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The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start planning for those those cherished family holiday photos. Whether you’re just capturing memories with your loved ones, celebrating a new addition to the family, or simply want to spread some holiday cheer on social media or via snail mail, a Holiday Mini Session is the perfect way to do it. But wait, signing up for your Holiday Mini Session with me is the easy part. There’s still the one big question that I get asked most often about all photo sessions – not just holiday minis. That big question is: What should we wear to our Holiday Mini Session?

The good news is that there’s no need to stress over your outfit choices for your Holiday Mini Session. Whether you prefer pajamas, ugly sweaters, or something a bit more formal, the key is to have fun, wear something you feel comfortable in, and let your unique style shine. The Holiday Mini Session is a very casual, relaxed way to get an updated picture for your holiday card or social media post, or even to create some fun gifts for grandma and grandpa for Christmas.

I have had families show up in PJs, sweats, fancy Christmas attire, and some that wrapped up in fuzzy blankets because it was just so cold on the day of their session. All worked out great! In this blog post, we’ll explore some outfit ideas to help you look your best while keeping things festive and fun.

1. Cozy Pajamas:

If your family loves the idea of a relaxed and cozy holiday vibe, why not go for matching or coordinating pajama sets? Plaid flannels, reindeer prints, or classic red-and-green designs can make for adorable and memorable holiday photos. Add some fun slippers or fuzzy socks to complete the look. Pajamas not only keep everyone comfortable but also create a warm and intimate atmosphere. And who doesn’t want an excuse to buy and wear some new Uggs? Not many days in Texas are compatible with Ugg boots and slippers, so why not wear some to your Holiday Mini Session?

2. Ugly Sweaters:

Ugly sweater parties are a staple of the holiday season, and there’s no reason why you can’t bring that same festive fun to your mini session. Raid your closet or hit up a thrift store to find the most outrageous, over-the-top holiday sweaters you can find. Don’t forget to accessorize with holiday-themed hats, scarves, and even tinsel for that extra festive touch. Ugly sweaters are a lighthearted way to celebrate the season and create some unforgettable photos.

3. Casual Comfort:

For those who prefer a more casual approach, consider wearing comfy jeans, t-shirts, or flannel shirts. Stick with a color scheme that complements the holiday season, like red, green, or white. You can add a touch of holiday spirit with some accessories, like Santa hats or jingle bell necklaces. The key here is to keep it relaxed and natural while adding just a hint of holiday charm. But remember…your clothes don’t have to be holiday themed. You can use these Holiday Minis for just a quick, simple updated family photo too.

4. Christmas Best:

On the other end of the spectrum, if you want to go all out and dress up in your Christmas best, go for it! Sequined dresses, suits and ties, or formal gowns can create a stunning and elegant holiday look. Dressing up can add a touch of glamour to your photos and make them feel extra special. Don’t forget to coordinate outfits with your family members for a cohesive and polished appearance. Just be sure to wear (or at least bring) some comfy shoes! Depending on the location for your shoot, you might have to do a bit of walking.

5. Mix and Match:

Feeling torn between different outfit ideas? No worries! You can mix and match elements from various categories to create a unique and personalized holiday photo look. For example, you could wear your comfiest jeans but pair them with a holiday-themed sweater or scarf. This approach allows you to strike a balance between comfort and festive flair. Just don’t stress about it. If you’re feeling really brave and crazy, just let each person pick out what they want to wear and come on out. So what if your outfits clash. There’s always a black & white photo option – no one will ever know the colors your family was wearing for your pictures!


  • Coordinate: It’s a good idea for your family members to coordinate their outfits to ensure a cohesive look in your photos (if that’s what you’re going for). This takes some planning, so don’t wait until the day before your session.
  • Avoid Logos and Busy Patterns: Steer clear of clothing with large logos or overly busy patterns that may distract from the holiday theme. And especially if the background of your photos is busy, you might want a more subtle theme or color pattern for your outfits. For example, if you are taking pictures in front of graffiti or in a themed room, let the space provide most of your color.
  • Layer Up: Adding layers can add depth and interest to your photos. Think cardigans, vests, or shawls that match your chosen theme. Jackets are also great and can change the picture entirely when you take the jacket off.
  • Accessorize: Don’t forget about accessories like hats, scarves, and jewelry to complete your look and add that extra touch of holiday magic. Or how about some holiday lights to string around you? Don’t limit yourself…

In the end, the most important thing is to feel comfortable and confident in your chosen outfits. After all, holiday photos are about capturing your joy and togetherness during this special time of year. So, whether you opt for pajamas, ugly sweaters, casual comfort, or your Christmas best, just have fun and enjoy creating beautiful memories that you’ll treasure for years to come. Happy holidays and happy photo shooting!

As always, you can find me over at Paula Mason Photography. Let me know how I can help you. Holiday Mini Sessions are live and booking now, and there are a few spots left. Grab one while you can!

Until next time…

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