Have you been meaning to get some family photography taken for god knows how long?
You know, the kind where everyone has their eyes open and no one’s head is missing, where all of you manage to look at the camera and smile at the same time.
Even though there is always a camera around whenever all of you get together, the images are often not what you would like them to be, am I right?
If you have decided to finally make your move, and get some family photos taken, you won’t regret it. Here at Infokus Studios, we will make this a fun and memorable time for you and your family.
You will walk away with beautiful photographs that will tell the story of your family for years to come and will grow more valuable as the years go by. Imagine your great-grandkids looking at the one day, and discussing today’s fashions and whom they take after most!
In order to get the very best photos, here are some tips to help make your family portrait shoot go smoothly, and help you get the very best results. (This is a follow-on post from how to choose a wedding photographer)
Tip 1. Coordinate your clothing
It is vital in a family portrait that all members are properly coordinated with the color and style of the clothing they are wearing. This will enhance the type of family photo you want to be displayed in your home. You can just about imagine what it would look like if everyone just came in their “favorite” outfit, or what they happened to be wearing on the day, without considering the portrait as a whole. You don’t necessarily have to dress up, but some beforehand planning should be involved.
Without careful consideration, outfits can become a distraction and the focus may be shifted to them, instead of the people who are actually posing for the photo. It will also be less than aesthetically pleasing and can turn out quite a messy image.
For a more timeless portrait, we advise sticking to neutral colors. Wearing black, white or cream will keep everyone even and draw all the attention to the faces! It will also set the tone for the photo – after all, this is not just another random picture you are taking at a birthday party, this is something you would be proud to hang above your mantelpiece.
Tip 2. The power of makeup
Top Irish makeup artist Yvonne Maher has been kind enough to provide a few simple hints and tips to help your girls achieve the perfect look for your family photography photo shoot!
Try to stay out of the sun (or use sunbeds) before your photo shoot to avoid patches of red blotchy skin and tan lines. If you are very pale and want a sun-kissed glow, apply a light fake tan or a moisturizer with an added tint about two days beforehand, not on the day of the shoot itself, as you may not get the result you were hoping for.
Choosing the right foundation is the key to achieving a flawless finish. If you need some help with this, go to any makeup counter and they can help you choose the right foundation for your skin tone and skin type.
If you are wearing the wrong shade of foundation, it will show up in the photos. If you are 45 or over, the rule is to use a foundation that is one shade lighter. This prevents shading on your natural fine lines and creates a youthful appearance. If you are younger than 45, there’s no need to go to extremes. Choose a foundation that is about one shade darker than your natural skin tone.
With family photography, we want to avoid shine, so choosing a matte foundation would be best. You also don’t need to overdo the highlighter or any other part of your makeup – you are looking to achieve a natural look and most importantly, look like yourself. Makeup can help you look better – but it can also easily turn you into someone else, and you most certainly don’t want to look like you are wearing a mask.
As for the men in your family, make sure Dads have a clean shave and avoid aftershave moisturiser before the shoot as it leaves the skin pink and shiny! It would also help if they got a haircut a week before the shoot, to look as natural as possible and be at their very best.
Tip 3.Have fun!
Think about the details of the day. What do you what to come across in your family portrait?
The best thing to do is to have fun and be relaxed, allowing your genuine family qualities to shine through. The photos should reflect who you are as a family unit – and not look like every other family portrait you come across in people’s homes.
The trick to achieve that is to sit down and think about the things that make you unique and try to reflect that in the images.
Don’t go overboard, and dress up in hunting gear – even though that could make for an interesting shoot, but try to think of poses and outfits that will showcase your individual personalities, as well as the way you are together.
Another important thing to keep in mind is not to be nervous. I do know that can be difficult and that some people simply don’t like to have their photo taken, but you are here to have fun for the day. While it may not go easily from the very start, try to help each other relax, and keep the youngsters entertained. That will make the shoot go more smoothly, and the results will be much better.
Trust in your photographer as you can’t change their eye and here at Infokus Studios we will be 100% committed to capturing amazing family photography that will show the uniqueness of your family.
So sit back, relax and be you! You will walk away with photos that you will proud to display in your home and share with your extended family and friends, or even put on a Christmas card.