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December Daily® 2021 | Special Guest Azzari Jarrett

Hi friends! 

On Tuesday, I shared a few ways that you can capture more meaningful photos in December. 

Today, I’d like to take it a step further and share few meaningful photos from my own personal December Daily® albums over the years. I love looking at layouts for inspiration, but today I’d like to talk about the “why”. 

Why did I take the photo that I did and how is it meaningful? Let’s dive in.

December is always filled with lights. Every year when we pick out our tree, I love to capture the lights at our local Christmas tree farm. I intentionally capture the lights completely out of focus because I love the sparkle against the evergreen of the trees. This fits in with my theme of not focusing on taking the “perfect” photo.

For me, this is meaningful because it almost seems like a work of art. I know that I can pair it with embellishments to bring out the story of that day.

Here is how it looks in my album, paired with embellishments to bring out the story of that day.

Another way I capture meaningful photos in December is through black and white photography. 

I love to post process my images in black and white when I want to draw attention to an activity and not all of the colors in a photo. Here, my daughters are practicing a duet on the piano. By converting the image to black and white, my eyes are drawn to what they are doing in that moment in time.

And here is how I included it in my album.

In December, many of my most meaningful photos are taken in low light. I love natural light, but sometimes that is just not possible when the days are so short.

Many digital point and shoot and phone cameras will automatically adjust settings for you to capture images in low light. If you have a DSLR, you have a little more control over your camera settings. You can increase your ISO, slow down your shutter speed, and use a larger aperture on your lens. I also find that using a tripod is helpful in when capturing images in low light. 

Here is how it looks in my album.

I hope that this has provided you will some ideas for taking more meaningful photos in December. 

Remember, the most meaningful photo is the one that you take. The moment you don’t let pass by. One that represents you, your family, and your story. 

Thank you for joining me this week!

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4 thoughts

  1. carolinerayman says…

    I love black and white photos for the same reason! Thank for the tip about intentionally blurring to capture the magic of twinkling lights- I’ll be looking for opportunities to do that this season.

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  2. justlisa says…

    Love the black and white photos and photos with Christmas lights. Thank you! Enjoyed your chat too with Ali and Lisa. So much good information.

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  3. Elizabeth_Heinz says…

    I LOVE the reminder that the most MEANINGFUL photo is the one that we take. I'm often concerned about the quality of my photo but that's not what matters:)

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  4. akub says…

    I love the way you displayed the black and white photo! If I wanted to replicate your process, would I print my photo in black and white and then cut it to fit into a photo page protector? Thanks!

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