Is it that time of the year again? We get so busy in November and December that it is a natural desire to slow down, reflect on what is really most important in life, and show your gratitude. It is also the time of the year when we start getting holiday cards from family, friends, and colleagues. Some are hilarious, some are funny, and some are so creative that they deserve to be framed and adorn our homes as wall art.
Be honest, we all thrive to make our annual family portrait photo so memorable that it becomes the talk at the holiday table for years to come. Our graphic designers and creative team members looked through hundreds of unusual Christmas cards to bring you the best of the best so your next family photo shoot could be relaxing, funny, and creative. They are all inspired by Christmas carols that we all know and love, so turn on your favorite music, grab a cup of your favorite drink, and take a well-deserved break.
1. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”
Winter wonderland, snow, the magic of the season – it’s all captured in that shot. The composition is masterfully defined and leaves room to breathe. Just a perfect wintery shot for a very special holiday card!
2. It’s A Wonderful Life
As a reflection on how busy family life can be, this hilarious family portrait deserves a special mention. Love the fall foliage colors that compliment the scarf and the contrast of blue and gold! It evokes the feelings of joy with a touch of humor – signs of a loving family and a great idea for unique Christmas photo card. (Just make sure no kids are harmed in the process…) Source: Pinterest
3. ‘Twas the night before Christmas…
As photos of kids with Santa become a right of passage for the season, we can all recall exhausting lines at the mall. Kids get tired and cranky and instead of a cheerful little toddler on Santa’s lap, we can get a crying baby. Or a sleeping baby. This is a humorous take on a timeless classic that causes no stress for the family and will bring a smile to everyone who will get your creative holiday card. An artistic layer of brush strokes gives this photo some vintage flair. Source: dailydot.com
4. “O Christmas Tree…”
A family outing to a Christmas Tree farm can be your new tradition for the holidays. It gives everyone great memories of fun family times, lets us slow down to enjoy the season, and an opportunity for a warm yet candid family photo. What a great idea and a wonderful choice for a holiday backdrop! Source: natyouraveragegirl
5. FA LA LA LA LA
This joyous holiday card idea has seen many variations over the years – families jumping up in the air holding hands. What makes this shot unique? Composition. Note: you may need a professional photographer to achieve similar results for your funny family portrait. Source: bubbaloophotography.com
6. “Do you hear what I hear?”
This one was voted by our team as one of the favorite shots. Lighting, contrast, outer glow, and the unique idea create a memorable moment that is so worth capturing! The result will be a creative holiday card that deserves to be an art canvas print on your wall. So get inspired, find your own unforgettable moment, and spread the joy. Source: Pinterest
7. “Silent Night…”
Funny! This family photo can become a personalized holiday card. Though the theme is not original anymore as it has gained some popularity thanks to social media. But we all want just some peace and quiet so a silent night sounds great to all exhausted adults. Guaranteed – it will bring a smile to all who open an envelope with your unique card. Make sure to use common sense and practice some basic safety rules… Source: Pinterest
8. “Angels we have heard on high …”
This is a masterpiece by a professional photo studio and can be such a cute Christmas card! So, if you have a new baby and due to budget constraints want to combine sending birth announcements and holiday cards, it may be a great route to take. Beautiful photos to cherish your newborn angel and to send holiday cheers to everyone on your list! Source: bubbaloophotography.com
9. “He’ll be comin’ down the chimney…”
We love, love, love this spontaneous family shot! Everything is working here: theme, light colors, the warmth of a fireplace, the twinkle of miniature lights on the mantel, and just a feeling of a fun family game night in anticipation of a Christmas miracle … What a lovely idea for the best Christmas card ever! Source: shutterfly.com/ideas
10. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside…”
One of the traditional shots in festive red PJs makes such a memorable family portrait and can become a very cute Christmas card. If you live in a hot climate where it never snows, consider renting a cabin in the mountains for some skiing, snowboarding, snowball fighting, and just pure family fun. Memories will last longer than gifts… Source: kristendukephotography.com
11. “You know Dasher and Dancer…”
Cuteness overload, a baby and his ‘rein-dog’ will warm up the hearts of everyone, not just grandparents. The link takes you to a step-by-step DIY tutorial for a baby Santa and his rein-dog costume – perfect for a budget-conscious parent. Source: DIY via tinylittlebee.com
12. “The First Noel…”
Baby’s first Christmas is a very special time and a must-to-capture for family photo archives. This example is a wonderful photo portrait by Lisa Holloway, an award-winning fine art portrait photographer residing in rural Northwestern Arizona. Source: by Lisa Holloway
13. “Deck the Halls…”
Some people really go out for the holidays and decorate everything, including family pets. And some dogs really like to think they are Christmas trees… Can this shot be turned into a funny and creative holiday card? It is for you to decide if you can manage to keep your dogs sitting still to capture the moment.
14. “Dashing Through The Snow…”
Cute, cute, cute – what a great idea for a creative card! The snow overlay adds some nostalgia to this simple family shot and kids always look great, especially in little cars with little Christmas trees. It’s a winner! Source: Pinterest
15. “Dear Santa, I can explain…”
This is a great Holiday card to send out to friends for a single dog-loving fashionista – playful and with a touch of humor.
16. “Let It Snow!”
In a festive array of holiday cards, we mostly see happy smiling families – and this is great. But if you want your card to stand out and be memorable, you can try something different this season. The nostalgia of simple farmhouse-style rustic Christmas, the smell of freshly-cut Christmas tree, and hot chocolate by the fire: “Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful, And since we’ve no place to go, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
17. “Oh Holy Night…”
And we saved the best for last: magical photography by Elena Shumilova who captured some unforgettable images of her kids growing up. Her secret to catching that perfect moment? “When photographing children, the single most important thing is to photograph them often—every day.” Source: elenashumilova.smugmug.com