Christmas

5 Fun Photo Ideas to Try With Your Dog This Holiday Season

I'm feeling verrrry Christmassy these days and I just love the ambiance and overall feeling at this time of year. Everything feels cozy and magical. And I get so excited to create images that evoke that feeling as well.

I want you to get the most out of your holiday celebrations and have images that you cherish as well, so I've compiled a list of 5 fun photo ideas to try during the holidays, as well as tips on how to make the magic happen.

If you try some of these and post them on Facebook or Instagram, I'd love for you to tag my Wet Nose Images account so that I can see them. I love seeing everyone's photos.

 

Counting down from 5 to 1, we start with...

#5 - In front of the tree

 
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This is the first one I always want to do every year. I love the lights on the tree, but with a few tips you can make it even more magical! Have your pup sit away from the tree instead of right in front of it. That way when you focus on your dog, the tree goes out of focus. That's where the magic happens! When you make lights go out of focus they turn into beautiful orbs of light!

#4 - Playing in the snow

 
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Depending on where you live and the weather, this opportunity may not present itself as easily. But hopefully you'll get some snow for Christmas! Ruby loves snow zoomies and she leaps through it like a gazelle when it's deep. I love her love for snow - it brightens my days when I'm grumpy about the cold.

On a sunny day the snow will be very bright, so you'll need to keep that in mind. If you have a brown or black dog this type of shot will be even trickier because the dog and the snow are at opposite ends of the spectrum. I recommend making sure your dog is lit by the sun so that he or she isn't too dark to see.

#3 - Enjoying the outdoor lights

 
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Similar to the tree photo, you can make the outside lights turn into beautiful orbs if you position yourself and your pup carefully. Again, you'll want to keep your dog far from the lights so that they are quite out of focus, and then have your dog close to the camera. You can use the lights on houses in your neighbourhood, lights downtown, street lights, or even a big tree downtown!

#2 - Waiting for treats/Waiting for Santa

 
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If you've got a patient pup, this can be a fun one to try! And if your pup isn't very patient just yet, this is something fun you two can work on together. Build up to it, and you'll be so excited when you get there! Check out my blog about teaching tricks if you're not sure where to start.

You could have the treats on the table and take a photo to show your pup waiting on the floor with big eyes, or try a setup on the floor like I did with Ruby.

 

And finally....

#1 - With their favourite person - you.

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The best idea of them all is to make sure YOU get in some photos with your sweet pups. They love you so much, and I know you love them just the same! Having a photo of you together is so precious. You can have someone take more candid photos as well, of your interaction together - giving kisses, hugging, snuggling on the couch, etc. Whatever shows your special bond! Just make sure you get in there with them sometimes. You won't regret it.

My Favourite Christmas Movies

I have mixed feelings about the winter season. I do NOT enjoy being cold, but I love Christmas. I get upset that the sun sets so early, but I enjoy snuggly evenings on the couch with a warm blanket and a book.

I do love the look of a beautiful fresh coat of snow.

And I do love my Christmas movies.

So I decided to dedicate today's blog to my very favourite Christmas movies! I have a longer list of movies that will be watched this month, but these ones are my absolute favourites and MUST be watched every year or else it isn't really Christmas.

 
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The Santa Clause

Alright, so we're going to start with my have-to-watch-every-Christmas-Eve movie. This is the one for sure. When I watch this movie, everything is right in the world, life feels magical, and I know Christmas Eve is finally here. There was only one year where I didn't get to watch it and I was devastated. I had worked very early on Christmas Eve morning, so by the time my family and I sat down to watch this movie that evening, I was so tired that I fell asleep and only woke up after it ended. I was so disappointed! I waited all year to watch that movie and then passed out. Hopefully that never happens again!

The Family Stone

Over the years, people have asked what my favourite movie is (of any genre), and most of the time I replied that it was impossible to choose one. But a few years ago I sat down and really thought about it because I wanted to have an official Favourite Movie, even if it might change in the future. I just wanted to decide on one for that time in my life. At that time I decided on Rushmore, and was happy with that answer for a few years until I discovered The Family Stone. I re-watched this movie a few times and then it was official - my new favourite movie of all time.

To me it is just so perfect. I love all of the characters and the growth they all go through, I love the sign language, I love their family dynamics, I love all the details in that home, I love the music, and I love the dialogue. It's just perfect to me, and I'll watch it even when it's not Christmas. I break the rules sometimes!

Love Actually

This is another film that I will sometimes watch at other times of the year - it isn't only for Christmas watching. I also love all the characters in this movie, how their stories all intertwine in various ways, I love British humour, I love so many of the actors, and I definitely love the soundtrack.

 
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How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Growing up, this was the other movie that we had to watch on Christmas Eve every year. My dad absolutely love this one (we're talking about the animated movie, narrated by Boris Karlof, just to be clear!) and it was always our tradition to watch it first that evening, followed by The Santa Clause. This movie is short, but it's such a classic. It's so funny and sweet. And who can resist a story with the word "chimbley" in it?

Miracle on 34th Street

For years I'd heard about this movie but never really had an interest in watching it. I think I may have watched it one year, maybe in middle school, but it didn't make an impact on me, so I didn't watch it again for several years. When I did decide to give it another shot, it made a much bigger impression on me that time! Maybe I just had trouble getting into it when I was younger, since it was black and white. Who knows. But after I fell in love with it, I've now watched it every year and it's just so sweet! I love the legal aspect to it, and how this lawyer intends to legally prove that this man is really Santa. Such a cool take on the Santa story. And I always tear up at the very end. "There IS one! There IS one!"

The Polar Express

Finally, this is another unique Christmas movie that I just adore. It feels like you're on a roller coaster the whole time, the animation is so beautiful and vibrant, Tom Hanks is the voice of almost every character (awesome), and the songs are just beautiful, too.

I think I love movies where one character is very skeptical or just flat-out doesn't believe in Santa and then gets won over and the magic of Christmas comes back to them. That seems to be a big theme in three of my five favourite Christmas movies. Even though I'm an adult, I still love the magical feeling of Christmas and pretending, just while these movies are on, that there really is some wonderful magic out there.

 
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What are your favourite Christmas movies or traditions that you look forward to every year?