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100 Christmas Card Photo Ideas

To get a picture-perfect holiday photo for your Christmas card it helps to have a plan. For example, rather than just herding everyone into frame, how about using an actual frame as a prop? To help you plan this year’s masterpiece holiday card, we’ve collected 100 inspirational images of photo poses, backdrops and props for magnificent Christmas card photos. These creative family photos will spark your inner artist and have you brainstorming cute couple photos, adorable kid pictures and other new ideas for wrangling your large brood into a cohesive (and happy) group. Share your most memorable moments with holiday cards that have plenty of space for your artistic masterpiece.

100 Christmas Card Photo Ideas

Instructions: Click through the buttons below to sort the family photo poses by style and category. Click each photo for a larger view.

Black and white photography has a timeless appeal. Capture a shot of your tight-knit family for a picture you'll cherish forever.

Source: Amelia Lyon

Photo credit: Amelia Lyon Photography

Take a family photo with your little ones as the focal point while you cherish the moment in the background.

Source: Amelia Lyon

Photo credit: Amelia Lyon Photography

When the weather isn't in your favor, no need to panic. Add a simple prop to make for a memorable photo shoot and adorable family photo that you can all admire years later.

Source: Focus Jennie

Photo credit: Amy Leavitt

Frame the moment with a simple prop that captures a photo of your tight-knit family.

Source: Anthromollogies

Photo credit: Ashley Chiampi

Add a vintage effect to your family photo for a sentimental look while introducing the new member of your family.

Source: Anthromollogies

Photo credit: Ashley Chiampi

Stack up the kids chronologically by age for an adorable photo that you can replicate every year. It's a perfect way to show how they've grown and changed over the years.

Source: Anthromollogies

Photo credit: Ashley Chiampi

Set up an adorable tea party in a new place. This way, your little ones will have fun while you capture the perfect photo!

Source: Joy's Hope

Photo credit: Drew B Photography

Incorporate a piece of your family's nightly routine to reflect on a peaceful memory you made with your loved ones for years to come.

Source: Joy's Hope

Photo credit: Drew B Photography

Bundle up in the frigid temperatures and capture your expressions in the moment to show what you're really thinking.

Source: Etre Photography

Photo credit: Etre Photography

Use a decorated wreath to frame your kiss together. This intimate photo will show your true love for eachother.

Source: Etre Photography

Photo credit: Etre Photography

A outdoor shot looks authentic when you keep it casual.

Source: Etre Photography

Photo credit: Etre Photography

Adding simple props to an outdoor setting is a way for the kids to have fun while you get the perfect shot.

Source: The Mom Tog Diaries

Photo credit: Feathered Nest Photographie

Add bright colored props to a simple setting in order to create your own holiday ambiance.

Source: Clickin Moms

Photo credit: Freckle Face Photography

Show off everyone's personalities by putting on your funniest face with the whole family!

Source: Elizabeth Halford Photography Blog

Photo credit: Gracie May Photography

Have fun taking your family photo by incorporating action shots! Jumping photos are a classic way to have fun during a photo shoot.

Source: Elizabeth Halford Photography Blog

Photo credit: Gracie May Photography

Take your next Christmas card photo from a different perspective. Capture your family's reflection in an ornament to add festive flair to your card this year!

Source: CameraSim

Photo credit: Jon Arnold

Package up your whole family for an adorable holiday gift that your friends and family will adore.

Source: CameraSim

Photo credit: Jon Arnold

Photoshop is your friend. Use your editing skills and celebrate the holidays by sharing your sense of humor!

Source: Kristin and Kayla

Photo credit: JWL Photography

Keep things pressure free! Get in comfortable clothes and head outdoors. You'll be surprised by the natural moments you manage to capture.

Source: Kelli Trontel

Photo credit: Kelli Trontel

These siblings know how to steal the show. Dress the little ones up in formal attire to capture an endearing Christmas card photo!

