Everybody looks forward to Christmas card photos with cute babies. You don’t need to be a seasoned photographer or Pinterest pro to take them; you just need one great photo idea. And we have 9 of them that put your baby front and center on that holiday photo.
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A white swaddling blanket or long t-shirt, a colorful scarf and a hat are all it takes to turn your babe into a wintery snowman, I mean, snowbaby. Pose a stuffed snowman alongside for an added touch and everyone who sees the photos will want to give your child warm hugs.
A Visit from Santa
Plan a pre-holiday visit from Santa to get some memorable photos. A beloved grandparent, friend or even dad can play the role of the big guy to create moments they’ll both treasure.
A Favorite Stuffed Animal
A favorite stuffie is a great way to keep your child from howling their way through holiday card photos. Baby will love on their stuffie like they always do, leading to adorable photos. Re-create the photo with the same stuffed animal every year to show how much your child has grown.
Sometimes the simplest setup turns into the most incredible photos. A Santa hat is all you need to convey the Christmas spirit and capture some snaps of your child touching it, holding it, pulling it off, or falling asleep with it on.
Santa’s Legs as a Backdrop
If your baby is still learning to sit, leaning back against Santa’s legs will help you get the shot. This photo idea from Precious Moments Photography gives you a fun new way to incorporate Santa as a backdrop. Black boots, white fuzzy fabric and red fabric positioned to look like pants are all you need for the Santa stand-in. Bonus: That person can also help keep your little one entertained and looking picture-perfect during the shoot.
Baby in a Gift Box
What better way to convey that babies are a gift? You’ll need minimal props for this idea from Laura Simson Photography. To create your gift box, cut off the flaps on one side and cover the box in holiday wrapping paper. Add a big bow—to both the box and your baby—and pop your little one inside. Babies and toddlers tend to enjoy being in boxes, so the smiles and cute expressions should come naturally. If they don’t, add a few small toys that stay out of sight.
Baby’s First Sandman
Take advantage of the beach for your child’s holiday card debut. Take a cue from Danielle May Photography and build a sandman that will give friends and family warm fuzzies this winter.
An assortment of colorful ornaments in deep jewel tones, classic red and green, or gold and white help you re-create this card idea from Shanna Simpson Photography. Mix in glittery, matte and traditional balls for extra dimension, and let your beautiful baby shine in the center.
Playing in the Christmas Lights
With white holiday lights, leg warmers and a fluffy mat, you can re-create this cozy holiday photo from Red Lotus Photography. Vary the shot by swapping out the leg warmers for other cute holiday gear.
— Natasha Davis & Eva Ingvarson Cerise