I do not dress my child up in costumes for photos, I really don't. I do, however, set up our cookie baking for the best results!
Making Gingerbread Vegans is a favorite tradition, both to make and eat. Once we prep all of the ingredients in the kitchen, I move the entire process to the dining room table. I position the rolling mat so Ian's side is to the window or so the window is directly in front of him. You can tell in these photos where I positioned him in relation to the light. Since I never ask him to move, I get more cooperation.
Once he gets cutting it's easy to wander around to get the best angle and light for a shot or two. The elf costume is just a bonus!
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Do you have any favorite holiday photo taking tricks?