Tips To Help You Take A Great Family Portrait This Spring


Whether the latest family portrait hanging on your wall was from last year or last decade, it is time to update it with a new one. With a little planning and preparation, you can take and have a great new family portrait for your home. Here are some tips to help you get a great family portrait taken this spring.

Find an Experienced Photographer

First, you need a photographer to take your family's photos. If you don't know who to use, ask around. Your friends and acquaintances can give you great recommendations of photographers they have used, and this is a good way to find new talent in your area. Your neighbor, for example, may have recently used a talented new photographer that is not very well known yet.

A great photographer can recommend settings in the area for your family portrait, especially outdoor settings, such as an old wooden barn or a bubbling creek that would make a great location. They will also know the time of day to take your photos for the best lighting. Usually, an hour before sunset provides good lighting that is not directly overhead and is diffused through the atmosphere to make the light less indirect.

Plan the Outfits

One of the most important parts about deciding what everyone will wear in your family portrait is to make sure it is planned out in advance. You don't want to be rushing the day of the photo shoot trying to find a shirt for a brother to wear that matches everyone else. Give yourself some time before your portrait date to plan and pick out appropriate outfits and accessories.

Select a coordinating range of colors, such as yellow, pink, and green, for example. You can have everyone match wearing the same color, but having a variety of coordinating colors can look better and provide more visual interest to the photo without it looking boring.

Let any adults know a few weeks before the date so they can find appropriate coordinating clothing. Make sure you specify any rules about the coordinating outfits, such as no character t-shirt, for example.

Get Dinner First

Another important detail is to make sure everyone at the portrait session has eaten first. Most hungry people can be a little grumpy (or a lot) and it can be difficult to get them to relax and have some fun during the session, which is one of the keys to taking a great family portrait. So, why not take everyone out to a meal before the session? This will give everyone a chance to relax as well before the session so you aren't stressed, which can help you get a great final photo.

Contact a local vendor, like Moorman Photographics, for more ideas.


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