We know, we know, it's beginning to look a lot like December out there already, what with Hanukkah fast approaching and Christmas countdowns waiting in the wings—but we love Thanksgiving here at WCS and wanted to feature a few more inspired ideas you can tackle before Thanksgiving Day from some of our favorite creatives on the internet (and a few home-grown ideas, too). Today, WCS member Rebecca Cooper shares terrific ideas for Thanksgiving photography!
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Thanksgiving Photo Ideas
1. How about recording a visual list representing the things you are thankful for.
2. While family and friends are gathered together take advantage of this perfect opportunity to capture some of the special connections between loved ones.
3. Don't forget to take photos of the details (the table setting, eating the meal)
4. Record a special Thanksgiving family tradition.
5. Take photos during the meal preparation.
6. The turkey (before, during, after)
7. Photograph the finished product of a favorite family recipe.
8. If others are contributing to the meal snap a photo of each person with the dish they brought.
9. If your kids have created any Thanksgiving crafts or artwork take a photo of them with it.
10. If you're always the one behind the camera make sure you hand it over to someone else.
11. A photo of the outside of your home on Thanksgiving Day (I see a yearly tradition coming on!)
12. Everyone sitting down together at the table to eat (try taking the photo from on top of a chair for a different view.)
13. How fun would it be to purchase a Thanksgiving hat or other prop and photograph each person with it.
14. A closeup of a person holding their plate of food.
15. You MUST photograph the cook—if you are the cook have someone else take a photo of you!
16. A photo of all the groceries purchased to make the Thanksgiving meal.
17. A photo of your favorite Thanksgiving food dish.
18. Photograph the front door of your home....
19. ...or any Thanksgiving decor around your house.
20. A photo of the pile of dishes left after finishing the meal.
If you're anything like we are, there's a good chance that Thanksgiving is one of the more under-documented holidays in your photo library! It's time to change that. Have your camera in an accessible yet protected-from-food-and-a-houseful-of-company spot, charge your camera battery/set your tripod up the night before, and print Rebecca's list in checklist form to hang on your fridge so you don't forget to take photographs of the special moments throughout the day. This bears repeating: hand your camera over to a loved one so there's proof that you were there, too. You'll be thankful one day you did!