Family portraits have been used for decades, and many have them have been passed down throughout the years. While many of these photographs simply capture images of family members, others capture the personalities and interactions between the people in the picture. By choosing an excellent photographer, a comfortable location and some simple props, you can have family portraits that perfectly illustrate the love and camaraderie that you experience with your loved ones.
Most family portraits in the past were taken in the photographer’s studio. However, modern technology allows photographers to take beautiful images in a variety of locations. This makes it possible for you to choose a site that reflects your family’s personality and interests, which will help you all to feel more comfortable and relaxed. Search for a location that has plenty of colors or objects that can be featured in the portrait. Choose your favorite corner of a garden, a spot on the beach or your own backyard. Just make sure that it is a place that represents the things that your family enjoys.
By preparing your family for the session, things will go more smoothly. Schedule a time with the photographer when your family members are relaxed and refreshed. Avoid scheduling the session during your children’s nap times or right after you get off work. This will help everyone to be as natural as possible as they get their pictures taken. You and your loved ones will also be more comfortable if you dress naturally. Consider wearing outfits that complement each other, but don’t feel as though everyone has to be dressed up in their finest clothes.
Some families enjoy using props as they get their pictures taken. When you include colorful or well-loved items in your portraiture, your image becomes more personal. Even those who have limited knowledge about your family will be able to tell a lot about you and your loved ones by looking at a picture that uses props. You may choose to add small details, such as flowers, toys or even furniture. These small, intimate touches will make the portrait even more special for your family.
Working with Children
Children love to have their pictures taken, but it can sometimes be difficult to sit still for a family portrait. It is important to be flexible and to work with your child’s attitude at the time of the photo shoot. They may be acting silly because they are so excited, but the photographer can use this to your advantage. Candid shots can be taken that show your children having fun and interacting with you. A sleeping baby will add a feeling of peace and contentment to the image. Don’t feel as though you have to dictate everything during the session. It is sometimes the random moments that turn into beautiful and lasting memories.
Classy Photo has the skills and equipment to create stunning family portraits. We will work with you to capture images that you and your family will treasure for a lifetime. Call us today to set up an appointment for your next family portrait.