There are some great Christmas lights in our subdivision this year. We thought they would make a great backdrop for our family self portrait. It is time to make it happen. Let’s see… time for a list of equipment to take…

  • Camera
  • Self timer
  • f2.8 lens
  • Flash
  • Tripod for camera
  • Tripod for flash

We walked down the road to “the spot,” setup the tripod, camera and the subject (my wife) and took some test shots getting the background exposure just like I wanted.  Then added the flash. Once those details were out of the way, I set the self timer on the camera to capture an image every 7 seconds.  Then I jumped into the frame and we did various poses. This is the one we like the best.

Family self portrait.

Merry Christmas!


Tonight I learned a lot about posing people.  I’ve posed many people over the years, but this particular night I must have posed 150 different people.  I was hired to shoot images at a Christmas party for a local company.  When the night was over, I had a new appreciation for this type of photography, trying to capture the many clients in less than 2 minutes each.

I used just 2 lights for the setup, intending use use a second hair light, but some technical issues kept me from doing so.  I positioned the subjects about 10 feet in front of a lit Christmas tree, then shot with an aperture of f2.8 to cause the lights on the tree to grow in apparent size by what is referred to as bokeh.

The following image was one of my favorites of the night.  I love her eyes which are very captivating in my opinion.

Christmas is a very festive time of year.  It is a time when friends and family gather; to eat, exchange gifts and just have some great fellowship together.  We’ll be doing the same thing today.

That said, take a few minutes and read about the first Christmas, over 2000 years ago.  Take your Bible, and read the second chapter in the book of Luke.  It is my prayer that all who read this will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  Christmas will never be the same… it will be even better.