GREAT IDEAS AND TIPS FOR FAMILY PHOTOS
Geoff Fisher Photography Perth
In Perth, Western Australia, we love family portraits. We're lucky, too – we have great natural light and beautiful settings. Combine these blessings with a great photographer's experience, and you have the formula for wall art that will never lose its meaning.
So, here are 10 tips to help you get the best out of your session.
Don`t rely on your phone photos for your family photos
Cameras in mobile phones have improved enormously, but they still don’t match a professional photographer’s equipment.
Great photos also require the eye and experience of a professional.
How many times have you heard: “I lost my phone, and it had all my photos in it!”
A professionally made family portrait is safe to keep and will always look good.
You can also compile a special album to preserve them forever.
As we all know, it’s easy to lose digital files. You should also be wary of cheap prints.
They are cheap for a reason and are not going to last.
Begin with a plan
Most people plan their photo session well and help everyone coordinate their clothing and have a good idea what they want. When you buy a painting, print, or even an indoor plant, you usually have some idea of where you will put it.
When it comes to family photos, people like the idea without taking things a step further.
- Are you going to feature your family in the dining room?
- The games room?
- The bedroom?
- Three to five framed images?
- Or will one big canvas tell the story?
It’s best to think about this before the shoot and discuss the details in advance with your photographer. The photos can then be conceived and composed with your plan in mind.
Choose a great location
A good family photographer can make you look your best, anywhere, but the right location certainly helps.
You might love a particular setting, but does it have a suitable background without cars and light poles?
We have great parks with freshly mowed lawns (think King’s Park in the city).
We have world-famous beaches (think Cottesloe Beach).
We have countless other places, and some of them will have special meaning for you.
Look for a setting with a pleasing backdrop. Leighton Beach, with the colours of Fremantle port as a backdrop, is just one example.
Discuss this with your photographer as part of your planning.
Dress for the occasion
You don’t need to consult a personal stylist, but the benefits of thinking about what you choose to wear for your photoshoot are enormous.
Some styles date easily, and you don’t want to end up with fabulous photos that make you embarrassed about fashion.
Choose clothes to suit the mood and location, and coordinate colours to complement each other.
Soft blues, greys, pinks, and denim look great at the beach or in a shady park.
Put on your best jeans for the park or your best shorts for the beach.
Gather up the clothes for the whole family and lay them out on the bed.
Ask yourself, do they work together?
Select similar tones, but don’t try to match everything.
If in doubt, ask your experienced photographer.
Go for variety, but...
A family is made up of individuals, each with their own personality.
A good professional will help you see those personalities and reflect them in various poses and shots.
Laughter and smiles will happen naturally if you’re in good hands, and don’t try to hurry through a photo session.
At the same time, there needs to be a degree of uniformity.
For example, if you would like to create a ‘set’ – a storyboard wall with individual portraits – it’s advisable to keep head sizes in proportion.
This means that you should consider whether you prefer close-ups or full-length shots and whether serious or smiley expressions would work best.
Remember to save those special relationships
Family members relate to each other in different ways.
Your photographs should reflect those relationships.
It’s a special moment when a parent embraces a child, and it’s captured naturally by the camera.
Each relationship between siblings is unique, and this can be captured too.
Include grandparens in your shoot
If you do, you’ll never regret it.
Great photographs featuring three generations of family members are priceless – not only for you but for generations to come.
Create art that can hang in multiple homes.
Your parents will love it.
Get them involved with the photos, and you’ll soon see their joy.
Choose a location to suit the grandparents’ mobility.
Let your children express themselves in their own ways with their grandparents.
One day, they are going to thank you for it.
Let the dog out!
Our pets don`t live as long as we do, but they make a significant impression on children growing up.
They are often overlooked when we create visual representations of our lives.
Include your pet because he or she is part of the family and part of what you’ll all remember.
You may know a friend, co-worker, or relative who has a high-speed, top quality digital camera, but that doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing with it.
Even if they do, being a good photographer is is usually quite different from being a family photographer.
In family photography, the tricky part is creating relaxed poses and natural expressions.
It’s about managing different ages and personalities, and maybe the family dog, while simultaneously avoiding those light poles and other objects that might intrude into the photos.
There are a lot of moving parts to deal with.
An experienced professional photographer will create the right atmosphere for you – seeing everything while also maintaining an artistic approach.
Ask questions and view your photographer`s portfolio
How else will you know that you’re in the right hands?
If you are looking for a family portrait photographer in Perth, Western Australia, look no further.
Perth families love their happy photo experiences with us, and you will too.
For years I’ve been saying, “Our guarantee is the best photos you’ll ever have.”
I mean it – and you’ll see what I mean.