Christmas is, without a doubt, one of the most photogenic times of the year. Frost on the ground, low winter light and mulled wine on every corner. Days get shorter, nights get longer and where we lose our natural sunlight we gain the twinkling of fairy lights and the glow of roaring fires.
Greetings cards, whether it’s Christmas, birthdays or anniversaries, we find, more often than not, just don’t feel personalised enough. So every year, with this in mind, we set out to design, style and photograph our very own selection of Christmas cards to send to friends, family and our wonderful clients. We admit it never feels quite right eating mince pies in September, or lighting a fire on a hot day in August, but life could be a lot worse!
This year we ventured down to Thames Ditton, to Tony’s home, to bring our latest ideas to life. It is amazing what can be done in a photographic studio but we often find nothing can beat the atmosphere and warmth of a lived in home, especially when it comes to Christmas. We planned, researched and gathered before setting aside a full day to get our desired shots absolutely perfect. And, surprisingly enough, the day ran very smoothly!
We focused on styling one shot at a time and used a combination of natural and studio lighting to bring our displays to life. We knew in our minds what we were aiming for but often getting there is the tricky part and avoiding being distracted by other ideas.
Not only do we put a lot of time and effort into creating our images we also include recipes or historic facts on the inside of our cards. This means creating recipes, finding props that convey our message and researching into old traditions. All of which we thoroughly enjoy, so much that we can very easily forget we are working!
Overall we had a wonderfully enjoyable and productive day that resulted in 3 Christmas-card-worthy images, as well as a few more to share with you! To see what we ended up with and how we got there keep scrolling down…