Unique photoshoot ideas for the Christmas season.

‘Tis the season for stunning holiday photos. Get great ideas for creative Christmas photoshoots with this simple guide.

Christmas cheer makes for great holiday photo opportunities. You don’t have to follow stodgy yuletide traditions with your pictures, though. This year, shoot festive, creative photographs with the help of these Christmas photoshoot ideas.

Photoshoot ideas for capturing Christmas cheer.

  1. Embrace all the Christmas colors: With color photography, you can capture all the reds, whites, golds, and greens of the season at their most vivid. Color can enrich your holiday photoshoot in myriad ways — from cleverly staged decorative objects to swirls of colored lights, anything goes.
  2. Capture the action: A lot goes into making the holidays happen, which makes Christmas preparations a great subject for action photography. Vary your shutter speed to capture all the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle in unique holiday photos.
  3. Create bokeh effects with Christmas lights: The bokeh effect blurs a photo’s background for dramatic impact. Christmas lights provide a golden opportunity to shoot your holiday portraits against a shining background.
  4. Shoot the ornaments: Many families are proud of their unique Christmas ornaments, which makes them perfect subjects for photos. Garlands, wreathes, tree ornaments, and other decorations all make amazing still-life-photography subjects.
  5. Use exotic locations: Not every place in the world gets a white Christmas, but holiday photos from nontraditional Christmas locations can still be just as good. Holiday decorations on a palm tree or a family portrait on the beach with Christmas hats are sure to make for memorable pictures.

Enhance the holiday spirit with photo editing.

Good editing software, like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, helps you get more out of your holiday shots. You can easily adjust color and lighting with Lightroom presets, shift focus, add special effects, and more for truly holly-jolly Christmas photos.

Use these holiday photoshoot tips to make Santa Claus look his best — no matter where in the world he visits you. Discover more great photography tips for photographers of all skill levels. Unlock your creative potential today with Lightroom.