December family photos are so festive and the perfect addition to every household. Yes, the Christmas cards may have been sent by now but they are perfect images to use for Christmas thank you cards or perhaps in a new year email update.
Some of our favourite things about December family pictures is the chance to capture all those iconic Christmas moments; from choosing a tree or wreath to spending some quality family time together in the great outdoors or at home snuggled up in bed. These precious moments fly by so fast especially when children are little, and a family portrait session is a great way of keeping a memento of those magic moments for years to come.
They’re also the perfect time to include your furry friends! Who doesn’t love a dog in antlers and Christmas lights?
It is officially the festive season and a time when most of us start to slow down and take some time for ourselves. Now is also the perfect time to start preparing our businesses for the new year. I don’t mean that you have to work every minute of Christmas (we all deserve a break and a few days to put our feet up), but getting some of these smaller jobs out the way now will be worth it later on in the year.
December weddings are stunning. They are such a unique event that really does happen only once a year, and that is why they are one of our absolute favourites.
There are so many lovely details that come out in December weddings. We love the deep, dark hues that can be seen appearing here and there. The drama of darker bouquets and floral displays, as well as the elegance of deep coloured bridesmaid dresses, get to us every time.
We also adore the use of candles in any aspect of a wedding day; from a beautiful candlelit ceremony to tall pillar candles being the centrepiece of each table. They are incredibly dramatic and elegant and yet keep the cosy atmosphere of the season.
The most iconic aspect of any wedding is, of course, the dress. One trend that we love to see over the Christmas period is the “wrapped up bride”. The use of a beautifully bright shawl or a fur coat to keep the winter chill away looks like something from a fairytale when paired with a wedding dress. We’re thinking Little Red Riding Hood, or perhaps the Snow Queen from Narnia. Equally, we love when a bride uses Christmas as a chance to embrace sparkles on a magnificent scale. Whether it’s sparkling embroidery on a dress, crystals on a veil or glitter just on the shoulders leading to a beautiful cape, we can’t get enough of it. It completely embodies the idea of a real-life Christmas fairy and when paired with falling snow, there is nothing more magical.
What are your favourite details for a December wedding?
December engagements are truly magical. We can see why they call it “the most wonderful time of the year”. There are so many engagement shoot options available to the December couple, but here are just a few of our favourite elements.
You have so many festive locations available to you because everywhere looks beautiful at this time of year. If your couple lives in the centre of a city you could search out some festive events that you think would make a good photo location; some examples might include Christmas markets, ice skating, or simply walking amongst the brightly lit streets. Alternatively, if the lovebirds live in a more rural location you might be able to visit a Christmas tree farm for a bit of festive fun, or perhaps just a romantic stroll through a wintery woodland would do the trick.
This is really the only month when you have the opportunity to use as many festive colours and props as you want. If you are a Christmas nerd then you could go the whole hog with Christmas jumpers, lights and crockery galore. If you prefer a more glamorous Christmas theme then perhaps a knockout outfit in a festive colour is the way to go. Or equally, if you don’t want too much of the Christmas theme going on but still want a bit of the seasonal magic, perhaps just a festive makeup product is for you.
Without a doubt, December is a month that cannot be beaten in terms of emotion. It is a time filled with love, laughter and goodwill – call it festive spirit, Christmas magic or just being stuck inside with your loved ones whether you like it or not. So what better time is there for an engagement shoot?
We’re thrilled to congratulate professional family, child and pet photographer Paul Hindmarsh for receiving his Associate qualification from the MPA! It’s a well-deserved achievement with some fantastic images.