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Christmas Photo List

2011 December 15
by Katie

You know I am drinking the photography-kool-aid.  And Christmas time is like giving this camera addict an all access pass to Martha Stewart’s impeccably designed cottage….with a hoard of newborn babies….in hand knitted hats….with animal ears….and pompoms….


just like that.

So you can imagine that it’s pretty important to capture the big holiday moments….so in my tiny bit of Type A-ness, I made a list just to be sure I remember to 1.  do all this fun stuff and 2.  take pics of said fun stuff for posterior sake (I know…it’s posterity….but posterior makes me smile).

Last year, I did get a bunch of these….here’s some of the 2010 memories….



So what’s on your list?

39 Responses leave one →
  1. julianna permalink
    December 15, 2011

    Can’t wait to see your pictures of all those things! (although I’m not sure what some of them are — that font is really hard to read)

    Thanks for sharing your twelve days of christmas — it’s fun getting a glimpse into your sweet little family’s holiday season.

  2. Jillian permalink
    December 15, 2011

    This is my first Christmas in London and I’ve taken my 3 year old daughter to see several Santas to get the perfect “sitting on Santa’s lap” picture. They don’t do it here!! You have to stand next to a sitting Santa or they provide stools that the kids sit on. It’s SO NOT THE SAME. Have to move home every Dec to get the real pic.

  3. Laura permalink
    December 15, 2011

    At first, I thought it said, “hugging a snowman.” So, I’m thinking you’re gonna need to add that.

  4. December 15, 2011

    OK–so the “sleigh” ride. I know the pic was from last year, but where was it? My Emma has been asking to go on a sleigh ride this year. We live in Grayson :-) .

    • December 15, 2011

      It’s actually free today at The Avenue…from 3 till 5 I think…you can google it for more details :)
      xo – kb

  5. December 15, 2011

    What a great list of photos to capture! I’m just hoping to get a good picture in front of the tree! And a picture of my husband’s face when he opens his gift this year :)

  6. December 15, 2011

    You only launched your photography business is JANUARY??!?
    You are talented, woman!!
    Congrats on such a busy and successful first year!!

    Love your list – from a lady who loves a good crossing-off-the-list moment.
    Merry Christmas! xo

  7. December 15, 2011

    I think this is a great list! I’m a big list-maker myself (it helps me get everything done) so I totally support this! Can’t wait to see the results!

  8. December 15, 2011

    Making a list is a great idea, especially with the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

    Your pictures from last year are all so great. Will is such a cutie pie!

  9. December 15, 2011

    I am in awe of you. Every time you come up with one of these lists, or when you do your monthly review, I honestly don’t know how you do it all. I want to take more pictures for sure, maybe even one with my daughter with Santa. And I’m planning a birthday dinner for my husband at bobby flays restaurant bc his birthday is the 28th of dec and he always gets the short end of the stick. So I’m going to really try to spoil him this year.

  10. December 15, 2011

    Ok, I am struggling so much to get good pictures like this in front of the Christmas tree. What are you settings?! Please help!

    • December 15, 2011

      ISO 3200
      It’s definitely tricky but just make sure to meter off the tree and focus manually on your subject.
      xo – kb

      • December 16, 2011

        Thank you so much! I will definitely be giving this a try.

      • Lindsay Butler permalink
        December 18, 2011

        What lens do you have? I have a Nikon D3000, and really want to learn how to use it. (Get it in manual mode). But I cannot do many of those settings because my lens is only an 18-55 MM. Do you have a recommendation for me?

        Thanks so much!

  11. December 15, 2011

    I love that picture of Will holding the Christmas lights! Could he be cuter? I don’t think so!

  12. Jamie permalink
    December 15, 2011

    Katie, I love your family and blog! So fantastic! I was wondering if you happen to know the settings you used on your camera for the “Christmas Story” photo. I am trying to achieve something like that and just love your photo! I’m a teensy bit behind on my Christmas cards…seeing as I haven’t even taken the picture yet :) . Thanks!

    • December 15, 2011

      My ISO was 3200, f/2.5, shutter speed 1/125
      I probably could have had the ISO a little higher and the shutter speed a little faster…but it’s tough because grain shows a lot with shadows like this. Anyway…just make sure you meter off the tree and then get your focus on the subjects (not the tree!)
      Happy shooting!
      xo – kb

  13. December 15, 2011

    Katie, I am just in love with your blog. Your ideas really inspire me, so once I start having kids I’m going to look back on your posts to remember what cool things to do at Christmas. Without trying to sound creepy, sometimes I share your ideas with my hubby and I’m like “my friend Katie from the blog said that…” haha. Thanks for letting us be a part of your beautiful life.

