With everyone gathered together for the festivities, Christmas is the perfect time of year to capture a lovely new photo of your family. To help you get inspired, here are four easy ideas for a festive family photo shoot.

All you’ll need is a camera (or your phone), a tripod (or someone to take the photo!), and a Christmassy setting to pose in.

Involve the whole family – even the pets!

Don’t forget the four-legged members of the family when you’re having your photoshoot. Take your camera with you when you head out on a winter walk with the dog – and if you’re lucky you might even get a snowy background.

Family and dog in snow

Get baking

Snap a few shots when you’re doing your Christmas baking for a fun alternative to a formal, posed portrait. This one is perfect if you want to keep the kids entertained whilst you capture a photo, as hopefully they’ll be too busy having fun (or making a mess) to get camera shy.

Family baking

Simply add a santa hat

Santa hats will make any photo immediately more festive, so pop your Christmas headgear on and get posing. If you’re looking for a super quick and easy way to turn an ordinary family portrait into a Christmassy one, look no further!

Grandad and grandson with santa hats

Add some sparkle

When Christmas day has been and gone, there’s still New Year to look forward to, and plenty more opportunities to capture your family having fun. Make your photos shine with sparklers, and see what you can spell out – trust us, it’s trickier than it looks!

2016 sparklers

There you have it – four easy photo shoot ideas to copy this Christmas. Share your best ones with us on Facebook – we’d love to see them!