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Friday Find: Family Photo Ideas and Tips From Someone Who Hates Having Her Picture Taken

Family Photo Ideas for the whole family

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Cityscape family photo ideas: try neutral colors with a pop of red.

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Just wanted to share our family pictures for 2017 and some family photo ideas and tips. That’s my hubby Nate and my son Noah.

Tip 1.

When shooting full body pictures like the one above, shoot from below. Everyone’s legs look so long. Also shoot from farther away. The closer the camera is, the bigger everyone looks.

 

 

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Try sitting family photos.

Tip 2.

Pay attention to how your face is angled toward the camera.

I hate getting my pictures taken and so does Nate. Kinda surprising since I’m a fashion and beauty blogger, huh? Well I’m really self conscious about my wide face. I always feel like it looks puffy. Anyways, one trick I’ve found is to never take pictures with my face pointing straight at the camera. I always move my head slightly to the left or right at an angle the way I did in the above two pictures. If you have a long face, the opposite would be true. You would want to make sure you are facing the camera straight on.

 

 

 

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This picture is my favorite! Nate and I are kissing and Noah is making the kissy face. awwww

Tip 3

It’s not the photographer’s job to think of all the poses. Have some up your sleeve. I actually wrote ideas down on my Iphone and saved some photos I found on Pinterest in my camera’s photo folder for easy access the day of the shoot.

 

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Love this pose. Mom and dad on the sides kissing kiddo in the middle.

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I love the kiddo peeking between parents pose.

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Swinging kid pose.

Tip 4

Don’t take pictures midday if the sun is out. You’ll get unsightly shadows. We actually took these photos at 8 am.

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The classic “focus on the front object and make everyone else blurry” shot

Above is a fun way to introduce the set of family photos (great for Facebook) and have the date somewhere mixed in. Notice how I kept my nail color and heart color red like my red balloon so the theme is cohesive.

Tip 5

When in doubt, give cheek kisses! I haven’t seen a single photo that doesn’t look good with someone giving a cheek kiss. That profile looks good on everyone.

Everyone looks good giving cheek kisses and hubby’s always happy to get them:)

Family photo ideas for just parent and child

Tip 6

Just because it’s a family shoot doesn’t mean every picture has to have the whole family.

Even though these are family photos, I also like to make sure I have some pictures of just daddy and son…

 

 

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The daddy and son on lap pose + a balloon.

and some pictures of just mommy and son.

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huggy photos.

 

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kissy photos.

 

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kissy huggy photos!

Family photo ideas for just parents/child

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If you’re wearing heels and kissing, kick a leg up!

Again, even though it’s a family photo shoot, I also like to have some pictures of just me and hubby.

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This guy was the star of the show.

Of course Noah needed pictures all by himself too.

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Backside pics work too.

 

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He loved playing with the balloon!

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He loved dancing with the balloon.

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It helps that there was music in the background because a biker rally was happening below.

Tip 7

Not every part of the body has to show.

I love me some leg and footwear only pics.

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daddy and son shoes + red heart.

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family legs and feet.

Family Photo Ideas Where Not Everyone is looking at the camera

Tip 8

Think about the color scheme. I chose a city background of mostly grays with the staircases at the Civic Center and dressed us all for the part. I wanted all the red elements to pop (balloon, my nails, the paper heart, and the heart on the bottom of the balloon string).

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He’s so serious.

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love the kiddo close up picture on daddy’s shoulder.

 

 

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We can’t get enough pics of this kiddo.

Tip 9

Have fun! Sometimes the best pictures are the ones that look silly and candid, like the one below:) Choose a photographer who takes ALOT of pictures. Mine took over 600 shots in 40 minutes!! This guarantees you don’t miss a good shot.

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Looks like Noah is trying to make a point! My mouth is gaping wide open but it works with this silly picture.

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Who wouldn’t be smiling with a closed eyes tight squeeze from this kid?

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Closed eyes shots aren’t always a bad thing. Nate and I both have our eyes closed.

Tip 10

The biggest tip if you hate taking pictures like my husband and I is to just accept the fact that you won’t like the majority of the pictures.

It has nothing to do with the photographer. DSLR cameras tend to add pounds. So typically the nicer quality the photos are, the more you will hate how you look in them. That’s if you’re like me and you’re your worst critic. My photographer took over 600 photos!  I probably love only a couple dozen just because of how I look.  So, with this being said, choose a photographer who will give you all the pictures! Sometimes the ones the photographer edits aren’t going to be your favorites. Also if you’re feeling self conscious about the photos, ask your photographer not to make any of them public. You can choose which ones to make public when you get them.

Hope these tips helped!

 

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