    • December 15, 2011

      haha…totally not creepy – I do the same thing with readers and comments :)
      xo – kb

    • Lynn permalink
      December 16, 2011

      I do the same thing…”My friend Katie Bower said…” I always hope they dont say “whos Katie Bower?”. Its one thing to refer people to the blog…its another to call the blog writer your ‘friend’. :)

  14. December 15, 2011

    That is a great idea! You get so busy this time of year it’s easy to forget to document something you can’t recreate. That first pic of Jeremy and Will is awesome. And I love the one at the bottom where Will has the lights! Love it!

  15. December 15, 2011

    Aww look at tiny baby Will last year!! He is so cute and only getting cuter. I think making a photo list is a great idea. It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of the season and forget to capture the moments. I’m a lover of lists, so I think this is perfect.

  16. December 15, 2011

    Made a “to-do” list of my own – because come January, I’ve usually forgotten something I really wanted to do.

  17. December 15, 2011

    Since we live in Florida this is what our list looks like:

    1. String lights on a palm tree
    2. “Sleigh” ride on a jet ski
    3. Build a sand snowman
    4. Sing country Christmas songs

  18. December 15, 2011

    Great list! And all those pictures of Will are adorable! I plan on taking a picture of us in front of our tree and some of us opening gifts, but that’s really all I have in mind. We may go ice skating so pictures of that would be great!

  19. alex permalink
    December 15, 2011

    Totally read “getting sleigh ride” as “getting high…” at first…i was just like “wow…yuletide indeed…i knew she was edgy but dang.”…but through squinting and re reading I found the G rated original intention…all in about 5 second…so. Yeah, happy holidays.

  20. December 15, 2011

    I love all the photos you took last year, and I bet the ones this year will be even better–and the memories behind the photos better still. Did you plant the “B” on the tree for that photo of Jeremy and Will “The Christmas Story”? It stands out perfectly–even if unintentionally :) .

    • December 15, 2011

      Yeah that was completely unintentional and I was thisclose to taking it out with photoshop…but then I thought it was fine…that’s the memory and it’s gonna stay :)
      xo kb

      • December 19, 2011

        Nah, I think it’s fitting that it’s right there! Nice photos. :) Love the blue tree too!

  21. December 15, 2011

    What a great list… you are a very talented photographer!!! I think I need to add “decent camera” to my christmas list… my hubby can thank you and other great photographers of the blog world. lol

  22. December 15, 2011

    That Santa is fantastic looking! And your boy’s face when he gets all super happy and squishy is GREAT! Thanks for the list!

  23. Janet permalink
    December 15, 2011

    You probably know this but there are a few items under your wishlist that aren’t available anymore. I always like clicking through them so I thought I would mention it and of course just in case anyone you know shops for you off of it. ;)

  24. Kelly permalink
    December 15, 2011

    Love the list idea, but is it just me-I am having a hard time reading the font?? Gave up about half way through, maybe it’s bc I am reading thru my iPhone?

  25. December 15, 2011

    You and the fam showed up in my MyPublisher e-mail alert today! It caught me off guard at first. I was all, “Did Katie Bower send me a Christmas card?” Then I came to my senses. :) Happy Holidays!


  26. December 16, 2011

    Oh I love that sweet smile! I must have my christmas list ready too. Merry Christmas!

  27. December 16, 2011

    all great ideas. i think after our outdoor “photoshoot” for Christmas card pics we will take a mini rest on the photos. Although we are having my 3 year olds birthday party on Saturday so i’m guessing the camera will be making an appearance then.

  28. December 16, 2011

    I just know that I’m going to go nuts when I have kids with how many pictures I’ll want to take! They’ll be blind from my flash before they can say “momma” haha
    All of those are just lovely!

  29. Carol permalink
    December 16, 2011

    Hi! I Love reading your blog! I was just wondering what the name is of the font that you are using with the dots inside the letters. I really like it and would like to get it but I haven’t been able to find it. Thank you so much! :)

  30. Megan C C permalink
    December 16, 2011

    Just came across this and it made me think about you and your crazy love for bacon, so I thought I would share :)

    Merry Bacon-mas to you!

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