Each December, families and friends around the world get together for their annual Christmas photo. Not only does it capture a long-lasting memory of that moment in time, but it doubles as a wonderful cover for their Christmas cards. If you’re struggling for inspiration on how to outdo last year’s photo, then check out these unforgettable family photos for ideas.
1. Forget cheese — we’re doing Blue Steel
Get your Zoolander on, and try out your best Blue Steel look. Don’t smile — you’re trying to look fierce.
2. Camouflage yourself as a Christmas tree
Take a leaf from Lady Gaga, and dress up as a Christmas tree.
3. Turn up the temperature
There’s nothing like setting your nana’s pulse racing and letting her get an eyeful of your boyfriend’s manly chest.
4. The purr-fect pose
Cats are part of the family too, so there’s no reason they shouldn’t be dressed up in Christmasy outfits and coaxed into posing with you.
5. Everyone loves Santa Claus
No big, happy family photo is complete without a Father Christmas impersonator. Now everyone, smile.
6. Go for the gold
Synchronize a snapshot capturing your children’s achievements.
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7. Wear matching pyjamas
What could possibly be cuter than matching PJs? A spray-on tan?
These family photos actually went out on Christmas cards. http://t.co/MCMsp7oa
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8. Strike a pose
A little (or a lot of) spiced eggnog may be just the ticket to feeling super comfortable in front of the camera.
9. Dress to impress
Never underestimate the magic of a Christmas-decorated vest to give your photos a festive feel.
10. Prove you’re happy
You might be contemplating divorce, but why should you let that ruin your annual Christmas photo?
11. Be united as one
There’s nothing like a Christmas photo in onesies so show off your solidarity as a couple.
12. The tackier, the better
Nothing says Christmas like matching kitch knitted sweaters.
13. The use of subtle humour
It looks like just another festive sweater — until you look closely at the reindeer ménage à trois.
14. Wear Christmas cardigans in a conga line
Admittedly, it’s a rather short conga line, but this idea for an unforgettable family photo has great potential.
15. Frozen in time
Once you’re obsessed with Frozen, it’s a little hard to let it go. Fans of the Disney movie will want to keep a Christmas card photo like this as a memento for years to come.
16. Au naturel
The kids’ psychotherapy bills will be worth the look on your parents’ faces when you take a leaf out of this family’s book and pose in the nude.
17. Go for the candid shot
Capture the absolute joy of Christmas on your children’s faces for next year’s card.
18. Be silly
Have a little fun with your family Christmas portraits — after all, it is the silly season.
19. Have fun with Photoshop
Use a photo editing program to add scary monsters, swap heads or turn it into a scene straight from a movie.
20. Capture it creatively
There are no hard and fast rules about taking Christmas photos. You needn’t be in Christmas attire standing by a Christmas tree.