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Photographing children and holiday lighting

‘Tis the season… to photograph children and holiday lights.

I had the opportunity to photograph this little tyke at a festive location:  Santaland in Madison, Minnesota.

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Available light gives such a “magical” look when photographing children with holiday lighting with the goal being a pleasantly lit face with glowing lights. So… shut off your flash.

Tips for photographing lights:

Basic camera settings:
1) Set a wide aperture (low f-stop number) like f2.8, or as wide as your lens will go.
2) Bump up your ISO to around 800-1250 (not an exact science) I topped out my ISO on some of these since it was such a dark area with no outside lighting.
3) Make sure your shutter speed is at least 1/100th to freeze the subject. I had an active 1 1/2 year old subject so I cranked the shutter up to around 200.

Now those numbers above aren’t a magic formula, but they give you a good starting point. If the Christmas lights aren’t bright enough, bump up the ISO or slow down your shutter speed (just not too slow unless you are going for a blurred motion look!!). It may help to have a little available light coming in through a window to light the subject, but not too much and no direct light since that would overpower the glowing holiday lights. Even lighting on the face is important.

Image color look pretty weird? Either set the white balance in your camera while taking photos or adjust it in the post process in Lightroom or Photoshop. I shoot in Raw so I worry about it during the post-process steps.  More information can be found on white balance here:  What about White Balance?

I’d highly recommend a trip to Santaland located upstairs above Heather Floral right on Main Street, Madison, Minnesota.

… and don’t forget your camera!!




Sharing the Magic…

The light in a child’s eyes is all it takes to make Christmas a magical time of year.  knock-2875ebgcrweb

Image captured by available light at Santaland located at Heather Floral in Madison, Minnesota. Beautiful holiday displays and well worth the trip.

I don’t want the weekend to end!

I think a lot of us are feeling this way today.Full-0125bgcrweb

Image by Joyce Meyer


Baseball is serious business




This little guy has perfected “the look.”

You are my sunshine…

Image by Joyce Meyer
Image by Joyce Meyer

Blend of mother/child with clouds and prairie grasses.

A person’s a person no matter how small – Dr. Suess

Cole ~ Three weeks old.

Image by Joyce Meyer

Oh, how quickly bambinos change. Three short weeks since this little guy was welcomed into the world and he is already paying attention with eyes that seem to show wisdom beyond his days.

May your days be filled with adventure, fun and happiness.



C’mon… open your eyes!

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jacoby baby 204152015_0000Another cute pic with his eyes open:  Hmmm, missing the chubby little hands on the swing rope.

Photoshop to the rescue. Took his right eye and put it on the closed eye photo. Copied that eye, flipped it, put it on his left eye and adjusted to  look natural. Toned down some of the skin glare, adjusted color balance and here we go. A cute little guy with his eyes ready to see what the world has to offer.

Eighteen years later and here he is again… Open eyes, ready to see what the world has to offer…


 Go, take on the world!