How to Photograph Your Christmas Tree {in daylight}

After we got the Christmas tree up this weekend we had a “Baby’s First Christmas” photo shoot with Caroline.  I thought I’d share the details on how I took these pictures in case any of you are looking for instructions on how to photograph your kids in front of the Christmas lights this year. Here is my favorite picture straight outta the camera: This post contains affiliate links.  To get this shot I used a tripod with my camera settings on the following: ISO: … [Read more...]

« »

Oh Christmas Tree! How Lovely are Thy Branches

Nearly ten years ago we purchased our very first Christmas tree together as a married couple.  I have to admit that I have always pined for a real Christmas tree with thick branches and the heady smell of evergreen filling my house, but there is one thing standing in the way of my dream.  My husband’s allergies and his memories of many years spent running the Boyscout Christmas tree sale left him very jaded about putting a live tree inside the house.  So, instead of having the sap and the … [Read more...]

« »

Christmas in a Minute: Pumpkin Seed Christmas Trees

Guess what? DIY Christmas project time is upon us!  If you're searching for an easy Christmas craft project, you came to the right place. These cute pumpkin seed Christmas trees are quick and fun to make at home with a few simple supplies.  Have you guys ever gone into Costco and gotten sucked into buying something that you totally don’t need because you just KNEW you could use it?  That is what happened with me and these pumpkin seeds.  Standing in Costco one day I spotted this GIGANTIC bag … [Read more...]

« »

Welcome To Kristin Salazar’s Holiday Home Tour!

We are halfway through the week! I hope you are so enjoying all of these beautiful holiday home tours from these talented bloggers.  Today I've got such a special home to show you.  I've been a huge fan of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia's blog for many years now, and I'm just overjoyed to introduce Kristin to you and feature her home on my blog.  Every time I visit her blog I feel like I'm cracking open a big, thick, glossy Pottery Barn catalog and ogling all the goodies inside.  Please tell me … [Read more...]

« »

DIY Bead Board Christmas Tree

Last year I created a Christmas tree using scraps of bead board from samples that I got from a cabinet shop.  I gave the full tutorial on how to create the bead board Christmas tree here.  This year, I decided she needed a face lift before I displayed her in my house again.   Here is the BEFORE:       Last year I liked the randomness of the wood colors.  This year I thought it looked kinda sad and patchworkish.  SO, with just a little bit of paint, here is the bling-blinged AFTER! Could … [Read more...]

« »

How to photograph your Christmas tree

Have you been trying to get a good photo of your kids in front of the Christmas tree lights but cannot figure out what settings to use on your camera?  This is the tutorial you need!  Let me show you a quick and easy way to photograph your Christmas tree lights at night for a magical Christmas photo!  Let me start this off by saying that I am not a professional photographer. I don't claim to be and never will be professional. But if you're an average mamarazzi like me with a DSLR … [Read more...]

« »
.