How to Coordinate Outfits with Holiday Photo Backgrounds

Session insight: How to coordinate outfits with holiday photo backgrounds

If you have an upcoming photo session, you're likely brainstorming the perfect holiday outfits for everyone in your family. Should you dress up or down? Coordinate or not? Use holiday color schemes or go more neutral?

While there are guidelines, there are no steadfast rules when it comes to selecting holiday outfits for the family. If you find that you're struggling with what exactly everyone should wear, there's a simple trick that will give you direction: look at photo backgrounds.

When you visit a JCPenney Portraits studio, you get access to a variety of special holiday backgrounds that set the tone and theme for your pictures. By thoughtfully selecting outfits with potential photo backgrounds in mind, you'll help get that perfect image worthy of a holiday card.

Let's check out four holiday themes available at JCPenney Portraits studios nationwide:

Holiday Home

The Holiday Home theme embraces the fresh feeling of the holidays in clean colors of white and green. The festive tree and contemporary white fireplace makes the perfect backdrop for pictures. Muted colors of green, gray and khaki will all look amazing for family pictures using this background. Creams and neutrals are always holiday appropriate, but avoid winter-white tops or bottoms that might blend in too much.

Classic Holiday

For timeless images you'll cherish year after year, check out the Classic Holiday theme. This popular charcoal backdrop is paired with seasonal props (like a gorgeous evergreen wreath) to elevate the festive tone of the image. Stand out against the charcoal by selecting outfits with pops of color. Ruby red is forever a holiday tone, so perhaps Mom dresses in a red dress accented by Dad's red tie and their little girl's red bow.

Cozy Christmas

The holidays are all about the little moments spending time together. The warmth of the indoors and family bond can be put on display with the Cozy Christmas theme. The evergreen props and wood background provide a rustic feeling that is reminiscent of Christmases past. Consider playing off the country vibe by dressing the family in your favorite plaid. When in doubt, the red-and-black checkered pattern of buffalo plaid is always a winner.

Fa, La, La, Latte

Neutral lovers rejoice! The Fa, La, La, Latte theme is the perfect contemporary take on the holidays, with warm, dreamy accents. The creamy latte background is paired with holiday props like a white fuzzy rug and wooden sleigh to create a memorable winter setting. Dress in complementary neutral tones like grays, greens or creams, or opt for rich colors that stand out against the backdrop. The choice is yours!

Feeling inspired and ready to plan your session? Visit the studio locator page to find a location near you or view the product gallery for holiday card designs.