It may still be August, but it’s time to start thinking about holiday photos! Photographers’ schedules fill up very quickly towards the end of the year, and it’s not something you want to be worrying about mid-December. Last year I hired a photographer to come to my home for a ‘Christmas Lifestyle Shoot.’ It was one of the funnest things I’ve ever done, and our family will treasure those photos forever! Our shoot was scheduled for the first week of December, so I started decorating the house immediately after Halloween. Our tree was up on November 1st! Now is also a great time to start getting holiday decorations before they get too picked over. Hobby Lobby is a great place to get decorations and they typically discount theirs 40–50% right now.
To prepare for the shoot, I came up with a few themes. I knew I wanted pictures in front of our fireplace and Christmas tree, but I also wanted some fun, more candid ones. First off, I styled our kitchen counter with cookie baking supplies, including cookie dough, frosting, and sprinkles. We were able to get lots of photos of our kids decorating/baking Christmas cookies and they turned out so cute!
We also have a tradition of giving our kids Christmas pajamas every year, so I knew I wanted pictures of them jumping on the bed in their new jammies.
A few other ideas I came up with, but didn’t carry out were:
- Pictures on the front porch with snow boots, winter clothes, cute scarves, etc.
- Building a snowman as a family
- Drinking hot chocolate around the table together
- The kids reading Christmas books together
I loved that these pictures were something different than your typical studio holiday family picture. It included our home and some of our traditions and made them so personal. I would highly recommend doing a holiday lifestyle shoot if you can!!
Photography Credit: Sweet Paislee Pictures