Springtime FAMILY Photographs the “Frugal” Way – A How To

Friday Mar 31, 2017

Spring is the perfect time to plan taking family photographs.  The weather is warmer (but not too hot) and everything is beautiful, green and blooming!  But you don’t have to spend a small fortune on a professional photographer when you can “do it yourself”!

First things first – outfits for your family…. you want to make sure that your families’ clothing doesn’t “blend in” with the landscape.  This is a great time to chose more solid color clothing that is simple and basic.  As an example, you would want to wear a big, bright floral shirt while you take your photos with a backdrop of big pink azaleas.  So think of the photo, the subjects, the surroundings, and the background.   The object of the photograph is your family – so highlight the people, not the place.  Another tip for clothing – make sure that everyone’s clothing will go well together and will not clash.

Chose a place that is natural with lots of greens (grass), browns (trees) and is colorful (flowers).  It is spring :-)

Think about the poses.  Not all photographs need to be of your family standing side by side.  Think about mixing things up a bit!  Take photos of family members sitting on the ground or a bench or leaning up against a tree.  Use the available landscape in your photographs.   Get a few “head shots” with someone standing behind a grouping of flowers or peeking out from behind a tree.

Take several photos of each pose.  Just ‘click, click, click’ – and you’ll have a better chance of getting everyone with their eyes open and smiling.
Take candid shots when the family isn’t looking or they think you aren’t taking photos.  You’ll find that they are some of the best!  Catching your family members in a more natural state, not posed, can actually highlight them better than a more formal “stand straight and tall” photograph.

Action shots can really highlight each family members’ character and personality!  And some of the photos are just amazing.  So don’t be afraid to step up and snap some photos of your family just having fun!

Not all photos are of peoples’ faces – be creative with your environment and snap some photos of family members walking away, holding hands, or looking at something.  These photos can be iconic!

Bring a tripod so that you can be in the photos too!
Get photos of just two or three family members together.

And the last tip is for you to just relax – enjoy this time with your family and make this a fun and event every year that everyone will look forward to.

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