Article By Candy Spiegel
Each year, we seem to take the same photos for the holiday season, like the kids on Santa’s lap, the neighborhood’s holiday lights, or the tree with all the presents piled underneath.
This year, we are challenging you to take some less-traditional photos to capture those holiday memories. We have compiled a list of 20 unique photos you might take, along with some sample layouts of the ones our designers have taken in the past. Check them out and get inspired to make this season different from all the previous ones.
Include the Pets
Photograph the Process
"Neighbor Gifts" by Jodi Benson - Pattern #186
Detail the Ornaments
Include pictures decorating the tree in addition to the finished Christmas tree. You might get pictures of the mess made when all of the boxes are brought in, a child hanging a special ornament, the tangled lights, someone peeking through the tree branches with a silly look on their face, someone putting the star or angel on top of the tree, or a close-up of the garland.
You might also take the time to explain an ornament collection, one made by a special person, or one purchased during a vacation.
Photograph Movie Night
"Holiday Movie Night" by Jodi Benson - Pattern #397
Don't Forget the Cocoa
Record Cookie Moments
"Christmas Cookies" by Lauren Jones - Pattern #125 (adjusted)
Include Yourself on the Light Tour
Take a Pic After Dinner
Include the Outakes
Try Photographing Books
Record the Play
Wrap it Up
Picture the Break
Include the Disasters
Picture Santa with a Twist
Include the Letter, too
Picture the Food
"Holiday Meal Prep" by Jodi Benson - Pattern #600
Teach them to Donate
"Operation Christmas Child" by Paije Potter - Pattern #500
Explore the Neighborhood
Take a walk around the neighborhood during the day and take photos of holiday décor. Many people put up greenery, wreaths, blow-up displays, signs and other decorations that can actually be seen better during the day.
You might also visit the local nursery or a nearby holiday store. Take photos of the displays and yourselves enjoying them. It's a fun, free holiday outing.