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Christmas Tour: Decoratively Speaking Events

I've got a treat for you guys today! It's a Christmas tour that is definitely a feast for the eyes. When I started my holiday page on Instagram this season, I happened upon quite a few interior design pages I wasn't yet following with my KCL Instagram. One of which caught my eye with beautiful event design. As we began to near the Christmas season, I noticed this design page posting more and more Christmas decor at various businesses. Talk about a dream job...being able to decorate so many different spaces for the holidays, with many different themes and colors!

As you can imagine, the designer at Decoratively Speaking Events is bound to have beautiful Christmas decor at home as well. From the fun vintage welcome, to the beautiful formal dining room, to the plaid Mackenzie-Childs Breakfast Room; you are sure to find some festive holiday inspo. Grab a cup of coffee (or hot cocoa) and enjoy!



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How to Get the Bokeh Effect with Christmas Tree Lights


You don't have to have an  incredibly expensive camera to get beautiful Christmas pictures of your children in front of the Christmas tree. With a basic DSLR camera and a 50 mm lense, you can create the bokeh effect, or as I like to call it - big blurry light balls.

The photo above is of my two daughters Kylie and Kaitlin. It was taken by Clare Ahalt Photography, and below you'll find the camera and setting details.

Camera make:Canon
Camera model:Canon EOS 60D
Focal length:50 mm
Max lens aperture:f/1.4
Exposure:1/80 at f/1.4
Flash:Not fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias:0 EV
Exposure mode:Auto
Exposure prog.:Aperture priority
ISO speed:ISO 640

If you aren't familiar with the settings on your DSLR, your holiday photos in front of the Christmas tree can still benefit from these simple tips even with your camera set on auto.

Simple Tips for Better Photos In front of the Christmas Tree

1. Place the subjects several feet from the tree. Low to the ground is best, especially if you have a small tree. If  you're trying to get the bokeh effect in your family Christmas photos, the biggest mistake you could make is placing the subjects right up against the tree.

2. You need to get low to the ground as well. You'll probably have to move some furniture out of the way to get both the subject and yourself far enough away from the lights.

3. Turn off your flash. This eliminates shadows and gives a more professional look to the photos. For indoor shots at nght, this won't work uness you have a flash or studio light with some sort of filter to soften the light and minimize shadows. Depending on your camera, not using the flash can make it hard to get a clear shot, especially if the subject is moving. To combat this, light the subjects faces with lamps, or shoot with natural light near a window; the light should be indirect as bright, direct sunlight will cause overexposure.

4. Use the subjects to cover up gaps. The photographer had my daughters squeeze together, and they filled in the gap under the Christmas tree, making for a much better composition. This also allowed her to incorporate a large area of the Christmas tree lights.


Special thanks to Clare Ahalt Photography for taking our beautiful family Christmas photos. You can view more photography by Clare Ahalt on Facebook and her official website.

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