Things done with our family’s help seem easier. It’s more fun to celebrate the holidays with them, and it’s more reassuring if they’re around during challenging times. But not all things are easier to do with the entire family. Taking a family picture is one of those things. As much fun as it is for everyone to get together, family members usually make up the most animated crowd, which makes it hard for a photographer to take their picture. It’s important, though, that a family has a portrait every generation because it’s deemed a valuable heirloom.
Plan it in detail, that’s the secret to taking a family portrait, particularly if you have a large family. It’s important that the family is complete in the portrait so you would need to inform everyone the schedule ahead of time. Otherwise, some aunts or uncles might be unable to make it in short notice. If there’s a family celebration coming up, such as the birthday or anniversary of the head of the family or the grandparents, you can hold the pictorial session on the same day. Everybody would have made time for the party so there’s a big chance that they would be there. And it is also likely that everyone will be in a jovial mood, which is perfect for the photo.
For a classic family portrait, ask everyone to dress in their best dress or suit. You can also ask them for ideas for a themed portrait photography. Perhaps you can all don national costumes or dress in a particular colour. Though there are no rules on what everyone should wear during their portrait photo shoot, many families opt to dress in coordinated clothes to show that they are united as a family. Moreover, dressing up in costume can be exciting for the whole family.
Family photos can be shot in a photographer’s studio or almost anywhere else, but remember that seniors and the young ones will be present in the photo shoot so it’s important to make the venue comfortable for everyone. Hold the photo shoot before doing any activity so everyone still looks fresh in the picture.
There are distinct characters in a family. Although you are all in similar outfit and are told to smile at the same time, everyone’s personality will still come out in the photo. Not everybody will smile as impeccably as the others, and that’s just fine. After all, the uniqueness of the members is what makes a family portrait perfect.