As a mother, I know how difficult it is to get that one perfect family photo. When I had my first child, our first family photo wasn’t as perfect as I wanted it to be. Here are five tips that helped make the next photo better.
1. Make sure the baby isn’t tired
A tired baby is a grumpy baby. Good luck getting a smile out of a tired, grumpy baby. As first-time parents, we didn’t think to give the baby a nap before going to the photographer. Be sure the baby is well-rested and wide awake before trying to get the baby to smile. This goes for small children as well.
2. Don’t force a pose
In my opinion, if you force everyone to do a certain pose, it would make everyone unhappy. Nobody is happy when forced to do something they don’t want to do. Just sit comfortably and let everyone act natural. Odds are that if everyone is comfortable and doing what they want in the picture, you’re most likely going to get the best results. Forcing everyone to pose could cause squirmy children and grumpy, tired adults.
3. Don’t let food ruin the photo
I think that food on your mouth or spots of mustard on a shirt might ruin the photo a bit. Try to eat after the photo has been taken or before you put on the outfit your going to wear. Although a ruined outfit is not the end of the world. You can always find ways to cover food stains before taking a photo.
4. Dress the best but keep it casual
Yes, you want to wear your best but keeping it casual is the best idea in my opinion. I know that my family doesn’t like to wear a suit, tie and fancy uncomfortable dresses. If your family is comfortable then the family is happy. Happy means great smiles.
5. Bring toys
If you have children and decide to go to a photography studio, bring toys. Toys will keep your children entertained while you wait to be seen next. Sometimes toys can be a great way to keep a smile on a baby’s face. Bring your child’s favorite toy. The studio may provide toys, but your child may not like them.
Taking a beautiful family photo isn’t always easy. Just remember, stay happy. Happy family means smiling faces. Smiling faces means beautiful photos.