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6 Photo Ideas for Baby's First Christmas

So it’s your baby’s first Christmas and you want to take family photos. Now what? Whether your baby is an infant, sitter or toddler, I’ve listed out 6 photo ideas for your baby’s first Christmas. If you’d like ideas about how to incorporate holiday items and family members that add to your family’s Christmas photo session, keep reading below!

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  1. lighting

The master bedroom in this home had quite a bit of natural light so we took advantage. We sat the baby on the bed and faced him towards the window. This helped to illuminate him and create catch lights in his eyes. I also loved that the bedding was simple so it naturally allows the focus to be on him!

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2. focus on the details

It wouldn’t be a Christmas photo shoot without some holiday items! I suggest keeping it simple for the shots with the baby. I love a naked baby because you get to see their adorable little body and chunky baby fat! Mom and Dad had some Christmas socks and a hat they wanted to incorporate so we decided to keep it simple so that the focus could be on the little guy and his first Christmas!

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3. use lights

Mom had the idea to use the Christmas lights and I loved how they turned out! Little ones love putting things in their mouth so you’ll want to be a little close to them just in case they decide it’s a fun toy to put in their mouth. When you plug in the Christmas lights it be easier if you turn off the overhead light. This will help to create the natural look that isn’t too bright. Keep in mind these Christmas lights can get hot if plugged in for an extended amount of time so I would take as many shots as you can before the lights get too warm for baby.

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4. include family traditions / keepsakes

Of course it’s the baby’s first Christmas but we also want to document this special time with Mom and Dad! You can get creative with these. If there is a tradition a family has during the holidays such as kissing under the mistletoe, feel free to incorporate that into a family photo!

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5. wear family christmas pajamas

I typically wouldn’t suggest everyone wearing the exact same thing during a typical non-holiday family session, but with this being a Christmas theme, we can’t forget Christmas clothes! I just loved how adorable they are with their Christmas jammies. I might have to shop around this year just to have a photo like this!

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6. minclude the pets

Pets are part of the family! Mom and Dad had this pup before the baby was born so it would be unfair to not include him in the family photos. I just love the pup’s reaction in the photos. Can you tell he is excited?

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If you have any ideas about how to create fun and unique holiday family photos, I’d love to read your ideas below!

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We had so much fun today reading books, playing with puzzles, eating a snack, playing with toys, playing airplane with mommy, and really just seeing what Cole had in mind to do. I love capturing the way she and he look and adore each other. Mom is a local photographer so it's always fun to give her some fresh images of her and her little snugglebug!

That's what lifestyle is all about. Capturing real life. If you are interested in booking a family session, get in touch with me by filling out this contact form and we can get something on the calendar! Can't wait to meet you! 

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With Mom and Dad being first time parents, it's not hard to believe that it takes lots of work and patience to comfort and soothe a new baby, that does not yet know what's going on in the world!

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this is an image of a toddler boy getting a kiss on the cheek from his Mom
this is an image of a mom holding her toddler son while he holds his baby blanket and laughs with Mom
this is an image of a young toddler boy who is leaning on the couch and making a silly face to his mother
this is an image of a mother holding her toddler boy and kissing him on the cheek, while the toddler looks at the camera
this is an image of a toddler child boy holding onto sprinkles, waiting for his Mom to get his birthday cake for his first birthday
this is an image of a toddler child  boy that is standing next to a bench, wearing jeans over his diaper and holding his chin
this is an image of a toddler child boy sitting on the floor, in front of a happy birthday sign, with his fingers in his birthday cake
this is an image of a toddler child boy, smearing birthday cake icing all over his bare chest, with birthday cake icing on his face
this is an image of a toddler child boy, with birthday cake icing on his face, licking icing off of his mother's finger and smiling
this is an image of a toddler young child boy, sitting on the floor with birthday cake icing all over his face and body
this is an image of a young toddler child boy, eating birthday cake with his hand, and wiping birthday cake frosting onto his face
this is an image of a toddler child boy, eating his birthday cake, with icing on his face, and a dog eating the birthday cake off of the floor

I enjoy photographing the littlest of moments during in home lifestyle sessions. I'd love to join the party for an upcoming birthday or come over on a Saturday morning to capture some snuggles and snacks! If you're interested in booking a lifestyle session, head on over to the contact page to connect! Here's some more blog posts for ya!

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