Cute & Easy Baby Christmas Photo Ideas

How to Take Great Baby Christmas Photos

baby in elf outfit
An adorable elf. Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures

All of baby's firsts are momentous occasions. What better way to celebrate baby's first Christmas than with a special photo to include with your family Christmas cards? Lots of parents choose to work with a professional photographer for their Christmas card portraits, but you can save a ton of money by doing it yourself. All it takes is patience and a bit of creative thinking to come up with an adorable baby Christmas card that's perfect for your family.

Getting Started:

Christmas cards are typically mailed out around the first or second week of December. To allow time for editing and photo processing, not to mention the possible tantrum, be sure to plan your photo shoot far enough in advance: around the end of October or beginning of November. Read Digital Photo Developing Options for New Parents if you need help choosing a photo developer for your pictures.

Ideally, you should schedule your photo session for a time when your baby will be well rested and well fed. Read Getting Ready for Baby's First Photo Shoot for a complete how-to guide. If you have a large family or want to include pets in your Christmas card photo, ask a friend to help you set up your shots. If you don't have an assistant, use a tripod and a camera with a self-timer to take the photos yourself.

Cute Baby Christmas Photo Ideas:

When taking photos of baby's first Christmas, remember the principles of basic portrait photography: Choose a clear background with no distracting elements and avoid dressing your baby in an outfit with a busy print that will take attention away from their adorable smile.

Use props and fun poses to add interest to your holiday portrait.

Some popular ideas for cute Christmas photos include:

  • Place your baby inside a large, colorfully wrapped box with a lid. Gather everyone around the package and have someone hold the lid while the rest of your family looks inside as baby "pops" out of the box.
  • Take a cute picture of a newborn by nestling baby in a wicker basket lined with a red or green blanket. Surround the basket with colorful Christmas ornaments.
  • Dress baby in a diaper and a Santa hat. If you have other children, have them kiss baby's cheeks when you take the picture.
  • Dress baby in their Christmas best and have them hold a sign that says "Merry Christmas!" or "Happy Holidays!"

If you can't get baby to cooperate for your family photo, don't despair. Even if a photo of your child screaming on Santa's lap wasn't exactly what you had in mind, these images have a special charm that will make you smile and laugh long after your son or daughter has grown up. Plus, if you plan the photo shoot far enough in advance you'll have ample time for a redo.

Enhance Your Baby's First Christmas Photos:

If you have a snapshot from another occasion that you'd like to use as part of your family Christmas card, you can use image editing software like Adobe Photoshop Elements to give it a more holiday feel. Here are a few easy tricks to try:

  • Add a red and green Christmas border around the image of your choice.
  • Type a greeting directly onto the photo using a decorative seasonal font.
  • Add thought bubbles and captions to the picture to create a funny cartoon.
  • Add a distressed photo overlay to create a vintage effect.
  • Turn the photo into a black and white image. Add spot color as desired to enhance details such as the Santa hat on baby's head or the Christmas ornament your baby is holding.

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