With the Feast of Thanksgiving barely digested, families race into the Christmas Holiday, decorating Christmas trees, hanging lights and braving Black Friday crowds! On December 5 the Lighting of the Washington Monument officially kicks off the Christmas Holiday in Baltimore. However, signs of the season are already all around the City. The Inner Harbor houses Santa’s Workshop where families can get photos with the Jolly Elf. This year, the Christmas Village in Baltimore is also set up at the Inner Harbor through Christmas Eve. In the fabled traditions of German Christmas Villages, vendors sell warm Christmas drinks such as Glühwein (a traditional mulled wine), holiday gifts such as jewelery and hand-crafted Christmas decorations from around the globe.
Signs of the season are all about the City offering endless possibilities for photography. Trees along President Street near the traffic circle in Harbor East are decorated with lights and are a great background for a family photo to transform into a Christmas Greeting Card. This is but one example of incorporating scenes from the City into a lasting memory.
Another great opportunity for photography is food. Specifically Christmas cookies, so decorative and delicious, a lasting photographic memory is easily made by using different angles and close-ups. Photos of delectable delicacies lined up ready to be devoured are a staple of social networks. Snap and share to celebrate the hard work that goes into making these cookies. Shops and bakeries are also hard at work cranking out cookies and cakes and pies. They do a great job of organizing and decorating so even if you don’t bake your own, you can use their crafts as your canvas.
Don’t let the season fly by without capturing images of everything around us. Keep the camera phone or DSLR handy to capture the sights and sounds of the Season. Season’s Greetings to all!