Time goes by too quickly. One day, you’re coming home from the hospital with your newborn, and before you know it, you’re seeing them off for the first day of school. We should all take photos to capture all the precious moments of family life.
A professional portrait can become your favorite piece of decor ten years down the line. Taking such a photo can get hectic with small children and pets, though. Let’s explore some tips to facilitate the process.
You might have a cranky baby or an elderly household member not best suited for an exhausting day in the studio. Still, having everyone in the photo is worth the trouble.
When it comes to seniors, organize around their schedule and get them a comfortable chair. Babies can sleep during the session (if everybody else stays quiet enough) and look angelic.
Remember, studios that specialize in this kind of photography are used to large, chaotic families. Don’t be self-conscious about yours, but present it in all its glory.
The most authentic pictures come to life when the subjects are enjoying themselves. If everybody’s standing awkwardly before the camera lens, it’ll seem stiff and unnatural. Your love shines through the best while you’re all having fun.
Use an activity to help your kids loosen up and show their authentic selves. Posing options for families are endless – it can be anything from walking or playing to dancing or hiding behind a tree.
Go for Beautiful Surroundings
You might’ve had to stick to a photo studio in the past, but modern photographers are flexible. Today, you get to choose the environment that matches the way you imagine the perfect group portrait.
The photographer takes care of the camera settings, composition, and lighting. It’s on you to find a place where you feel the entire family would feel happy and comfortable. The location could be your home, the town park, or the beach, as long as everybody agrees with the idea.
Coordinate Your Outfits
While you don’t have to dress elegantly to look good in a portrait, you should be careful when choosing the outfits. They should go well with each other to help you look like a whole, not a bunch of disjointed parts.
Make sure that everyone wears the same style of clothes in similar or corresponding shades. Also, steer clear of loud colors and stick to natural tones. Reds and yellows might end up becoming the center of the photo.
Finally, don’t make your clothes too different from what you’d typically wear. That way, all members will feel comfortable and act like themselves throughout the session.
Print the Pictures
Digital pictures are the quickest, most affordable solution. Still, if you now have a gorgeous shot, why not print it out for display? It might even warrant the time and money to transform it into a piece of art to hang on your living room wall.
Various companies even specialize in family portraits that include pets, turning them into beautiful oil paintings, pencil sketches, or charcoal drawings. All you need to do is pick a photo you like and have an artist turn it into a true masterpiece.
You could even create a puzzle and frame it in this quirky fashion. Various formats serve different decorative purposes, but they can all find a place in your home.
Take Some Couple Shots
If you have a partner, chances are you didn’t get a lot of time for romance and passion between soccer practices and grocery shopping.
Now is the ideal time to capture some sentimental shots and remember the early days of your relationship. Plus, these shots will help you relax a bit, especially after you show up at the meeting anxious about how your kids will behave.
Have Fun With it
Finally, remember that it’s your family and your portrait. Don’t turn the photoshoot into a stressful affair where nobody enjoys the day. Try to make it pleasant and spontaneous, and you’ll go home with beautiful photos to admire over the years to come