‘Tis the season to gather family photo ideas! After all, your Christmas cards won’t create themselves. To help, we’ve gathered the best family photo ideas that will make creating your Christmas cards quick and snappy (and extra merry) this year!
1. Holiday traditions
Create a truly traditional card by capturing holiday moments your family does year after year. Like picking out the tree, decorating the tree or baking holiday cookies.
2. Make a Run for it
Have the whole family make a run for it. You’ll be surprised how fun this photo idea is!
Moms, we know how challenging planning your family photos can be. Choosing outfits, getting your kids in a happy mood and ensuring everyone is dressed and ready to go—it’s a process. So we’re lending you a hand by crafting outfit ideas that show you what to wear for your family photos. In addition, we’ve paired these outfits with the perfect holiday photo card to make your photos look even better this holiday season.
This look combines denim and leather, with touches of gold. Pair it with our Holly Jolly Reindeer card for a gold accent, or one of our many cards that offer natural wood grain backgrounds, like our Merry and Bright Swatch Book.
Woman: Leather Motorcycle Jacket, J.Crew | Super Skinny Low Jeans, H&M | Sleeveless Mesh Button Down Shirt, American Eagle | Pave Paillette Long Necklace, Chloe and Isabel | Noellle Boots, Steve Madden | Man: Chambray Iconic Worker Shirt, Gap | 1969 Slim Nep Denim Jeans, Gap | Coulter Chukka Boot, DSW | Girl: Cropped Denim Jacket, Gymboree | Sparkle Rose Top, Gymboree | Miscellaneous Ocelot Foil Tutu, Seed Heritage | Basic Legging, Seed Heritage | Two-Tone Riding Boots, Gymboree | Toddler Boy: Checked Shirt, Gymboree | Pull-On Plaid Cuff Jeans, Gymboree | Polo Ralph Lauren Ethan Low Ez Shoes, Zappos | Cards: Holly Jolly Reindeer, Pear Tree | Merry and Bright Swatch book, Pear Tree
Don’t forget to snap photos wherever you go this summer, because family photo ideas can happen anywhere and everywhere. You just have to be ready for them! Summer vacations, t-ball games, family picnics and days at the beach will all be a distant memory come November when it’s time to create your Christmas cards. We guarantee you’ll be happy to have lots of sunny pictures to choose from!
Vacation photos let you share important highlights of your year with friends and family. And what’s nice about family vacations is that you’re all together, all day long. So it doesn’t take much planning to take a family photo.
Picking out clothes for a family photo is always stressful. For ten years and over a dozen photo shoots, my goal has been perfection—the perfect combination, the perfect colors, that will come together in one perfect photograph that I can put on a card or hang on a wall.
Here are a few tips that I hope will help you save time when pulling together your family photo ideas, so you can achieve your own version of ‘perfect’ without all the stress.
This year I wanted a muted, natural palette that didn’t distract from our outdoor location. I am collecting family photo ideas all year long, and as a mother of four I’m also shopping for kids’ clothing all year long. The trick is having a place to keep all my ideas, so I’m not struggling to find them later, when I actually need them.
Create inspiration boards. This allows me to add things, try different color palettes and move things around to establish my final look. Here is a peek at my Holiday Clothes 2013 inspiration board on Pinterest.
Now that Fall is upon us and family photo sessions are being booked for this year’s Christmas cards, we have pulled together some of our most helpful suggestions for each step along the way. Yes, you can get Christmas-card-worthy photos done while enjoying every moment!
Step 1. Clothing options. If you are going to get professional photos taken, you’ll want to start thinking about what to wear for your family photo. Do you want the family to be wearing light colors, or are brights more your style? Will you need to take a colorful background into consideration, or will your clothing add color to the photo? If you need some ideas and inspiration for your family photo ideas, be sure to read our blog post, What to Wear for your Family Photos, and check out our Christmas photo ideas Pinterest board to get you started.
Step 2. Book your photographer and talk to them about your style. Once you know you want professional photos taken and have started thinking about your clothing options, start scouting out local photographers. You’ll want to look at their website and see if the photos they have taken match your style. Once you have chosen a photographer, set up a session and send them your favorite family photo ideas. Are you going to use props? Is it going to be on a beach, or in the woods, or maybe you want to do it in the snow? Local photographers can offer suggestions for locations in the area.