My 9 Favorite Things About Thanksgiving
The heart of Thanksgiving lies in family and home—but also the numerous small moments of the day. Break out your camera and capture how your story unfolds on this favorite holiday.
The Calm Before the Storm
Thanksgiving is so much more than the turkey dinner. It’s an entire day filled with tradition, cooking, family, and memories. Start taking photos early in the morning. Photograph your children watching the parade, the breakfast you enjoyed in your pajamas, and the way the kitchen looked before the cooking frenzy took over.
Preparing the Meal
Meal preparation is such a memorable part of Thanksgiving Day, so don’t forget to capture those nostalgic scenes of chopping apples and mashing potatoes in the kitchen. An easy way to do this is to set your camera directly on the counter, facing you. Don’t be afraid to set up your automatic timer!
Helpful Little Hands
Little hands in the kitchen are a MUST for Thanksgiving photos. Assign your child a simple kitchen task—stirring, rolling dough, etc. Make it fun by adding an apron, and capture good close-up details of these moments.
The Handmade Décor
Are there festive Thanksgiving decorations in your home? Photograph these details—they add great story-telling elements to a series of photos that represent the day. Try taping a simple welcome sign on your door to greet your Thanksgiving guests.
Food, Glorious Food
While Thanksgiving is about family, no one can deny that food is a big part of it! Capture close-ups of what you’re serving, especially if it’s a recipe passed down from family.
Pies and More Pies
Serving a medley of pies? Before you layer on the top crust, take an overhead shot of the unbaked pies together. The juxtaposition of textures and colors is so beautiful!
The Chaos in the Kitchen
The magic of Thanksgiving is often found in the kitchen, as chaotic as it may be. It’s all about the happenings in the kitchen throughout the day—the mess, the conversation, and the relatives that sneak in to steal a bite.
The Dressed Up Dinner Table
You spent the time and effort to make your dining room table look beautiful for guests; don’t forget to photograph it before guests sit down. Include place settings and special details. I love looking back at how our Thanksgiving table changed over the years.
A wide angle lens is great for capturing holiday toasts, especially when your glass is included. I love photographing toasts. Without much effort, a story-telling shot is genuinely captured, reflecting family, tradition and togetherness. Don’t forget to include the kids in your toasts (we use sparkling juice and real champagne flutes).
Kelle Hampton is a mom, photographer, blogger, and author who lives in sunny Florida. To learn more about her, visit Enjoying the Small Things.
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