Family Portrait Photography

It's nearly time to start sending this years Christmas cards to family and friends. It can be difficult to find the right card, so why not use a family portrait on your own styled Christmas card?

Here are some tips to create your personal family portrait, that is a little different from the standard pose.

First, make sure you think about a theme for this years card. With this I mean the clothes you and the rest of your family will wear. You can choose for a formal look, with everyone in suit / dress, with the parents separated at the center of the photo and the children either standing behind or sitting on the lap. Make sure you have an appropriate background, one that keeps the focus of the picture on you and your family. Keep the lighting a bit subdued.

This is of course a very classic and well known pose, but maybe you and your family want to have a bit more creative. For example if you all like to play sports, dress up in your outfits and pose appropriately for the camera. Make sure you have the right setting and props to get the full effect.

If you like to keep it a more formal picture, but want something different, you can choose to color coordinate your clothes. Take a color, for example orange, and get everyone dressed up in this color. Choose a background that will emphasize the color even more, either by contrast or complementary it.

Why not let everyone think about a theme for this years picture? Then you can vote as a family for the best idea. Or, if you can not decide, write the theme on a piece of paper, drop this in a hat, and pull out one piece with this years winning theme.

Second, make as many photos as possible, different angels and with different compositions of the family members. Digital photography lets you take many pictures, without having to have to develop the negatives to choose the best one. Some digital cameras have a setting to shoot several shots after each other, on a timer. This also gives you the option to directly look at the results and make small changes. It might not be the first pose that gets you the perfect composition, so experiment. Always keep a lookout for that one family member that has their eyes closed!

Source by Simone Van Bergen