Taking a Great Family Portrait

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.

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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:

Reunite Generations

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


  1. Sarah says:

    We really need to go get another one done. a couple years ago we had a photographer come to the house and those were awesome, but pricey! But def worth it!

  2. Sheri says:

    Great tips! I want to get a family portrait done.

  3. Rachel says:

    Great tips. We really need to get some new photos taken.

  4. Kait says:

    Great idea about the postcard! It’s always so hard to get good shots of my squirrely toddler :)

  5. We’ve never had family portraits done, and my son is 3 & a half! I definitely think it’s time to take some.

  6. I love having pictures taken! We had our fist family portraits taken on our cruise in the fall, but I also get portraits of Nick done every so often.

  7. Kathy says:

    The photographer is key!

  8. We have given up on ever having a decent, serious family portrait. We go for goofy, crazy and silly now.

  9. These are great tips. I love fam photos and take them every year.

  10. Katie says:

    great tips! We haven’t had family photos taken in almost 2 years!

  11. Jenn says:

    We haven’t had a family portrait taken in about 7 years. Man, that is sad!

  12. I want to get another really nice family portrait in a year or two.

  13. This is a great photo. Like a big hug

  14. We’ve only done one family picture that I remember and it was 3 generations. We’re hoping to get 4 generations while we still have time – hopefully soon!

  15. We did one a few years ago. It’s time for a new one!

  16. Great tips! We definitely need some family pictures this year

  17. Anne says:

    The only thing my mom wanted for Christmas this year was a family portrait from us. I still haven’t done it!

  18. Those are some great tips! I think we’ve all experienced disastrous photo shoots, especially when young children are involved.

  19. These are great tips! My mom has a bunch of embarrassing family portraits from when my brothers and I were kids.

  20. That’s a really beautiful shot you have!!!

  21. Excellent tips. I’ve got a family portrait ogranized for this Sunday! I can’t wait!

  22. Brandy says:

    What a brilliant idea, a topic that many families struggle with I am sure!

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