DIY family pictures during the holidays can be daunting because they are yet another thing on your growing list of holiday to-do’s. However, with a little bit of planning, you can make your family photos look like they were taken by a professional! Here are a few tips on how to take group photos.
Before you schedule your photoshoot with your family, pull up a pin board on Pinterest and create a general holiday aesthetic for your entire family. Feel free to deviate from the norm of having completely matching outfits and, instead, think about a cohesive color palette and be very mindful to avoid mixing warm and cool tones together. You may also find our detailed post about Christmas outfits inspirational.
A few ideas, color-wise can be:
While you are having fun with the color palette, you can also start thinking about the types of textures and patterns you want everyone to wear. Just be aware that, if you incorporate too many different patterns and textures on your family’s clothing, you risk overwhelming the picture and potentially detracting from your family’s faces. To avoid this, here are a few ideas on how to take group photos while also incorporating textures and patterns:
Ultimately, you should have fun with your family’s outfits. However, the key on how to take group photos relies on various elements, with outfits just being one aspect of it. If you do not have the time to coordinate outfits or aesthetics, you can simply time your photo session during a family event when you know everyone will be looking their best. The primary goal is to capture this joyous time in your family’s life!
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to invest in a shiny new camera in order for your photos to look like they were taken by a professional. Nowadays, the photo capturing capabilities of iPhones and Androids surpass that of digital cameras. Also, due to the increasing popularity of using a smartphone for group photos, companies are now selling tripods and remote controls, specifically for phones.
For your DIY family pictures you can look to Amazon or other retailers for the following types of equipment that will help capture your family’s favorite moments:
Alternatively, if you and your family do not have the time to purchase a tripod, or a selfie stick, you can also go the old-fashioned route and call a friend and ask for their help in taking your family photos. It will be a fun excuse to catch up with someone and incorporate them into the memories of your holidays.
Coordinating your own family pictures can be stressful, especially when young children are involved. In order to keep things simple, you can choose a spot that is familiar and comfortable for you and your family, both indoors and outdoors.
Family pictures can look completely professional with the right lighting. If you want to take great photos outside, or with natural light indoors, you will want to take them during this period referred to as Golden Hour. Many photographers refer to this term, but what is it really and how does it help taking family photos?
Golden Hour is the time of day right before sunrise and, again, right before sunset. The timing and duration of Golden Hour varies based on your geography and the time of year; however, you can track this time of day as well as its duration by doing a simple Google search. Be aware that, although it is called Golden Hour, it may last less than that; therefore, you will want to plan ahead with your family on exactly when the sun will be rising/setting.
The reason Golden Hour is so great for taking family photos is because, during this time, there is a flattering, warm hue that accentuates the natural glow of your skin and smooths out any blemishes you may have. Also, at the time of Golden Hour, the light will not cast harsh shadows against the contours of your face but, rather, provide soft dimension with long shadows.
In order to enhance your time during Golden Hour, be mindful of the following tips:
The fun part about DIY family pictures is that you can truly make them your own. And, what better way to show off your family’s personality than with having a few great poses?
If you plan on using a tripod for your shoot, you want to first make sure that your family is placed in the center of the shot (watch out for heads and limbs cropped from the view!). You will also want to ensure your bodies are close together, to avoid large awkward gaps in the image. When you are all setup, try out a few of these posed options:
If you have a friend taking the photo, get a little more creative with poses in motion:
Sometimes the best moments are captured from previous trips and experiences. Take out your iPhone and look through your albums. Look for candid moments of the kids during that latest camping trip, moments of the family enjoying a meal together, or moments celebrating key milestones you experienced as a family. Using moments from the past year will keep your loved ones informed of what you have done and capture these fond memories in print. If you find a photo from the past that you like, download any of the photo editing apps previously mentioned and enhance them! Once you have your photos enhanced, you can then browse through Minted’s collection of photo holiday card designs that feature more than one picture and show all your favorite photos from the year.