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I rarely post on a Saturday, but was motivated by my Christmas tree staring at me. I have been working hard to improve my photography for years and I’m finally in a place that I feel good about. I still have a lot to learn, but can generally compose a decent photo in most situations.

I had the pleasure of shooting a semi-winter themed session with my cousin and her husband last week. We started off in my completely unfurnished formal living and dining room space which has great light and then headed to a Christmas tree farm (without snow, unfortunately).

Tips for achieving the blurred christmas light look:

1. Place your subject at least 5 feet out from the tree or lights.

2. If you have a digital SLR camera, shoot in Aperture Priority and set it at the lowest possible setting. If you just have a point and shoot, zoom in and focus on your subject.

3. If you have a point and shoot camera, consider putting a sheer curtain or piece of fabric over the lights. I did this long before I knew anything about photography. It can achieve a similar look without a great lens and expensive camera.

Enjoy! I would love to see your holiday photos too. Link to your blog’s holiday photos in the comments. Cheers!

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