The 10 Photos You Must Take This Holiday Season

Pictures of your kids on Santa’s lap can always be risky.
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Especially when they are little and afraid of the big guy in the red suit. But here is some inspiration for you to capture the magic of the season with your camera (or camera phone). Here are the 10 photos you must take this holiday season.

1. Visit to the Tree Farm: Whether or not you buy a live tree each year, visiting a tree farm is ridiculously photogenic. It’s worth a visit  even if it is just for a quick photo or two.

> In the almost 6 years since we moved from Michigan to New York, we've traveled every Christmas which means we've rocked the fake tree. This year we are staying home which means we got to experience cutting down our very own Christmas tree! ?#sc_theme203

> A photo posted by jlwissner (@jlwissner) on Nov 28, 2016 at 5:03am PST

> #mozimagazine #mozimag #clickinmoms #momtogs #candidchildhood #childhoodunplugged #momswithcameras #cameramama #unscriptedmoments #lemonadeandlenses #lifeunscripted #thesincerestoryteller #simplychildren #dearphotographer #cmglimpse #theartistictog #letthekids #clickmagazine #childhoodeveryday #journeytoartist #huffpostparents #beyondthewanderlust #subjectlight #magicofchildhood #momazine #dearphotographer_mag #loveourbigkids #kidsoftheoutdoors #snaplovegrow #lookslikefilm

> A photo posted by Caryn DeFreez (@caryndefreezphotography) on Nov 27, 2016 at 1:09pm PST

And if all else fails, there’s always the artificial tree option.

> New year's family portrait, sort of. Welcome 2015.

> A photo posted by Brandon Shirley (@brandons_lens) on Jan 1, 2015 at 7:33pm PST

2.Baking: I love spending time with my kids in the kitchen. And I am a sucker for a photo of kids helping out. With all the holiday baking, there will surely be the chance to snap a photo. And before you wrap up all those treats you are making for neighbors, take a minute to set up a quick shot of your tasty goods. I love a good shot of food but what makes it extra special is the human touch. Let your kids reach in to grab a bite and catch it with your camera.

> The kids were giving REAL subtle hints about making Christmas cookies today… Ya know, getting out all the cutters, all the sprinkles, mixing together frosting. I told them to hold their horses and promised we would do it when it snowed again. Not even kidding, it started snowing 5 minutes later, and even though a total of 12.5 snowflakes fell, a promise is a promise. ? #christmastimeishere #ingoldsathome #sprinkleexplosionupinhere

> A photo posted by Tina Ingold (@tinaglee) on Dec 2, 2015 at 10:56am PST

> Little baking hands❤?? #clickinmoms #candidchildhood #childofig #dearphotographer #documentyourdays #thelifestylecollective #thesincerestoryteller #magicofchildhood #pixel_kids #simplychildren #mom_hub #momtogs #momswithcameras #mynameismama #ig_motherhood #jj_its_kids #kidsforreal #letthekids #follow_this_light #click_vision #uniteinmotherhood #lifestylephotographer #childhoodeveryday #dearphotographer #jj_its_kids_decorate #pk_quietmoments #ourcandidlife #our_everyday_moments #cm_make #treasuringlittlememories #jj_its_kids_decorate

> A photo posted by Hali (@sweetlivphotography) on Nov 28, 2016 at 5:49pm PST

> Christmas is in full swing over here! ? Cookie making, Christmas crafting, dance partying, and hot chocolate sipping. Oh… And everybody is dressed as a different Star Wars character. ? #maythechristmasforcebewithyou #christmastimeishere #ingoldsathome #homeschoollife #crafternoon #wildandfreechildren

> A photo posted by Tina Ingold (@tinaglee) on Dec 17, 2015 at 11:54am PST

3. Bokeh: All the Christmas lights are the perfect chance for you to try to capture the magic using a bokeh effect. If you shoot using auto-focus, turn it off. You’ll get this effect by making sure the lights are out of focus.

> It's the stay-up-late time of year.

> A photo posted by Troy Carpenter (@redblueox) on Dec 12, 2015 at 11:33pm PST

> Update: we bought that car, and used it to take the family to a stress-melting tour of the zoo's seasonal light display. #christmasatthezoo #bokehwig

> A photo posted by Troy Carpenter (@redblueox) on Dec 11, 2015 at 9:21pm PST

> It was a wet and happy holiday. Hope you all had a joyous and hopeful Christmas. #whptraditions

> A photo posted by Anna Shirley (@ohhbetsy) on Dec 26, 2015 at 7:32pm PST

4.Christmas PJs: The season is cozy no matter what the weather is like outside. And what’s cozier than your kids in their Christmas jammies? Morning, nap time, or before bedtime, they are all perfect for a photo shoot of your kids in their festive pajamas.

> Tis the season for Christmas pjs and kisses underneath the mistletoe. ? #christmasjammies #elleandjulian

> A photo posted by Julie Greene (@jgreene21) on Nov 29, 2016 at 9:02am PST

> I had to show the back too because seriously you guys, if it wasn't cute enough already….there's a flap on the bum! ? and those buttons….I can't even! ? #Connor #connordavid #raisingconnor #baby #babymodel #toddler #model #modeling #rep #brandrep #style #fashion #igfashion #details #handmade #shopsmall #christmas #holidays #christmasjammies #sleep #cuddle #cute #love #adorable #momlife #momblogger #oregonmodel #boy #boystyle

> A photo posted by Connor David (@raising_connor) on Nov 28, 2016 at 8:12pm PST

> Current Status = all the Christmas feels ???#christmasphotography . . . . #sarahchristensenphotography #candidchildhood #childhoodunplugged #motherhoodsimplified #momtogs #clickinmoms #umh_kids #stunningbabies #letthekids #littleandbrave #momswithcameras #christmasjammies #christmaspjs #hannahjammies #hannahanderson #christmas #costco #pursuepretty #flashesofdelight #thatsdarling #documentyourdays #thehappynow #dearphotographer #subjectlight #mwc_360 #magicofchildhood #hannajams #momfilterpics #holidaywonder #mwc_360

> A photo posted by Sarah Christensen (@sarahchr88) on Nov 28, 2016 at 7:52pm PST

5. Playing with Flashlights: If you are up for playing around a little with a flashlight in the dark, you might find a winner. One of my all-time favorite photos, my husband took this shot of our son sleeping soundly on Christmas eve years ago. With the help of a slow shutter, a tripod and he wrote with a flashlight and made a little magic.

