The holiday season is a time for feasting, keeping warm by the fire and enjoying the company of family and friends. It’s also an opportunity for capturing heartfelt moments on camera. Don’t miss out on these must-take family photo ideas during the holidays.
1: Winter Wonderland
Take a classic Christmas photo with a unique twist. Get outdoors while the snow is falling to capture a family portrait along with the beautiful essence of winter. Dress each member of the family up in deep, complementary colors that contrast the white landscape, such as maroon, charcoal and navy blue. Wear your favorite snow boots and add pops of color with scarves and knitted hats. Take the shot through the snowfall for a dramatic, elegant photo that’s sure to make it on this year’s Christmas card.
2: The Whole Family
If there’s a day this holiday season when the whole extended family will be in one place, take advantage of the moment. Whether it’s right before that Thanksgiving feast or before the gifts get opened on Christmas Day, get a group photo that includes as many family members as possible. Use a self-timer on the camera, along with a tripod, to ensure everyone’s included in this must-take portrait. This is a great way to capture the joy of the season and celebrate being together for the holidays.
3: Candid Christmas
No set of holiday photos would be complete without some candid fun. In addition to the pre-arranged and professional photos you plan to take this year, don’t forget to capture those little, unplanned moments. Some essentials include a shot of the kids opening their Christmas presents, the whole family gathered around the table during the big feast and relatives sharing goodbye hugs.
4: Under the Mistletoe
The Christmas season isn’t just about giving gifts and enjoying great food. It’s also the perfect time of year to express your love. Don’t miss the opportunity to capture some “under the mistletoe” shots of the loving couples in your family. Make it fun by hanging mistletoe in a doorway that everyone has to walk through during a Christmas party and be ready with that camera.
5: Festive Backlight
Don’t forget to take an iconic Christmas photo this holiday season. Arrange the family in front of the beautifully lit Christmas tree in the evening for an unforgettable picture, perfect for your holiday cards. Adjust your camera so that the background is out of focus—the soft lighting and festive ornaments on the tree will give your photo a chic bokeh effect.
6: Professional Portrait
To ensure you get at least a few great shots each holiday season, you may wish to have some professional christmas photos done this time of year. This is a great way to show how much your family has grown and changed in the span of 12 months. Make it a yearly tradition and have fun.
7: A Silly Shot
Feeling a little too serious after that professional photo shoot? Get silly with a fun and festive portrait. Whether everyone’s wearing striped candy-cane colored footie pajamas, Santa hats or elf costumes, this photo op is perfect for adding to your Christmas cards.
8: Just the Kids
Grandma loves getting pictures of your family around the holidays, so be sure to include some shots of just the little ones in your Christmas cards this year. Take photos of the kids decorating sugar cookies, opening gifts or taking their sleds down a snowy hill. For a more professional look, try to get a candid close-up of each child and have them printed in black-and-white.
Whether you take just one or you take them all (plus some more), these family photo ideas are the perfect way to capture the spirit of the holidays.
The holiday season is a time for feasting, keeping warm by the fire and enjoying the company of family and friends. It’s also an opportunity for capturing heartfelt moments on camera. Don’t miss out on these must-take christmas photo ideas during the holidays. For an added bonus to your christmas photo, consider adding one of these christmas sayings and wishes for your card for 2016. Need more inspiration, browse many of our christmas and holiday blog posts.