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?
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?
It’s December! Which means that we are allowed to be officially excited for Christmas. There are so many things that we love about this month but here are just a few of our favourites.
A large portion of the country will be experiencing snow this month and regardless of whether you find it heavenly or a hindrance, you have to admit that it is an essential part of December. Personally, we love it. The ground looks perfect, the windows are frosty, the trees are sparkling and everything has an air of magic about it.
Christmas shopping! We all have a love/hate relationship with it. Yes, it’s stressful and busy and a bit elbow bashing at times, but we can’t help but love the excitement that comes along with it. Seeing everyone rushing to and fro with armfuls of bags and boxes just puts a smile on our face.
And finally, Christmas decorations have got to be the biggest December love of ours. It’s the only time of year where it’s appropriate to put a tree in your living room and put hundreds of lights everywhere. We love the wreaths, the trees, the candles, the lights, the holly and the mistletoe. For us, that is when December comes alive and casts its magic.
What is your favourite part of December?
November family portraits are so wonderful and are the start of the Christmas magic for us. They are the perfect end to this month and lead up to December.
The colours at this time of year are beautiful. The use of whites, greys, blacks and cool blues completely epitomise winter and perfectly complement the chilly winter light. This is also the perfect backdrop for some truly cosy family pictures, with everyone bundled up in scarves, coats and woolly hats. Or perhaps if your family is a little more glam-based, the perfect setting for some seasonal glitter?
November also often brings the first snowfalls to certain parts of the country. Snow is such a magical element to a landscape and provides the perfect opportunity to get some great shots for the family Christmas card.
What do you love about November family portraits?