When the holidays roll around, you know that means it’s time for some Christmas family photos! Sending out a holiday card is a great way to wish your friends and family members season’s greetings while showing off a recent photo of your family. Which, if there’s a new little one involved, means you might need some good family Christmas photo ideas with a baby!
Whether it’s baby’s first Christmas or YOUR first Christmas with a baby, finding ways to capture your little bundle of joy in a creative way can be a really fun and heartwarming experience.
If you hire a professional photographer to do a family Christmas photoshoot, they will likely be able to help you come up with ideas or show you their portfolio so you can find what you like.
If you go more DIY, it is still fully possible to get some incredible photos when you know how to prepare. Check out these amazing Christmas photo ideas with a baby for some inspiration!
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Family Christmas Photo Ideas With a Baby: Everyone
Here are some great ideas that include the entire family! Whether you’re planning a family photo shoot for your first baby or bringing your newest addition into the fold, there are so many creative ways to take a winter family photo!
Photo Ideas With Parents + Baby
These family Christmas photo ideas are perfect for your newly-formed family of three!
Taking family Christmas photos in the comfort of your own living room is never a bad idea, especially when the weather makes an outdoor photo session less than ideal! I love the idea of having your baby unwrap a present. It’s candid and super sweet!
Snow, flannel, a Christmas tree and an old red truck? The perfect recipe for some positively charming family Christmas photos! While not everyone may have access to everything in this backdrop, you could easily recreate the same idea for an equally adorable effect!
When in doubt, you can never go wrong with taking photos outside of your festively-decorated house!
A neutral color palette and freshly-fallen snow make this a sweet and simple family photo session idea! I love the natural smiles!
Same photo shoot as above, but this time, sitting in the snow with a nice plaid blanket and more sweet smiles!
Both parents kissing baby from either side is an adorable shot and makes a perfect greeting card!
I love the use of candy canes as props. Held up in the shape of a heart, they frame baby’s face perfectly!
The beautiful fir trees and the soft, neutral color palette makes this photo really easy on the eyes!
Another great shot to get is this over-the-shoulder view of the parents doting on their sweet little guy or gal!
For a classic, almost “retro” look, having the family sit in a tier is another great way to get some lovely Christmas card photos!
I’m a big fan of candid shots, and this one is really sweet! The fairy lights add a soft, warm glow and makes the whole space look even cozier!
Another gorgeous “baby in the middle” shot, but with Mom kissing baby and Dad kissing Mom… it’s enough to make your heart melt!
Kiss attack! Aside from how lovely the shot is, I love the muted greens and twinkling Christmas lights in the background! You really don’t need snow to get some amazing family Christmas photos, just happy faces!
The soft whites and sweet family hug in this photo instantly put you in a good mood!
Casual family photos in matching or coordinating pajamas are a favorite, and for good reason. They really capture that holiday spirit!
A squishy-face kiss: I dare you to find a better family Christmas photo idea with a baby! Adding a Santa hat just ups the cuteness factor!
The soft, natural light and complementary red and green color palette give this photo a calm, gentle look that really offsets the busyness that the holiday season tends to bring.
A soft blanket with contrasting white and red instantly capture the whimsical feeling of the holidays without too many props. I love how effortlessly the red ornaments make the bare trees look magical!
If you have pine trees available to you as a backdrop, why not take advantage of them? Wearing shades of red really help make the photo pop without much work!
Parents + 2
When your family Christmas photos involve more than one child, that just means more opportunities for super cute, memorable shots!
There’s nothing sweeter than showing that sibling love, especially with a new baby!
A bird’s eye view shot of the family snuggling in their matching PJs is a creative way to get some candid-looking photos without worrying about anyone getting uncomfortable!
Once again, a pine forest takes the cake for idyllic family Christmas photo locations. The sweetness in this photo is just heartbreaking!
Props can be a fun way to add some holiday spice to your family photos. Choose your favorite Christmas storybook and have a family read-along in front of the Christmas tree. Santa hats optional!
I love the use of Christmas decorations here! In the first picture, you have a typical family photo posed on a bench. But in the next one, “Santa” comes to town… with toys! What a cool idea!
Simple and sweet: matching jammies in front of the tree. With two kids, it’s easy to wrangle photos with one child on each parent’s lap!
Here’s an easy way to get outdoor photos without your babies getting too cold: wrap everybody in a festive blanket and scootch in close!
When there’s snow on the ground, you have the advantage of a clean, white background that makes all the other colors in the photo pop!
Once again, matching Christmas pajamas for the win! Even the family dog gets to be in on the fun!
For a creative bird’s eye shot, have everyone lay on the ground with their heads together and smile for the camera!
Parents + More Than 2 Kiddos
Most of these Christmas family photo ideas (and the ones above) will work great for any size family, but I’m still separating them into sections for easy reference!
Get caught under the mistletoe for a cute, creative photo op!
Adding a wreath as a prop is an easy way to add a focal point without distracting too much from the family. Pops of red help set off a nice contrast as well!
This is a cool editing idea that you could bring up to your photographer: black and white with one color. In this case, red scarfs that pop out against the snowy background!
Getting all the siblings in one shot is also a good idea, especially if they’re in cute matching pajamas like these!
Photo Ideas With Baby: One-On-One
Here are some great family photo ideas that involve one parent or sibling at a time interacting with baby!
A great action shot to get is of baby putting a Christmas ornament on the tree… with the help of mom or dad, of course!
Another sweet example that involves baby and some Christmas ornaments!
Candid shots in front of the Christmas tree are a great way to capture those special moments one-on-one! (Matching jammies optional!)
A sweet, whimsical shot of siblings admiring some Christmas lights. I love the storybook quality of this photo! It really captures a sense of childhood wonder.
Have one parent read a favorite Christmas book to baby for a cute, festive shot!
Let the Christmas decorations you’ve already put up do the work as the backdrop and let those sweet, natural smiles shine through!
I love the idea of doing some humorous shots! It looks like this little elf woke up Daddy from his long winter’s nap. Too cute!
Share a holiday treat or cold glass of milk for a simply adorable one-on-one shot!
Family Christmas Photos With Just Baby
You may also want to get some creative photos with just baby, and these ideas are perfect for capturing those sweet, chubby smiles!
Can’t resist a little creative humor! This little gingerbread man looks good enough to eat… all he’s missing is his gingerbread house (another good prop idea)!
Someone just cut down his first Christmas tree! If you have one of these little red cars, why not use it as a creative prop?
Warm Christmas lights add a nice touch to any holiday photo, including one with baby as the subject!
Looks like somebody got into Santa’s cookies and milk! Oh well… totally worth it!
Using a letter board is an easy way to add a little personalization to your baby Christmas pictures… of course, the adorable baby and Christmas socks help, too!
The best Christmas present ever!
Milk and cookies really do make the perfect prop! Utilizing holiday pillows as a backdrop is also a nice idea!
You know I can’t do an article like this without mentioning twins at least once! Of course any of these ideas will work WONDERFULLY with twins but I like this special tribute!
Baby in a basket keeps them from crawling or walking away… maybe just long enough to get a good picture!
Christmas Family Photo Sessions
Just a few family photo session examples that combine some of the shots shown above! Never hurts to have more ideas!
Family Christmas Photo Ideas With Baby: Final Thoughts
This truly is the most wonderful time of the year, and capturing that feeling in family photos is a really sweet way to celebrate the holiday season and show how much your little family has grown!
Whether it’s your first time taking family photos or your fifteenth, I hope these lovely ideas help you get those perfect Christmas card photos!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from my family to yours!
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