As I select some gear in anticipation of going to a holiday party, I got to thinking about how photography my changes around this time of year.
I shoot more people, and people are generally more easy going about cameras. Christmas lights, snow (for some), families together in one place and time, food, food and more food - and thanks to my partner I get to enjoy her culture's Winter Solstice traditions too.
I do a yearly family photo shoot of my partner and our cats that is typically a disaster. The cats are not the 'sit still' types, and somehow pushing the remote and holding one of them instantly results in me looking ridiculous in the photos. The cats hate it and scratch me up so much in the process that I usually settle on the least wacky shots and end the experience as soon as possible. I use Lightroom or Photoshop to clone out the worst of the blood.
It's great fun.
I also spend time this time of year updating my portfolio site with the photos I took and liked from the previous year because of the spare time I tend to have.
What are some of your holiday photo traditions?
D700, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, 24-70mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4G, 200mm f/4 Micro, 105mm f/2.8 VRII Micro, 35mm f/1.8, 2xSB900, 1xSB910, R1C1, RRS Support...
... And no time to use them.