Family photography dates back to the first appearance of cameras. People want to immortalize their families and relatives for posterity, for record purposes, to create a keepsake, a token of love hanging in the home.
Your goal and responsibility, as a photographer, is to show the bond, the uniqueness of each family and freeze it in time.
With essential tips and suggestions to create good family photos, this article will help both professional photographers and their clients to get the most out of a family photography session.
How to Prepare for a Family Photography Session
From choosing a location to the right outfits, a lot should happen before you start clicking the shutter button.
Let’s go through the preparations…
Get to Know the Family You Are Photographing
Take the time to find out if this family has a ‘thing’. Are they hockey fans? Are they music lovers? How old are the kids?
It is always worth figuring out those little things ahead of a shoot. It is so easy to create a unique image that has meaning to them. Keep the dialogue open, from booking to shoot. It will help you make it more special.
Choose the Right Outfits
It may seem like a trivial point to some, especially if you are like me and do not pay particular attention to fashion and trends. But believe me, when I say, it can make or break a family shot. A family’s choice of clothing creates or can affect the overall harmony.
Choose 2-3 tones to thread through the family
Example: A family of four, with parents, one daughter, and one son could use tones this way:
- Dad wears dark blue denim, a navy zip-up sweater, brown shoes and belt, and a plaid scarf with shades on each
- Mom wears different shades of denim with high brown boots a maroon dress top with a cream necklace
- daughter wears a blue dress with a brown leather jacket and blue shoes
- son wears khakis and a brown shirt with a denim jacket
It might seem obvious but most people will want to go all out for a special family shot. More often than not, they will overdress.
Which makes them uncomfortable, especially kids. Just make sure they dress to THEIR comfort level, and in a style that works with the chosen location.