I spent the past week surrounded by family, enjoying the warm weather of Florida. My camera was almost always at hand, mainly so that I could capture every moment spent with my little cousins. Ranging in age from 6 to 13, they are all a bundle of energy and never stand still for a photo. But that’s when the magic happens.
Perfection is overrated, and great portraits should reflect you and your family as they actually are: in motion. Everyone looking into the camera is the typical photo to have for over the fireplace, but the photos you will remember most fondly are the shots of your family in action. A static portrait of the entire family posed perfectly in the same outfit is old news (the 90s are over, folks). Every family member has a unique personality, and your photos should reflect this. Dress everyone in the same hue or in complimentary colors, but let each family member pick out an outfit that really reflects their individuality. Most importantly for the little ones, make sure the clothes are comfortable and that they can run, jump, play, and be themselves.
For what to do in front of the camera, have a few activities planned. Got a wild bunch that loves sports? Make sure that your family photo session includes a quick game in the backyard. Get lots of photos of mom and dad throwing a pass to the youngsters. Have the kids wrestle for the ball. Have your oldest child try to kick a field goal. Not sporty? No problem. As seen below, even a makeup lesson ad face washing session can turn into great family photos.
Enjoy these photos of my own family, and get in touch if you would like to schedule a time to talk about photographing your own brood. The warm weather is coming (slowly) to New York so now is the time to plan that family photo session. And for all my followers in Florida, I will be back in town in August, so I look forward to see you all then!
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