8 Ideas for Creating Fabulous Family Photographs

Family photos are a great way of capturing moments in time. Of growing families. Of kids growing up. Historically family photos were a time of everyone having to be well groomed, wearing the same outfit, sitting a certain way whilst holding a frozen smile for endless moments while a photographer captured a stark and sterile photo.

Thankfully we’ve evolved from the days of boring, posed photos in studios and nowadays family photos range have become more creative and in a lot of cases a lot more relaxed. Whilst we’d never diminish the fabulousness of professionally taken photographs with advancements in smartphones and the quality of smartphone cameras, capturing a family photograph can be done almost anywhere, anytime, providing you’re all together. Thinking outside the square, putting people in different positions, locations, backgrounds and changing points of focus can all make a simple family photograph into something wonderful and one to be cherished for years to come.

Here’s a few creative ideas for capturing fabulous family photographs:

Use water:

Good shoes, similar coloured pants or jeans and shirts and a bridge over water creates a really nice effect for a family photo.

Say it in words:

Literally capture the ‘love’ in your family photos with this simple, fun and creative idea. Just make sure you have a consistent background and nothing distracting in the foreground so your message isn’t lost.

family photo love

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Four generations in one:

We think this four generation photo is particularly creative – it takes an interesting background, a photo frame,  four beautiful generations of family and a little snappy photo editing. Moose Photography has put together a tutorial for you to create this effect.

Father and son:

This is a cute way of capturing a father son duo. All you need is a super-cute outfit for little man, a Dad in a pair of jeans and a textured background. Very cool.

 

Mother and daughter:

Again such a simple but relaxed photo, this time taken from a height to capture a different angle. Note mum and daughter are wearing denim and white but the colour is broken just slightly with mum’s checked scarf.

mother and daughter photo

image via: CS Studio Blog

 

Chalkboard sign:

This is a classic and all you need is a small chalkboard and a grassy paddock (oh and the kids and a sunny day helps too). Focus on the wording in the chalkboard and the kids blurred in the background is a lovely effect. You can story board these photos by changing your focus to the kids in the background in the next shot then perhaps get the parents to bend their heads into the third photo for a bit of fun. Mix it up a bit.

Just get the legs:

These family photos from Kristen Duke Photography are very cool. These are taken from a low angle with the focus on the legs. Something a little quirky for a family photo shoot.

 

 

Or silhouette it:

Use sunset to create a very cool silhouette effect for a family photo with a difference..

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via Kristen Duke Photography

 

Family photos don’t have to be stagnant and boring. Grab a camera (or your smart phone) head outside, pick an interesting spot and snap away from different angles. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

What’s your favourite way of capturing family photos?

 

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