Tips for Taking Family Portraits

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Group Photography, Photography Tips, Portrait Photography

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Not just any snap of the camera constitutes a family portrait, a quality family portrait encompasses much more. You may be shooting a traditional family portrait, a candid family portrait, or a family portrait that represents a family’s lifestyle. In all these, the difference between getting a picture taken and getting a portrait taken is that in a portrait the photographer is paying attention to the final look of the photo. Portraits should aim to capture the subjects’ personality in a way that snapshots can’t.

Capturing expression is among the most important components of portrait photography because it brings an emotional connection. It’s usually easier to achieve this with candid portraits where the subjects are acting natural rather than being posed in front of a seamless paper backdrop. Shooting photos from a distance, and avoiding your camera’s flash can help your subjects retain their natural emotion and bring it into the portrait.

family portraitAlthough you may prefer a candid look, sometimes some degree of posing in front of a photography backdrop is necessary. But even posed photos can look candid. Making the subjects laugh and interact with one another will help them loosen up. You should also specifically ask your subject not to look at the camera, but at each other instead. This is an especially effective method for large groups or shots of couples. With children, shooting candid portraits can be especially fun. They react more honestly to their environment than most adults and often offer great shots.

Perspective is another thing that is important to family portraits. A basic rule is to use a¬†wide aperture to blur the backdrop for photography, while putting the primary focus on the eyes and faces of the subjects. You can get a lot of good shots this way, but these “rules” aren’t set in stone. Experimenting with different angles and including lifestyle portraits can really capture the family’s personality.

Changing your framing also adds variety to your portraits. Instead of sticking to vertical photographs, holding the camera horizontally or positioning your subject to one side can help bring multiple looks to similar shots. The ability of both the photographer and the subjects to have fun and be spontaneous can help create some family portraits worth treasuring.
-Backdrop Express Photography Team

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