Creative Family Photo

Photos are great; they help you preserve those unforgettable moments shared with friends and family for eternity. That said, surely you’ve grown tired of seeing and taking the same old awkwardly posed and uncomfortable snaps.

Fear no more, creativeideas.org.uk is here to help once again. To begin with, don’t bother wasting money on unnecessary studio photographs or professional photographers. Unless you really want to spend a small fortune, these usually end up looking extremely unnatural and cringe worthy. If you don’t have a camera, borrow one and recruit a willing family friend to be the picture taker.

However, before you even get to that point, there are a couple of things to do.

Planning

Think about what you want to achieve: a kooky holiday photo, a family portrait or a captured insta-moment? Whatever it is, you’re going to have to prep beforehand. Clothing, props, set, etc. Once you have a vision, lay it out. Share it with and engage your family to help with the project. Who knows, they might even come up with new innovative ideas.

We have compiled a list of some below, as well as offer a few pointers to help you out.

  •  Frame It

Do you have a large picture frame sitting around somewhere that is large enough to fit all your faces, or feel like making or sourcing one? A simple idea is to hold or have someone hold it, whilst the family stands in the frame.

  • Be Iconic

Maybe you could try referencing some of your favourite movie scenes or pop culture icons, recreate a fun memory, show an exaggerated or amusing event in your family’s life, take an action shot. Don’t be shy, this adds just the right personal touch to your image.

  • Make a Day of It

You don’t want to rush it, and you want to make sure everyone is relaxed and at ease. Schedule a day for the shoot. The set-up and dress-up will take time, as will the test shots, and getting everyone to comfortably settle into their roles and be able to put their best face or foot forward.

Practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid of playing around with posture and lighting until you figure out what works. Don’t stress yourselves out. Enjoy the family time, have a family lunch and create some crazy food art or even photos with food art.

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