‘Tis the season for holiday stress! When we open our mail in the coming months, we’ll receive dozens of photographs from family and friends that will — let’s be honest — all look the same. Instead of forcing your family into matching red and green-hued formalwear for a buttoned-up photoshoot, lighten the mood with these fun family Christmas photo ideas.
Unique Family Christmas Photoshoot Ideas
1. Utilize Fun Props
Bring out your family’s playful side with a slew of fun props. You can find oversized candy canes, Christmas ornaments, Santa hats, or retro Christmas lights online and set up a fun photoshoot with your children in front of your fireplace or outside near an evergreen. Since Christmas photos need to be taken in the fall when it’s not “Christmas-y,” the props will add a festive feel without the garish holiday sweaters. Items like candy canes and ornaments will really pop when etched into a 3D Crystal.
2. Include the Family Dog
Nothing makes a family portrait more spontaneous than letting your family dog participate. Whether it’s an indoor shoot or an outdoor one, the addition of a pet will automatically make the shoot feel more relaxed. The photographer is bound to capture your ‘best friend’ stealing some kisses from the kids. Remember your furry friend for decades to come in a 3D Crystal.
3. Christmas Tree Farm
Take a laid-back outdoorsy photo at your local Christmas tree farm or Christmas tree vendor. Find a photographer that can meet you on-site. If the shoot is close enough to the holidays, you can capture your family Christmas tree shopping — a memory that you will want to preserve forever.
4. Walking in a Winter Wonderland
When searching for a photographer, see if you can find a studio that has fake snow. You can take pictures of you and the kids blowing snow at the camera or playfully tossing it in the air. Another fantastic option for a “winter look” if you’re taking your Christmas photos in the early fall. Pair the snow with a steely gray background and anything you choose to wear — whether it’s your sunday best or sweaters and jeans — will pop against the backdrop.
5. Baking Cookies
Rather than set up a formal shoot, consider bringing a photographer into the home to take pictures of your family partaking in a family tradition, like baking your holiday cookies. These candid shots can be more fun than a formal portrait session. Not only will you have the images for your Christmas cards, but you will be making an authentic family memory at the same time.
6. Wrapping Paper
If you’re taking your family Christmas photos early this year, but don’t want to put your tree and holiday decorations up in October, consider purchasing some inexpensive wrapping paper and using it as a playful backdrop in your home. Keep it simple with some white or neutral outfits so your family doesn’t get lost in the busy background.
7. Decorating the Tree
Many families start putting up their Christmas decorations up the day after Thanksgiving. Schedule a photographer to come to your home and capture candids of your family decorating the tree. Afterward, you can take some formal portrait photos next to your finished product. Turn your favorite photo into a family Christmas decoration that will be cherished for decades to come with a 3D Crystal with an illuminated light base.
8. Holiday Market
Holiday markets and villages open as early as October in many towns and cities. Hire a photographer to follow you and your family as you wander through the market with cocoa in your hand and smiles on your faces. The festive crafty Christmas wares will make for an incredible backdrop. At night most markets are also lit up with Christmas lights, creating a magical ambiance for photos.
9. Ugly Sweater Photo
Give the gift of a laugh this holiday season by dressing in your tackiest, ugliest Christmas sweater for your family portrait session. You and the kids will feel silly, allowing the photographer to capture genuine smiles and laughs.
10. Hanging with Santa
This time of year it’s easy to find a Santa impersonator for hire. Spice up your at-home Christmas photoshoot with a surprise visit from the big guy. If the kids are older, you can stage hilarious photos of Santa ‘hanging out’ with the family — enjoying pizza and a movie night, playing video games, drinking a beer with dad by the grill. The photoshoot itself will become a fun family memory and the pictures are sure to elicit a smile from your friends and family.
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