Lately, I've been kinda obsessed with bokeh, the blurred lights in the background of photos. I did make some edits to these photos, but the bokeh isn't an effect (although I did multiple it, especially if you compare the photo I added on Instagram and the edited one below).
I used the plain old-fashion Christmas lights - I got both multi-color lights (which I used for these photos) and the white lights to keep with by my camera. Don't make the same mistake I did and use the LED Christmas lights! The LED lights must be flashing at a just fast rate, because when I tried taking Christmas pictures of Ronan with them, they looked like they weren't on in about half the photos. It was very strange but at least some of the pictures turned out.
The trick to bokeh is having your lens wide open (maximum aperture) and having your subject close and the lights far away in the background. It's that simple, but it's a little tricky getting the right angle when working with a moving baby and one string of Christmas lights!
Sometimes Ronan is all smiles, but he was pretty sober acting during our little photo session. I love his smile more than just about anything, but I love his sweet and serious expressions too. I hope you like my photos!
And congrats to my Blue Nile Branch necklace winner, Whitney from themarriedme.com.