60+ Ideas To Inspire Your Perfect Holiday Card Photoshoot

Christmas is just around the corner, especially if you think in photographer terms. Generally speaking, photographers take about 2 weeks to turnaround photos. We are often faster, but in a busy season we like to set expectations of 2 weeks, and hopefully impress with extra fast delivery. So by extension, with printing and mailing tacked on, most folks need to plan to have their christmas card photos done by the first week in December.

We’ve been talking to lots of families about November photoshoots for Christmas cards. So, to help inspire these shoots, we’ve come up with some general advice on how to arrive at your perfect christmas or holiday card photoshoot idea.  

Location, Location, Photographer.

One strategy for getting your best photo, is to just focus on the location and let a pro take care of the rest. Professional photographers tend to have some go-to props for each holiday, and can certainly work to optimize any holiday themed location.

Of course, Christmas Tree farms or markets are always great, but this year we are getting a little exotic with our Christmas theme locations for photoshoots. This year we are excited to announce we have access to a Poinsettia Farm out in Dallas, Georgia! (Check out 14 surprising facts about poinsettias and peek at some of our photos from the farm this year.)

Contact us if you would like the opportunity to join us for a private session out there.

Other popular locations that could inspire you:

  • The mall
  • Town square/tree
  • Your home
  • A Christmas store/aisle

Pinterest, Duh.


We love Pinterest! In fact, we look at it before every photoshoot for inspiration.  A little secret is for every newborn shoot, we always try to incorporate something new, like a new wrap or pose, or even a prop. 

We also create boards for inspiration, all of which we are happy to add you as a contributor to help add ideas! Our boards include a lot of inspiration from around Pinterest and the web, but also includes some of our latest work, like little Palmer (above) who was born in September. Every newborn shoot we do these days has a holiday scene built in! Of course, you can search for yourselves and build your own board, but you may as well check out ours first.


Let Your Message Guide Your Scene

Sometimes being creative is tough. You get stuck, uninspired, and don’t forget frustrated. Sometimes switching up your approach helps. So if Pinterest is failing you, and you don’t want to trust your photographer to come up with something wonderful, our advice is to start with the message and create a scene to support it. 

For instance, you can go for Silent Night. This phrase could lend itself to duct taping your children in front of the Christmas tree, or a photo of them sleeping peacefully in their bed. These ideas could also lend to Peace on Earth

Merry and Bright could go a lot of ways. You could wrap yourselves in Christmas lights, or dress in bright colored holiday clothes—or both. You could have cups of wine or hot chocolate and just be laughing around the Christmas tree. Or have one person be “merry” with the wine and the other “bright” with the Christmas lights. 

There are lots of phrases, but here are a few to get your ideas rolling:

  • Christmas is Claus for celebration!
  • Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men and Batteries not Included.
  • May your fun be large and bills be small this year. Merry Christmas!
  • Please note: Christmas is cancelled. Apparently, you told Santa you have been good this year…he died laughing.
  • There’s snowbody like you!
  • Fa la la la la, la la la la! 
  • Get your fat pants ready, it’s Christmas!
  • Why are Dasher and Dancer always taking coffee breaks? Because they are Santa’s star bucks. Happy Holidays!
  • May the good cheer last throughout the year.
  • A wish for peace and happiness at Christmas and throughout the New Year.
  • Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.
  • Tidings of Joy.
  • Wishing you the gifts of the season —Peace, Joy, Hope.
  • Joy! Celebrate the season.
  • Jesus is the reason for this Christmas season.
  • Happy birthday Jesus!
  • Happy Holidays and warm wishes for 2018!
  • Keep calm and jingle on
  • Rockin around the Christmas Tree
  • Hope your holiday season is fun and festive.
  • Bah, humbug!
  • Baby, it’s cold outside
  • Deck the halls
  • Simple moments bring great joy
  • The gift of love.
    The gift of peace.
    The gift of happiness.
    May all these be yours at Christmas.
  • Tis the Season!
  • Wishing you peace, love, and joy this Holiday Season
  • Peace on Earth
  • For unto us a child is born… ~ Isaiah 9:6
  • The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
  • Christmas: The only time of year in which one can sit around a dead tree and eat candy out of socks.
  • The jolliest bunch of elves this side of the nuthouse!
  • Ho ho ho
  • Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!
  • Ginjas (think gingerbread men)
  • Thinking of you this Christmas. “Yule” be on my mind.
  • Hope your holiday season is bright enough that you need sunglasses!
  • I don’t usually write Christmas cards, but when I do, I usually write the same thing in all of them.
  • Christmas is a special time to think about peace, love, joy, and weight gain.
  • I hope the holidays find you in good spirits! And by spirits, I do mean alcohol.

Just Sign It

There is no reason you have to be super clever or even holiday themed for your Christmas card. In fact, if you step back and think about it, a great family photo that can sit on the mantle all year long as well as serve as a holiday card is a better value. Photos from a family photoshoot at any time in the year can work as a card. To dress it up, you just need to write a personal message and sign it with a greeting like these:

  • Merry Christmas,
  • Happy Holidays,
  • Wishing you joy,
  • With Love,
  • Here’s hoping Santa is good to you this year,
  • XOXO,
  • Hugs and Kisses,
  • Christmas Blessings,
  • Brightest Blessings,

We Are Available!
Of course, for those in the Atlanta, GA area, we still have availability to help you plan and create your perfect Christmas or holiday card! We will even do the layout. Contact us for availability!

Happy holidays!

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  1. Clipping Path House March 28, 2019 at 10:25 am #

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