God designed us to live in families. They offer a sense of belonging, love, value, security, and so much more. That’s why capturing family in a photograph is a treasure. It creates nostalgia as you look back on those portraits for years to come. As a photographer, I love being a part of photographing families. I’ve learned a few tips along the way to help take family photos and make it fun. With Fall upon us, it’s a great time to utilize God’s natural beauty in our photos!
1. Don’t expect perfection. Everyone wants that perfect family photo, especially if you’re paying for them. When kids are in tow, however, that expectation is unrealistic. If your toddler decides to throw a tantrum, just go with it. It’s part of normal life, right? No family is perfect.
2. Practice the fruits of the Spirit. Most kids I know don’t get excited over dressing up nice and saying, “Cheese!” for the camera. If they pick up on Mom or Dad’s stress, it has the potential to all go downhill from there. Speaking in love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness helps make the experience more enjoyable.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:23, 24
3. Let the photographer take the lead. I can’t tell you how many times that an effort by the parents to make the kids smile results in frustration. If you’re comfortable with it, let the photographer take the lead on producing those pearly whites. It gives you a chance to relax, so you don’t look frazzled for the camera.
4. Incorporate color. What I love about Fall is the amazing backdrop you have to work with. Find those brilliant yellows and reds to enhance your beautiful faces. Are you only graced with piles of brown leaves? No problem. Incorporate pops of color in your wardrobe with scarves, ties, hats, and shirts.
5. Use props. It’s fun to incorporate props into your photos. Have the kids bring along their favorite toy. Use a colorful chair. Go to the pumpkin patch, and give your kids a book to read like The Pumpkin Patch Parable. You can also capture some sweet parent/child moments by reading a book together.
Take advantage of the cooler fall weather and capture your family. Even if you can’t afford to hire a photographer, practice your own skills, and use that wonderful self-timer feature on your camera. These moments in time are treasures you don’t want to miss!
Do you find taking family portraits stressful? How do you exercise the fruits of the Spirit during those times?
Jen Price: Wife, mother, lover of people, photographer, knitter, blogger and world traveler, Jen Price has traveled to dozens of countries, not merely as a tourist, but rolling her sleeves up and going well off the beaten path so that she might get to know the people, learn the culture, and find the heart of the place. In 2005, Jen co- founded Ten Thousand Homes, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and homes to thousands of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she and her family live in South Africa. Jen continues to travel internationally, camera in tow, with more passion than ever to tell the stories of beautiful people the world sometimes forgets. You can check out her stories and photos on her blog, I Believe In Love.
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