Allison Duda of A Joy Photography has helped us out with her photography skills tons of times in the past — click here to browse all of our posts on this blog that feature her work.
Today, she’s sharing with us 8 helpful and simple photography tips that anyone can use to help perfectly capture those perfect family moments and memories. Keep on scrolling to see her list!
Coordinate a group look – but there’s no need to dress the same.
Your family probably doesn’t dress all alike on a typical day, so there’s no need to do so for your family photo.
Instead, opt for a coordinated look in a similar tonal range. You can choose either neutral or bold colors – just make sure they work well together. Don’t shy away from prints or accessories if you enjoy them, as a fun pattern on a skirt or a pop color in a scarf will add interest, but using too many prints can detract from the photo’s subject.
If your outfits are uncoordinated, or they clash with the background, turning your photographs to black and white is a simple solution. Doing so can also give a very stunning and classic feel to your shots.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Of course you want your kids to look cute, but they still need to feel comfortable in order to give you their best look. If you’re on location, make sure they can move and walk naturally. Try not to worry about whether they get their outfit slightly wrinkled or a little bit messy during the shoot.
Plan an outdoor shoot according to best seasonal lighting.
Outdoor lighting can help you create some amazing photos. As a general rule, you’ll want to schedule outdoor photos either early in the morning or about an hour before sunset. During spring or summer, this typically means before 10 A.M. or after 6 P.M. In fall or winter, any time after 2 P.M. and before sunset works well.
Keep design layout in mind while shooting.
If you plan on using one of your images for a plate or a card, make sure the composition of the photograph is suitable for that format. For a plate, make sure that the image fits well in a circular area. For a card, vertical or horizontal poses will work fine.
Also, keep in mind any typography that you may want to add. Frame your shots with enough open space to accommodate text. For more ideas on our custom photo products, check out Allison’s Holiday Cookie Party.
Have fun interacting with each other.
Younger children will often give their best looks a second or two after their “say cheese” smile, or after you let them make their favorite silly face, so keep it playful and fun. Have a family member stand behind the photographer to make faces or act goofy and get your kids to laugh. It is not always necessary for them to be staring straight ahead – their smiles and laughs will make the picture more natural, and create a fun memory, too.
Keep your family engaged.
If you’re having trouble with kids who don’t know what to do with their hands, try having them fold their arms, put their hands in their pockets, or hold a prop like a flower. These types of poses usually look natural. If your kids get bored or frustrated quickly, switch activities or locations as needed. If your family likes the outdoors, try going for a walk in the park and take pictures at various locations during your outing. The more you let your family be themselves, the more likely you are to get them at their best.
Get creative with your angles.
When photographing kids, it’s always a good idea to move around. Get in close and try shooting above them or down low at their level. If you have trouble getting creative, visit sites like Pinterest ahead of time to help give you portrait ideas.
Don’t worry about getting the perfect shot.
Sometimes the most memorable shots are the real moments between the staged poses. And when in doubt of what else to do, you can always move in a little closer to each other. Leaning into or hugging one another ensures everyone gets in the shot and creates a loving family memory.