Have you ever had professional pictures taken for your Christmas/Holiday card?! We teamed up with Tracy Karwoski of Tracy Jean Photography to create this blog for you — read our three tips for the perfect Christmas Card photos…you’ll love them for years to come!
Do you have suggestions for coordinating colors and/or patterns?
Tracy: I always like to stay in a similar color scheme that’s pulled from a piece of clothing with a pattern…that way everyone is dressed a little different but the overall look goes well together. Layering scarfs, jackets and vests adds interest as well. Having a pattern works well if just 1-2 people have it, otherwise it can be distracting. Another favorite is going with soft colors….they always works well together….soft blues, pinks, grays.
Sarah: With a big family, it really helped to select two main colors that I thought would pop. Then, I added a little bit of pattern that showed off each personality in our fam! It all coordinated, but was full of different textures and patterns. I debated between a pop of red or a pop of wine…I’m loving how rich the wine looks with winter scenery that hasn’t quite been dusted with snow yet ❤️
What are some creative ideas and poses to set the scene?
T: The cozier the better for Christmas photos! Whether it’s on your front porch under a blanket, on a bed in your christmas pajamas, or in front of the tree you cut down with your family! Sometimes we overthink and make things too perfect! Do whatever is right for your family!
S: We’ve been through several family photoshoots now, and the candid shots always seem to be my favorite!! I love photos of our family at home doing the things we normally do. For Christmas, its so fun with kids (or couples) to be doing “Christmas-y” type things. Like baking cookies, decorating or snuggling up with a book.
What are fun props to use for Holiday pics?
T: It’s a great time of year to use props in photos! A blanket, wreath, mistletoe, christmas pajamas, vintage sleds are all fun to use! Nature is a good prop…photos in front of Pine Trees or Birch Trees are always nice and wintery. Sometimes simple is better.
S: We had so much fun using cozy blankets, wreaths, candy canes and Christmas cookies as props for all those candid & posed photos.