Great family photographs are elusive creatures. However, gorgeous shots
that capture your troop’s spirit and style don’t have to be so
difficult. With a little planning, some thoughtful styling,
prop assemblage and a patient friend or neighbor to serve as
photographer, you can freeze priceless memories of the ones you love in
- Kids can sit posed together opposite of the parents, while the
parents pose and hold a mirror that reflects the kids.
- Hang a bed sheet. The family stands behind the sheet with their
backs to the sun. The photographer shoots in front of the sheet.
- Shoot at sunset in an open field or favorite landscape. The
photographer shoots into the sun, with the subjects standing
directly in front of the sun.
- Use props pertinent to the family, such as books, bikes or sports
equipment. Shoot the family in action with these props.
- The family sits against a wall in a row. Each member holds a
favorite book open in front of his or her face, revealing the face
from only the eyes up.
- The family stands in front of a large chalkboard on which a message
has been written.
- Incorporate handheld chalkboards with messages into a photo.
- Family members hold record album covers in front of their faces.
- The photographer shoots from behind, with the subjects facing away
from camera, walking toward the ocean, a lake, or pond. This way,
there’s no worries about smiles, squinting, closed eyes, shadows on
faces, grumpy husbands, mud-smeared clothing or toddler meltdowns.
- The family faces away from the camera, walking through a field or
down a lane.
- The family holds hands, making a human chain, playing
follow-the-leader through a field, on a beach or across a street.
- The family holds hands in human-chain silhouette.
- Sometimes feet can be just as expressive as hands. Try focusing on
- Shoot a feet-only shot of a child dancing on top of a parent’s or
- Take a shot of the family’s feet in the background, capturing their
shadows in the foreground.
- The family lies on a white or simple bed cover. The photographer
takes a black and white shot of the bottoms of the family members’
- The family members simply jump into the air in unison.
8. Lie Down
- Lie down in opposing directions or in a circle while looking up.
- Create a scene with sidewalk chalk, incorporating the family in the
Display Ideas for Family Photos:
- Make canvas prints
- Create a gallery wall
- Crop one photo into four high-impact wall posters
- Compile a holiday photo album
- Make photo books online
- Print photos on pillows, key fobs, coasters or smartphone cases