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Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Creative Family Photo Ideas for the Holidays

Source: domashno-izbelvane.com

Source: domashno-izbelvane.com

Sure, everyone knows the traditional family Christmas card poses—the family by the Christmas tree, all wearing the same color, by the fireplace mantel with Christmas stockings, in a nice outdoor setting, maybe on vacation, and more, but how about something a little more creative this year?

Source: Willie J. Allen Jr. | Tampa Bay Times

Source: Willie J. Allen Jr. | Tampa Bay Times

 

Source: Camerasim

Source: Camerasim

Bulb Reflection
This is a very creative idea from Camerasim. A little photo editing work was done on this picture to remove the camera from the reflection.

Source: Threaded Together

Source: Threaded Together

Pictures in a Picture
These pictures in pictures will require some big poster-sized prints (or very clever image editing). Visit your local office printing shop for printing your digital images on a large format inkjet printer. You can mount them on posterboard and take a sequence of pictures to create an effect like this one.

Source: Michael's Photography & Video

Source: Michael’s Photography & Video

Life’s A Beach at Christmas
If you are going to do the more traditional family outdoors picture (and everyone wear the same color) you might go to the beach. Get your tripod and self timer going or hire a professional photographer for guaranteed results. The lighting and location can present challenges. A partly cloudy/overcast day plus a fill-flash will help you avoid harsh shadows and squinty eyes. Be sure to watch out for background surprises and photo bombers!
Your friends in colder climates will know that you can go to the beach in December, but they will also know that the water is too cold to go swimming.

Source: Gary Coon

Source: Gary Coon

Turn Your Photo Into A Christmas Picture
Do you have a good picture from earlier in the year? Make it into a Christmas picture for your greeting card by adding a graphic and some text. You don’t even need fancy image editing software to do it!

Source: DogBuddy blog

Source: DogBuddy blog

Pet Pictures
Pet pictures can be fun to share with your friends at Christmas. If you have very cooperative pets or a lot of patience you might be able to photograph one or more of them in a Christmas setting. Sometimes this is even easier than taking pictures of kids!

Great Christmas Backgrounds
Hope you are now inspired to create some interesting holiday pictures! If you’re looking for a nice Christmas setting to take pictures you can always find great backgrounds on our Homes Tour. Just visit Homes For The Holidays on our website. And please feel free to post or tweet your holiday pictures to the Meadowlark Service League’s Facebook or Twitter.

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