The holiday season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get started on those photo cards. You don’t need to be an artist or Pinterest pro to find a clever photo theme or card design. Scroll down for 9 ideas that will inspire you and let your baby shine.

Santa’s Legs as a Backdrop

If your baby is a bit wobbly, leaning against Santa’s legs will help you get the shot. This photo idea from Precious Moments Photography gives you a whole new way to incorporate Mr. Claus as a backdrop so your little darling stands out.


Baby in a Gift Box

Babies are a gift, and what better way to show that? You’ll need minimal props for this idea from Laura Simson Photography. To create your gift box, cut off the flaps on one side and wrap the box in colorful paper. Add a big bow — to both the box and your baby — and pop your little one inside.

Getting the Tree Home

No tears here. This is one photo shoot your baby will love to be a part of. Fetch a mini Christmas tree, attach it to a toy car, and create your own little slice of holiday magic that everyone will be talking about for years to come.

Baby Got Into Santa’s Cookies

Is your little one mischievous? A Christmassy backdrop and some milk and cookies are all you need to let their personality shine through, thanks to this idea from Billi Jo Piunno Photography. Letting your child focus on cookies rather than the camera will help you get some funny, joyful shots.

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Introduce your baby to family and friends and get a classic holiday tune stuck in their heads at the same time with this sweet holiday card idea. To get it, take a sleepy photo of your newborn and send that with their birth info to Etsy shop ViriLovelyDesigns. They’ll create a proof for you to approve before creating the final product, and you can choose to receive the printed cards or a PDF to have printed elsewhere.

Baby’s First Sandman

If you’re dreaming of a sunny Christmas, take advantage of the coastline for your kiddo’s holiday card debut. Take a cue from Danielle May Photography, and help your munchkin build a sandman that will transport your friends and family out of the polar vortex and into a seaside paradise.

A Dr. Seuss Christmas

Grumpy baby or giggly baby; either one works for this photo theme. It combines two classic Suess tales in one photo with a handmade crochet hat and bow tie from the Etsy shop TheTwistedK. You provide the book, and your baby can provide the attitude.

Sleeping in the Ornaments

Use an assortment of colorful ornaments in deep jewel tones, classic red and green, or gold and white for this card idea from Shanna Simpson. Mix in glittery, matte and traditional bulbs for extra dimension, and let your beautiful baby shine in the center.

Playing in the Christmas Lights

With white holiday lights, legwarmers and a fluffy mat, you can re-create this cozy holiday photo from Red Lotus Photography. Vary the shot by swapping out the leg warmers for a Santa hat or any other cute holiday gear you want to show off.


What is your favorite holiday card theme? Let us know in the comments! 

— Natasha Davis & Eva Ingvarson Cerise



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