The holiday season is the perfect time to get creative with your winter photography, starting with a Christmas photoshoot!
Whether you’re sitting fireside or walking in a winter wonderland, there are infinite ways to capture the season’s magic.
Here are 15 whimsical wintry photo ideas to spark your imagination – and your Instagram feed!
Cold weather days are the perfect opportunity to flex those indoor photography muscles.
In addition to staying toasty, you’ll already have plenty of compelling backdrop options by utilizing your existing holiday décor.
So once your “stockings are hung by the chimney with care,” why not write a letter to Santa?
In addition, you can spice up this Christmas photoshoot by incorporating a plate of cookies for Jolly Old St. Nick.
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is that it’s an excuse to binge watch all of the Christmas movies!
So what better way to cozy up for a Christmas photoshoot than with your favorite festive flick?
Setting up a Christmas movie shot is not only fun to do, but it’s super engaging for your audience!
Simply freeze frame a scene from your favorite flick (or work those Photoshop skills) to showcase your movie of choice on the big screen.
Next, fluff some pillows and get to shooting!
I’ve always admired the perspective of flat lays, especially when they include a human element.
So I decided to create my very own at-home festive human flat lay!
Flat lays are ideal when your environment isn’t especially engaging, as you can bring it to life by shooting from above.
They’re also perfect for those stay-at-home days, like when it’s especially cold out.
However, a flay lay is definitely a prop-heavy concept, so you’ll want to plan out your theme in advance.
In addition, these shots can be time-consuming, so be sure to allot enough time for the setup.
As a point of reference, the shot above took about an hour to arrange, not including the time it took to shoot!
The holiday season simply wouldn’t be complete without gift giving.
Fortunately, incorporating presents into your shots is a great way to convey the joy of the season.
Here are some fun & easy posing ideas for your present-focused photos:
- Wrap the presents
- Hold a stack of gift boxes with a bow on top
- Toss the boxes
Christmas photoshoot or otherwise, everyone can appreciate a good candy cane.
Plus, these tasty candies are actually a wonderfully compelling way to frame your shots!
My frame of choice is the candy cane heart. Just have your photographer turn two candy canes inward toward each other in front of the lens to form a heart!
Alternatively, you as the subject can also hold the candy canes and frame yourself.
This simple idea is super effective for making an otherwise ordinary scene much more eye-catching.
Nutcrackers are so charming and festive, especially the oversized ones.
Plus, they’re often found in pairs, which is perfect for creating a symmetrical shot.
Just center yourself in between these cuties and start snapping away!
My family always purchased a real Christmas tree throughout my childhood.
So naturally, one of my greatest joys during the holiday season is to select an authentic pine beauty from a tree farm!
These farms make the perfect natural setting for your wintertime photos, particularly with a festive pickup truck in tow!
Many shops and boutiques dress up their window displays in accordance with the holiday season.
Fortunately, a festive window display makes a beautiful backdrop for your Christmas photoshoot.
Here are a few fun posing ideas for a storefront shot:
- Hold a shopping bag with your holiday purchases
- Gaze at the shop window and admire the merchandise
- Twirl in the street in front of the window (Be mindful of cars!)
- Toss an item in the air to add some playfulness
What’s the holiday season without a good ol’ cup of cheer?
Not only do festive mugs make for charming photos, but you can also fill them with your favorite holiday beverage!
Here are some of my favorite “cups of cheer” to enjoy post-shoot:
- Hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps
- Gingerbread latte
- Spiked egg nog
- Mulled cider
- Mulled wine
One of the best ways to dress up your festive photos is simply by dressing up yourself!
For instance, a Christmas angel costume can make for some fun and creative shots.
Who doesn’t love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
Rudolph is a super simple costume idea; all you really need is some antlers and the iconic red nose.
I used a Christmas ball ornament for the nose, but you could also color your nose with red lipstick!
I’ve always loved a vintage aesthetic, so I figured Christmas was the perfect excuse to try this look on for size.
Here are some fun accessories to consider when creating your vintage look:
- Long white or black gloves
- Pillbox hat
- Faux fur shawl
- Pearl necklace
- Clutch purse
In addition, for some vintage prop inspiration, be sure to check out my ultimate guide of photoshoot props for bloggers. There are some super cute retro finds in there!
A powdery day means it’s time to whip out the camera!
A fresh snowfall makes a beautiful backdrop for any winter-themed photo.
You can also create a completely different vibe depending on how you style the shot.
Here are some snow day photo ideas to spark your creativity:
- Build a snowman
- Make a snow angel
- Go sledding
- Make a heart-shaped snowball
- Dance in the snow
- Collect snow in your hands and blow it
Why not take advantage of a snow day by enjoying a cold-weather treat?
Just grab a festive mug, load it up with marshmallows and cinnamon sticks, and find a pretty spot to use as your backdrop.
Just make sure to wear warm gloves or mittens to avoid bright red fingers!
Of course, no Christmas photoshoot would be complete without the highlight of the season: the tree!
A Christmas tree will literally make your winter photography sparkle and shine.
Whether you’re shooting your tree at home or heading outdoors, you can’t go wrong with this classic shot.
Here are some fun posing ideas for an indoor Christmas tree shot:
- Hang some ornaments
- Climb a ladder and put on the tree topper
- Admire the tree branches
- Hold a present underneath the tree
- Enjoy some Christmas cookies by the tree
Alternatively, for an outdoor shot, I recommend having your photographer capture you from behind as you admire the tree.
I hope this guide has inspired you to create some wintry magic of your own!
Even if you don’t have the luxury of a winter wonderland setting, incorporating some festive props can really work wonders.
Speaking of, be sure to check out my ultimate props guide for the perfect pieces to complement your frosty photography.
Here’s to a joyous season and to capturing those special moments to cherish for a lifetime!
Are you planning to take wintry photos or do a Christmas photoshoot of your own? What are some of your favorite ideas? Let me know in the comments below!