Christmas Portrait (otherwise known as a Pinterest fail)

About a month or so ago, I started looking around for Christmas portrait ideas. I wanted to take one of Austin myself. I have a good camera, and I only needed one or two photos, and given Austin's inability to sit still, I didn't want to do a full session at a photographer's studio.

I found this article about an easy DIY Christmas lights background (this came after looking for a Christmas light photography backdrop) and wanted to give it a go.

Here was my setup:


The backdrop is a roll of bulletin board paper with a whitewashed wood pattern, found at Michaels for about $7. I think I even used a coupon so it was cheaper than that. It works wonderfully as a backdrop, and is a heck of a lot cheaper than a true photography backdrop. The "bench" I sat Austin on is really just a laundry basket flipped over with a white tablecloth on top. I probably didn't need to cover it, but I wasn't sure how much of him I'd have in the photo.

I hung two strings of icicle lights across the backdrop so that I could fill the background with lights. And I used natural light with no flash.

First, I practiced my camera settings with a doll borrowed from my mom:


This looked nice so I figured, hey, we're in business. Bring in the kiddo.

Yeah. Right.

He refused to sit for more than the first 10 seconds, so I managed two decent photos. They're not perfect, but they'll do.



I definitely consider this one a Pinterest failure. Maybe not of epic proportions but this isn't the result I was hoping to get in my mind. Ah well, there's always next year!

14 comments:

  1. Maybe it's just me, but I love the second one. ;)

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    1. It's not just you! The second one, especially, is adorable!!

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  2. Maybe it's just me, but I love the second one. ;)

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  3. I think they came out great. The second picture is the best.

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  4. As you know, I'm with Steph, I love the rawr face!

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  5. I don't think this is a fail...that second picture is great! ;)

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  6. This isnt a fail at all!! i love how they turned out!! no successful backdrop can overcome a wiggly kid...haahahaa besides, personality pictures are so much more fun!!

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  7. I don't think you failed. I like both photos. :)

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  8. This is a failure? You have high standards! The background is adorable, and your kid isn't blurry or crying. That's a win in my book.

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  9. Ok guys, you win :) The picture wasn't exactly how I wanted it to come out but it is nice to hear that you all think it looks good :) Thank you!

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  10. I definitely don't think this was a fail! These are both really cute. And I love how the backdrop came out.

    xx
    brittneewblogs.blogspot.com

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  11. I think these photos turned out great! I especially love the last one.

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  12. Are you kidding?! I think both of these photos are PinterestFTW!! The last one is perfect!!

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  13. I love seeing your set up too! I never knew Michaels sold that backdrop. Nice job.

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