I LOVE family photos! I typically bring my tripod and remote along with us so I can capture a family photo of where ever we are. This year for Easter I decided to make everyone get dressed up before Easter so I could photograph our own family portraits. I wanted the practice since I like to take our own Christmas card photo each year. I learn new things each time I take our own photos. It did increase your appreciation of hiring someone to do it for you :O) he he Follow these tips to photograph your own family portraits.
Bring your tripod and remote. It is really hard to take your own photos if you are relying on the timer because you are constantly moving back and forth to reset the photos. Your children will soon grow tired of standing in the same position waiting for you to run around.
List of poses. I don’t know why but everytime I go to take my own family photos I run out of ideas if I forget to write them down.
Keep moving. This is another reason you list of poses comes in handy. Small children don’t want to stand still for a long time. Since you are doing it yourself it will definitely take more time. Allow the kids to run around while you get everything set up. Take some pictures and then move on.
Meter and focus off someone else in the photo. I always had my husband get into place. Then I could meter and focus off of him before asking the kids to come back in the picture and get in myself. Make sure you aperture is closed up enough for the amount of people you have in the photo.
Don’t expect everyone to look at the camera. This is especially true if you have young children like I do. I would tell them to look at the camera but that didn’t mean they would. Since I was trying to look at the camera as well there was no way for me to tell. I try to choose poses where they aren’t expected to look at the camera.
- Tickling (so they are laughing)
- Looking at each other
- Hold hands
Prep your family. Explain what you are going to do, how long it will take, if there will be a reward afterwards (I think bribery works great :O). Also, bring snacks and water. If time allows have everyone eat something before you go.