How To Take Pictures Of Your Family: These tips are pretty simple, but make a big difference in the outcome of photos. Try some tips out, but don’t forget to put the camera down at some point so you can enjoy the holidays too!
With the holidays coming up, it means more gatherings with family and friends, giving thanks and celebrating each other’s company. It also means good times, and inevitably, some snapshots throughout the day! I always find myself pulling out my camera or phone to snap some photos during the holidays, and I know I’m not the only one. It’s a great way to look back on all the fun, and it’s also nice to share with family afterward.
As a family portrait photographer, people often ask me how they can take better photos of their own families, whether it be posed photos or candid photos. I’ve compiled a few tips which can be applied to many situations, whether it’s candid photos at a family gathering or a quick photo of everyone dressed up for dinner. Regardless of the occasion, here are some tips to take your own photos to the next level!
How To Take Pictures Of Your Family Using These Simple Tips
1. When you take a photo, pick a background without many distractions!
It seems so simple, but it really makes a big difference. Let’s be honest – sometimes life can be messy and unfortunately, we all don’t live in a picture-perfect world. Pick a spot with minimal distractions and no clutter in the background. Sometimes, a wall in the kitchen or living room can serve as the best backdrop. It’s simple and clean – and easy! This way your eye will go right to the beautiful people you captured in the photo.
2. Speaking of beautiful people, look for organic moments!
Some of my favorite photos are photos where everyone is smiling right at the camera. This is always a go-to shot and is guaranteed to be framed one day. However, sometimes the best photos are the photos that I like to call “in between shots” because they tend to capture more raw and organic moments. Sometimes these moments come right before the “smiling right at the camera” shot, and sometimes they come after. It might not be the photo you have in mind, but it really shows off the personalities in the photo.
3. Make sure everyone feels comfortable and is having fun!
Sometimes people don’t like to be photographed and that is okay. On the other hand, some people love to be photographed! Focus on those who enjoy being photographed and look for natural smiles and laughter. You can make kids laugh by doing something funny (my favorite – a funny dance!) or by telling a silly joke. It even loosens up the adults and makes them giggle as well – it’s a win-win! Don’t forget to get a not so serious photo as well. You can try providing some cues, like “make a funny face” or “strike a pose.” Get creative!
4. Try to use natural light!
If possible, try to take the photos in an area that gets a lot of sunlight. If the subject is facing the sunlight, it will typically create a more flattering photo. Don’t be afraid to head outside in your backyard for some photos too if it’s a nice day – it’s a great excuse to get out of the house and enjoy the weather for a few minutes! If you go outside in the middle of the day when the sun is highest in the sky, try to stay in the shade to avoid unflattering shadows.
5. Utilize the self-timer – you should be in some photos too!
You don’t want to look back at the photos and realize afterward that you aren’t in any of them. Sometimes it’s hard to turn the camera on ourselves, but it’s a better family memory if everyone is involved. Almost every camera has a self-timer mode, even smartphones, so be sure to use it!
These tips are pretty simple but make a big difference in the outcome of photos. Try some tips out, but don’t forget to put the camera down at some point so you can enjoy the holidays too!
Happy Snapping and happy holidays!