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The holidays are a special time of year for every family. Whatever your traditions or beliefs, there is no denying the warmth and love that defines the holiday season. The time at home, the warm fires, and the beautiful decorations give every family hearth and home a happy glow.

Yet, as with all good things, this merry time of year doesn’t last forever. That is why it is important to capture the Yuletide spirit with great family photos. Livnfresh loves Christmas and the Holiday season. We make some pretty amazing Christmas apparel. So whether you need an ugly sweater or something for family pics, we got you.

Here is a list to get you thinking of the best way to represent your family in your photographic memories. Although the moments of the holidays can’t last forever, a perfect family portrait can. Take time to consider your options, and choose a style of photo that represents your family and how you like to celebrate the holidays.

Sit Down With Santa Claus

A Christmas classic, gathering everyone around the big guy in red make for a youthful and nostalgic family photo. Throughout the month of December, there are many options for Santa photos in most cities. You can often catch Santa at an outdoor tree lighting or at many other holiday events. Of course, there is also the classic trip to your local mall for a festive wintry scene and a professional photographer on site.

Traditional Studio Session

Getting matching sweaters and heading to your local portrait studio is a fun and traditional option for family holiday photos. One great perk of this choice is that you can take the photos any time of year so that they are ready to go when you print your Christmas cards. Also, you don’t have to worry about adverse weather getting in the way of a great picture.

Home Sweet Home

If you prefer a more personalized backdrop to your family photos, consider hiring a photographer to do a shoot at your home. Gathering around a family hearth can create a genuine feeling of warmth and love, which will definitely translate to a lovely photo.

Horse-Drawn Carriage

For an outdoorsy and whimsical family photo, look into a horse-drawn carriage ride. Not only will you have a great time gliding over fields of white, but you will also end up with unique and memorable photos. You will be able to relive the magical experience every time you see your photos.

Building a Snowman

Building a snowman is the perfect family winter activity. It’s great for children of all ages since everyone can get in on creating your family’s own Frosty. Bundle up in matching warm jackets for a fun and playful snowman portrait session. Get pictures all through the process for a fun and creative collage.

Snowboarding or Skiing

For active and sporty families, a family holiday photo on an adventurous ski trip is an ideal option. This photo shows something that you love doing together and creates memories at the same time. Many ski lodges have relationships with local photographers and can offer recommendations.

Tree Farm Photo Shoot

Incorporating a current family tradition into your photo shoot is a great way to capture your family’s essence. A tradition many families have is cutting down their own Christmas tree. Bring along your favorite photographer to capture this festive ritual.

However, you decide to stage your next family holiday photo, be sure that it represents you. Anyone can make a photo look good, but it takes something special to turn those moments into memories.