Take Great Pictures of Your Children for Your Photo Christmas Card

I don’t know about you, but last year I received a lot of photo cards from friends and family, and I also made one to send to send to friends and family myself so I think this is a trend that will grow and grow.

If you like the idea of making a photo Christmas card now is the time to take your photos for it – by the time you order and receive your cards it will be time to write and post them! Here are my tips for making sure your card really wows this year….

1. Choose the card before you take the photo

There are so many photo Christmas cards available to order, but not every photo will fit every card. I recommend choosing a design you love first, and then thinking about how to compose the photo. For example – does your photo need to be portrait or landscape? Do your children need to be right in the centre of the frame or to the right or left? Do you need more than one photo? As you can see from the 3 lovely designs from Minted below, each card has different requirements for composing your photo.

Tips for photographing Children

Take great photos for your holiday card

2. Co-ordinate outfits

Now that you’ve chosen your card, think about the colours in it. Which colour clothes will complement it? Which colours are definite no nos? Once you’ve decided on a colour scheme co-ordinate your children’s outfits. Unless you have something very cute for your children to wear I recommend co-ordinating rather than matching – the days of the whole family wearing blue jeans and a white shirt for their photos are long gone!

3. Go outside to take the photograph

Indoors you may have distractions in the background, and at this time of year the light is often poor. Head outside with the children and find a spot where you’ve got a nice backdrop, no heavy shade, and no direct sunlight – squinting is never a good look! This is another time when you can refer back to the card you’ve chosen – what kind of backdrop will work – urban looking walls, Autumn leaves, or green trees?

You may also find these tips for photographing your children outdoors helpful

 4. Don’t say cheese!

One of the worst ways to get natural smiles from your children is telling them to smile. Saying cheese rarely makes anyone look good either! If your children are old enough to take direction well getting a natural smile from them shouldn’t be a problem. If you have a toddler or pre-schooler on the other hand I suggest embracing their character and take natural photos of them playing instead. My tips for photographing your busy toddler can help you with this.


Over to you

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s tips. I’d love to hear how you get on with them – let me know in the comments below.


Find more photography tips for parents right here.

Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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