How to Take the Perfect Family Holiday Photo Yourself

The holidays can be a mad house, especially with a large family. But amid the chaos, we still want the perfect holiday photo to post to social media on Christmas day. So how do we achieve it?

How to Take the Perfect Family Holiday Photo

You could always hire a pro photographer but they can be expensive, and their schedules fill up quickly. If you want to save yourself some money, try taking your family photo shoot yourself! Here are my top tips for taking the perfect family holiday photo.

Schedule the Photo Session in Advance

You should schedule the photo session well in advance of the holidays- like early Fall. This gives everyone in your family the opportunity to see it on the calendar and schedule their events around it. 

And scheduling in advance gives you plenty of time to make sure you have all the right props and accessories to snap your best!

Order Matching Apparel

I love seeing photos of families with their matching pajamas or shirts on social media. And there is no better time to pull it off than during the holidays! 

If you don't want to invest in the full pajama getup for your entire family, try getting a matching holiday-themed t-shirt or sweatshirt for the whole crew. Then have everyone wear dark-wash jeans or the same-colored bottoms.

Or if you want us to design something original, let us know!

Create the Ideal Setup

Now here's the fun part: setting it all up! Choose a place to gather your family and take your photo. It can be on the couch in the living room, in the bed, or outside in the yard. Make it fun and exciting! And most of all, make sure it reflects your style.

Here are the three items I use almost every day to get amazing photos: 

Set up the tripod (with your phone in the holder) about 6 feet from your family. If you are outdoors, choose a place where your family is facing the sun. For indoors, place the small ring light just above your phone/tripod setup.

For the best quality, use your back-facing camera!

Then, you can set your timer and jump in the photo. Or connect a shutter remote via Bluetooth and snap away!

Bonus! Record Your Session

If you have an additional smartphone or device, take the time to record your photo attempts. Place your secondary device behind your phone/device setup. And push the record button right before getting started. This will make for hilarious footage, especially if your family has a few failed attempts before the perfect photo appears.

Share clips from your behind-the-scenes photo session as a time-lapse on TikTok or IG Reels with a relevant song and funny caption. And tag us @ellholidayco so we can see!

How are you planning to show off your family's holiday spirit this year?


Welcome to the ELL Holiday Co. Blog!

My name is Steph! I'm the creator and owner of ELL Holiday Co!

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