We all want the best family photo – one that we can be proud to hang on the wall (or send with our Christmas card). Unfortunately, we often end up with photos of screaming babies, moody teenagers, and something that seems fake.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have photos that show a loving, happy family? Let’s look at how to get the best family photo.
Do Something Fun
The key to a great family photo isn’t standing in a stuffy photographer's office in front of a backdrop. You want to think outside the box. For example, you might do a photo family standing in front of your home that’s been decorated for Christmas or in front of the town Christmas tree. Find something fun that your family truly enjoys.
It may sound silly, but when everyone is wearing the same colors it really does make your photo look better. You don’t have to wear the same outfits, just match. For example, you might all wear red sweaters and khaki pants or all choose to wear ugly Christmas sweaters.
Keep It Natural
The problem with studios is that they seem sterile. You want an environment that feels natural. Even if you use a professional photographer, choose a photographer that takes photos around town, outdoors, etc. You want a photographer that doesn’t rely on backdrops. This allows you to get a unique family photo.
Watch Your Teens
Chances are you remember being a teen and trying to do cutesy stuff. Have a talk with your teens and let them know what it means to you to get a great photo. If you have to, stand near them in the photo so you can make sure they aren’t doing something that will ruin the photo.
Choose the Right Time
Last, but not least, choose a good time of day to get the photo. Don’t do it when everyone is tired or during nap time for the little ones. Choose a time when everyone is more apt to be wide awake and willing to spend time trying to get the perfect photo.
It takes more than a good setting to get the best family photo. You need for your family to be in good spirits and you want it to look natural. Don’t be afraid to be laughing in your photos or to look like the photographer captured the photo without your knowledge. The more genuine the look, the better the photo will be.