I love Boxing Day almost as much as Christmas Day.
They are both wonderful days filled with excitement. Christmas Day is just a non-stop, go-go day full of excitement, fun, giving and delicious food. Where as Boxing Day is quieter and thoughtful, which I absolutely love to utilize for some thinking time. It also gives me time to just enjoy and reflect on Christmas, and the lead up to it, which is always hectic.
Breaking away from the routine of life, which I love anyway, gives my batteries a good recharge and I often find gives me inspiration for the coming year.
Christmas 2011 in Photos: Time to Play
On Christmas Eve I realised I hadn’t taken advantage of the beautiful Christmas decorations and Christmas presents waiting to be given and unwrapped. So I quietly sat down by the Christmas tree and spent over an hour absorbed in it.
I can’t remember the last time I spent such a long time just focusing on getting a feeling across – the Christmas festiveness and excitement. Particularly working with flash, which is unusual for me.
I just adore natural light, so using flash really challenges me and can at times make me quite grumpy!
However I finished up photographing the decorations, presents etc to realise I really enjoyed using flash and I was thrilled to find the photographs came out even better than I expected.
A Christmas Portrait
So, as you’ve already seen, I went all out with the presents – I photographed, photographed and photographed… and just as I thought I’d had enough, I decided to do an indoor christmas portrait!
At the end of the day, as much as I love natural light, at 6PM inside in the winter, it is non-existent, so flash really does have an upside!
How was your Christmas?
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas – what did you do? How was it? Leave a comment, tell me what you did!