Christmas is a magical time of year filled with fantastic food, warm companionship and vibrant decorations. Capturing these incredible moments by photograph is one of the best ways to treasure the memories and always have keepsakes that you can look at time and time again to remember the occasion.
If you’re a little short on ideas, use this helpful Christmas photo interactive by Shutterfly. There are so many different ideas for Christmas photos that you can find here, and you can even sort them through filters such as family, funny or formal to find exactly what you’re looking for!
Pick festive inspired clothing
There’s nothing like a Christmas photo with the whole family dressed up to evoke warm memories. You can either opt for comfortable holiday appropriate clothing like matching red sweater or go all out and dress up as Santa’s Elves. Costumes are a fun and creative way to get in the Christmas spirit.
Shooting from all angles
If you lack costumes and props to brighten up your photograph, why not explore different angles and perspectives to create a totally unique photo? Whether it’s looking up above or taking a shot from down low, just this small difference can work wonders and bring an entirely new dimension to a photograph.
Out in the snow
When you think of Christmas, the image of snowdrops falling and a white blanket of snow covering the land is one of the first things that come to mind. Take the whole family outdoors and snap some memorable pictures amidst the natural winter wonderland right on your doorstep. Just remember to keep jackets and accessories easily accessible to keep warm between shots.
Together with Santa
All kids love Santa Claus, so getting a snap of the sheer joy on their faces as they get to meet him is priceless. Or, it’s equally charming to capture the moment of confusion or worry on your little one’s face as they meet Santa.
An unexpected shot
Often the most memorable moments we have in life happen spontaneously, whether it’s laughing at a joke or enjoying a riveting conversation. Taking some photos of people who aren’t aware of the camera’s presence may just help you to capture them at their most authentic and natural.
Christmas on the beach
Although not the most conventional place to spend Christmas, the beach has its own sense of magic that could make for the perfect Christmas photo. Capture the kids building sand castles or the whole family going for a dip in the sea and show Christmas doesn’t have to be done the usual way.
Wear your finest formal clothes
The Christmas period can also have a certain elegance about it with its black-tie and evening gown balls. Dressing up the kids in adorable formal wear while you put on your finest suit or dress makes for a fantastic official Christmas family photo. It’s best to plan this before or after a formal event, like church or a holiday party so your kids are already dressed and ready to go.
The chalkboard message
Holding a chalkboard with personalized messages is a great way to add some spice to your photo. One tip suitable for all the family is to give everyone a turn to write their own message on the board and be the focal point of the photo.