Family photos can be taken at any time of the year and on any occasion. These days you’ll find most families love to be spontaneous when it comes time to get in front of the camera. In this post, we’ll share with you some unique family photo shoot ideas for you to use on your next shoot.
Choosing a Location
Of course, you don’t have to take family shots at home as they’re ideal in all types of locations and can be taken at a variety of events. For example, family field trips are quite popular as you’ll have the chance to capture a family in a variety of scenarios. Anything goes really when it comes to family photos as the possibilities are simply endless. Wherever the family goes can be viewed as a mobile studio. The age of the family members and their interests will often dictate where they visit and can often lead to some inspirational settings. For example, think of the endless possibilities of a family at a zoo or an amusement park. These types of family photo shoot ideas can be just the ticket!
Taking photos at home is usually the easiest option if the family members are younger and live under the same roof. This is because everybody will feel at ease as they’re smack dab in the middle of familiar and comfortable surroundings. Again, every room can be viewed as a studio as can the front and back yard etc. Taking photos at home will allow you to capture the family as they go about their natural daily routines which can always be nice.
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Get Inspiration from the Family Members
Don’t be afraid to be creative and listen to the family’s ideas when it comes to unique images. For instance, if they want to pitch a tent in the middle of the living room and have everybody pile into it then go for it. Also, don’t hesitate to head outdoors for your photo shoot. People usually feel less inhibited and embrace their freedom when in wide open spaces. The natural light is generally more flattering as well and there is usually an endless supply of props that can be used.
Add Interest with Props
The type of props you can use will generally be dictated on your setting. If you’re taking photos at the beach you could consider things such as sea shells, beach balls, umbrellas, and lifeguard towers etc. The beach and any other place near water, such as a swimming pool and lake are ideal for family shoots since most people are naturally drawn to water. In fact, you may even want to take some underwater photos if you have the right type of camera. Just try not to overdo it with the props as too many of them can make the image look too busy
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Natural Poses are Better
You may not want to go overboard on the standard forced style poses since it can be much nicer to capture the family members while they act naturally. Try to use more of a photojournalism style and approach. It tends to work better these days. If you can capture photos that represent the personality of the family and its members then you’ll both likely be happier with the outcome. For instance if the family loves camping then you may want to represent this in your shots.
Photo by Brendon
To Plan or Not to Plan
Some photographers prefer to plan out their family photo shoots while others just prefer to take things as they come and use whatever location and props they may have at hand. The best images are usually ones in which you let your imagination run wild and the ideas just happen to come to you while you’re holding the camera in your hands.
We hope you enjoyed this article and it helped generate some family photo shoot ideas for you. Please, leave a comment telling us which tip was your favorite or other ideas you’d like to add.
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