> #tbt to 2008 when I was all sentimental about Christmas and no amount of climbing around on my son's bed to write with lights would wake him up. Don't try this with teens.

> A photo posted by Brandon Shirley (@brandons_lens) on Dec 1, 2016 at 7:05pm PST

Using a flashlight, and a willing 10-year old assistant, the star at the top of the tree, really shines.

> Putting away that magic for another year. It was giving my son way too much anxiety at bedtime.

> A photo posted by Brandon Shirley (@brandons_lens) on Dec 26, 2015 at 7:37pm PST

6. Reading Books: There’s something special about Christmas books. Don’t you remember reading your favorite Christmas story? It is part of the season and finding a moment when your kids are huddled together reading won’t be hard.

> Counting down to Christmas with a Christmas story each night. Let the fun begin…

> A photo posted by Becca (@becca_enoch) on Nov 26, 2016 at 5:53pm PST

> After I took a nap yesterday, I stopped being a cotton-headed ninny muggins. And it continued to be a top notch day for these kids. They were just so fun yesterday. I loved it so much.

> A photo posted by Anna Shirley (@ohhbetsy) on Dec 14, 2014 at 6:38pm PST

7. Silhouette: Visiting your favorite local light displays? Whether it is downtown in your city, your zoo or park, find the biggest, brightest tree and take a shot of your child’s silhouette.

> “People look, but they don't always know what they're seeing.” What do you see when you look at Christmas, at the celebration of Advent—the coming of Jesus? Do you know that when you see the baby in the manger he is the Prince of Peace who will soon crush Satan under our feet? #truthfromsunday

> A photo posted by Andy Cassler (@mightytomany) on Dec 8, 2015 at 7:54pm PST

> Christmas at the zoo… And everyone in Indy had the same idea. ? #indianapoliszoo #christmastimeishere #igersindy

> A photo posted by Tina Ingold (@tinaglee) on Dec 11, 2015 at 9:40pm PST

8. Craft time: It’s a swell time to make festive crafts or projects with your kids. Those creations may not last year to year so make sure to capture these moments.

> A little sneak peek at what we've been working on for this month's @childrensmuseum blog post. #blogtcm

> A photo posted by Anna Shirley (@ohhbetsy) on Nov 29, 2015 at 12:43pm PST

> Painting a winter scene and dreaming of snow. #holidays #artwork #painting #holidays #livingontheequator #singapore #shamoftheperfect #childhoodeveryday

> A photo posted by Robyne (@robynehayes) on Dec 2, 2016 at 1:21am PST

> Tiny hands making giant snowflakes.#ingoldsathome #christmastimeishere #homeschoollife #wildandfreechildren #crafternoon

> A photo posted by Tina Ingold (@tinaglee) on Dec 1, 2015 at 9:36am PST

9. Ornaments: There’s something about those bulbs that can get your creative juices flowing. Use a shiny bulb or a clear bulb to get a unique shot during the season.

> 186/366 Tree remote in hand. This little man loves his gadgets! ? . . . . . . #documentyourdays #candidchildhood #magicofchildhood #cameramama #mom_hub #pixel_kids #mwc_360 #childofig #ourcandidlife #clickinmoms #clickmagazine #thebloomforum #featurememozi #igw_kids #kids_of_our_world #KidsMood #pocket_sweetness #mtm_bokeh #sc_theme203 #kindredmemories #stunningbabies #dailyparenting #coi_weekfavs176 @clairesearlephotos #cc_electric #toc_dof #SJ_SEASONS #coi_mamamonday #getin52 #mh_challenge190 @clairesearlephotos

> A photo posted by Bethany (@beepers77) on Nov 27, 2016 at 7:06pm PST

> Hope you all survived the madness.

> A photo posted by Brandon Shirley (@brandons_lens) on Dec 25, 2014 at 5:00pm PST

10. Christmas lights: Make sure to keep an extra strand of lights handy for the kids to play with. It’s too fun not to take advantage of the perfect holiday photo op.

> There is nothing like the Christmases of your childhood.

> A photo posted by Amy Knowlton Photography (@amyknowltonphotography) on Dec 1, 2016 at 8:14pm PST

> we've got lights up outside and slowly decorating the inside… pjs always required! ✨✨✨???✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ #happyhannas #hannajams #ilovemyhannas #raisingboys #momlife #whpthisishome #tistheseason . . #mom_hub #momswithcameras #atdiff_kids #childofig #candidchildhood #lightslove #jj_forum_1742 #beyondthewanderlust #kindredmemories #illuminatechildhood #ourcandidlife #childhoodeveryday

> A photo posted by Nicole Galloway (@coco.loren) on Nov 27, 2016 at 5:24pm PST

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The 10 Photos You Must Take This Holiday Season

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Pictures of your kids on Santa's lap can always be risky. Especially when they are little and afraid of the big guy in the red suit. But here is some inspiration for you to capture the magic of the season with your camera (or camera phone). Here are the 10 photos you must take this holiday season.