Source: Kelli Trontel

Photo credit: Kelli Trontel

Capture an intimate moment staring into each other's eyes. You will emit your perpetual love for one another without working on a posed shot.

Source: Kelli Trontel

Photo credit: Kelli Trontel

Take a moment to read her favorite bedtime story. The picture will bring back innocent memories for years to come.

Source: Our Reflection

Photo credit: Laura Hernandez Photography

A frame isn't just for mounting a photo on your wall. Capture the moment by incorporating your own vintage frame as a prop in your next family photo.

Source: Combined Average

Photo credit: Mackenzie Wheatley

It doesn't need to be an organized, staged moment to be the perfect picture. Enjoying the moment makes for a sweet photo op.

Source: Paige and Chris

Photo credit: Mary Anne Miner Photography

A simple prop can turn a family photo on the beach into a festive family Christmas photo that your friends and family will adore!

Source: Spouse Buzz

Photo credit: Nadia Hurtt Photography

A simple smooch between siblings makes for an adorable photo you'll treasure forever.

Source: Spouse Buzz

Photo credit: Nadia Hurtt Photography

Line up family team by age every year to see how much they've grown since the last holiday photo!

Source: Don't Mess With My Tutus!

Photo credit: Nicole Mayfield

Pile together with a simple background to make your family the captivating focal point.

Source: Death by Great Wall

Photo credit: Paul Cleveland

Let the little one's monkey around for an authentic shot of the whole family together.

Source: Death by Great Wall

Photo credit: Richard Neese

An outdoor shot will guarantee the perfect natural lighting to make your little ones glow!

Source: Shandy Vogt Photography

Photo credit: Shandy Vogt Photography

Coordinating your color scheme will turn a typical family photo into something special.

Source: Shandy Vogt Photography

Photo credit: Shandy Vogt Photography

Take your Christmas card photo early this year to incorporate the beautiful foliage in your sweet family photo.

Source: Shandy Vogt Photography

Photo credit: Shandy Vogt Photography

The point of view is everything. Get creative and layer side profile shots to make your own unique Christmas card photo this year!

Source: Foto200

You're bound to get the perfect photo if you take individual shots and merge them together in a creative way.

Source: Louish

It's all about the perspective. Experiment with a new idea and use your editing skills to make your family and friends wonder how you did it.

Source: Threaded Together

Not every moment needs to be posed in order for it to be perfect.

Source: Ashlee Raubach Photography

Have fun with your shoot and get pictures from a different angles. It can be as simple as laying in the grass to get a shot from above.

Source: Dustin J McClure

Take a natural photo by capturing your family in between the planned posed shots.

Source: Pieces of Me

Have everyone jump at the same time and enjoy looking through final results together.

Source: Erin

Look like you’re levitating by taking a family picture at the perfect timing!

Source: Tina Vega

Set a theme and coordinate your outfits as a family for a photo everyone will love.

Source: Ashlee Raubach Photography

Capture a fun shadow shot for a silhouette family photo you'll enjoy taking!

Source: CG Photo and Design

Find the perfect light installation at a local art gallery and pose for a perfect family silhouette!

Source: Darwin Bell

If you're a Photoshop guru, play around with individual shots for a Christmas card photo that all of your family and friends will love.

Source: Foto200

Your little angels will be beaming from ear to ear if you let them dress up in their favorite costume.

Source: Heather Christo

Bake your own little gingerbread family to reflect the passions of every member of the family.

Source: Heavy Duty Incorporated

Use some chalk and a chalkboard to make your own winter wonderland backdrop.

Source: Malahy

Be original with your focal point. Welcome the ten little toes to the family with an adorable family photo that everyone will love.

Source: Lumoid

Kick your feet up for an original photo in a beautiful setting.

Source: Lumoid

Announce the ten little toes you added to the family with a cute photo from above.

Source: The Vintage Dancer

Send a sweet message to your family and friends by improvising and making letters of your own.

Source: Life on Purpose

The bond you have with your newborn will shine through in a simple photo holding hands.

