There, on your social media feed, it pops up – a poised and gorgeous family portrait that makes your friend’s family look like they walked out of a magazine. You yearn for that type of photo, and getting to the family portraits of your dreams is easier if you just follow a few simple tips.
Family Photo Shoot: How To Make Sure Everyone Looks Their Best
A tired family is a grumpy family. Make sure that everyone gets plenty of sleep the night before the shoot so that each member looks refreshed. That means you too! Do all of your prepping two nights before so you aren’t rushing around and doing the “one last thing” at midnight the night before. You should also make sure that you don’t schedule your photo shoot during nap time for little ones. This will probably lead to crying and frustration.
It may seem simple, but warm water running out or someone running late could make for an incongruous picture. The last thing you want is to be looking at your youngest and wondering if you could have gotten his cowlick to lie down if you could have just gotten him into the tub before you left. Ensuring that everyone has bathed, cleaned and trimmed nails, and hair washed, makes for a better picture.
No, we aren’t looking for everybody in the same family reunion t-shirt, but unifying everyone in a common color is a great idea. Just make sure that for that one color, you use it in different elements of the outfit for each individual, like a tie for one person, scarf for another, a skirt/dress for another. It’s best to shop online or at one store like Kohl’s to make it easy. You can find great deals on clothing for the entire family by using coupons from discountrue.com. Start with a few neutral colors and add a few other colors for variety.
Speaking of clothing, remember to think about where your shoot is going to take place so you can coordinate what you’re wearing. Denim is classic for barns and farms, as well as grassy fields. If you choose a park setting, consider casual wear suitable for a barbeque. If you are dressing up more, consider an elegant indoor location.
Looking at the Camera
It’s normal, and we’ve been trained for eons to do it, but smiling directly at the camera each and every photo isn’t necessary. The candid shots of brother and sister playing with the grass or the dog can be just as wonderful as a smile with missing a tooth.
Planning ahead and taking your time before the shoot is essential. With these tips, you’ll get the portrait that you can be proud to display in your home or online.