We all know how difficult it can be to get that perfect family photo. I’m sure each of us has a horror story…or two of trying to get that perfect photo and being left with awkward smiles and grumpy kids. Many of us would like a guide to show us how to get the best photo possible of the entire family, and these hints will help you in getting family photos that everyone will love.
Timing Is Everything – Most people will schedule their photo shoots at whatever time they can schedule the photographer. This is a huge mistake, especially if you are taking photos with children. It is imperative that you schedule your shoot at a time when the kids will be at their happiest. Try for a morning or mid-day shoot and absolutely not in the late afternoon.
The Right Photographer – You should look for a photographer who specializes in working with families; they will know how to place your family in the right poses that make them look great. I recommend asking friends and family members who they’ve used, because word of mouth is going to bring you the best options.
The Perfect Outfit – Choosing what everyone will wear can be quite a chore. You want to make sure everyone is comfortable because if they aren’t happy with what they’re wearing, it’s going to be obvious in your photos. Making sure they are comfortable will also ensure that everyone will have more fun during the shoot. Choose outfits that blend, but don’t put the entire family in the exact same outfit because then the focus will be on the clothes instead of the people in the photo.
The Right Setting – Don’t settle for the cliché background for your family portraits. Figure out where your family will be the most relaxed and what will bring out those beautiful smiles. It’s important to choose a setting that is fun and that the whole family will enjoy.
Creating a Fun Atmosphere – This is the most important part of your photo shoot. A great way to get everyone to loosen up is to take a couple of goofy shots to get the laughter and smiles flowing. Also, ask your photographer to take some candid shots. Sometimes the candid shots are some of the best photos that come from a photo shoot.
These simple and easy tips are sure to result in some great photos for your family’s photo shoot!