After all the hard work we put into selecting the perfect tree, adding lights and decorating it with ornaments don’t you think our Christmas trees deserve to get their 15 minutes of fame? It is after all where Santa leaves all of his goodies for us so it certainly deserves to be remembered. But how should you approach photographing your Christmas tree in a way that’s just as unique as your tree itself? That’s what I’m showing you today!
When I saw this pin, I knew I had to check out the source. I loved the creative idea of purposely taking the photo OUT of focus to get an amazing bokeh effect from the tree lights. With the invention of Instagram it may be tempting to just take a few cell phone images and call it a day, but you can get much better quality images if you just take the extra time to pull out your DSLR or point and shoot camera. I used my Canon 50D with a macro lens for these shots, but August Tea Photography also provides tips for taking shots with a point and shoot camera as well. Check out her blog post here for more!
I followed August Tea Photography’s guidelines for the bokeh shots and also took inspiration from her images of the ornaments on her tree, but I wanted to capture our tree’s quirky extra long stem at the top so I took a shot of the top of the tree as well (pictured at top of post).
Taking shots of individual ornaments is a great way to highlight some of your favorite ornaments. There is a personal story and sentimental value to go with each ornament I own, so I love having close up shots of some of my favorites! While August Tea Photography took her shots at night, I chose to take mine during the day to take advantage of the beautiful natural light in our living room. Now I have a handful of great shots to remember our tree by!