Holiday Photo Tips – Peyton & Parker

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I absolutely LOVE the holidays. I love them even more now that I am a mother though. I get to introduce my boys to all of my favorite holiday traditions from picking out a pumpkin to picking out a Christmas tree. There’s so many special and exciting things that are going to happen within these next few months, and you know I will have my camera ready to capture it all.

Taking photos of/with kiddos isn’t always the easiest task, but it is so worth it! I always end up sweating, but I like to think it counts as a work out. Our babies won’t always be this little, and I want to make sure I remember every stage. Theres a few things I like to do to make the photo-taking process a little easier.

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Here are the steps I go through when taking holiday photos:

Location

I always think of where we are going to take the photo first. Will it be indoors or outdoors? What time will the lighting be best? Lighting is so important when taking photos. Natural lighting is always my go-to whether we’re shooting indoors or outdoors. It’s usually best to shoot early in the morning or in the evening to avoid direct sunlight.

Outfits

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am a big fan of matching with my boys. I love coordinating our outfits, especially when taking photos. I like to mix prints and textures to make things fun and interesting. In these photos, we are wearing a new line called Peyton & Parker that is exclusively at JCPenney. I am obsessed with this collection because they mix prints and textures so beautifully. You can pick up anything from their collection for everyone in your family and it will match. Their collection is so affordable as well. It makes shopping for holiday outfits so easy!

Preparation

To keep everything running as smoothly as possible some preparation is needed. Lay out your outfits, pack your snacks, make sure everyone is feed and comfortable prior to taking photos. I take most of my photos in my home, so I am sure to have the room clean and decorated before taking photos.

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Decorating my home for Christmas is something I look forward to all year long. It’s so much fun, and I even like getting the kids involved (it’s such a great photo opportunity too). Peyton & Parker has some of the cutest signs and knitted stockings for Christmas! I also love their throw pillows and blankets. I’m sure I will be keeping those items out all year round. I love how the whole collection coordinates, even the home decor. Perfect for that Christmas card photo!

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Tripod & Remote

I take most of my photos myself thanks to my handy dandy tripod and remote! It makes things so much easier. I used to use the self timer, and found that I would get tired faster. Isn’t running after the kiddos enough?!

Have fun

I love engaging with my little ones while taking photos. Not only do those tickle sessions make the best memories, but they make the best photos too. Candid photos always end up being my favorite.

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If they are having fun, you are sure to have fun too. This Peyton & Parker banner was their favorite part!

 

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Thank you to JCPenney for sponsoring this post! Be sure to visit your local JCPenney store to get all your holiday needs or click here to check out the full Peyton & Parker line.

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Sweet Sound

Outfit details: Dress- Sweet Symphony Dress c/o Paint the Town // Belt- Another Line // Shoes- Preview

Music has been a love of mine ever since I can remember. I especially love when a song comes on and it takes you back to a moment. I have lots of great memories that involve music. When I was about 9 years old, my sister and I would record ourselves singing on cassettes. My favorite recording was when we sang Every Morning by Sugar Ray. There were lots of laughs and goofy memories made during those recordings. I also love coming home to my guitar after a long day at work. Such a great way to wind down and just relax.
So when I saw this dress, I felt like it was made for me! I’m a sucker for cute prints, and Paint the Town totally nailed it with this simple yet playful print. This dress is so comfortable so it will be perfect for work. I spend most of my life at work, which is why comfort is such a priority for me. I also love that it can be fancied up with a pair of heels for a night out with my sweetheart. Oh and last but definitely not least, it has pockets! A dress with pockets beats a regular ol’ dress any day! I know all of you ladies can agree with me.
Well I am off to wait for the hubby to get off of work so we can go on a dinner date. We’ll probably come home and do some puzzles since that is what we’ve been into these days. Then tomorrow I plan on doing a whole lotta nothing and maybe some thrifting. This has been such a long week so sleeping in and doing nothing is much appreciated. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!