Family photo shoots are a great way to capture your life each year. More than just the customary group shot on Christmas or Thanksgiving, photo shoots are a way to create fun family photos that look more professional and capture everyone at their best. They become special family events of their own, and produce photos that are perfect for hanging over the mantelpiece or the wall along the stairs.
But family photo shoots don’t have to be boring or traditional. Here are four unique poses for fun family photos:
Sometimes the best pose isn’t a pose at all. The warmest, most genuine photos show families interacting with one another naturally, so relax and smile at each other instead of the camera. Give your spouse a hug. Tickle the kids. It may take longer to get the shot, but the result will be that much more memorable.
How much do you admire the shapes your child’s school marching band can make on the field at halftime?
Though not the quickest or easiest of arrangements, the result is fantastic. For this more calculated shot, get the family lying down in a circle with everyone’s head pointing toward the center. Then pull out the ladder and capture the star they make from your view at a higher height. Out of the house? Get everyone lying together on a picnic blanket, and snap the photo from directly overhead.
Taking a Walk
Stiff standing poses take all the fun out of family photos. Try snapping the picture while in motion — it’s a great way to keep the family looking natural. In a location with great scenery, have the group walk toward the camera. Let your child swing between the arms of two other family members, or sit on Dad’s shoulders for a goofier shot. For a more artistic version, capture the family as they walk away from the camera and toward the sun; this will create a silhouetted image.
The Jump Shot
A quick look at Facebook indicates that the jump shot is seriously trending among social photographers. Whether it’s under a basketball hoop or off a diving board, timing is everything, so don’t attempt it with kids too young to jump on cue. Figure out what everyone will do in advance, so it doesn’t look messy. Then: “One, two, three, jump!”
The warm weather is full of inspiration, so get out there and try something new!
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