Tips for the Best Family Photo Sessions

Taking family photos is important for our memories. Whether you are taking the photos yourself or using a professional photographer there are some things you can do to make sure you get the best family photo sessions possible.

Tips for the Best Family Photo Sessions:

  1. Get Close
    The people in your photos should be close together. This adds warmth to the photo and eliminates empty space. Putting the people at slight angles also helps with the composition. Vary the heights by having some stand, some sit, some kneel, some sit in chairs, etc. but still keep them close together.
  2. Take Lots of Photos
    With digital photography it is so much easier now to take many photos since you can simply delete the bad ones. The more people you have in the photo the harder it is to get them all to have that great look on their faces. Carefully examine each photo for closed eyes, moving hands, hair in odd positions, shadows, etc.
  3. Get Happy
    A simple “say cheese” does not always get the best results. People often force smiles with that. Instead really try to have truly funny things for the family to laugh about during the photo shoot. Along with funny, those heartwarming memories of family also can bring a glow and a smile to everyone’s faces.
  4. Clothing Matters
    Think about coordinating the clothing that the family wears during the family photo session. This does not mean everyone has to match exactly. However, consider a color scheme. Avoid dark colors and avoid busy prints and patterns on clothing.
  5. Timing is Key
    Make sure everyone is well rested, well fed, and relaxed at the time of the session. This applies to both children and adults! Cranky people do not make the best subjects for family photo sessions.

    Tips for the Best Family Photo Sessions

  6. Not Everyone Has to Look at the Camera
    We all have plenty of photos where everyone is nicely looking at the camera and there is nothing wrong with those photos. However, consider taking some photos during the session where people are looking at each other, kissing, hugging, jumping, etc. It is nice to have a variety.
  7. Locations Play a Big Part
    In a photo studio you are limited to the backdrops you are provided. Consider taking photos (yourself or professional photographer) that are in your own home, outdoors, at your favorite places, etc. These locations can help capture the essence of a family in a warmer way.
  8. Props
    Have the family bring some of their favorite things. For kids it can be easier because they can choose a favorite toy, but adults can have favorite things too. Family activity props are great too – such as board games, accessories for a favorite family activity like baseball, camping, reading and the like. These add another personal and warm feel to family photos.

    Tips for the Best Family Photo Sessions

Do you have any other tips to share to get the best family photo sessions?

Robyn