guide to christmas photography

A Guide To Christmas Photography

The Christmas season is the most wonderful time of year to take great pics, however, the endless string of photo opportunities, the low light levels and bleak winter skies can make taking memorable shots a bit of a challenge. But no need to panic…Lacock Photography has shared a few top tips to help make sure your snaps are extra special this year!

Already feeling confident about your Christmas photography knowledge? Why not take our festive themed quiz below, we bet yule do great…

Don't overlook the ordinary

We find that the best images are often those that turn the ordinary into something special…this could be anything from a pine cone on a forest floor to Grandad’s old slippers warming in front of the fire! To successfully revamp everyday objects this festive season, check out our suggestions below and see if you can turn the humdrum into humdingers!

To transform the mundane into something cracking this Christmas, get creative with colour. We suggest experimenting with a limited colour palette; you can do this by using similiar colours in your images or, alternatively, by focusing on two complimentary colours such as purple and gold or red and green. Christmas is filled to the brim with colour, so make the most of it in your photos this year!


A great way to celebrate the little festive details we all love about Christmas is to experiment with texture in your photography. Luckily for us, texture is all around at Christmas! Think about the piles of cable knit jumpers and stacks of chopped wood just waiting to be photographed! You can even try contrasting different textures and introducing bold patterns to really make your pictures pop. So, keep those eyes peeled for interesting textures this Christmas, it could make for an unexpectedly fabulous, festive snap.

Perfect the natural portrait

There isn’t a better time of year to photograph the family than Christmas, however, the traditional staged family portrait can lose a little of the festive magic. Follow our top tips below to perfect the natural portrait and ensure that every snap this year is facebook worthy.

We suggest you photo the preparation stages of the festive season like the unwrapping of the presents and decorating the tree. If well executed, action shots can have bags of personality, and we think that capturing an unposed and ‘in the moment’ expression always makes for a memorable photo. To take the best action shots still remember to focus on your subject’s eyes, increase the shutter speed and let their natural beauty shine through!

The best light for portraits is natural light, as artificial light can be a tad harsh and produce unwanted shadows. So, when taking indoor shots, try positioning your subject in a doorway or by a window. If outside, find somewhere shady to take your snap. Another top tip is to get the camera a little higher than your subject’s face, as this tends to be a more flattering angle. However, as always, make sure to experiment with your points of view to get a diverse set of festive portraits that you’ll want to turn back to year after year.

Give outdoor shots the time of day!

Grabbing the camera for a wintry expedition can sometimes be a bit of an afterthought and if it is not the ideal time of day, poor lighting can cause your outdoor shots to look more dreary than cheery. Lacock Photography has come to the rescue and shared a few ideas to make sure your scenic shots are full of festive spirit this year! Now there’s really no excuse to stay inside this December, even if the weather outside is frightful…

As a rule, the best times for outdoor photography will be early or late in the day, when the light is soft and warm. The best time for late day shots will be around half an hour to an hour after sunset. If you’re planning an evening shoot, or indeed are contending with low light levels at any time of day, use a tripod or just keep your camera as steady as possible. If you’re interested in night photography, try photographying well lit buildings reflected in water, as this technique can produce very dramatic and atmospheric images. Why not give our top tips for outdoor photography a whirl, and see all your photos turn out merry and bright this Christmas!

Composition is always an essential componant of any great picture, but when it comes to outdoor photography, it can really make or break your photo. We suggest experimenting with odd numbers, applying the Rule of Thirds and giving your subject plenty of space around the edges…no accidental cut off corners please! Although these rules are fab guidelines to follow, aren’t all rules meant to be broken? Play around with your composition (maybe only after you’ve nailed the basics) and take the time to find the most striking and balanced version of your outdoor scene. So, put some added elbow grease into your outdoor shots and don’t forget to break the rules this Christmas (just don’t tell Santa we said that).