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3 Tips for Capturing Unforgettable Family Photos

3 Tips for Capturing Unforgettable Family Photos


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Family portraits have been around for more than a century, and nowadays every small whether big or small has at least one family portrait. Thanks to smartphones, DSLR cameras, and affordable photos, it’s easier now more than ever to save family memories. Just look back at an old family album.

 Is there anything you notice? Maybe some photos are a bit blurry or someone forgot to smile.  All of these little mistakes can really add up and show how special the photo album is, right? It’s like a gentle reminder that before social media, everything didn’t have to be just perfect because it was still going to get loved and cherished regardless.

Nevertheless, it’s still understandable why you’re going to want the perfect photo with your family. You want to save time, you want to have the perfect photo, plus you don’t want to aggravate the photographer either with so many redos.  It’s totally understandable. Fortunately, there are a few tips for preparing for that big family portrait, and these tips can help you out.

Think about the children

Most family portraits are going to include children, whether these are your siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, your own children, and so on. It’s known that it can be difficult for children to set still for photos. There are plenty of cartoons that even remark on it. It’s normal but it can be pretty annoying, right? Even for photographers, it can at times do family photography if the child is acting up.  Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can try (along with tips from your photographer) to get the kid to act good, hold still, and say “cheese” to the camera. Some of the tips include:

  • Let them act natural (since they’re not good at faking emotions)
  • Get silly with them, and get them to laugh
  • Let them strike their own pose
  • Talk with them to get them to feel more relaxed
  • Avoid being stern or hurting their feelings
  • Try and get down on their level
  • Reward them for good behavior

These are just a few ways to get the children who will be in the portrait to be comfortable so the family photo can be great. Just remember that there is no such thing as perfect. Also, be sure to ask the photographer whether or not they have any tips and tricks up their sleeve.

Practice beforehand

It may be best one or two days before the big family shoot that you and your family practice. Practice the poses you’ll want to be in, already have your outfit set out that you’re wanting to wear. In general, just be a bit prepared ahead of time. It’s going to make it much easier.

Talk to the photographer about acting natural

Some people and families really aren’t meant to do awkward poses by trees or fields. Instead, talk to the photographer about you and your family just acting naturally. Just walk around, chat, let the children play. These more natural photos are becoming very popular as it’s obvious the emotions aren’t forced.

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