us.  Every year I try to figure out how to get the amazing pictures I dream of, for the lowest cost possible. When it comes to planning and executing this tradition it has been nothing short of stressful, but things have evolved…in a good way.

Christmas 2011:

This year I thought I’d try something new…we invested in a good camera;  I took this photography class;  we got the kids dressed; and  leisurely walked around a beautiful park on a warm October day. I took pictures, we played, and when the demanding-my-pictures-must-be-perfect mean mommy came out I stuffed her back into my diaper bag and  we continued on our merry way. I am pleased with the pictures as well as the low stress level. (Stress Level: 3- the default level when traveling alone with two toddlers  and a specific goal in mind). Fortunately over the years I have learned how to make this tradition more enjoyable. Check out our past Christmas pictures and the stories behind them. 

Christmas 2008:

I gave my son some ornaments to play with and I took pictures with my digital camera at night in our apartment about two weeks before Christmas. (Stress level: 6)

Christmas 2009:

We had friends take the pictures with the same digital camera mentioned above. I had the camera for about 6 years and never bothered reading the manual- we just jumped right in. Racing against the setting sun the pictures kept coming out blurry, my son wouldn’t sit still, it was freezing outside. (Stress level: 6.5)

Christmas 2010:

 Photo by Amy Tripple

Photo by Amy Tripple 

I desperately wanted great professional pictures with a beautiful outdoor backdrop, so I booked a session 6 months in advance with Amy Tripple. Amy was great, the kids were cold, my husband was out of town for work the week leading up to the pictures, I traveled alone for 1.5  hours round trip as the kids napped in the car (stress level: 6).

Does your family take Christmas pictures? What tips can you offer to make it enjoyable? Next year, I thinking candy! 

7 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Darnetta Bolton
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

    Cute pics. stress is real, but the outcome is worth it!


  2. LaSandra
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    The pictures came out great! You got skillz!!


  3. meekchic
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

    Thanks LaSandra. I need to practice my “skillz” or your cute kids!


  4. meekchic
    Dec 27, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

    Thanks LaSandra. I need to practice my “skillz” or your cute kids!


  5. Chandra MoMoMod
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    Whoa! Go, Tiffany!! The pictures came out awesome. I am a horrible photographer and I HATE being in front of the camera. Strange right? I am thinking candy and toys are the way to go in an effort to get the kids in the mood for being photographed!



  6. meekchic
    Jan 01, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    Chandra, I think you’re right about the candy and toys. Maybe a little chocolate can help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera too!


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