If you have a family, you’ve almost certainly been a part of family photography. Whenever families get together, it’s natural for cameras to come out – whether capturing spontaneous moments as they happen or getting people together for posed group shots.
When you want truly great family photography, your best bet is to hire experienced professionals – but that doesn’t mean you can’t take some nice snapshots at any family get-together. Here are some tips to help you take some nice family photos during the upcoming holidays, or any time you’re together!
Four Tips for Taking Better Family Photographs
- Fun activities make for fun photos
One reason a lot of family pictures can feel boring and stale is that, often, the family members are uncomfortable. They were herded into a room and told to smile, and it comes off as forced. Get around this by encouraging fun activities that will make everyone feel more comfortable.
You’ll get some great action shots, and chances are, everyone having a good time will lead to much more natural smiles later.
- Be engaging
If you’re doing staged photos, don’t rush things. Chat with people as they line up. Crack jokes. Make them laugh. The more you can do behind the camera to get people to loosen up, the better the pictures will look when you do start taking them.
- Shoot fast, shoot plenty
Always have your camera (or phone) near at hand during family gatherings, because you never know when a great moment will happen. You may only have seconds to grab your camera and start shooting. When you do, don’t hold back. Everyone uses digital cameras these days, so there is no reason to be stingy about snaps taken.
One of the secret tricks of great photographers is simply that we take a huge number of shots. We might take and discard dozens of pictures, just looking for that one perfect shot where everything looks amazing. Do the same.
- Get lots of different group shots
Undoubtedly, you have complicated dynamics in your family, where different groups of people bring out different aspects of each other’s personality. Use this! Shoot as many different combinations of family members as you can, looking to capture those unique group dynamics.
Or, if you want some amazing family photography that you can all treasure for years, contact Champagne Photography to schedule a full professional session.