Seasonal photo ideas for a picture-perfect Christmas card

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Christmas is right around the corner. And if part of your family’s Christmas tradition is sending out Christmas cards, now’s the time to start thinking about which photo you want to include on this year’s card.

What kind of photo should you take for this year’s photo shoot? Let’s take a look at a few Christmas card photo ideas to inspire you this winter.

  1. Dress up in coordinated Christmas outfits.
  2. Steal a kiss under the mistletoe.
  3. Pose as your favourite Christmas characters.
  4. Snap a pic of your favourite Christmas activity.
  5. Recreate a photo from Christmases past.
  6. Celebrate the New Year.

1. Dress up in coordinated Christmas outfits.

When you’re sending out a Christmas card, you want your family to present a united front. And one of the best ways to create that sense of unity from a visual perspective is festive, coordinated outfits.

How you coordinate your outfits is totally up to you, whether you go with identical outfits or a broader clothing theme. For example, you and your family might snap a photo in matching pyjamas, a variety of fun Christmas jumpers or in the clothing of your choice—maybe in a seasonal palette of red, green or gold.

VistaPrint Tip

It’s important for your Christmas outfits to coordinate, but it’s also important for those outfits to work with your Christmas card design. Make sure the outfits you choose fit well with your card’s theme or colour palette.

2. Steal a kiss under the mistletoe.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without sneaking a kiss underneath the mistletoe. So, why not recreate that sweet (and iconic!) Christmas moment for your card? It’s so easy to set the stage… all you need is a sprig of mistletoe, your partner and a camera. Add a comedic element by getting your pet involved—there’s nothing like a slobbery dog kiss for Christmas, right?

3. Pose as your favourite Christmas characters.

Christmas is full of plenty of iconic, memorable characters… so why not use those figures as inspiration for your photo? Dressing up as your favourite Christmas characters is one of the funnier Christmas card photo ideas—and an idea that can be loads of festive fun for you and your family. Kids can dress up as Christmas elves, parents can don a Father Christmas or Frosty the Snowman costume…you could even slap some antlers on your pup and make them Rudolph!

4. Snap a pic of your favourite Christmas activity.

When you think of Christmas, what’s the first activity that comes to mind? Is it baking biscuits? Wrapping gifts? Dancing around your living room to your favourite Christmas tunes? Whatever your favourite Christmas activity, use it as a photo op for your Christmas card!

5. Recreate a photo from Christmases past.

If you have a favourite photo from a previous Christmas, recreating it could be a fun photo op for your Christmas card. Maybe you have a favourite Christmas photo from when you were a child—recreate it as an adult, and use a collage-style Christmas card to feature both photos side-by-side. Did you get your dog as a Christmas gift a few years ago—and have a photo of your puppy with a bow on their collar, sitting in a wrapped Christmas box? Snap that same photo of your now-adult dog and use it as the centrepiece for your Christmas card design.

6. Celebrate the New Year.

The Christmas season culminates with the celebration of the New Year. And while New Year’s isn’t necessarily the most common theme for a Christmas card, snapping a New Year’s-inspired photo for your card could be a great way to try something different.

Try staging an early New Year’s celebration and put that photo on your card. Dress up in fun New Year’s memorabilia (like 2022 sunglasses or hats) or dress up in your New Year’s best and pose in front of a banner… and don’t forget to have fun with it!

VistaPrint Tip

Worried your Christmas cards won’t arrive by 25th December? Swap in a ‘Happy New Year’ message instead to buy yourself a few extra days.

How to choose the best photo for your Christmas card

These Christmas card photo ideas are a great starting point for deciding what kind of photo you want to take for your Christmas card. But once you choose a theme and snap your photos, how do you pick the right picture to feature on this year’s card?

  • Gather all your photos together. You can’t choose the best photo for your Christmas card if you don’t have all the photos in front of you. Before you start narrowing down your options, make sure you have your entire gallery of photos available, organised and ready for review.
  • Pare down the less-than-perfect options. There are all sorts of things that can go wrong with photos. For example, the photo might be blurry—or one of your family members might have their eyes closed. Scan through your photos and eliminate any that have obvious issues.
  • Narrow it down to the photos that make you smile. Christmas cards are all about spreading joy for the season—you want your loved ones to smile when they open your card. Keep that in mind when you’re looking through your photos and choosing one for your Christmas card.
  • Consider your Christmas card layout. When choosing which photo to feature on your Christmas card, it’s important to consider the card’s layout. Is it portrait or landscape? Is there a front side and a reverse side? While you have the option to crop your photo to fit the space, it’s generally easier to choose a photo that already matches the card’s layout.
  • Get your family’s sign-off. You may have a photo you love for your Christmas card. But if you’re sending the card on behalf of your family, you might want to make sure they love the photo just as much as you do. Before you choose a final photo, make sure all your family members are on board—and, if not, ask them to help you choose a better alternative.