Family Photos Don’t Have To Be A Nightmare
Ah the family photo, an experience most kids of any age find unnecessary and awkward, while the parents just want to forever capture what their family looks like with each passing year. Family photos can actually be a positive experience and another contributing reason as to why fall is the perfect session for photography sessions. We compiled a list of things to consider, when planning your Autumnal or holiday picture.
Location, Location, Location: While this phrase tends to be more related to real estate and house hunting, it can certainly be applied to picking the best place for a family photo. It can depend upon if you have a theme for your shoot, but otherwise we suggest places like a park since there are loads of areas to choose from. Other great options can even include your backyard, by a lake or a nice pumpkin patch can elevate the holiday feeling.
Facial Expressions are Everything: Now this is probably one of the parts of a solid family picture that easily become a running joke for years to come. It’s important to all have a genuine smile on your face and looking the same direction. Sometimes kids will look upset or are crying, or maybe mad. Everyone should hopefully in a happy mood, or at least pretend to for a couple hours. Explaining to your family that this is an annual occurrence and important to you, will help everyone put forward their best effort.
Look The Part: Dress to impress and make sure it’s a comfortable outfit, because you don’t want to look miserable for a two to three hour photo shoot. There are various ways you can approach apparel, such as all wearing matching outfits or have a color scheme to abide by. We suggest choosing a complimentary color scheme and allow everyone to pick their own outfits, then everyone will be happy campers. As long as everyone looks nice and comfortable, it will be a even pleasant experience for all family members.
Posing The Right Way: Besides what you’re wearing, how you pose in an family photo can either be a shining example of what is a good versus bad family picture. Sure, you want to be creative and have something that is original, but think about what your poses are saying to other people. Sometimes the classic poses of standing together by height or with kids in the foreground can be the best options. We wouldn’t suggest all laying on top of one another in a descending order because it’s not flattering and may make you cringe looking back upon your photos. Casual and candid is usually the best approach to achieve great photos that everyone will be happy to look back upon in years to come.