Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Ideas for Family Picture Outfits and Poses

Getting family pictures is a wonderful event. Unfortunately, it’s almost always stressful, too. Coordinating a number of different people would be difficult for anyone. When you think about all the things that could go wrong—sickness, grumpy children, naptimes being interrupted, mealtimes being pushed off, stains on clothes, wrinkles, bad weather, etc., it’s indeed overwhelming. One way to lessen the stress is to find ideas on photography sites like to give yourself a head start when you are ready to take pictures. Also, it’s good to have some other tips outlined below about family picture poses and outfits ready to go so you are not scrambling last minute.

Variety Is In

This is true for both clothing and poses. Try not to be too “matchy-matchy.” Instead, find a myriad of different shades of blues (or any other color) and work within a larger parameter. It will look more natural and less staged. Speaking of more natural, that’s exactly what you should seek out for poses. Look for ideas of things you would do naturally, like walking, playing, etc. Candids always make the best pictures.

Tell a Message

This can also be applied to the wardrobe selection as well as the scenery, poses, and background. It’s always fun to make an announcement or tell a story or send a message of some kind. It doesn’t have to be
politically charged. It can be light and insightful. It can be humorous. It can be anything you want. Many families like to tell of their baby announcement by holding up a “+1” image in front of the mommy’s belly. You could also give every member of the family one prop that represents them. Be creative and have fun; that’s the most important thing.

Prepare Beforehand

Probably the most important thing you can do to prepare for the pictures beforehand is to talk to every member of the family. Make sure they are all on board with the ideas presented. Ask them for their input so they feel like they are a part of the process rather than an object forced to participate. Luckily, with digital cameras, it can’t hurt to snap a shot of a random pose or outfit since if you don’t like it, you won’t have to use it. Sites like will have plenty of ideas to draw from. Whatever you do, prepare all members of the family beforehand for what you will be doing.

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