Get snap happy this Christmas

by Natalie
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Time is precious

With Christmas just around the corner, and hopefully lots of family-time scheduled in, I wanted to remind you to take lots of photos! Since becoming a parent, time seems to be passing by at a ridiculous speed, and capturing significant moments has become even more important. With our hectic lives, getting family together doesn’t happen very often so take the opportunity at Christmas to get some brilliant photos you can look at, and laugh at, forever.

Get the kit

If you’re really into your photography, you could invest in some decent kit. While camera phones are pretty amazing these days, they’re still no match for the quality of a standalone camera. And technology has certainly moved on from the traditional DSLR. The new generation of mirrorless cameras means that there is no optical viewfinder, so the body of the camera can be more compact without compromising on quality. If I was writing a letter to Santa, a mirrorless camera from Panasonic would most definitely be on my wishlist!

Up your photo game

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I’ve been blogging for two years now and I definitely take better quality photos now than I used to. Building my Instagram feed is hard work but it’s a big part of the job, and I enjoy working on it. And it’s definitely made me think more about what makes a good photo.

Before, I’d leave most of the photography to my hubby. But now I’ve realised that it’s important to have photos that I’ve taken. Ones that reflect how I saw that particular event through my eyes.

Some will say, “Stop taking photos and enjoy the moment.” But just because I’m looking through a lens, it doesn’t mean I’m not present. If anything, I’m even more immersed in what is happening while I attempt to capture it forever.

Give your kids fantastic memories

Our children need to have photos to look back on. It really helps them (and us!) to remember holidays and special events.

We always make the time to look through our photos with Ethan, so that he remembers all the fun we had. Invest a bit of time taking the photos now and in the future, your children will thank you for it.

Make sure you’re in the pics too

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There have been social media campaigns in the past to encourage us mums to get in front of the lens more often too. While we all probably have about ten million photos of our precious little ones, truthfully how many do you have of you? 

I know we often don’t feel very glamorous, and having our photo taken is the last thing we want to do. Confidence is a big thing when getting in front of the lens. I often don’t feel like having my photo taken. But I am trying to make more of an effort to be in the photos too. 

Let’s face it, this is probably the best we’re ever going to look – it’s all downhill from here (sob) so we may as well make the most of our looks while we can! Do what you need to do to look and feel confident in front of the camera.

Enjoy the festivities, have loads of fun, and please remember to take plenty of pics of you and your gorgeous family this Christmas.

Happy snapping peeps!

Disclaimer: In collaboration with Panasonic.

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