Kara's Party Ideas Christmas Photo Tutorial | Kara's Party Ideas

Christmas is all about creating memories–and nothing keeps those memories burning brighter than a beautiful photograph. Niki from Niki Martin’s Photography and Amy Mutchler from See Amy Shoot each have wonderful photographs that capture the essence of Christmas– and its delightful memories– with a magical touch!

They have graciously shared their photos as well as a few tips in this Christmas photo tutorial so you can recreate this Christmas picture before the day has come and gone. Thanks Amy and Niki!

Kids Christmas Under-the-Tree Photo Tutorial

From Amy:

My camera settings were:
1/5s (they were practicing their statue skills!)
ISO 1000

To get the magic effect, I made a bowl out of tin foil (shiny side up for more reflection) and placed a balled up strand of indoor Christmas lights in it. I positioned the bowl in the middle of the girls and had them look at the pictures on the page. Their faces were too serious at first, so I started telling them to laugh when they saw the color green on the page, and then to hold their “laughing face” like a statue. For whatever reason, that worked. ;)



From Niki:

  • Aperture of 2.8
  • Shutter Speed 60
  • ISO bumped way up to 4000
  • Place a battery operated lamp behind the book to get the “magical Christmas book revealing secrets and joy” look.
  • I told my kids to start looking at the pictures and I took about 10 pictures and liked this one the best.
  • I edited though Lightroom by increasing the clarity and changing the white balance until I was satisfied.

Christmas Magic

Isn’t it just fabulous?! Wouldn’t it be great to do this each year and then frame them all so you could see them grow and change? I think I have found a new tradition!

If you recreate this Christmas photo, please send us a copy of the picture; I would love to post our Kara’s Party Ideas family Christmas magic photos!

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