Spring is a perfect time for family portrait. However, sometimes they’re difficult to get right. You can tell if something is off about a family portrait if it’s too forced. Here are some tips to getting that genuine feeling.
1. Relax. Male sure you give yourself plenty of time to get the perfect picture and that is the one that’s genuine. Rushing anything won’t help even if it’s cheaper. If possible, have it taken at home rather than at a studio then the environment will be a true reflection on your family. Then you can put that picture on the very same wall as the background.
2. Dress like yourselves. When I’ve had pictures taken, my family always wears what we usually wear in our day-to-day lives. You could present yourself very nicely and formally if you’re keen for visitors to be impressed when they walk in your living room, but being yourself is much more genuine and endearing. However, if you do want to dress to impress then go all out, make it a matching theme in the family (think the season 1 finale of Modern Family with the white suits and dresses).
3. Familiarize yourself with the photographer. The key to relaxing is to be comfortable. If you have a friendly rapport with the photographer then it’ll be so much easier to be ready for the picture and not be tense or shy. Also, ask them secretly to take candid pictures while your family are preparing, the real moments you treasure could come before the pose.
4. If you have pets, do some takes with them and some takes without. Unfortunately, while pets are definitely part of the family, they can be a nuisance when it comes to posing. This is definitely where the benefit of having the photos taken at your house can come in as for example, a dog is certainly less obedient in a strange place. It gives you plenty of options.
5. Let the kids take charge. In order to get restless kids to behave, a photographer will often use reverse psychology in order for them to be themselves. If you let your child be in charge then it’ll reflect and loosen the whole family for a situation that will result in a beautiful portrait.