Family photography is be one of the most enjoyable experiences that I have taking pictures. Getting some good shots during a photography session is dependent on a few things, but there are some steps that I like to take to make sure I give myself the best chance of doing that.
The first step that I like to take before I take pictures of a family, and pretty much any other type of photography, is to take the time to get to know your subject. Making them feel comfortable makes a huge difference once they get in front of the camera. If they’re nervous at all, it’s going to be hard to hide that and nervousness is close to impossible to edit in post production.
Children are completely unpredictable, which means that I have to be ready to take pictures at any moment to capture them doing what they do best: being children. Most children love having their picture taken, but some don’t. In any case, I like being able to let them be and try to make myself as scarce as possible as I’ve found that to be the best way to get them to be themselves.
Setting up poses for family photographs can be a daunting task. A simple search on Google can come up with some basic ideas. I also like to get to know the family a bit and see what kind of shots they’re after. If they have a story behind why they want to take some family photographs, then it’s definitely good to know!
Those are a few things that I think about before I go out and shoot a family or children.