Christmas Photo Ideas: 21 Creative Ways to Take Your Family Holiday Pic! by 30Seconds Mom

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Christmas Photo Ideas: 21 Creative Ways to Take Your Family Holiday Pic!

Stress out about your holiday photos every year? Don't! Here are 20 ideas to help you capture the perfect (or not so perfect, which is perfect) family photo that your friends and family will treasure forever. 

Turn the holiday portrait into craft night and make your own props for the photo. How fun! 

Wear something that matches, like a hat, scarf or mittens. And it doesn't have to be green and red! 

We love your smiling faces, but have a little fun this year with matching socks. Feet are sweet!

Many families have the tradition of giving new pajamas every Christmas. Why not get them early and snap your holiday photo in them?

Christmas photos don't have to be posed. Catch some of the winter fun, like making a snowman, sipping hot chocolate or sledding.

Your pet is part of the family, so don't forget to let him be part of the Christmas photo, too. 

Pictures taken from a different angle and with movement add interest. Give your child a confetti popper, lay him under the tree and shoot away.

Have a newborn? Your little one will look adorable wearing a hat Santa and in a ... anything. They'll look adorable anywhere and posed any way

Lay on the floor and take your photo at ground level. It not only adds interest, but a space to write your holiday message on. 

If you're super organized for Christmas and think ahead, take your holiday photo in the summer. 

Holiday photos don't have to be over-thought. Everyone look nice? Grab your camera and go for it! 

Ask a friend to take pictures of your family wrapping gifts. For fun, write "Could this one be yours?" on the photo. 

Capture your child doing something uniquely her. Does she make funny faces when taking those much-loved selfies? Grandma would love to see that!

If your family is really crafty, build something elaborate together for your holiday photo. 

Keep your camera ready for those sweet moments that happen every day that would make a cherished holiday photo.

Do your parents live nearby? Include them in the photo!

Get silly! Find an app or website that let's your have fun with your photos. Or, take a screenshot of a fun Snapchat photo and use that. 

You can just include the family pet in the photo ... or let him star in his own!

Pregnant? Don't forget to take a photo and give your bump center stage. 

Nervous about taking Baby to a professional photographer for that first Christmas photo? Don't! Lay him on a blanket in front of the tree and snap away. And it doesn't have to be perfect (that's what makes it perfect!).

Is your favorite photo of your kid taken in the fall? Spring? Who cares! Your friends and family just want to see that smiling face. 

Share your holiday family photos in the comments section below. We'd love to see them!

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Such awesome ideas! And Dieter Schmitz and I were actually thinking about just snapping our dog for the family card this year since we are finally empty nesters (except for the dog), LOL! 🐶
Donna John
Think that's a great idea, Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds . May copy that idea. :-)
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Please do, Donna John - just don't forget to send me one! :-)
Brian Mackenzie
these are great tips...all our family shots are candid...i'm not a poser :) one thing i would like to take photos of the young ones next to things to show how small they still are...perhaps by a chair or a commonly found item :)

screen grabs from video are high quality these days too...if a kid is opening a present, film it, there are 30 pictures per second in that video clip :)
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Oh, great add-ons, Brian Mackenzie , thank you! Love these!

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