What Christmas is all about (to me)

Christmas, for me, is first and foremost about Family, about appreciating and spending time with the people dearest and closest to me.

It is however also a time for reflection and appreciation.

All I want for Christmas

last year at Christmas we received the greatest gift of all - the gift of life - in the shape of our first son. 
While he may not have been delivered by Santa, but rather by my wonderful better half Christina, becoming a parent and in my case a Dad is certainly a gift of love, responsibility, and a continuous lesson in patience and self-control :)
From a photographic point of view, I have experienced a new and refined or perhaps intensified set of emotions related to images, both my own and the images of others.
My photography has always worked the best when a deep emotional connection between me and the subject matter existed.
My countless Greenland Images are a perfect example of images becoming successful thanks to a deep connection between subject matter and photographer, translating to stronger images.
Over the last year I have experienced a feeling towards the subject that completely force out any technical, compositional or otherwise subjective quality in an image, where no matter how objectively unsuccessful an image it may be, my son being in it makes it valuable by different set of standards. I know it from other people I love, but not as intense in raw emotion as with my son.
A valuable lesson, both as a Dad, a human being and a photographer.
By the Christmas Tree

Looking back at two of my favourite Christmas images from last year, they crystallise some of the unexplainable and magical feelings that now forever is tied to Christmas for me.
Technically imperfect and lacking, but emotionally they strike something so deep in me it really do not matter. Enforcing Christmas as a time where love, compassion and family is all that matters.
All left is to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas :)

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