Thank you Gladys Hedaya for insights into capturing those fleeting glorious Jewish holiday dinners! It always seems that we prepare our meals forever and then its over in a flash. I love Gladys’s photo tips! Check out her new website Picsaloo.com for more ideas and ways to keep the memories in our hearts and on our bookshelves for many years to come! It’s time to start thinking about our Hanuka parties!!
“As I look through my old albums, I notice that some albums are more exciting and revealing to look at than others. I realized that the albums I love the most have one thing in common, they tell a full story with a combination of photos that capture the many facets of that particular event.
Hanukah time is near, and is such a fun holiday to photograph. From your family standing before a flickering menorah, to an excited child tearing open a present, to the wobbly spin of a dreidal as it begins to slow down, there are many moments you can mindfully capture with your camera.
The most effective way to capture your Hanukah festivities fully is to write out or think about the following checklist before the holiday.
Before the party starts…
1. Preparation of the party: An example would be your daughter frosting the cupcakes or your four year old son smashing a cookie cutter into sugar cookie dough, your husband placing the candles in the menorah, or even half arranged flowers in a vase with the remaining resting on the side.
2. The décor: Back up and capture the room with all its holiday decorations, snap a photo, then step closer to capture that pile of gifts on the coffee table, the scattered dreidals and chocolate money, the table settings, the flowers. You can be creative with angle, and the specific parts of the scene you focus on.
During the party…
3. The action: what types of activities are taking place? Action shots may be a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat, a bunch of children playing dreidal, or a child tearing open a Hanukah gift. Capturing the action gives you an opportunity to snap candid moments.
4. The people: Family group shots, and kids smiles are must-haves for your Hanukah photos. A group shot can be some people sitting on the couch, or around the table. You can capture genuine kids smiles because Hanukah is naturally so much fun!!
After the party:
5. If you are one of the last guests to leave or if the party took place in your house, you can photograph the torn wrapping paper on the floor, the strewn toys, the empty dessert platter…all hints that a good time happened here.
Follow the above suggestions and ensure that your Hanukah holiday festivities are captured more fully! Imagine how much more compelling your Hanukah photo album will be!!!” Gladys Hedaya
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