Source: Lumoid

Take a moment before the holidays get crazy to enjoy Christmas traditions, and make sure to snap a shot of the fun.

Source: Melissa Jill

Have every member of the family pick out their favorite props for a fun photo that allows for their personalities shine through.

Source: Oh Happy Day

Connect two candy canes to create the perfect heart shape prop to display your love for one another.

Source: The Meadowbrook Blog

Take a picture in the snow with cute festive props for a wintry family Christmas photo.

Source: The Robin's Nest

Matching red shirts and Santa hats will make a normal group shot turn into the perfect festive Christmas card photo.

Source: Rebecca Williams Photography

Wrap up the whole family in Christmas lights to make a casual shot turn into something festive.

Source: Becker Photography

Don't be so serious. Get tangled up in the Christmas lights for a fun shot with the little ones.

Source: Becker Photography

Create your own light graffiti using long exposure to ring in the new year with all of your family and friends!

Source: George Atanassov

Could anything be cuter than an adorable shot of your tot wrapped in Christmas lights?

Source: Hello Bee

Wrangle in your loved ones with a string of Christmas lights for a festive and fun photo.

Source: Keeping up with the Kittles

Let the kids take charge in a funny photo with Christmas simple props.

Source: Jason

Set up your own light source by lining up Christmas lights in front of your kids. It creates a relaxed environment while you can take a perfectly festive shot.

Source: Nest of Posies

Bold colors can turn a typical family photo into something exceptionally special.

Source: Kern-Photo

Let the little one take the reigns and wrap you up in colorful Christmas tree lights for a funny photo they'll love to take.

Source: You, In Bloom

Get a shot of an adorable moment in front of the Christmas tree.

Source: Unskinny Boppy

Capture a sweet moment of childhood innocence to be seen by all of your family and friends.

Source: Living Like The Kings

Swing your little one on a family walk for a casual photo that all of your family and friends will adore.

Source: AS Finley

Not all photos need to be posed to capture an endearing shot.

Source: Ashlee Raubach Photography

Gather together after a snowstorm to capture the perfect wintry shot of the whole gang.

Source: Justin Hackworth

Use the side of your home as a simple backdrop for a striking family photo.

Source: Lolly Jane

Bring the whole family together and capture a moment in the snow for a genuine winter wonderland photo!

Source: Rebekah Westover Photography

Never underestimate using a deteriorating building as a setting for the next photoshoot. Worn brick walls make for a unique backdrop.

Source: Sonomij Photography

Create your own outdoor living room scene in an outdoor space.

Source: All We Need is Amor

Be prepared and take your Christmas card photo during the fall. The foliage makes for a beautiful backdrop!

Source: Everyday Occasions

Fit the twins in the stroller together to make everyone's heart melt.

Source: In This Wonderful Life

A simple DIY prop can amplify a standard photo into something seriously special.

Source: Pencilled Daydream

Get everyone excited for Christmas festivities by throwing your hands in the air!

Source: Centsational Girl

Capture the moment that your little helper picks out the family Christmas photo.

Source: Dan and Sherree

Take your family photo from a different perspective by angling the camera towards the crew from the ground.

Source: Dustin J McClure

Such a sweet action shot using glitter as a prop deserves to be seen by all of your family and friends.

Source: Moosh in Indy

The reflection of your family is a beautiful thing. Take your family photo near a pond for double the charm!

Source: Jared Willson Portraits

Capture the innocence of your little one by taking a picture of their reflection.

Source: Miville Photography

Candid photos are the best when you're having fun with the whole family.

Source: Capturing Joy

Want to save money on hiring a photographer? Switch off using the camera and take pictures of each other to put in a collage.

Source: Fancy Ashley

There's nothing better than capturing the moments of your little one before the hectic holiday celebrations.

Source: Photo by Emilie

Capture a photo of your family happily hanging in the park for an adorable candid shot.

Source: The Happy Family Movement

Looking for a new idea? Capture simple moments on your family vacation to share the trip with all of your friends and family.

