Tips for a Family Portrait

A great family picture is something that every family should have, but it can also be a source for a lot of stress and difficulty at times. After all, there are so many awkward family photos out there today that there is even a website dedicated entirely to that subject, with some hilarious (and often embarrassing) photos from families who got the portrait all wrong. If you’re going to spend the money on a photo shoot, you want quality family portraits. Here are some tips to help you get the best possible shots.

Tip #1: Schedule it at a Good Time

Picking a “good time” for a family photo doesn’t just mean a convenient time for your schedule, although that is also something important to consider. Also take into account what time of day your children are likely to be at their happiest (especially if you have young children), and be sure you have enough time set aside that you will be able to get everyone in the family ready for the photo without being frenzied and hurried (which causes stress, which can lead to poor photos).

Keep in mind that the early morning hours and the late afternoon are often best from a lighting/photography standpoint if you are planning outdoor photos, but you may have to be flexible with your schedule to accommodate the light.
Tip #2: Pick a Quality Photographer

Many people today like to dabble in photography as a hobby, and often they are looking for subjects to photograph. While it can be tempting to try and help a friend out by hiring them to do your family photos, if they don’t have much experience in family portraits, you could just end up wasting a lot of time and money and get poor quality photos. Instead, look for a professional with lots of experience, like those at Jaylynn Photography. That way you know that when you spend the money, you’ll get exactly what you expect.

Tip #3: Choose Your Outfits Wisely

One of the easiest places to mess up is with your clothing. It used to be fashionable for families to dress exactly alike, with everyone in black pants and a blue shirt, or wearing some version of the exactly same plaid pattern. While this does produce a certain uniformity in your photos, it can look staged and unnatural. Instead, most families today try to go for a coordinated, but not exactly matching look. Keep in mind that intricate patterns or designs can be distracting, and can date a photo much more quickly than solid colors or basic patterns like stripes.

Tip #4: Pick a Great Spot

You don’t have to go to some exotic locale to get a good background; often you can find something close to home that will make a great backdrop for your family portraits. If you are not sure where to go, ask your photographer from Jaylynn Photography for some ideas, since they often know where some of the best places are to avoid crowds and get great shots.

Sometimes people put off family photos because they’re not sure where to start. Use this list to get great photos, and preserve the memories of your family just the way they are today.