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We recently posted tips for picture-perfect holiday photos. Tip #1: Have a plan. To help you plan this year’s masterpiece holiday card, we’ve collected 100 inspirational images of different photo poses, backdrops and props for magnificent Christmas card photos. These creative photos will spark your inner genius and have you brainstorming cute couple photos, adorable kid pictures and other ideas for wrangling your large brood into a cohesive (and happy) group.

Browse Photo Ideas by Type:

Play With Framing Get in Close Get Active Be Artistic
Be Hands-On Photo Booth Use Props Light It Up
Get in Line Take It Outside Be Playful Family Reflections
Share a Moment Stack ‘Em Up Tell a Story Be Unexpected

Play With Framing

Frame the shot. Literally! Use a decorative frame as a photo prop. Experiment with various angles, distances and poses. If you’re handy with Photoshop or another photo editor, you can even create an interesting picture-in-picture effect for your family’s holiday card.

family photo by Anthromollogies

source: Anthromollogies credit: Ashley Chiampi

family photo by Combined Average

source: Combined Average credit: Mackenzie Wheatley

family photo by Foto200

source: Foto200

family photo by Louish

source: Louish

family photo by Threaded Together

source: Threaded Together

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Get in Close

Capture the intimacy of family with a close up shot. Squeeze together, go in for a great big group hug, or use the lens to zoom in. Way in.

family photo by Amelia Lyon

source: Amelia Lyon credit: Amelia Lyon Photography

family photo by Ashlee Raubach Photography

source: Ashlee Raubach Photography

family photo by Dustin J McClure

source: Dustin J McClure

family photo by Elizabeth Halford Photography Blog

source: Elizabeth Halford Photography Blog credit: Gracie May Photography

family photo by Entre Photography

source: Etre Photography credit: Etre Photography

family photo by Pieces of Me

source: Pieces of Me

family photo by Amelia Lyon

source: Amelia Lyon credit: Amelia Lyon Photography

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Get Active

Adding movement to your photos is a quick, easy way to break the mold of stilted family photos. Try action shots like running towards the camera or jumping. Or, add in elements of your family’s favorite activities: pose with your bikes, simulate a family game night, or cooking together in the kitchen.

family photo by Elizabeth Halford Photography Blog

source: Elizabeth Halford Photography Blog credit: Gracie May Photography

family photo by Erin

source: Erin

family photo by Tina Vega

source: Tina Vega

family photo by Ashlee Raubach Photography

source: Ashlee Raubach Photography

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Express Your Artistic Side

A family Christmas card is a fun opportunity to exercise your creativity and photo manipulation skills. Show off your crafty side with cookies decorated like each family member, take shadow pictures, add a little hand-drawn love or use a color splash effect to make your photo pop with just a hint of vintage charm.

family photo by CG Photo and Design

source: CG Photo and Design

family photo by Darwin Bell

source: Darwin Bell

family photo by Foto200

source: Foto200

family photo by Heather Christo

source: Heather Christo

family photo by Heavy Duty Incorporated

source: Heavy Duty Incorporated

family photo by Malahy

source: Malahy

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Be Hands-On (or Feet First)

Group photographs of hands and feet have a special sentimental value. They represent size variance between brothers, sisters, mom and dad. Taken annually, they illustrate growth from year to year. This type of photo may also be the perfect reason to buy a new pair of super cute shoes — not that we ever need a reason!

family photo by Lumoid

source: Lumoid

family photo by Lumoid

source: Lumoid

family photo by The Vintage Dancer

source: The Vintage Dancer

family photo by Life on Purpose

source: Life on Purpose

family photo by Lumoid

source: Lumoid

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Create a Photo Booth

Few photo shoots give people permission to have fun the way a classic photo booth does. Let every family member express their unique personality with simple props, a holiday backdrop and as many funny faces as they can muster. As the saying goes, “film is cheap”, but these memories will be priceless!

