It’s that most wonderful & festive time of the year! When parents are looking for inspirations, gathering props, booking photographers, and searching for the perfect outfits for Christmas family pictures. Since I am a mom myself, I’d like to make your life a little bit easier so I’ve rounded up simple & totally doable Christmas family picture ideas that you can use for your family Christmas card this year and the years to come.
Adorable Christmas Family Picture Ideas To Try This Year
I’ve rounded up the easiest yet adorable photo ideas to try for your Christmas card this year. The bonus is that you can absolutely do these family photos by yourself without hiring professional photographers; just follow these steps to DIY your own family pictures. We’ve been doing ours ourselves and have always loved how they turned out, especially the fact that we saved money from photographer fees. Check out these simple yet adorable Christmas photo shoot ideas you must try this year! And I found the perfect place for you to order adorable personalized Christmas cards too!
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Have The Kids Wear Festive Outfits
If you want the kids to be the star of this year’s Christmas card, have them wear festive outfits and let them do their thing in front of the Christmas tree. Gymboree always has adorable festive outfits for your little ones.
It doesn’t matter if they’re facing the Christmas tree, facing the camera, or lying on their stomach; any shot will turn out adorable and perfect for your Christmas card!
Try The Dramatic Christmas Silhouette
Out of the all the Christmas picture ideas in this list, this is probably my favorite. Yes, it is a little bit harder to do than the rest but the result was simply amazing.
If you’re going to try this, you have to make sure that all the lights are closed except for the Christmas lights. If you have a tripod, make sure to use one so your hands aren’t shaky.
Holiday Pajamas For The Kids
This Christmas picture idea is so simple and easy. I seriously did it a few minutes before we went to bed. Have the kids wear their holiday pajamas, you don’t even need to fix their hair (if you don’t want to), and just have them sit in front of the Christmas tree. Just let them do their thing while you keep on clicking.
Amazon has some adorable holiday pajamas for your little ones which you can use for your photo shoot and beyond.
Wear Christmas Family Pajamas
If you’re game, have the entire family wear matching Christmas pajamas and have fun with festive props like Christmas lights, Christmas tree ornaments, garlands, wrapped presents, or wreaths.
Amazon has some really cute Christmas pajamas for the entire family which you can use for your family photo shoot & the entire Christmas season too.
Use A Small Christmas Tree Outdoors
Setup outdoors like your backyard or a nearby park, throw a blanket for everyone to sit on and place the decorated Christmas tree beside it, scatter Christmas ornaments around you, and just have fun.
You can get a similar 4 ft. Christmas tree here.
Wear A Santa Hat
Everyone in the family probably has a white tee and a pair of jeans. For an effortless Christmas family photo, have everyone wear this easy outfit and just throw on a santa hat.
How To Capture The Best Family Photos For Your Christmas Card
The one thing that has always worked with us to let the kids be themselves. Just let them do what they want. I usually just tell them where to sit or stand, ask them to do whatever they want, and then just keep on clicking away. Most often, I’d get great shots for our Christmas family photos because they’re candid.
But from time to time, I ask them to say “cheese” if I need them to be smiling for the photo. There were times when I’d get awkward smiles but there were times when they’d give me their beautiful smiles.
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What did you think of this post? Do you take your own Christmas family photo or hire a professional photographer? Which is your favorite Christmas picture? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.