December holiday

Christmas Tree Ornaments      Photo credit: Kymri Wilt / Photo Traveling Mom

Happy Holidays! This is the time of year when many people want to know how to take better holiday photos.

This new series of posts will give you a lesson each month in how to take better photos. This month’s focus: December holiday photos.

Get Up Close and Personal

When we stumbled upon this decorated Christmas Tree at Disneyland’s California Adventure, my daughter was mesmerized, and tried earnestly to take a good picture of the entire tree with my iPhone.

She wasn’t pleased with the results – it was night time, people would walk into frame, and the details were lost.  So instead we went right up close and I filled the screen with ornaments, turned off the flash, and voila! We now have our Christmas card this year!

Outdoor Christmas Tree Photo credit: Kymri Wilt / Photo Traveling Mom

Outdoor Christmas Tree    Photo credit: Kymri Wilt / Photo Traveling Mom

Look for More Interesting Angles

I love a Christmas Tree that is alive, and surrounded by snow. But when it’s decorated, even better!

This lovely tree stood in a field with some other nicely decorated ones in New Mexico.

I got down low to capture the ornaments hanging from the bottom branches against the snow.

Poinsettia Flower of Mexico Photo credit: Kymri Wilt / Photo Traveling Mom

Poinsettia Flower of Mexico    Photo credit: Kymri Wilt / Photo Traveling Mom

Highlight the Contrast

It wouldn’t be Christmas without poinsettias, right?

Although many poinsettia flowers are grown right near me in Encinitas, California, I took this picture in Guanajuato, Mexico.

During the holidays, the streets there are lined with poinsettias, with lights and glittery decorations strewn from above.

Disneyland Holiday Lights Photo credit: Kymri Wilt / Photo Traveling Mom

Festive Lights decorate “Its a Small World” Photo credit: Kymri Wilt / Photo Traveling Mom

Embrace the Light

The Disneyland and Disney World parks are probably my favorite places to take pictures of holiday lights.

And yes, I’m one of those old-school fans of the “It’s a Small World” ride, and especially so during the holidays.

As if the exterior isn’t festive enough, inside the attraction, the dancing dolls from all over the world are dressed in their holiday best, and sing “Jingle Bells” for a nice change!

Share Your December Photos with Us

Christmas Lights at Disneyland Parks  Photo credit: Kymri Wilt / Photo Traveling Mom

Christmas Lights at Disneyland Parks Photo credit: Kymri Wilt / Photo Traveling Mom

Instagram is a fun way to share holiday images from your mobile device. I like to shoot with my phone in regular format, and then crop to squares when I post to my Instagram feed.

When sharing photos on Instagram, there are a lot of fun hashtags for this time of year. Look for and use #Christmas, #lights, #winter, #winterwonderland, #snow, and #festive for inspiration. And, of course, we always encourage you to add the #TMOM hashtag to your best photos so we can help promote your pictures.

I just snapped this Christmas Tree on the beach yesterday – so we don’t have snow in San Diego, but we have white sand! It’s our own kind of #winterwonderland!

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#Christmas #tree at the #beach in Ocean Beach #california #sandiego #socal_igers #caligrammers

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While I realize this post is very Christmas-y, here’s wishing you all Happy Holidays, whatever traditions you celebrate!