How to Create a DIY Christmas Photo Studio Setup at Home

Christmas is the best time of year to take pictures. Whether it’s a portrait of a loved one, a celebratory photo of yourself wearing a cracker crown, or a rare candid of the mysterious odd cousin (everyone has one), a Christmas photoshoot setup is the perfect way to encourage everyone to say cheese on the big day.

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Here’s a rundown of useful tips, tricks, and cheats to help you create a DIY Christmas studio setup from home.

1. Lights, camera, candles!

Late in the evening ? Use a different light source with LED battery-powered candles (or real ones) to create a Christmas mood. This can work well for cozy decors with a picture of a fireplace, matching pillows, blankets and pajamas holding a mug of hot cocoa.

It’s entirely dependent on the scene and backgrounds you have to work with to get this effect right, but if done correctly you can add some warmth and coziness to what would otherwise be a photoshoot of boring family.

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Christmas studio set up at home DIY

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Christmas studio setup from home DIY

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Christmas studio set up at home DIY

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Christmas studio setup from home DIY

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Christmas studio set up at home DIY

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Christmas studio setup from home DIY

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2. Drape those garlands!

Drape different strips of string lights hanging down towards the floor – this can be over a backdrop, bed sheet or plain wall, with balls hanging in various places over the lights for a festive cascading effect.

This setup is perfect for quick and easy shooting with a little one or pet, can be expanded into floor space for seated shots, and lets you show off your favorite balls outside the Christmas tree. Christmas.

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DIY Christmas Studio Home Setup

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Christmas studio setup from home DIY

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Christmas studio set up at home DIY

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DIY Christmas Studio Home Setup

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3. Save the wrapping paper!

Christmas morning clutter is every mother’s enemy. Usually, you’d probably have a black bag ready to get rid of all the tattered wrapping paper from each present, unless you’re recycling it for next year, in which case, great job! Instead of throwing away leftover wrapping paper, you can use it to create your Christmas setup.

Simply collect all the paper – it doesn’t matter if the patterns are different – and use it in many ways as a floor covering for toddlers to grab onto when they’re seated, confetti in small pieces, a background mosaic style when put together or to wrap up a relative mummy style to add humor to family portraits.

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4. A snowy place like home

Using snow spray on mirrors and windows can create unique frosty portraits of your loved ones and provide a photo opportunity for countless group mirror selfies when hosting your Christmas party. When shooting through a window, there are many ways to use spray snow to create the desired photographic effect.

Snow spray can be found at various low cost retailers and supermarkets, often purchased with winter themed stencils, although you can easily create your own. This setup is extremely quick and easy, but can produce great results when used creatively for dramatic portraits.

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5. Jingle Bell Gels

Using different colored gels in front of the camera is a great way to create Christmas flares and portraits of festive color combinations. If you have color gels, try waving a sheet in front of your camera while taking a continuous shot portrait to create interesting shots. You can also use two colors at the same time to create a split color effect for a red and green vibe to add an element of Christmas to your basic studio setup.

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Ho-ho-hope some of these tips were helpful, or at the very least inspired some of your own creative ideas for a festive DIY photography setup. Happy Holidays!

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