Holiday Bokeh

I love holiday bokeh! I’ve seen lots of other people do it, but I first discovered it for myself by accident when taking pictures of Quinn in front of the Christmas tree.

A Meetup group in town was going to do a DIY workshop to learn how to do custom bokeh, but I wasn’t able to attend because the RSVP list was full (then I found out later that they had a bunch of no-shows). Just my luck, My3BoyBarbarians posted a link to a tutorial on how to make them just a couple of days later.

The supplies (besides my camera and lens) for the project cost a little more than $3 at Hobby Lobby. I was tempted to buy a whole set of Christmas punches, but I decided to go with just a heart for now.

Doesn’t Quinnie look super excited about her outfit?

What about after hearing the word, “treat?”

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”  Norman Vincent Peale

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  1. OHHHHMYGOODNESS!!! that pic with the quinnster laying in front of the tree… PRECIOUS!!!

  2. I love you bokeh! I tried to do the shape thing, but it didn't work for me, I think my shape punch was too small. I may have to get a new punch and try again =) Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Loved your bokeh with the heart shape. I could barely get it work regular…hehe! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lovely. And your dog's reaction to "treat" is classic 🙂

  5. That's awesome!

  6. Absolutely wonderful!! Love it! : )

  7. I absolutely LOVE your blog, and the bokeh! I saw one other person a while ago with a photo of the heart-shaped bokeh, and I have always wondered how to do it. Well now I know, and I can't wait to try it out! :D~Kaycee Lee~

  8. good photos!!thanks for the note. Ki and I are both feeling better (Wed was worse than Tues for us)- but are SO TIRED. I am glad we homeschool and can have a easy day when we need it.

  9. such a cute pooch. your hearts came out so much better than mine. im jealous! 🙂 great job!

  10. great job on your photos! and your pup is precious!!

  11. Just beautiful!!

  12. Hi Gabby – you are right, our dogs look very similar! So very precious and I love the heart picture. I went to hobby lobby and bought a heart punch too but it didn't turn out but I'll keep trying! Great blog too.

  13. Hi! I like your blog I voted for you on top mom blogs just because I like its clean feel. I am following from Making Friends Friday. Would love for you to follow back. Heather From and Mommy Only Has Two Hands! and Lynhea Designs

  14. I "heart" the heart bokeh. Yours looks so great, I've got to give it a try now!

  15. I've got to try the custom bokeh! I think I even have a heart punch!These pics are cute!

  16. Hearts! You did it.And they turned out great. beautiful photos!darcy @ m3b

  17. I love the hearts and white lights, gorgeous!

  18. Hi, I'm visiting from the blog hop! Your blog is so cute! I'm now following you & would love a follow back – thanks! Have a great day!~ErikaMusings from a Stay At Home Mom

  19. Gorgeous heart bokeh! I wish I could do this technique with my own camera.

  20. I love love love the heart bokeh!

  21. You nailed those hearts. How perfect.I saw your comment about the dog on the other blog. Those dogs could be siblings, they look a lot alike!