Better Family Photos and Children Photo Taking Tips
Tired of the same family group poses in your photos? Would you like your photos to look more “together” or more professional? Want your children to look happy and enjoy having their photos taken? Well, read on…
We love the variety of settings and poses we see in the photos for the custom designs here at Lil Duck Duck. So we thought you would like the following suggestions for more interesting photo poses and are from the article, “Top 20 Tips for Taking Family Photos” in Scrapbooks Etc.
PICK A FAMILY-FRIENDLY LOCATION
Before you gather everyone who needs to be in your family photograph, choose a location. Natural lighting and plenty of space to pose large groups makes heading outdoors a good choice—just make sure the weather will cooperate.
SELECT A SIMPLE BACKGROUND FOR YOUR FAMILY PHOTO
Remember: Simple is better when it comes to family photos. Don’t go overboard with holiday decorations or props. Instead, keep the focus on the family with a simple background.
ADJUST LIGHTING TO FLATTER YOUR FAMILY
No one wants a family photo in which everyone is squinting or poorly lit. Have your subjects face away from the sun, and try to position family members so that the light source is behind or slightly to the side and meter your shot off their faces, not the area around them.
THINK CANDID FAMILY PHOTOS
One trick to boosting your family photo is to make it look natural. Position your family members in a non-traditional pose, or let them do what’s comfortable. Family photos don’t have to be stuffy, so remember to have fun!
ARRANGE FAMILY MEMBERS ON DIFFERENT LEVELS
When posing your subjects, make sure their eyes are on different levels. This creates a more dynamic family photo.
ENCOURAGE INTERACTION BETWEEN FAMILY MEMBERS
Not everyone needs to be sitting nicely for it to be a good family photo. Some of the best shots capture interaction—such as nudges or arms over the shoulder. This helps the photo from feeling too staged.
USE LIGHT FROM WINDOWS IN FAMILY PHOTOS
Indoor family photos also get a boost from natural light. If you have a large window, position your group near it. The window doesn’t need to be in the shot to reap the lighting benefits.
POSE YOUR FAMILY
Ask family members to put their arms around the person next to them—this brings everyone closer together and creates a sense of family unity.
WORK WITH NATURAL LIGHT IN HOLIDAY PHOTOS
Natural light—not family’s temperament—determines the best time of day to take family photos. The light is best in the early morning or in the late afternoon, just before the sun sets.
FILL THE FRAME WITH FAMILY
Get up close and personal. The best family photos fill the frame with people, eliminating distracting backgrounds.
COORDINATE FAMILY MEMBERS’ CLOTHING
Before photo day arrives, pick out clothes in coordinating colors. If your shot includes extended family—whose outfits you can’t pick out for them—give them a color scheme and ask that they not wear busy patterns.
HELP FAMILY MEMBERS RELAX
The best family photos are taken when everyone is relaxed. Take a silly shot in which everyone makes funny faces, and then keep snapping after they’re done—you’ll get completely natural smiles.
DISTRACT CAMERA-PHOBIC FAMILY MEMBERS
If some family members are photo-phobic, help them to relax by asking them to interact with another family member.
TAKE FAMILY PHOTOS ALL YEAR
Take the pressure off yourself to snap the perfect family photo just for use on a holiday card; instead, use a favorite photo from the year. Take photos of your family—and be sure to get in a few shots, too!—when you’re on vacation or a fun outing.
We hope these tips are helpful and enjoy taking many photos of your family members – from the Lil Duck Duck family.