Capturing those perfect moments of pure joy is priceless. Here are some simple tips to get the most out of your family photos.
Whether you’ve had the amazing experience of being in a photography studio yourself or you know a thing or two about using a big fancy camera, then you’re probably a big fan of capturing memories. However, to really get the most of your family photos, you need to know some of the secrets to a great shot. How do you make your photographs more natural?
I’ve teamed up with Nousha, professionals in black and white shots and family photography, to bring you some simple tips for more natural family photos. Keeping these tips in mind will enable you to bring out the best reactions and emotions in your family members, making it easier to capture the best shots around. Here’s how:
Organise your shots.
If you’re not organised, you’re going to get stressed, especially when your subjects won’t stand still because they’d much rather go and play! Make a list of the types of shot you want to get. Maybe you want individual shots of each family member, a group shot of the kids or a whole shot of the entire family.
If everyone knows where they need to be at the right time, you’ll reduce stress levels and create a joyful experience. You’ll also be able to get through the session without any problems. The smoother things like this go, the better for all involved. If people are getting bored, it’ll show in your shots.
Spark genuine emotions.
It’s usually very obvious to spot a fake smile from those genuine ones. You might not realise it, but it’s true! Instead of saying, “3…2…1…say Cheese!”, try telling your subjects a joke, or even tell one of your subjects to whisper a strange sentence into someone else’s ear and capture their reaction.
Speaking to your subjects like you would on any other day is the most natural approach instead of forcing them to pose for a shot they don’t necessarily want to be in. There are so many ways to make family photography fun. You’ll be able to look back on these memories and smile.
Keep your subjects comfortable.
Having a photo taken can be a person’s worst nightmare. However, if a member of your family has agreed to have the shot taken, you can make some amendments to ensure they feel as comfortable as possible.
Keep some poses in mind that might make them feel more comfortable. Try adjusting the camera angle or have your subjects lay down or sit in a position that brings out a natural posture. Again, the more comfortable they feel during the shoot, the more natural the shots will turn out in the end.
Get the right lighting.
It may be surprising, but something as simple as your lighting can make all the difference to the quality of your photographs. The better your lighting, the better your shot is going to look. If you don’t have a white backdrop or enough light from a window to see your subjects clearly, try the outdoors.
Also, don’t forget your flash. If you have a bright space indoors, including the right lighting, a flash will add a natural contrast to your images, giving them a better, more professional-looking edge.
Bring out the props.
This one is more for the younger family members who may not be able to understand a photographer’s instructions as you need them to! To keep them engaged, interested and free from tears, use one of their favourite toys or items to keep them on task.
If your family members have different ‘roles’ or things to keep them occupied, this will, again, create a natural image filled with genuine reactions and facial expressions. Even better, a little fun in a photoshoot goes an awful long way.
Natural family photos you can treasure forever.
There you have it – five simple to incorporate tips for creating the best natural family photos. Do you have any further tips on how to get that perfect family shot? Let me know in the comments!
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*This post was in collaboration with Nousha, professional photographers who