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6 Tips To Capture Creative Family Portraits

By Joseph Cha on September 29th 2015

Family Matters

Family photos are guaranteed meaningful photos for a client. Usually, if you just take a photo with good lighting, everyone smiling, and no blinks, then your clients will be satisfied and grateful. But what if you took it an extra step forward? In the video and article below, I have 6 tips for you so you can capture amazing family portraits!

6 Tips To Capture Creative Family Portraits Video

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Tip 1: Incorporate Action

Engage the whole family in fun little activities to get natural reactions.

Examples:

  • Have the kids play a game of tag
  • Have a posing contest
  • Run a small distance together
  • Try a jumping shot
  • Throw children into the air

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Tip 2: Go With The Flow

Always have your camera up and ready for anything that may happen. Be prepared to capture the unexpected.

Examples:

  • Water splashing the family
  • Children melting down

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Tip 3: Get Every Possible Combination

Be sure to capture the family in all possible variations. Start with the largest group and remove or add family members as you go.

Examples:

  • Everyone in
  • Grandparents and Kids
  • Parents and Kids
  • Mom and Kids
  • Dad and Kids
  • Mom and Dad

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Tip 4: Capture Candid In-Between Moments

Candids make for the best images with genuine expressions. Simply direct their attention to one another, and capture their natural exchanges and interactions.

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Tip 5: Have a Mini Couple Session

Let the kids take a break and get some shots of just the parents. Treat this like an engagement session and shoot both traditional and lifestyle poses.

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Tip 6: Don’t Be Afraid to Get Silly

Funny faces help get the family in a lighter mood. Allow the family to goof off and play together, then capture the fun reactions and candid moments.

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Conclusion

So there you have it, 6 tips to capture amazing family portraits. Do you have any more tips? Let us know in the comments!

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About

I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Derek Schwartz

    It’s big deal keeping kids upbeat during a shoot; these are great ideas. Some of my favorite shots, both as a photographer and a subject, are silly shots.

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  2. marcel bauer

    I will for sure use some of these tips on my next family shoot. Thanks

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  3. Joshua Grasso

    Nice advise and good work

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  4. Harry Harry Snapper

    Nice family, nice photo!

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  5. Ian Johns

    Bah, I could have used this four days ago! Great article — will be bookmarking this one.

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  6. Paul Empson

    some nice ideas: keep it fun.. have to get the family, parents I find, to relax and out child their children..

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