Family Photo Shoot Theme Ideas

With the holidays right around the corner, you might be thinking about updating your family photos. but you don't want the same old family photos that everyone has with just a generic background! This holiday season, I want to encourage you to have a little fun with it and try out a few of these ideas. Create memories - not just photos, and you're sure to have the best Christmas cards ever! The ideas you see below will also include prop ideas if you're into that sort of thing. I hope this list inspires you to get out there and have fun with your holiday photos!

Fair/Carnival/Amusement Park/Circus/Rodeo

  • cotton candy
  • roller coasters
  • funnel cake
  • stuffed animals and prizes
  • photo booth
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Rainy Day

  • Puddles
  • umbrellas
  • rain coats
  • galoshes
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  • pinball
  • ski-ball
  • tickets

Family Fun

  • sack races
  • bat, glove, ball, jersey, hoop, goal post, soccer net
  • favorite team flag/pennant


  • open field
  • barn
  • cowboy boots/hats
  • wild flowers
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On the Farm

  • hay ride
  • picking fruits/vegetables


  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • S'mores
  • Camp fire


  • bicycles
  • helmets

Game Night

  • Scrabble
  • Connect Four
  • Checkers
  • Monopoly
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    • Winter: coats, Christmas (lights, candy canes, gifts, Christmas story book, cookies and milk, mistletoe, decorating the tree), ice skating
    • Spring: flying a kite, gardening
    • Summer: beach, sandcastles, swimsuits, tire swing
    • Fall: piles of leaves, carving pumpkins, baking together

So get out there, try something new, and invite your favorite photographer along to capture the fun!