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Family Portraits: Tips and Ideas

Posted January 14, 2013

A great number of families today invest in yearly portraits to document their family’s growth. Family portraits capture and preserve the personalities of the family and are prominently and proudly displayed in the home. They allow you to document how time has changed the family and are often passed as heirlooms from one family to the next. For families looking to have their photo taken professionally, there are some things that they first need to consider.

One, what is your budget? If you are willing to invest a good amount of cash on your portrait, you may want to look into possible locations. Would you prefer to have it on a beach, or inside your family home? If you are planning to have a portrait outside the house, you will need to consider not only the lighting but also the overall effect of the environment on your portrait. You can discuss the composition matters with your photographer. The second consideration aside from location is definitely the type of camera and lens your photographer is going to use. Canon and Nikon have different treatments to your skin. Canon can be more detailed while Nikon is a bit more subtle. Lastly, you need to consider the theme of your family portrait. Though it is also common to have the same type of composition yearly, it is definitely a breath of fresh air to try new themes.

If you are going to create a valuable memory with a family portrait, it is always a good idea to look into these different tips and ideas. You can always find ways to maximize the portrait opportunity. Before stepping into the studio or in your location, a good tip is to look at great photos online. Here, you can maximize your ideas for the kind and quality of picture you can have with your family. And also, you may want to try looking into photographers in your area. Don’t just settle for one photographer through the years unless you are really confident that he or she can capture your changing family in the best way for your meaningful family portrait.

Tips How to Improve Family Portraits

Posted December 2, 2012

Moments freeze with photography. With the right elements, it is possible to get the best picture. Studio photography is one of the most difficult things to master for any photographer. Family portraits for instance are a difficult piece to capture especially without an idea of the intricacies related to this style of studio photography. Here are some of the best tips on how a photographer of any skill level could improve taking family portraits.

Connect With Your Subject

One of the most difficult things to do is to connect with subjects. Family portraits require a lot of research about psychology since it involves people of different age and personality. However, it is distinct in every family to have a certain character. These elements could be brought by a photographer. It is important to prepare beforehand in order to just take pictures the moment they step into the studio proper.

Nikon vs. Canon

Nikon and Canon lenses may provide a contrasting result in terms of studio photography. Nikon offers a subtle effect that could mask the acne and other blemishes in the face. For Canon on the other hand, it provides more detail especially with lines on the face. Age is easier to be seen with Canon lenses. Though there is no general rule of thumb on which lens should be preferred, these are some common differences that every photographer should know when taking family portraits.

Brave New Concepts

Brave new concepts in photography could happen inside an average studio. In fact, it is possible to create new concepts that would blend well with the personality and preference of the family.

Film Vs. Digital

Film photography has been sidelined in mainstream photography but this is not the case when it comes to professional photography. As a budding portrait photographer it is ideal to stick with large format film cameras every once in a while in order to get the most details in a family portrait.

These tips will help any photographer to hone his/her craft especially when dealing with families. Family portraits are in demand especially for those people who want to chronicle the progression of their family through the years. From having children for the very first time, to having grand children 50 years after; these are some of the human elements that could be presented in a family portrait. These tips will help photographers capture all of these things with ease.