5 Days of Pinterest: How to Take Pictures of your Christmas Tree

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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!

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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).

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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!
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18 thoughts on “5 Days of Pinterest: How to Take Pictures of your Christmas Tree

  1. albucco10

    OK–how did you know that I’ve been failing for WEEKS trying to take good pictures of my tree with my Cannon? I was getting so frustrated, so thank you for this! Yours came out gorgeous (as expected), so I’m going to definitely try when I get home! xo

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      What can I say, I’m a mind reader! I hope your photos come out good (I know they will). All it takes is a little patience and determination, and shooting during the day to incorporate natural light from a window definitely helps!!

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  2. Rachel

    I have a normal digital camera and it’s SO hard to get the photos to come out nice. My mom has been begging me to try to get a good one of her tree lately!

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      It can definitely be frustrating! Lighting is key, and the flash on point and shoot cameras never makes for the best photos. The tips from August Tea are really great for using a point and shoot.

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      That sounds like an awesome post, I can’t wait to read it and see your photos! I’m always lazy and don’t take photos of the tree at ALL so now I’m happy to have some photos, especially since this year is John and I’s first Christmas we’ll actually be spending together.

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Thank you! And I hope you get a new camera 🙂 I asked for a new point and shoot this year since mine broke and I accidentally sent John’s through the dryer after our cruise in October…oops!

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Thank you so much! And that is one of my favorites. My grandma has given me an ornament every year since I was born so that one day when I had my own tree to decorate I’d have ornaments for it. This year is my first year away from home since I moved to FL so she gave me all of my ornaments. It’s really special for me to have photos to remember this year by. 🙂

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      1. withluckblog

        That’s so sweet! My grandmother used to make ornaments “back in the day”. Many are broken now, but the few that have made it through are always my favorite.

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  3. xo Michelle

    Your photos came out wonderfully!

    I cannot WAIT to check out the Pinterest page and take photos of my tree! I was already planning on doing a decor post but these photos look so pretty compared to the classic tree photo. Perfect way to always remember the tree for the year & great pictures for my scrapbook 🙂 Thanks for this great idea!!

    Love your story about your Grandma from the comment above. Mine passed away a few years ago and one of my favorite things about Christmas is looking at the ornaments from her & remembering the Christmases growing up.

    xo Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

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    1. twenty-something Post author

      Thank you so much Michelle! You should definitely share the photos on your blog, I’d love to see how yours come out. And great idea on using these photos for scrapbooking, they would be perfect for that! I’m sorry to hear about your Grandma, but it’s great to have a little piece of her with you each year when you put your ornaments on the tree. Having ornaments from my family on my tree helps me feel like my family is with me on the days I am feeling lonely and missing them!

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  4. fizzandfrosting

    Gorgeous photos, Steph! I’ve been trying to master bokeh for a while now. I’ll have to check out the tips you linked!

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