If you’ve been assigned to photograph a family on holiday or on an outing, it’s both a challenge and a wonderful opportunity. It’s a challenge because it’s not easy to elicit a natural pose or a smile. It’s a wonderful opportunity because it feels so satisfying when the images turn out great. It’s easy to get entangled in choosing the right gear or the right technique for shooting family photos. The key, however, is in the right approach. This video tutorial provides some helpful tips:
1. Incorporate Action
It’s often said that natural reactions produce the best photos. The best way to elicit a natural reaction is when your subjects are engaged in fun little activities and are completely immersed in the fun.
2. Go With the Flow
Plan the shots you want to make, but also have your camera ready for any special moments that you may not have planned for. When they do present themselves go with the flow.
3. Get Every Possible Combination
As SLR Lounge shows, make sure to have every possible combination of family members in the photos: just the kids, the whole family, father and daughter, etc. That way you have a larger pool of shots to select from. You also have that many different moments and emotions.
4. Capture Candid, In-Between moments
As always, take your time to shoot candid moments. Candid moments are priceless, as they capture genuine and relaxed expressions. Kids make the best expressions when you let them be themselves. Direct their energy and capture their interactions between staged shots to make beautiful portraits.
5. Have a Mini Couple Session
Don’t forget the parents! While the kids play around and take a break, divert some time to do a mini couple session. Treat this as an engagement session and mix different poses together.
6. Don’t Be Afraid to Get Silly
Sometimes getting a bit silly can result in those special photos that you wouldn’t get otherwise. Make a funny face, capture their reactions, and encourage them to goof with each other.
What other tips do you have for getting great family photos?
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