4 Tips to take a great family photo

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – That great family photo hanging in your house takes a lot of work! Besides getting your family all polished up, scheduling a family photo takes a lot of coordinating and planning. Here are 4 tips to taking a great family picture, I have used examples from awkardfamilyphotos.com to show why you should follow my advice:

Timing is everything



Schedule the photos at a time when your kids are their happiest. If you have teenagers, 8 a.m. may not be the best time. On the other hand, small children will not be their freshest at 5 or 6 p.m. So, pick a time that’s convenient for your family and will ensure everyone will have a good time.

Stay casual



While dressy attire adds some sparkle to special occasion photos, going casual can result in the best photos. You want to capture your family at that moment in time, so don’t try too hard. If your family is casual and comfortable, the photos will look natural.

Get closer than you think



Courtesy of Rebecca Danzenbaker photography
Courtesy of Rebecca Danzenbaker photography

While it may feel natural to be at normal talking distance. For pictures, you’ll need to smush together. It gives the picture a warmer, more personal look.

Coordinate but don’t match




Chances are when you look back at your family photo, the classic white button up and denim get-up will leave you feeling slightly embarrassed. Choose a color palette and stick to it. Everyone can wear something they like, and the whole feel of the photo will look natural.

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