Whether you’re on vacation, it’s Thanksgiving, or you just have all joined up for a day out, whatever the occasion may be if your whole clan is together in one place, this makes it the perfect opportunity to take the perfect family portrait so that you can remember the day. However, this is often easier said than done.
Who takes it? Where do you stand? Are we smiling or being silly? Do we get the dog in? All these questions are bound to be asked before you finally hear the sweet release of somebody shouting, “Ready?” at your gaggle of family members. If it’s your loved ones all together, remembering that moment is what truly counts, so you need to make it the best experience possible. Therefore, here’s a guide to taking the perfect family photo.
Pick your spot
Where do you want this family photo to take place? If you want to do so in your home, then you need to think about where in the home is the best place to take the photo. While your living room might seem ideal, if it doesn’t have the best lighting, your photo outcome will not be what you envisioned. Therefore, why not just take one out in the garden? This allows you to use the best natural light and capture the perfect snap.
However, there is nothing stopping you from going further afield, taking that snap somewhere your children have always nagged at you to go, or somewhere your partner’s had on their bucket list for years? Find a backdrop fitting of your photo, but don’t forget, you are the main attraction.
Wherever it is you’re going to get that perfect picture, you better come prepared. Having a good camera will help, but the cameras on smartphones these days are so good, a relatively modern iPhone would do just fine. If you’re going walking, perhaps to get a great picture from the top of a hill or down by a lake, a Keebos Crossbody phone case will help you have your cell phone ready for action, not hidden away in a pocket or bag.
Make sure everybody’s in
This can be a trial at the best of times, never mind if you’re taking a selfie! Getting the perfect selfie is something some generations seem to have perfected. However, if you’re not blessed with selfie-taking skills, then perhaps it’s better you ask somebody else to take the reins or to get somebody not in the photo to step back and take it for you. You know if you crop half of somebody’s face out, you’ll never hear the end of it.
You need to make sure you are fully prepared for a family photo shoot so things can go stress-free and smooth!
There’s nothing worse than taking just the one, getting home and finding out you’ve got your eyes shut. Always take lots of photos, just in case. You can delete all the poor ones and only keep and print the best. If you’re in front of a moving background, perhaps some wildlife or a busy cityscape, you’ll want to pick the one with the least blur behind you.
Better yet, if you have the skills, you could take the best bits of every photo and combine them as one using programs such as Photoshop to get the perfect image. This way, by layering the images, it doesn’t matter if the ideal picture where everyone is looking has a moving background; you simply change the background to one that isn’t blurred.
However, if you are looking for a stress free professional family portrait, Apolonia Photographie Studio specializes in family portraiture. All you have to worry about is getting to her studio on the day!