What's the right answer? Both! You should take your family to a professional photographer to get a family Christmas picture made.
You can have everyone dress in their Christmas outfits and a photographer can capture that special Christmas and it's forever preserved for you and your loved ones.
On the other hand, going to a professional photographer isn't cheap. So if you want other images of Christmas to save in your scrapbook or share with family, you'll have to learn how to take that perfect picture yourself.
With all of the user-friendly digital cameras available today, not to mention smart phone and tablets with great built-in cameras, that won't be a difficult task. The functions on these cutting edge cameras can completely take away that weird glassy red-eyed look that we all hate.
You don't have to worry about making sure you've got the focus correct - most digital cameras have auto focus. Best of all, digital images don't cost anything for you to share with family or friends.
Just upload the photos into your computer, attach them in an email and off they go! You can instantly share. Not only that, but you can take the digital photos to your local film developer and have them printed onto gift items such as coffee mugs or calendars. Every grandparent loves photos of the grandkids.
You can have family members dress in opposite colours - the men in red and the women in white. Or you can use contrasting shirts and trousers. Using a digital camera to take the picture, that's the easy part, but as everyone knows, getting the family to sit still long enough (and not make animal faces at the lens) while trying to take a photo can seem like a Herculean task. How can you get around that?
Don't take the photo at your house. Take your Christmas photos elsewhere, like outside. You can take a walk in the woods, have fun in the park, or just pile into the back garden with your iPhone or iPad and see what happens! Let your kids do what comes naturally. Laugh and have fun playing. Shots that aren't posed make some of the best Christmas photos.
The perfect Christmas picture is the one where everyone in the photo is wearing a genuine smile and the camera has captured the true beauty of the moment.