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Family Portrait Ideas

April 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Ever gone to a Family Photoshoot and stood there twiddling your thumbs because you don't know what to do ? 

Many families would love to have a snapshot in time of their family but aren't sure of what type of pose to do.  My answer to that is BE NATURAL.  Don't necessarily do what the photographer wants you to do if you aren't comfortable doing it.  There are many different types of family shoots you can go for. I hope you find my images inspirational. 

 

Studio shoots can be a little intimidating.  But at the same time can provide you with clean/ timeless photos that will always look good hanging on the walls of your home even years later.  I like to get to know the family before I start taking pictures. You should expect that from any photographer for any event.  Personality is very important when taking photos otherwise it can look forced and unnatural. 

Huddle in, this fills the frame and if you tickle each other you are guaranteed to get a smile. You don't all need to look at the camera, it looks less posed if you just share a glance at each other.

Consider the clothes your wear to the shoot. If you are a bright and colourful family, don't all turn up in plain clothes. If you want your images to pop colour in your clothes is the key ! 

If you feel a little self conscious about your shape, lay down on the floor, so that your head and shoulders are in view, this will also help you relax more too.

Black and white images look fantastic (my fave) especially on a black background. Be warned Don't wear black for this type of photo, your head will look like its floating in the middle of the image. 

Play with the kids, the photographer will shout out names that will attract their attention for that perfect shot. 

Also consider getting out and about. You don't always have to be in a studio. Kids show their personalities better when they are in their own environment. I shoot in peoples homes and at their fave park as well as a studio.  

Kids love hugs/ cuddles and kisses, let them show their affection towards their mums, dads and grandparents.

A photographer will take many photos to ensure you have a variety to choose from. As well as the group shots they should also capture individuals, couples, just kids, just adults etc.  Consider a collage of images then you get a variety within one finished photo.

Consider natural light portraits, these produce beautiful soft images and aren't as intimidating as large flash lights. 

Don't miss an opportunity to get some photos of your children. Times passes by so quickly but these snapshots in time can last forever. They can also make great presents for other family members. 

Take a couple of outfits to change the look of your images, maybe one smart and one casual. Ladies could consider getting their hair done so it looks perfect and gives them more confidence. Some photographers can provide an MUA (Make Up Artist) ask if this service is available, it can be costly but its worth it for that glamorous look. 

Your photographer will guild you but they will also want you to think about the type of photo you want.  A shoot should take at least 1 to 2 hours some of that will include the talk on what you are looking for.  When considering a photographer you should look at their style of photos, if you like their images they are the photographer for you.  

Prices vary from photographer to photographer. This will be down to the experience and products on offer.  If they need to travel then expect this cost to be factored in.  Some Prints are included in the price as well as CDs of the images. CDs are usually copyright free which means you can print them out as much as you want and where you want, but the CD can be expensive so consider the number of images being made available on the CD as prints supplied by the photographer may be cheaper.

I hope this gives you some ideas about the type of family portrait you would like.

 


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