When the temperature starts to drop and the leaves start to change color you know it is time to start thinking about this year’s family portrait. These annual portraits are used to update that family photo wall and in Christmas cards to send to relatives. This is a fantastic tradition that helps keep a unique family history to look back on for Seasons to come, but it is also a stressful time with packed schedules and timelines. We, at Canvas Press, have come up with a 5 ideas that will make tackling holiday portraits a little easier this year.
That seems to be one of the biggest questions from the heads of the family (aka Mom). What should we wear for our annual family portrait? Should we go with a casual or a dressy vibe? What colors photograph the best? Trust me…as a professional photographer for the past fourteen years I have heard all of these questions multiple times. Here are a few of my suggestions.
Pinterest is a great place to find portrait wardrobe inspiration. This led me to Jillian Renee Photography's site.
Do you feel like you have been taking the same portrait in the same place every year. Now is your chance to mix it up. Maybe your portrait this year is a series of portraits in the spirit of "A Day in the Life of My Family". Take the family to a pumpkin patch, a Christmas Tree farm, or an outdoor market. Go earlier in the morning or just before sunset to capture the best light. Think about capturing different details of the environment to enhance a multi-photo collage (take different shots of the pumpkins or the turning leaves, or even your family walking through the market). The "Day in the life of" theme gives you a wide variety of photos to choose from when picking your photos from the Christmas card. These photos would also translate well to a canvas photo print collage in your house too…just a thought.
Capturing your family at play is another way to show off the fun and adventurous side of your family. Take a favorite activity and run with it...literally. Having an experienced photographer to photograph your play time can be beneficial. The goal would be to get a good mix of action of the group and individuals plus regular group shots. Here are just a few ideas for family playtime photo shoots.
Don’t take yourself so seriously. I know we all like to have a photo where everyone is in a nice organized pose and everyone is smiling and looking at the camera, but I say throw that out the window once in a while. Instead opt for a fun (even silly) portrait. This especially works well with families with young kids. Feel free to use props, play dress up, or just have a tickle-fest. Sure, everyone may not be looking at the camera but the photo tells a better story about your family. These types of images often look fantastic as a large canvas print in your home which helps you remember those great memories.
Your family portrait doesn’t always have to be done in town at your local park. Fall is a great season full of camping, football games, and road trips. Take advantage of a road trips by bringing your camera and a tripod…or just find something to rest the camera on for that great travel portrait. These photos say "Look where we went this year!". So, if you are the adventurous family, one of these portrait ideas might fit you to a tee.
Whatever you decide, you know that Canvas Press is here to help you along with way in case you decide to transform your next set of family photos to canvas. We specialize in printing your photos on canvas and delivering the highest quality product and giving you the customer service you deserve. You can find us at www.canvaspress.com.