Taking family photos doesn’t have to be a stressful or uncomfortable experience. In fact, taking family photos can be incredibly fun! Whether you want new family photos to send out on Christmas cards or you just want to capture some happy moments with your loved ones, there are many unique ways to make it a memorable experience. In this post, we will take a look at a few handy tips you can consider using when taking family photos this holiday season.
It doesn't matter if your family photo is made up of infants, great grandparents, or puppies, try to keep the session fun and lighthearted. This is especially important when children are the focal point of your photo card. Engage their imaginations. Make the whole experience a sleepover theme and encourage them to pretend they are trying to catch a glimpse of reindeer in the moonlight. Let them pick their favorite flannel pajamas and throw on coordinating flannel robes and kids' slippers to unify the crew. Go completely matchy-matchy in Christmas matching pajamas for the whole family. Accessorize the set with cozy fleece throws, fluffy pillows, a plate of cookies, and a countdown calendar. For the perfect quiet time fun family photoshoot, read your kids a classic holiday book. The most cherished photos are most often captured during unplanned moments.
Think of an iconic Christmas movie your whole family just adores. Now, why not dress up as the characters from the movie and take your family photos with everyone in character? It may be a bit more of an involved process than any other idea in this post, but it’s great fun for any family that loves to dress up and be funny. Get creative with costume ideas and have the kids contribute to the whole process to make the family photos even cuter and funnier. What's more adorable than transforming one of your little ones into Olaf from Frozen?
There's nothing like natural light to frame your festive group. Note that early mornings and dusk provide the best light. If you plan, catch the golden hour with your family in a mix of fleece pullovers and jeans. If temps take a dip (or you're like most of us who wait until November), don't be afraid to wear your warm coats and jackets and snuggle up. A focus on red cheeks and bright smiles is what you're after here.
If you just so happen to be spending the holiday season on vacation in a warm, tropical place or you live in a warm, tropical place, you can and should still snap your family Christmas photos! If you're near a beach, have your family members dress up in their cutest, most festive swimsuits or swim dresses and accessorize with Santa hats or other classic Christmas décor. You may not have any snow to work with, but warm sand is the perfect substitute.
If you like the idea of getting outside for your family holiday photos, why not head to the nearest Christmas tree farm and snap some beautiful, scenic photos of your family surrounded by these majestic trees? The gorgeous greenery and snowy, rolling hills will make for quite the backdrop and will contrast nicely with your lumberjack outfits. Keep things simple with blue jeans, boots, and flannel plaid shirts.
Men of all ages, from proud papas to toddler boys, rely on the tried and true: dark wash jeans, men's button-up shirts, and chukka boots. Start with a boy's flannel shirt in a tartan pattern, then pick Grandpa and Daddy's shirts in solids according to the colors in that pattern. Now your favorite men have coordinated looks, without dressing in the same outfit. After all, why have them pose as John, John, and John, when everyone knows them as Jonathan, J.R., and Johnny 2.0?
Start at the base and work up. Grab black footwear for all. Then center everyone's wardrobe around three colors. 'Tis the season for red, ivory, and green, but there's no rule that says shades of blue won't work just as well. Santa and elf hats, a big velvet gift bag, a string of jingle bells, antlers for your pooch, and you've created a great way to capture what may just be their last year believing in The Jolly Old Elf.
From holiday beach photos to Christmas movie-themed photos, you have a good idea by now that there are so many options to choose from. Sit down with your family and ask them which family photo ideas they like best. With more members of the family having a say in how the photo will look, it will be easier to get everyone to gladly participate in the experience.