Family portraits are always precious; it captures that timeless essence of family togetherness, love and happiness in one single frame. To get that right kind of family portrait, it is essential to follow the tips below. We generally take family portraits at various stages of our lives, such as after our marriage, when our first child was born, when our second child was born and so on. We usually get it taken by a professional photographer, but we take these additional steps to get that extra edge in the pictures.
Color Coordinate – Ensure the family members dress or shirts are color coordinated for the picture. Choose block solid colors, such as dark blue or black. Based on your skin tone, pick the color that is flattering for all family members. If the background is light, pick a dark color so that it stands out. Similarly if the background is dark, pick a light color. In our family portrait, we all decided to wear dark purple against white background and it made all of us stand out nicely against the backdrop.
Appear Nice – Do not assume you look best au natural. Ladies need to wear at least some make-up to look pleasant and men brush their hair and shave or appear clean and maintained for the picture. Ensure the children are also brushed and maintained and appear clean for the picture. There is no point in taking a picture where even one member doesn’t look well kept.
Timing – Timing is crucial especially when you plan to take family portraits involving children or babies. Always make sure babies are well fed and way ahead of their nap time. Toddlers and kids would tend to get fussy if the photo shoots go beyond planned time. So make sure you stick to your schedule and get the family portraits taken in time. One time, we went to get our family portraits with our 7 month old daughter. It went for so long that she turned fussy and went right to sleep during the session. But we turned that into a golden opportunity to take some picture with just her and her father caressing her during her sleep.
Props – When you are planning to take portraits of your child or your children, try to use sensible props that are age appropriate and true to what they like then. This will keep the kids engaged as well as keep the portrait colorful. We had a session to take family portraits and we included some toys such as soccer ball and airplane for my husband and my son to make a portrait that showed their interaction as father and son.
Make it enjoyable – Do not turn the photo shoot session into a grumpy impatient session. Plan ahead how you want your family portrait to look like and make sure your dresses and shirts are in order before the picture is taken. Try to stick to the schedule so that it doesn’t run over and turn everybody impatient. You do not want crying kids or grumpy family members in the picture!