Last week my Mom, my sister, Amber, and I headed to a local portrait studio to get Christmas photos done for Morgan and Kayleigh. I had photos of Kayleigh taken there when she was only 2 weeks old, and they came out great, so I thought it would be good to go back there for Christmas photos.
The first time I went, the manager of the photo studio took Kayleigh’s photos, and this time a young guy who had only been working there for a month took them. Needless to say, there was a huge difference in the quality of the photos. This time, only a couple of them actually came out ok, whereas I loved every single one of Kayleigh’s 2 week photos.
I was pretty disappointed with the photos, but Mom was paying so it didn’t really bother me too much. Yesterday, however, I got to thinking about the giraffe photos I took of Kayleigh myself a few months ago, and how great they turned out. I wondered if I could take some good Christmas photos of her too.
DIY Christmas Photos
I dressed Kayleigh up in a pretty Christmas dress, and played around with the camera on my phone a bit. While these are not professional photos by any means, I am very pleased with the results, and I think they actually look better than the ones we had taken at the photo studio. My sister saw them and asked me if I could take some of her daughter, Morgan, too. My Mom saw them and said “Why did I just waste all that money at the photo studio?”
Taking photos at home isn’t really all that difficult. I’ve never had a photography class in my life, and never even owned a decent camera. Like I said, I took these photos with my iPhone.
All I did was set up a basket with a pillow in it, placed a blanket over it that would provide a good backdrop, and set her in it. I used some white Christmas lights as a prop.
One of my secrets to making these photos look great, is a photo editing site called PicMonkey. I have been using PicMonkey for quite a while now, and I can’t live without it. I use it on just about a daily basis. I use the monthly paid subscription to take advantage of all of the features it offers. I really think it’s well worth the low fee of $4.99/month (or $33.00 for a full year subscription).
PicMonkey has so many awesome features. I decided that I didn’t actually like the lights in most of the photos, so I edited them out by using the Clone feature. I simply cloned the blanket Kayleigh was sitting on, and filled it in over the lights. I also used this feature to cover up the wall trim in the background of some of the photos.
With PicMonkey you can crop, resize, and rotate your photos.
You can sharpen, brighten, and enhance them too.
You can add words and special effects like Bokeh.
You can airbrush, remove blemishes, and so much more!!
I absolutely love using PicMonkey to edit my photos. I don’t have to buy any fancy, expensive software to edit my photos. PicMonkey has so many different features, I can always get my pictures to come out looking incredible!
So, why not save some money this year and take your own Christmas photos at home? If I can do it, anyone can!