Family Picture Ideas

family picture ideas

Over Christmas break I was on the search for the perfect family picture ideas (see my Pinterest board here).  My hubby bought me beautiful large frames to hang in our loft area, which I want to fill with family photos.  Since we bought a professional camera for the blog, we decided to take our own family pictures.

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It’s been a fun and sometimes stressful experience trying to take our own pictures with a tripod.  We’ve been fighting the wind, snow, lighting, and trying to keep a three year old happy while we arrange the tripod.  It was worth the work, though, because we ended up getting a few pictures we love.

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We usually get one family picture on each vacation, by asking people at tourist spots to take a picture for us.  However those pictures aren’t usually the quality we want for framing and hanging around our house (see our best family photo taken by a stranger here), so I’m glad we’re learning to take them ourselves.

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It amazes me watching professional photographers trying to re-create family picture ideas.  They take hundreds of photos just to get five beautiful family pictures.  It’s so much more challenging taking pictures with a tripod!  At one point I wanted to give up, but my hubby was persistent and kept talking me into trying.  There’s definitely a steep learning curve, but eventually we figured it out.

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A few tips for re-creating family picture ideas you find on the internet with a tripod:

  • Most higher end cameras can be linked to a smart phone.  Make sure to link your camera to the phone and keep your phone in your pocket so you can see how the picture looks.
  • Don’t fight the weather.  Instead wait until the weather is cooperating.  Pictures in the snow, wind or rain usually end up being wasted effort.
  • Take pictures outside in a private area like a park or your back yard.  It’s really awkward to take pictures with a tripod while people are walking around.
  • Only take pictures at golden hour or on a fully cloudy day.  Lighting is very tricky when you’re taking pictures with a tripod.  You can’t easily adjust the light with reflectors like professional photographers do.  Wait until nature gives you soft, natural lighting for your photos.
  • Use fun props to get your kiddos happy.  E was so much easier to take family pictures with once I started giving him a prop like a pine cone to hold in the pictures.

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