Sparkle and shine! I shot this portrait project at home using indoor sparklers to create memories that last

Photo project with indoor sparklers
(Image credit: Claire Gillo)

With daylight hours being short and the weather getting chilly, why not get creative and shoot some festive low-light images using some sparklers and a bokeh effect?

To create our final result above, I had to merge multiple images together as I couldn’t capture it all in one shot. The main image is of the subject holding the sparkler, and this has been layered with multiple bokeh images to create the final effect. Doing it this way meant I had complete artistic control over the final outcome, making it far easier to achieve results with plenty of impact. 

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Claire Gillo

Claire is a professional photographer and writer, and lives by the the sea with her two young children, husband and cat in the southwest of the UK.

After graduating from The Bournemouth Arts Institute with a first-class degree in photography, Claire worked for a number of years in the publishing industry, including as Technique Editor for Digital Camera magazine.

She loves anything and everything to do with photography, from creating magazine articles to photographing ballerinas on the beach and newborn babies (but not at the same time). She mainly shoots with digital DSLRs, but does dust off her beloved Hasselblad medium-format film camera once in a while…