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The Top Shots to Get This Holiday Season

By EyeEm Team - 6 min read

What shots will sell?

A wise top photo seller once gave great advice: “be evergreen.” That doesn’t mean Christmas trees! It means sharing photos from every season to your EyeEm profile. When you do, your photos will be ready for EyeEm Market buyers on who purchase ahead of season. Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years? Buyers start looking in early fall, sometimes summer! Now is the time to capture all your holiday shots. And since our photo editors are the ones that have their finger on the pulse of what buyers are looking for, photo editor Xavier filled us in on the 12 shots you must get this holiday season:

All of the lights

Lights are everywhere throughout the month of December. Think of your favorite kinds to photograph: fireplaces, candles, strings of lights on trees and houses, and when New Years rolls around the best kind: sparklers and fireworks!


Venom Inside

Counting the days

Perhaps it’s that the month flies by so quickly, but we all love to count during the holiday season. There’s the 12 days of Christmas, 8 nights of Hanukah and a 10 second countdown to the first day of the year. Remind yourself to photograph these numbers wherever you might catch them!

Christmas stockings in row with numbers


Constantin Schiller

Weather for the season

The air is crisper than it’s ever been, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get to go outdoors. Snowflakes, snowmen, and ice skates are hallmarks of the holiday season. Capture these and other tell tale signs of winter to tell the whole story.

People ice skating



Get creative with the traditional

Christmas trees don’t go on fingertips! But hey, why not? Creative composition and visual play get your photo noticed.

Close-up of christmas trees on fingertips over white background


b r o o nyc o

Wrapping presents and details in the decor

Capture the easy to miss details. Candy canes lined up neatly, ribbons on presents, or fresh cookies on the counter. These are the bits that make up the season!

Cropped image of person choosing multi color wrapping papers

By Gen Sadakane


This is the time for gatherings, and your chance to photograph the loved ones you only get to see once or twice a year. Get a portrait, and heck why not a portrait of the ones you see year-round, too.

Rear view of boy writing on condensed glass at home




Pets can wear ugly Christmas sweaters, too. (And hats.)

Dalmatian dog wearing santa hat



Baked goods and fancy foods

What better time of year to capture photos of your culinary conquests. Gingerbread cookies, spiced beverages, and photogenic feasts.

Two girlfriends preparing cookies


Markus Spiering

Putting up the decorations

The holiday season is steeped in traditions. What kind of decorations do you put up in your house? Capture these warm fuzzy moments before they’re up and done.

Woman decorating christmas tree over white background



Smiling faces

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: smiles sell! With all the presents, delicious food, and hugs o go around, a smile probably won’t be hard to come by.

Young woman wearing scarf and jacket


Sylvie Gagelmann

And warm embraces

Hugs. Hugs. Hugs. Much like smiles, they’re not hard to come by. Just have your camera ready, and you’ll capture that heart-squeezing moment.

Low section of people relaxing on bed



You might be short on time with the bustle of the holidays. To make a quick (and effective) job of it by using web upload. With it, you can upload many photos at once and even get tag suggestions, which will help buyers find and purchase your photos! Also new: you can now import photos from Dropbox, Flickr, Picasa, and Google Drive directly to your EyeEm profile and EyeEm Market.

Header image by @Lumen_Digital.

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