Have you ever tried in vain to take official portraits of your kids for special occasions, like Christmas? Mine were all dressed up to see Santa last weekend and I thought that while they looked smart I would take some annual Christmas photos, so I had something to send with cards. We usually have a photographer take some photos every year, so we at least have one decent family photo, but I just haven’t had time to organise it this year. So I thought, surely it can’t be that hard, and I can take them myself…….





Trying to get a 1, 4 and 7 year old to all look in the same direction and smile at the same instant is a near impossible feat. Actually, it is impossible.



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And my photographic skills were clearly not up to the task!



The photo below is the best of 109 shots I took in about 15 minutes and I think it’s one of the first I took. It just went downhill after that.  At least for one second they all looked in the same direction, and then wouldn’t you know it, my amateurish photography skills fail me and I can’t even get the shot in focus!


And the photos we had taken with Santa were even worse because Amelia was terrified of him!




So now I have a renewed appreciation and admiration for any professional photographer who manages to take a successful or even in-focus photo of young children.


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7 Responses to How not to photograph kids for Christmas

  1. Bronwyn says:

    eventhough they may not be ”photographer perfect” these captured moments of the children are beautiful. They show the true inner child, with all their fun, mischief, and sweetness. Photographs for you to treasure

  2. Those shots gave me a good giggle! But I bet you weren’t laughing at the time! The photos might not be perfect but your little sweeties definitely are!

  3. Too funny.. Charlie is on the ball in pretty much all of them but as always the girls have a mind of their own x

  4. Jane says:

    Love the photos Mel! At least your little darlings had lovely outfits on. My Miss 6 insisted on wearing a Club Med T shirt & shorts to visit Father Christmas earlier this week – no, we did not have a photograph taken!

  5. Monica says:

    Oh! boy! I have so many photos just like this …..I sent mine out (years ago) with one or two not having perfect faces and family loved it.

  6. Food From Our Life says:

    The best way to get their attention and sitting together is to talk to them, ask them questions so they need to look at you and voila. Great photos. As for Santa – very overrated and I have yet to have a ‘proper’ photo taken with him, mainly because I am not about to force our kids into sitting on a strange man’s lap regardless of who he is supposed to be!

  7. thebuzz says:

    This post is too funny, Mel! We try every year to get our boys (teenagers) and dogs to sit for a family photo and for the past two years have failed miserably. So instead of Xmas cards, we’re sending new year’s cards and hope to catch both boys and dogs in a candid shot over the break. Your children are beautiful despite the struggle!
    C + C

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