Family Portraits are divided in three categories namely candid family portraits, traditional family portraits, and lifestyle family portraits. Certain tips should be followed in order to get that wonderful Family Portrait such as:
Tip #1 – Your Portrait Should Have Even Lighting: For any family portrait light plays an important role at making them work. It is advisable that you should get even lighting for your shot, though situations may arise where getting even lighting is impossible. The ideal suited time for a family photograph is in the morning or early evening as the light during these times are soft, warm, and most importantly flattering. While taking the photograph you should make sure that everyone’s eyes in the photo are looking sharp. Even their faces lit with even lighting.
Tip #2 – Create a Sense of Depth: If your photo session is indoors you should consider using a flash, else you can opt for natural lighting from the windows which tend to give a much softer lighting. Another tip is that the furniture arrangement should be in a right-angled manner towards the window so that the soft light can come from them. You should bring your subjects to be seated closer towards the window. In order to add a sense of depth into the family photograph using shadows and highlights, try to get the natural light from the windows to be slightly off to one side. You can photograph your subjects where at one side, light is coming from a 45?? angle and on the other side you can use a white cloth or white cardboard so that light is reflected. If you are photo session is outdoors one thing you can do is to search for shades that can provide your family photo an even spread of light.
Tip #3 – Get Your Subjects Close To One Another: You can have a wonderful family photograph when everyone is close to one another. This rule is applied in order to create a sense of unity, intimacy and closeness. You can make sure that everyone in the family photo minimizes the gap between one another. Another tip is that you should get the subjects of the photograph to touch the person near them. For example mother hugs father, second sister’s arm leans onto bigger brother’s shoulder and so on. A little bit of intimacy and body language helps to convey emotions from the family photo to the viewers.
Last but not the least inform your subjects so that they are not standing in a straight line so that the family photo does not look too formal. Ask them to stand at an angle where their bodies will slant slightly towards one another. Or they can be arranged in a triangular, zig zag or diamond formation. Another way of getting a good photograph is by making your subjects laugh. With these tips this is certainly your golden chance to capture and create that winning family photo Remember not to be shy and do whatever you can in order to bring out the expressions you want from your subjects to get that awesome family photograph.