family photo by Melissa Jill

source: Melissa Jill

family photo by Oh Happy Day

source: Oh Happy Day

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Use Props

You don’t need to be in a photo booth to play with props. Candy canes and ornaments both make festive props. Balloons are another versatile prop. Use giant 36-inch ballons or a handful of smaller ballons to set the mood.

family photo by The Meadowbrook Blog

source: The Meadowbrook Blog

family photo by Anthromollogies

source: Anthromollogies credit: Ashley Chiampi

family photo by The Robin's Nest

source: The Robin’s Nest

family photo by Rebecca Williams Photography

source: Rebecca Williams Photography

family photo by Entre Photography

source: Etre Photography credit: Etre Photography

family photo by Spouse Buzz

source: Spouse Buzz credit: Nadia Hurtt Photography

family photo by Spouse Buzz

source: Spouse Buzz credit: Nadia Hurtt Photography

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Light It Up

Pull out the lights early this year. This holiday staple is a fun photo prop for capturing the glow of angelic cheeks or a dazzling tug-of-war. Check out some of the links below for instructions on taking photos of Christmas lights and trees.

family photo by Becker Photographer

source: Becker Photography

family photo by Becker Photographer

source: Becker Photography

family photo by George Atanassov

source: George Atanassov

family photo by Hello Bee

source: Hello Bee

family photo by Keeping up with the Kittles	Holly

source: Keeping up with the Kittles

family photo by Jason

source: Jason

family photo by Nest of Posies

source: Nest of Posies

family photo by RJ

source: Kern-Photo

family photo by You, In Bloom

source: You, In Bloom

family photo by Unskinny Boppy

source: Unskinny Boppy

family photo by Kat

source: Living Like The Kings

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Get in Line

Standing in a row doesn’t have to be boring. Line up and let your family’s personality show through. Be relaxed stretched out on the ground. Show some attitude. Be sweet and hold hands. There are many ways to make this tried-and-true group pose feel lively and fresh.

family photo by AS Finley

source: AS Finley

family photo by Ashlee

source: Ashlee Raubach Photography

family photo by Justin Hackworth

source: Justin Hackworth

family photo by Lolly Jane

source: Lolly Jane

family photo by Rebekah Westover Photography

source: Rebekah Westover Photography

family photo by Shandy Vogt Photography

source: Shandy Vogt Photography credit: Shandy Vogt Photography

family photo by Sonomij Photography

source: Sonomij Photography

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Take It Outside

Whether you’re going for an outdoorsy feel or want to bring the inside out like a high-end catalog, nature can provide a gorgeous backdrop for your family photo. Decorate your chosen location with colorful banners and Christmas ornaments for a holiday feel. Or, consider bringing out a large prop, like a couch or dining room table, to set the scene of familial bliss.

family photo by All We Need is Amor

source: All We Need is Amor

family photo by Clickin Moms

source: Clickin Moms credit: Freckle Face Photography

family photo by Entre Photography

source: Etre Photography credit: Etre Photography

family photo by Everyday Occasions

source: Everyday Occasions

family photo by In This Wonderful Life

source: In This Wonderful Life

family photo by Kelli Trontel

source: Kelli Trontel credit: Kelli Trontel

family photo by Shandy Vogt Photography

source: Shandy Vogt Photography credit: Shandy Vogt Photography

family photo by Pencilled Daydream

source: Pencilled Daydream

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Be Playful

Capture the joy of the season with a silly and spontaneous photo of your family. Ride a virtual roller coaster, break out the toys, sparkle with glitter, have a snow ball fight, just find a way to play! The smiles will be natural and the memories will be fun to laugh about for years to come.

family photo by Kelli Trontel

source: Kelli Trontel credit: Kelli Trontel

family photo by CameraSim

source: CameraSim credit: Jon Arnold

family photo by Centsational Girl

source: Centsational Girl

family photo by Joy's Hope

source: Joy’s Hope credit: Drew B Photography

family photo by Dan and Sherree

source: Dan and Sherree

family photo by Dustin J McClure

source: Dustin J McClure

family photo by Moosh in Indy

source: Moosh in Indy

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Reflections on Family

Many photographers can’t resist a good reflection shot — and for good reason. This type of photo is artistic without taking away from the main subject. Capture your family reflected in a shiny ornament or decorated window for added seasonal flare.

