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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tips for Taking Family Photos | Family Economics


Tori Tait 


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This time of year many of us find ourselves scrambling (and perhaps stressing a bit) trying to get the perfect family photo. Holiday cards seem to put the pressure on us to capture our family in way that looks just like the vision in our minds: matching clothing, relaxed, and happy – am I right? Well even though we can’t always pull off that idealistic family photo, there are a few things I’ve learned over the years that have helped me both manage my expectations and capture a holiday card-worthy photo. I hope these tips help you as well.

1.    Plan your attire ahead of time. This way you are not running around the house the morning of your photo session and feeling like you have “nothing to wear.” A few days before have everyone put on their outfits (they might protest but I have found rewarding them with ice cream makes this ask less painful), this way you can get a good look at how all of your patterns, colors, and textures work together. Doing this ahead gives you time to change things up if you need to.

2.    Don’t set expectations. Don’t expect everyone to be on their very best behavior. Why do kids seem to act up right when the photographer comes? Because they are kids. I always have to remind myself that getting frustrated will only make the whole experience painful. Roll with it (if you can) and hope that your photographer has more patience than you do.

3.    Take more than just that typical group shot. Over the years I realized it was the more candid shots that I treasured most. The ones of my kids and their dad walking hand in hand or of myself kissing the cheek of my husband. If your photographer wants to shoot more than just your holiday card let them – I bet you will enjoy what they capture.

Do you have any tips for taking family photos? Please share them in the comments section below!

Photo courtesy of Tori Tait.

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