When you head to Thanksgiving dinner this year, take the camera along. It’s a great opportunity to take a new family photo. After the meal, strike a pose or two and capture your family. These memories will last a lifetime. (For a thoughtful and inexpensive holiday gift, create a video slideshow of all the photos to give out.)
For professional quality shots without a professional photographer, try these simple posing ideas. Small group or large, the right pose is easier than you might think.
- Get Together– You love your family, so show it in your pictures. Squeeze together, even if space isn’t a problem. Using natural frames found around the house or yard is a great way to do this. An old barn doorway, entry way between two walls or even the front porch can create a natural frame to highlight a small family.
- Sit and Stand– Everyone in the photo doesn’t have to do the same thing. Consider having some people sit and others stand. Laps make great natural chairs for small children. For a unique look consider having Mom and Dad sit down with their kids standing behind them. Forget tradition and mix things up!
- Add Kids at the End– Little ones get squirmy during a long photo session. Consider letting them run and play while you get the adults in place. Add the kids at the end for less wiggles and better pictures.
- Coordinate- While it does a bit of extra effort to get everyone to wear similar colors, it pays off in big results when it comes time to pose for photos. Send out a quick email or Facebook message asking everyone to wear a similar color. Choose common colors everyone is likely to have in their closet. This one step will tie the photo together and make everyone appear like part of the group.
- Create Layers– With big groups there aren’t many posing options, but your best bet is to layer everyone up. Trying to get everyone in one long line will just result in tiny faces in the final picture. Layers allow you to squeeze more people into a space. Bunch up close… after all, you’re family!
Are you taking family pictures this holiday season?