Looking for some photo inspiration to document your baby’s first holiday season? From the sweetest pics of first snowfalls to getting entangled up in glowing Christmas lights, here are a dozen set-ups that are sure to wow family and friends.

The iconic Christmas story and a holiday-appropriate outfit are the only props you need for this sweet photo. This is a great choice if your baby isn’t yet crawling or sitting up. Wait until tummy time (or until they’re snoozing) to place them on an open copy of "Twas the Night Before Christmas.” photo: Erin Joyce Photography

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O Christmas Tree

Get out the stepladder to take photos of your baby from a fresh angle. Turn on the tree lights for a warm glow on your baby's face and shoot from above to get part of the tree and your baby gazing up at its glory.

Let It Snow

Bundle up your baby and takes shots in the first snowfall. Position yourself in front of a darker background that shows the snowflakes coming down around you.

This Little Light of Mine

This shot takes some time to set up, but the results are worth it. Carefully wrap your diaper-clad baby in a string of lit Christmas lights. Use bulbs that stay cool to the touch, and don’t leave your baby unattended around the lights. Experiment with different backgrounds to capture the brightness of the bulbs. This photographer created a fort of sorts with a blanket to allow for extra glow.

Stocking Stuffer

This shot only works when babies are small, so enjoy it while you can. Gently slide your baby into a large Christmas stocking and let the cuteness just happen. Snap that photo quickly while your little one still thinks it’s funny, or, with newborns, set up a shot while they’re sleeping.

Bunny Hill

If you're a family who enjoys winter sports, set your baby up in a snow suit and goggles on a little hill for photos with a personal touch. You and your child will love looking back on their first experience on the ski hill.

All That Glitters

Here's another shot that takes advantage of a beautifully decorated tree. Place your baby in front of the tree clad in just a diaper or a holiday outfit, then position yourself on the floor in front of them and snap away at all the smiles and cute expressions. The drool is optional but hilarious.

Wrap It Up

No matter how you do it—tying a big red bow or attaching a bunch of stick-on gift bows—taking a photo of your baby all wrapped up for the holidays is a fun way to convey what a gift they are to you.

Baby, It's Cold Outside

This winter wonderland shot includes a challenge: Get a sweet shot of your crawling baby with untouched, fluffy snow all around them. You may need to practice in one spot and then switch to a different area once you get the hang of how to shoot it.

The Before Shot

On Christmas morning, take a few minutes before all the wrapping ripping starts to photograph your wide-eyed and happy little one nestled among unopened presents or holding on to an overflowing Christmas stocking.

Spirit of the Season

All you need for this memorable photo op is a pair of holiday jammies and a festively patterned blanket or quilt, ideally in coordinated colors or patterns. And ta-da, you'll have an instant holiday keeper.

Santa Baby

With a mini Santa suit or just the iconic red hat, you can dress your newbie up like Santa for a few snaps. Make it a family shot so you’ll always remember how things were that magical first Christmas.

—Julie Seguss

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