Family during holiday card photo shoot

What to Wear For Your Holiday Card Photo Shoot

The leaves are beginning to fall and the weather is turning just a tad bit colder – before you know it, the holiday season will be upon us! We know that Holiday Cards are on just about everyone’s holiday to-do list. Before you stress yourself out on what to wear, follow these six tips.


Try on outfits beforehand.

So, you picked out the perfect outfit. Then, you try it on only for it to look unflattering or generally not as photogenic as you had hoped. Avoid this by trying on your outfit – and maybe snapping some pics on your own with your phone – before you commit to using it in your shoot.

what to wear holiday card photo shoot

Be yourself.

If you hate hats, why force yourself in one for your holiday card? Similarly, if your child refuses to wear any type of hair accessory, why make them grumpy while on set for your photo shoot? Be yourself and be comfortable – it’ll show in your photos!

holiday card outfit ideas


Embrace the weather.

Don’t forget about Mother Nature during your photo shoot. If it’s taking place in early October and the fall temperatures haven’t *quite* shown up yet, don’t bundle up so much that you’re sweating the entire photo shoot. Conversely, if your shoot is taking place during snowfall, don’t risk frostbite to showcase one particular outfit.

attire for holiday card pictures

Don’t worry about matching exactly.

Leave the uniforms to the private schools. Instead of opting for 100% matching exactly, pick a theme of complementary colors, like certain neutrals.

Family holiday photoshoot

It doesn’t have to be only red and green.

Yes, you’re going to see red and green everywhere come November 1. But, you don’t have to pigeonhole yourself into these two colors. You can demonstrate the holiday season by writing the perfect greeting.


Use the scenery to pick colors.

If you’re being photographing with a white, snowy backdrop, pick out some bright jewel tones — like rubies and evergreens — so you pop. If your shoot is taking place in a colorful Christmas tree farm, try some beige colors or neutral blues.

Now that you’re looking picture perfect, it’s time to pick out your cards! Browse our holiday cards today.

Thanks to Self Image Photography, Jenna Mace Photography, I Dream in Flowers, for their imagery in this post!

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