It’s time to send out the holiday cards again – so get out your matching sweaters and pose in front of a fireplace somewhere for the yearly photo. It’s a beautiful scene and a tradition, but it’s a lot of the same old thing as well. Maybe you want to try something new this year.
Switch up the background
Try using a different background. The fireplace and Christmas tree pictures are very common. Try posing in front of a nice outdoor winter scene, sitting around the kitchen table, or even in front of a plain black, white or grey (shown above) backdrop for a different holiday picture. If you travel, take a picture in a beautifully decorated hotel lobby. There is probably one near you, just stop in and take a photo… nobody will be the wiser!
Try a new pose
Instead of the usual poses, do something natural. Go out and make a snowman or have a snowball fight. Go to a Christmas play. Decorate your tree. Make Christmas cookies. Go into the city at night and take photos under street lamps with holiday decorations in the background. Take a carriage ride. There is always someone willing to take a photo, and some of the best pictures are the ones that aren’t posed for at all.
Dress the same. Or don’t. If you and your spouse (and maybe kids) always all wear red in your holiday photos, change it up. Dress in completely different colors or choose a different color for everyone this year. Have an ugly sweater contest. Whoever has the ugliest sweater poses in the front. Wear flannel pajamas. Santa hats and reindeer antlers are cute too. Try dressing in period costumes, or dress like your favorite television and movie characters. Santa and Mrs. Claus are welcome appearances in any holiday photo cards as well.
Include the pets
Bring your dog. Some of the cutest holiday photo cards I’ve seen include the family pet. They can be done with dogs, cats, and even rabbits and ferrets. If you get your photos done in a studio, call ahead to find out what their policy is on pets in photos. You don’t want to show up with Fido and Sparky and find out that they’re not welcome.
I always think that the best holiday photo cards are the ones that aren’t too serious. Be creative and have fun with it. I took a look at some ideas on Flickr and came up with some fun photos people have used on their Christmas cards…
Remember that the purpose of the holiday photo card is to send your greetings to your loved ones, and the most important part of it is to have fun. People that know you will notice the smile that says “I wish this photo session was over with already and my dress is too tight.” If you’re not enjoying yourself in the picture, people won’t enjoy looking at it either.
Do you have any holiday photo card ideas to add?
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