It may be a family tradition of yours to take a family photo during the holidays and include it in the cards you send out to your family and friends. You may have dressed the family in matching outfits or pajamas, which is fine, but you can also create a great photo without the matching outfits and without the family posed in front of the fireplace. See below for family photo tips and ideas for a great Christmas card picture.
You don’t have to dress the family in black shirts and jeans or all in the same pajama outfit for a good picture. Here are some color scheme ideas you can utilize:
- Red, Navy, and White. Think red plaid with navy running through it and a pair of jeans for dad. Navy and white-striped, long-sleeve shirt and khakis to match for a little boy. Chambray (jean) dress, white leggings, and a pair of tall boots for mom. Then a red long-sleeve top, white textured vest, navy skirt, and white leggings with brown boots for a little girl.
- Black and White. Use a black-and-white color scheme, but dress it up using plaids, stripes, and different textures. Give dad a black quarter zip top with dark jeans; mom can wear a black and white plaid top with black skinny jeans; your little girl can wear a striped black and white dress with leggings and a textured scarf; and give your little boy a white shirt with a plaid tie or bow tie along with black pants.
- Neutral and Patterned. Keep your photo neutral by wearing white, black, and tan colors, but give it a little bit of pop by adding patterns such as an Aztec print cardigan for mom, a fur vest for a little girl, a plain button-up for dad along with a plaid vest, and a plaid button-up top along with a plain cardigan for a boy.
Your photographer may have an indoor studio for you to use, but if you want to get outdoors for your family picture (weather permitting), ask your photographer about a few of the ideas below for your backdrop.
- Covered Bridge. If you have a covered bridge in your area or any rustic-looking bridges, these make for great holiday photo backgrounds.
- Barn. Old barns can provide great photo backgrounds by giving your photo a nice rustic look.
- Tree Farm. Go to a local Christmas tree farm in your area, spread out a plaid picnic blanket, and have your photographer snap a few photos in the middle of some beautiful trees.
Talk to a photographer who specializes in people photography about other ideas for your holiday family photo, including what to wear and where to take your family photos.