10 Easy Tips to Style Your Family Holiday Card Photos Like a Pro

10 Easy Tips to Style Your Family Holiday Card Photos Like a Pro


It’s that time of year again when parents send their kids to school and fall seems to leap into warp speed. Next thing we know, holiday cards will be arriving. Just this week, someone asked me how I would be styling my family for our Christmas cards this year.


For the first six years of my daughter’s life, I dressed her in Christmas attire and took pictures in December, in hopes to send out Christmas cards before the new year arrived. Not only did our last minute DIY photography sessions add stress to our family, but we also missed opportunities to capture our family in photographs.


Whether you hire a professional photographer for your family photos or enlist the skills of an acquaintance, how do you dress your family that looks classic and reflects your personality?


10 Easy Tips to Style Your Family Holiday Card Photos Like a Pro


1.Contact your favorite photographer and tentatively schedule a session for October or early November. If you don’t have one, think of the holiday cards you’ve admired and ask your friends and family for recommendations. If you don’t order your cards directly from your photographer, and have obtained copyright releases for your images, I recommend ordering your cards from stationery sites. Sites like Tiny Prints, Minted, Shutterfly or Vista Print offer deep discounts around Thanksgiving. These sites and Pinterest are great for styling inspiration as well.


2.For clothing styling inspiration, scour your closets. Search for seasonal appropriate attire such as cardigans, vests, sweaters, jackets, scarves and hats. Ask yourself, what do you and your family look fabulous in. Does it need to be pressed or hemmed? Attend to those details. Even select the shoes each person will be wearing. Consider the color of tights or leggings for girls.


3.Choose two main colors for your style palette.


4.Add a pop of color to one person.


5.Style at least one person in a pattern with one of the colors from your palette.


6.Tie your look together with an accessory like a scarf, hat or gloves.


7.Reach out to family or friends to borrow accessories.


8.Physically lay out all of your options for each person grouped together. I do this on a sofa or the floor.



9.Snap some shots of your options to visualize the grouping. Our photographer possesses a gift for styling and I send her pics for suggestions and approval.


10.Take a couple of extra accessories in a tote for additional options during your session.


Bonus: Arrive early to your session. Then relax, enjoy and smile.


What other styling tips do you incorporate? Please share in the comments. We look forward to seeing your holiday cards.