Source: Dustin Polvero

Coordinate your outfits as a family and capture the family in a beautiful outdoor location.

Source: Proforged

Pile together for a classic shot that shows off your beautiful smiles.

Source: Redfly Creations

For an elegant Christmas photo idea, dig up last years outdoor lights and make your own backdrop.

Source: Prop Insanity

For a photo that will make all of your family and friends laugh, take a fun shot of the whole crew with their best surprised face.

Source: Reformissionary

Use props and a different camera angle to create a cute scene that your kids will love posing for.

Source: Jan von Hollenben

Surprise all of your loved ones with the most adorable pregnancy announcement in your Christmas card this year.

Source: Hanna Mac

Let your kids help set the scene for a cute photo that they'll love to pose for.

Source: My Crazy Blessed Life

Never underestimate how creative your family can be with some chalk and your driveway as the canvas.

Source: Sewing in No Man's Land

Your whole family will have a fun time being silly in your Christmas card photo!

Source: Kelsey Gibbs, Corbin, Kentucky

Put on your funniest face to show off all of the dynamic personalities in your family.

Source: Living Well, Spending Less

Get creative on your family vacation and capture your most adventurous memory to share with all of your friends and family.

Source: Red Tricycle

Enjoy the moment and take family photos while having fun with your whole family.

Source: Tiny Prints

Taking your family photo during sun down will facilitate the ultimate lighting with minimal editing necessary.

Source: Tiny Prints

Capture a mother and daughter moment that you'll always hold dear.

Source: Tiny Prints

Get close together for a natural photo to share with all of your family and friends.

Source: Tiny Prints

Natural light is the best way to capture your family's natural beauty.

Source: Tiny Prints

A plain backdrop will make your family front and center in your Christmas card photo this year.

Source: Tiny Prints

Dress up your furry family member for an adorable photo with the kids.

Source: Tiny Prints

Slip a few tricks up your sleeve so your kids can't stop laughing during the photoshoot.

Source: Tiny Prints

Connect hands with your family members for a fun pose that shows your love for each other.

Source: Tiny Prints

Let her take front and center for her first appearance on the Christmas card this year!

Source: Tiny Prints

Dress up the little ones in crazy hats for a fun holiday card you'll always cherish.

Source: Tiny Prints

Capture the moments after a family picnic for a cute shot of the whole crew together.

Source: Tiny Prints

Sometimes the photo shoot bloopers are the Christmas card photo winners.

Source: Tiny Prints

Add a wintry touch by incorporating fake snow in your next Christmas card photo.

Source: Tiny Prints

Capture your kiss for a sweet shot that shows your love for each other and the family.

Source: Tiny Prints

Can't choose just one photo? Create a collage of a few of your favorites for your Christmas card this year.

Source: Tiny Prints

Make your laugh's contagious on your Christmas card this year!

Source: Tiny Prints

Pick up your kids for a sweet photo that your friends and family are guaranteed to love.

Source: Tiny Prints

Throw your twins in the air for a fun photo that demonstrates your love for the family.

Source: Tiny Prints

Use a simple marshland as your backdrop to make your family the focal point of the photo.

Source: Tiny Prints

Let them strike their own pose for a photo shoot they'll have fun doing!

Source: Tiny Prints

Put her in the center as the focal point for her first Christmas card this year.

Source: Tiny Prints

Can't pick your favorite photo? Take one as a family, one of your little ones and one as a happy couple.

Source: Tiny Prints

Make a funny face to capture a candid photo of your children laughing together!

Source: Tiny Prints

Cherish the moments that you can lift up all of your little ones at once to create an adorable family photo.

Source: Tiny Prints

Sometimes the candid shots can be the real winners. Let your little one play in the snow while you capture the cutest photo!

Source: Tiny Prints

Hold your little bundle of joy in the middle of you two and give him a kiss on the cheek! His adorable smile will melt the hearts of your family and friend.

Source: Tiny Prints

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