Holiday Session Guide

A few ideas to help you choose your family’s outfits….

  • Cozy In Plaid - Bundle up in red and black plaid, paired with neutrals like gray and white, to be both cozy and fashionable for family photos.
  • Christmas Party Attire - Pair neutral colors in a fun print with a fashionable pair of heels for a look that’s festive and classy.
  • Sweet As Candy - If you’re searching for Christmas photo outfit ideas for kids, seasonal treats can provide some sweet inspiration. Candy cane-inspired red and white stripe pajamas are a fun and classic look that is adorable on family Christmas cards.
  • Keep It Simple - Wear a white blouse and a pair of red boots to capture the spirit of the holidays while keeping your feet warm and dry in the snow.
  • Classic Christmas Sweaters - While “ugly Christmas sweater parties” are all the rage these days, a classic Christmas sweater never goes out of style. When choosing what to wear for Christmas photos, look for a basic red cable knit or a simple design in just a few colors.

Not sure where to start?

Pick 2 or 3 colors to work with and focus on. Depending on how many people will be in the photos, either have everyone wear solid colors, or balance out the number of people wearing prints with the number of people wearing solids. That way, you’ll end up with outfits that look coordinated instead of outfits that clash.

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When in Doubt, Wear Denim

Demin is my personal "go to"... You can’t go wrong with denim. The blue hue and texture of denim fabric never fails to be complemented by just about anything in your closet, like a texture sweater or plaid button up.

What are the Best Colors to Wear for holiday portraits?

For holiday sessions, keep a winter color palette in mind. When deciding what to wear for your pictures, don’t use more than 2-3 colors among the family, use the more vibrant colors sparingly, and don’t be afraid to use various shades of colors. Remember the goal is to coordinate not match. 

Top tips for a successful session:

  • Make sure you give yourself a few days before your session to plan your family's outfits and get anything additional for the family that you may need.
  • When planning your outfits, think layers and coordinating over matching.
  • Neutrals and simple plain colors work great with fun accessory details.
  • The more relaxed you are, the more the rest of the family will be too. A mini session can feel a little rushed and sometimes chaotic with kiddos who decide on their mood with each passing second. Breathe. Have fun.
  • Plan to arrive 10 – 15 minutes before your session begins and if you have little ones, always have a back-up outfit plan (and lots of wet wipes!)

My biggest tip of all – head out on a family date after your session and soak up the start of the holiday season together. You deserve it! 😉


*Please plan to show up 5 to 10 minutes early for your session to account for traffic and allowing time to park. Please keep in mind that these mini sessions are back-to-back, and I cannot accommodate late arrivals. You must arrive slightly early to ensure that your session begins promptly. If you are late to your appointment, you will receive less time and your session will still end at the appointed ending time (which may result in less images). If you completely miss your appointment, I will not be able to fit you in, you will miss your session, and you will not receive a refund.

Session Locations

Vintage Truck

Sessions will be held at Benedict Farm Park, located at 1675 State Route 17K, Montgomery NY.

Studio Sessions

Krys DeRosa Photography is located at 1662 Route 300, Newburgh NY 12550

Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas Tree Lane is located at 555 Bruyn Tpke, Wallkill, NY 12589