7 of the Best Tips for Good Family Portraits

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Whether you specialize in portraits or not, as a photographer, you are bound to be asked to take some family photos. When you have a family as your subject, the task at hand can be daunting, especially if they have kids. Here are our tips for good family portraits!

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Our Tips for Good Family Portraits

1. Your Subject Wants to Be Told What to Do

Usually, people don’t like to be told what to do. However, when you’re taking any kind of portrait, your subject probably needs a little direction! Many of these families have never experienced a professional photographer before, and they have no idea what to do. Position them, give them tips on what way to face, and help them feel like a natural!

2. Keep the Camera Going at All Times

Some of the best family photos are candids, and there’s no real way to stage those! Even when the family is changing positions or walking to the next place you’re shooting, keep your camera out. Everyone is a lot less nervous when they don’t think the camera is on!

3. Be Aware of the Sun

As photographers, we know we have to have good lighting. However, if your subject is facing the sun, they can’t help but squint! Just make sure you pay attention to your exposure and your photos should come out great, even if they are not in direct light. Always pay attention to the exposure of the family and not the background!

4. Listen to the Family

Not only does the family need to listen to you, but you also need to listen to the family’s needs and wishes. They may have some poses already picked out, or they, unfortunately, might not like some of the poses you try to put them in. After all, it is their shoot!

5. Our Recommendation: Use Centre Point Focus

Your focus settings are completely up to you, but we always find that centre point focus works out the best for portraits.

6. Choose Your Shutter Speed Wisely

We recommend starting with a shutter speed of 1/250th, especially if you are photographing children. They tend to move quickly and can be squirmy, so you don’t want any part of your photo to be blurred. Then, you can figure out the perfect speed from there!

7. Try a Tripod

Some photographers love tripods, some hate them. We’re somewhere in between, but when it comes to family portraits, a tripod can come in handy! We have actually found that not only will the tripod do its job of keeping the camera steady, it also makes your subjects a lot less nervous. You can mess around with the settings and still make eye contact with them! It’s a win-win.

Time to Edit!

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before and after of portrait

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