How To Get Family Photos With Natural Emotion

Uncooperative people.
Maybe a threat or bribe here or there…

If you’ve ever had the experience of trying to take your own family photos for a holiday card or even just the sake of getting something documented, you may have run into a few frustrations through the experience.

I wholeheartedly support hiring a pro photographer, (and these tips will still apply there) but you will inevitably end up needing to take your own family photos at least a few times throughout the year.

Studio 5

I was so delighted to cover this topic for Studio 5 yesterday, and I even share a somewhat embarrassing story of how I learned this the hard way!

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What are your own favorite tips for successful family photos of your own family? I’d love to know!

biopic2 Brooke Snow is the Professional Photographer for her own family and an Abundant Life Practitioner. She loves tree swings, the month of May, and early morning walks. She lives with her husband and adventurous son in Northern Utah. Join her FREE Photo Perspective Photography course for great instruction on easy ways to immediately improve your photos.

2 Responses

  1. I think you hit the nail on the head with allowing the children to take part in the creativity. I know when I allow my children, and my clients children, to make decisions with locations or fun interactions in front of the camera, I am able to capture true emotions! The #1 favorite is making silly faces. We go through the different emotions, silly, sad, grumpy, happy, excited and this makes for some fun images to showcase to the parents in a collage.

    On another note, I am thoroughly enjoying your blog and I am enjoying your lifestyle and natural light classes!

    1. Emily!

      Thanks so much for your comment! I love the silly face and emotions prompt 🙂 Any time we can make the photo session more interactive and fun the better!!! So happy that you are enjoying the courses!!

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