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Winter & Christmas Portrait Ideas

The holiday season is once again almost here, and with it, all the sparkling celebrations, generous gift-giving, and heartwarming family time that has been so dearly missed. The upcoming holidays will be filling your calendar with eager clients seeking beautiful photos.

Old Fashioned Christmas Photo Background

(Old Fashioned Christmas). 


This beloved season has always been a staple time of year for family photos, themed photo sessions, and preparation for the impending new year. Holiday cards, family announcements, and more are abundant in the winter, and all the perfect reason to open your books for fresh photoshoots with your clients. As one of the most picturesque seasons of the year, winter provides the ideal cozy vibes for a photoshoot.

Santa photo backdrop

(Santa's Room with fire). 


Why Should You Use a Backdrop?

While the winter season is charming, the cold temperatures can be a less than ideal environment for photoshoots. There’s no need to brave the bitter temperatures and unpredictable snow with our brand new range of beautiful, scenic backdrops. Choosing to shoot with a backdrop will help the photoshoot run as smoothly as possible, without the need to delay as a result of weather complications, unexpected changes to the location, or unreliable natural light. A beautiful backdrop will make your clients shine as the subjects and easily allow for a cohesive portfolio of photos.


The variety of scenes and settings is sure to warm your heart with the photos that will ensue. Our Christmas and winter-themed backdrop selections range from storybook-inspired gingerbread houses to sophisticated neutral choices. We truly have something for any genre of shoot you may have coming up. Each of our backdrops is crafted with artistry and care, and is handmade to order. Backdrops are available in a range of fabrics, including vinyl, canvas, fleece, and poly paper; choose whichever fabric suits your shoot best!


Christmas and Winter Backdrop Photoshoot Ideas + Tips

When planning your upcoming shoots, take the time to consult with your clients about their vision for the shoot. This is key to producing photos that will exceed your clients’ expectations and keep them coming back for more photos each season. We’ve put together some highlights of our new winter backdrop collection, along with ideas to get your clients excited for this season of photoshoots.

 Christmas Storefront backdrop

(Pine Berry Lane). 


A “my-first-holiday” photoshoot is something of new parents’ dreams. For photos focused on younger subjects, our Christmas Sweet Shop, Candy Cane Christmas and Toymaker backdrops add just the right amount of whimsy and fun. For something a little cozier, we can also recommend our Sugar Plum Princess setup. Our large selection of backdrops ensures that there is something to match every child’s personality and showcase their unique spirit through photography.

Christmas candy store photo backdrop

(Christmas Sweet Shop backdrop).

Candy Cane Christmas backdrop

(Candy Cane Christmas photography backdrop). 

Northpole Santa's workshop photo backdrop

(Toymaker photography background). 


What’s a Christmas season without sending family photo cards?! Take this time-honored tradition to the next level with a beautiful backdrop. Our Waiting for Santa is perfect for classic Christmas vibes, complete with Christmas accents and a warming fireplace. For something a little more modern, consider our Rustic Chic Christmas. The fresh, white indoor facade is complemented by a shining tree and looks straight out of a magazine!

Christmas fireplace backdrop

(Waiting for Santa photo backdrop). 

Christmas Toy Store backdrop for pictures

(Christmas Toy Store).


The holidays are also the perfect time to get unforgettable photos with your client’s special someone. Our backdrops feature stunning seasonally-inspired jewel tones that make for a romantic ambience. Holly Berry is your choice for mistletoe-inspired photos. Frosty Winter Winds is perfect for an outdoorsy, adventurous couple. Is your client seeking something classic and timeless? No problem! Vintage Brick Wall is the perfect neutral choice that can easily be dressed up with unique props and wardrobe.

 fine art Christmas berry backdrop

(Holly Berry fine art backdrop).


While outdoor photos can be beautiful, it can be difficult to brave the cold weather and make your clients feel their best in photos. Don’t sacrifice comfort this season, and instead opt for one of our nature-inspired backdrops. Some of our favorites for this theme include Tree Farm Under the Stars, Hot Cocoa Tree Farm, and Winter Woodlands. Each features a scenic, snowy setting and natural accents. Our backdrops are carefully created with high attention to detail so that your photos will look as beautiful as possible.

Christmas Tree Farm backdrop for photography

(Tree Farm Under the Stars).

Hot Cocoa Photography Backdrop

(Hot Cocoa Tree Farm). 


Your clients and their families have probably taken plenty of Christmas photos...but have you considered New Year’s photos? Our selection of winter-themed backdrops even includes New Year's designs. Go classy and simple with our New Year’s Glitter backdrop, or opt for all the glitz with the New Year’s Celebration setup. New Year’s photos are the perfect way to share family announcements, or just send loving greetings and well wishes for the beginning of an exciting new chapter.


Make this winter one to remember with outstanding and memorable photos. Taking the time to carefully curate your clients’ experiences will help you shine as a photographer, and encourage glowing feedback from your happy clients. Offering a selection of backdrops and themed experiences for your shoots will help to draw in a variety of clients. We look forward to being a part of your photos this season and helping to spread the holiday cheer through the magic of a wonderful photoshoot.


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