As a portrait photographer, you can set yourself apart by being able to capture unique and creative images. With family portraiture, this is especially true. While there are lots of tried and true poses and lighting setups used to snap these family classics, coming up with new ways to shoot them can help you expand your portfolio and attract new clients. Showing a little diversity is a great way to appeal to a broader audience.
Before you book your next family photo shoot, take a look at some of these inspiring portraits. Think about which ones you like, and which you don’t. Try to build upon them to turn them into something unique of your own. Most importantly, shoot them in your style.
1. Bring in the props!
Props can make excellent storytelling tools, plus they are easy to acquire. Ask the family to bring along some of their most cherished family items.
2. Leading Lines
Use a leading line when composing your photos to help draw the viewers eye to the subject.
3. Natural Framing
Look for shooting positions where you can utilize the natural framing effect often created by trees and tall grasses.
4. Clean, simple background
Don’t give viewers a reason to be distracted, keep the background clean and simple.
5. Photojournalism Style
Experiment with different styles of shooting and incorporate your own personal style.
6. Lifestyle Shots
Take snaps that portray the family’s lifestyle as a way to build emotion.
7. Shoot From Unexpected Perspectives
When you have a unique idea, get creative and experiment with it!
8. Use Dramatic Lighting
Shoot during golden hours to create drama and mood in a photo.
9. Creative Cropping
Frame some of the images in a way that puts focus on a single family member.
10. Capture Authentic Interactions
Interactions make portraits more interesting, capturing natural dialog between family members is a great idea!
11. Take A Step Back & Look At The Big Picture
It’s a tendency to be up close and personal when shooting portraits, but don’t forget to take a step back every once in a while, too.
12. Capture Personality
Interact with the subjects. As they warm up to you, they will really start to let their personalities show.
13. Tell Their Story In A Picture
If your family has an interesting story, capture it in a single frame or two.
14. Use Colors In The Background
Use a shallow depth of field to blur out busy backgrounds and turn them into beautiful, colorful backdrops. Advise your clients to were contrasting clothing to help them stand out.
15. Share The Love
Capture what families do best, love.
16. Don’t Forget The Dog
Man’s best friend is an important part of the family too!
17. Or Candid Moments With The Family Cat
Capture memories, big and small.
18. Shots Of Just The Siblings
Not all of the shots have to include all the family members, try different combinations.
19. Encourage Silliness
Don’t hold your subjects from having fun, encourage them to get silly and ham it up for the camera.
20. Detail Shots
Quite often, beauty is found in the details. Don’t miss out on capturing these powerful micro moments.
Do you have a go to shot you like to use on your family photo shoots? Share it with us in the comments below!