The winter holidays are here! This is one of the most photogenic months of the year, so there couldn’t be a better time to keep your camera nearby and create some fun photographs.

The next few weeks are sure to slip away quickly with all the hustle and bustle, so let’s make the most of it while we can.

Here are a few ideas for the best things to photograph for your stock photo portfolios in the month ahead:

Lights & Decorations. It’s endless this time of the year – candles, wreaths, and sparkling lights are everywhere. If lights are in your scene, try opening up your aperture as wide as it will go to create colorful orbs in your background.

Examples of holiday themed stock photography

Gatherings. The holidays bring a ton of opportunities for photographing dinners, parties, and family get-togethers. Keep an eye out for the little moments and interactions between people. And of course, don’t forget about the food as well!

Ideas for creating stock photos during the holidays

Travel. Traveling home for the holidays is something a lot of people can relate to. If you find yourself on the move this holiday season, be ready to take a few shots along the way.

Outdoor Adventures. Sledding, ice skating, or winter walks could be great additions to your stock photo collections. Even if it’s a short excursion, bring your camera along to capture the fun!

Photographing the winter season for stock photography

I hope these ideas get you inspired to photograph the festivities in the weeks ahead. Not only is it awesome to record your holiday memories, it’s also a treasure trove of material for stock photography.

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