We live in an era where people prefer being photo-shopped into their family portraits, rather being there themselves. We have started to undervalue family photos, even though taking family pictures is a wonderful little ritual, and the resulting pictures are a prized possession.
As you grow old, you will realize the importance of a memorable family portrait. Taking a frame worthy family picture is synonymous with creating a family heirloom item. This does not mean that family photographs do not fit in today’s era; you need family photos for Christmas or New Year’s postcards, or simply for flaunting in your social circle. If you don’t know what this means, take a look at how the Kardashian family exhibits their postcards every year!
Here is what you need to do for the best family portrait:
Taking a family shot means a reunion for the whole family. It can be a great idea to invite all the generations in your family for a timeless photograph. A picture with three to four generations is a coveted masterpiece many people cannot afford; so if your great grandparents are still with you, you need to freeze that cherished moment in time.
Dress Up Well
Unless you want a celebrity-themed picture, dress up like you do normally. But never get the important picture taken while you are shabbily dressed. Look dapper, because that picture is going to either hang on the wall for a few scores, or it will be distributed as a postcard to your entire family.
If you are not on a budget, you can add a theme to your family picture. Wear fancy outfits and get a stylist to direct your photo shoot.
Find a Great Location
It could be your backyard, your lounge room, or even a professional studio. Consult your photographer for deciding the location with the best scene and lighting conditions. If your photographer is apt enough, you can choose to shoot in the sunlight, provided the light is well manipulated. In the end, it depends on your photographer; a great one can make your ordinary living room look magnificent, whereas an inexperienced one cannot maneuver with the best locations.
Hire an Amazing Photographer
Hiring the best photographer for your family picture is no less than an investment. Great photographers can play with light, locations, and photography styles to make the photo-session very unique and classy. You don’t just have to sit perched on your sofa while the cameraman clicks; you can be photographed in natural poses as well, which will capture some rare moments
Priceless moments can be captured with skilled photography. There is no limit to the ideas for family photo sessions; you can get the pictures taken while you play a sport, or while you take a stroll in the park. It’s all about creativity!
In the end, get your family portrait customized into a postcard for the holiday season. Sending in a warm family photo on a postcard is the best way to greet your family and friends.
Family pictures are important; life goes on, but these moments frozen in pictures will stay forever. My two cents: get at least one family photo each year, it makes great memories and a lot of fun when you flip through them and see how the family has grown over the years!
Photo courtesy of The Picture People