family photo by CameraSim

source: CameraSim credit: Jon Arnold

family photo by Jared Willson Portraits

source: Jared Willson Portraits

family photo by Miville Photographer

source: Miville Photography

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Share a Moment

Lifestyle photography aims to capture real people doing real things. It’s popular because it presents your best side in a way that is representative of your actual life. Take a page out of the journalist’s handbook to document your family sharing a special moment. Decorating the tree, reading a book, playing in the park or drinking hot chocolate, are experiences that offer an intimate peek into family life. Perfect for distant relatives and friends.

family photo by The Mom Tog Diaries

source: The Mom Tog Diaries credit: Feathered Nest Photographie

family photo by Capturing Joy

source: Capturing Joy

family photo by Fancy Ashley

source: Fancy Ashley

family photo by Joy's Hope

source: Joy’s Hope credit: Drew B Photography

family photo by Paige and Chris

source: Paige and Chris credit: Mary Anne Miner Photography

family photo by Photo by Emilie

source: Photo by Emilie

family photo by The Happy Family Movement

source: The Happy Family Movement

family photo by

source: Our Reflection credit: http://laurahernandezphotography.com/

family photo by Kelli Trontel

source: Kelli Trontel credit: Kelli Trontel

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Stack ‘Em Up

Triangles are a nearly fool-proof pose that works for groups of all sizes. This is a compositional tool that can be modified for seated arrangements, laying down or slightly staggered on stairs and rocks.

family photo by Anthromollogies

source: Anthromollogies credit: Ashley Chiampi

family photo by Death by Great Wall

source: Death by Great Wall credit: Paul Cleveland

family photo by Dustin Polvero

source: Dustin Polvero

family photo by Proforged

source: Proforged

family photo by Redfly Creations

source: Redfly Creations

family photo by Prop Insanity

source: Prop Insanity

family photo by Shandy Vogt Photography

source: Shandy Vogt Photography credit: Shandy Vogt Photography

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Tell a Story

The best photos always tell a story. Let loose your comedic side with an over-the-top scene, keep it short and simple, or use the photo as a way to share some good news. Remember, a photo is worth a thousand words.

family photo by Reformissionary

source: Reformissionary

family photo by Jan von Hollenben

source: Jan von Hollenben

family photo by Focus Jennie

source: Focus Jennie credit: Amy Leavitt

family photo by Hanna Mac

source: Hanna Mac

family photo by Kristin and Kayla

source: Kristin and Kayla credit: JWL Photography

family photo by My Crazy Blessed Life

source: My Crazy Blessed Life

family photo by Sewing in No Man's Land

source: Sewing in No Man’s Land

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Do Something Unexpected

Really want your photo to stand out on the shelf? Do something unexpected! Make a face, go for the impossible pose, play with perspective. Show off your team spirit and just do it.

family photo by Kelsey J Gibbs Photography

source: Kelsey Gibbs, Corbin, Kentucky

family photo by Living Well, Spending Less

source: Living Well, Spending Less

family photo by Death by Great Wall

source: Death by Great Wall credit: Richard Neese

family photo by

source: Red Tricycle

family photo by Don't Mess With My Tutus!

source: Don’t Mess With My Tutus! credit: Nicole Mayfield

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Have you taken your family photo yet? What type of photo poses, backgrounds and locations have been successful for your family photos? Share your tips for taking great pictures in the comments!

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9 Responses

  1. Marissa says:

    Thank you so much for featuring our holiday photo! We are honored to be on a list with so many other terrific pictures.

  2. Nadine says:

    Thanks for featuring 3 photos <3!

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  4. Nicole says:

    Adorable pictures! Thanks for the creative inspiration.

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  6. Sabrina says:

    Great ideas. Thanks. I am always looking for unique group picture ideas.

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