Christmas PJ Party, 2016

My girls have been rocking Christmas pj’s every year since they were babies, but it wasn’t until recently that I started having a yearly photo-shoot with them. This year I decided that the living room tree being in front of the window wasn’t conducive to photo taking… so I started to move it. Before I began the voice of logic, aka Marissa, told me that was a bad idea. “Mom, what if you dump it over?!?!” Thankfully we live in a house that has 6 Christmas trees so finding another option wasn’t hard.

Our photos didn’t turn out quite as “magical” as I hoped they would. But, I am much happier with the end results compared to what I took last year.

I still feel like I have a lot of room for improvement, but I am happy with the progress I have made so far. Maybe I’ll figure it out by the time I have grand kids  :P.

This years pajamas were bought weeks ago at Kohls. With coupons and sales I ended up paying less that $7 a pair for them. I love that they are traditional button ups with just the right amount of Christmas to them. Sometimes I wish we gave the girls their pajamas as a present on Christmas eve, but I wouldn’t be able to capture these photos before Christmas. Maybe I should do two pairs next year?!

Do you buy your kids Christmas pajamas? 
When do you give them to them?

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Christmas Tree Photos & A Pajama Party {2015}

From the time I purchased my camera I have been dreaming of beautiful Christmas tree photos. I had to wait almost an entire year, but I feel like I can say the wait was totally worth it.

A few random thoughts before sharing some photos.

*These photos are hard.

*My girls are amazingly patient. 
*A speed lite changes everything.

*I still feel like there is so much more I could do to improve… next year.

*I found it easiest to get the camera focused on auto then switch into manual so it wouldn’t keep resetting.
So here they are, our “official” 2015 Christmas pj / tree photos.
(I used a speed lite on this one)
So funny that this was our pj photo shoot and this moment happened. They really were getting sleepy.
I think it is impossible to not yawn while looking at this photo. 
My girls

(I used a speed lite on both of these individual photos)

(I used a speed lite on this one)

(A few I took without the speed lite)

And my favorite shot of all.

(pitch black how with a 50mm lens on aperture priority)

It was really interesting to see the difference in the speed lite photos compared to those without. It definitely helps to make them less grainy and dark but really warms them up and can be a bit tricky to reign in. 
All in all I don’t feel like I can complain. Especially when I look at that last picture of those sweet sisters holding hands.

The girls Christmas pajamas were once again a present from Meme.

She picked them up at Kohls.
Today I am linking up for a pajama party with StephanieCrystal, Elizabeth, Whitney and some other great bloggers.

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Do you have any Christmas tree photo tips to share?


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