19 Dec 33 Ways to Have FUN with Your Family Photography
Your family photography session should capture the unique relationships within your family and create images you can treasure for generations to come.
Despite your best intentions and desire for the most gorgeous family portraits, things don’t always go to plan! Our precious little ones may not love having their photo taken or smile on cue.
Attention spans may be short and siblings may decide the day of the photo shoot to settle their sibling rivalry. Not to mention posing can strike fear in most adults resulting in those awkward family photos we love to share on social media!
But with a little planning, we can design a family photography session that showcases your family’s personality bringing out the best in everybody.
Your family is unique, so your session should be too. The best way to capture the essence of your family is in a natural environment where you feel comfortable and can have fun.
Create some amazing images and celebrate your amazing family with these 33 creative ideas to make your photography session a fun one.
Capture Personality in your Family Photography Session
You can capture the unique personality of your family with these simple ideas:
1. Pick clothing to match your personality
For some families that will mean bright, bold colours and patterns. For others, it will be plain colours. You don’t all need to match.
2. Give your photo shoot a theme
Let your photo shoot tell a story. Does your family have a unique personality that could be recreated in a photo? Are you quirky, whimsical, sporty, free spirited, social? How can you use these themes to articulate your family’s unique character?
3. Do an activity your family loves
Why not use your favourite activity as the basis for your photo shoot? If could be playing chess, fishing, surfing, bike riding, running or dancing.
4. Plan an activity you can do together
If you want a really candid looking shoot, do an activity together that can be photographed. Put up the Christmas tree, decorate the house, put up a tent, paint a bedroom or make a piece of art together.
5. Recreate a famous image
Recreate a famous image such as the Beatles Abbey Road crossing or an iconic image from a famous movie. You could even recreate old family photos from when you were young.
6. Write a message
Use a chalkboard or whiteboard to write messages to each other and photograph your reactions.
7. Focus on your feet
Take a photo of your family’s bare feet together. Or, even better, take some images wearing shoes: ballet, soccer, work boots, thongs…whatever has meaning for you.
8. Become superheroes
Dress up as your favourite heroes, or just show a sneaky hint of a superhero costume underneath your regular clothes.
Change up the location for your family photography session
You don’t have to sit inside a studio and smile for the camera. The best photo shoots are the ones done in an environment you love and feel comfortable in. There are so many locations you can choose from.
9. Choose a location your family loves
Pick a place your family loves as the location for your shoot so everyone feels comfortable and relaxed.
10. Go to the beach
The beach always makes a wonderful backdrop for a family photography session. Play in the waves, build a sandcastle or take a walk together and you’re bound to get some amazing candid shots.
11. Choose somewhere meaningful
Is there a location that is special to your family? You might like to recreate a past event, or just simply make new memories in your special location.
12. Go to a local park
Celebrate your love for your local area by choosing a park near your house for your photo shoot. A simple park bench or children’s playground can ignite your fun side and make for a great backdrop too.
13. Choose a comfortable space
Create intimate moments by staying in a comfortable space such as your own home. Have everyone pile into the bed, lay together on the living room floor or gather on the staircase or in the front yard.
14. Take a hike
Head into the wilderness together and go on a bush walk. Photos in nature are always relaxed and scenic and can lead to a whole range of possibilities.
15. Go to the backyard
How about exploring your own backyard? You’ll all feel comfortable in this familiar setting and you can use trees, fences, and maybe even the trampoline as inspiration.
16. Celebrate the seasons
Jump in a pile of Autumn leaves at the park, or swim in the pool during the hot Summer months.
17. Lazy Sunday morning in bed
Are Sunday mornings your family’s favourite time to spend together? Recreate the feeling of Sunday morning for your photo shoot. Make pancakes, pile into bed together and laugh your way through your session.
Celebrate your unique qualities
Include the special qualities that make up your family in your photo shoot by considering some of these options:
18. Bring toys or objects that family members love
What about bringing some props to your photo shoot? Celebrate the hobbies and interests of your family members by holding something that reflects your personality. It might be a musical instrument, a football, netball or tennis racket.
19. Play sport together
Stage a friendly game of sport together to inspire some action shots.
Sing your family’s favourite song to lighten the mood.
21. Get dirty
Nobody said you had to stay clean during your photo shoot. Head for somewhere muddy and get messy. Have a mud fight and capture the fun on film.
22. Play a simple game together
If your family is not so sporty, why not play a simple game together? Play chess, cards or your favourite board game and capture the competitive and joyful traits it brings out in your family members.
23. Bring the dog
Nothing puts everyone at ease quite like the family pet. If you have a dog, bring it along to your shoot. Not only will you get some lovely photos of your pet, but you’ll also help everyone relax.
24. Hold up letters to spell out a word
You can have each member of the family hold up individual letters to spell out a word that is meaningful to you. It could be LOVE or maybe even your family surname.
Keep it simple
The key to a relaxed and fun family photography session is to keep it simple. Remember to smile and try not to worry too much about what the photographer is doing.
Tickle each other, tell funny stories and keep the mood light. Natural laughter makes for the best photos.
26. Bring snacks
If you have children, bring snacks to stop them from getting hungry. It also keeps them entertained between shots and can double as fun props.
27. Interact with each other rather than pose for the camera
Don’t worry about posing. We will guide you but just remember to interact with each other during the shoot to get some great candid shots.
28. Pull funny faces
Make things deliberately fun by pulling funny faces at the photographer, or at each other.
29. Put on a pair of oversized glasses
Funny props can help lighten the mood. Pop on a pair of oversized glasses to start the laughter rolling.
30. Capture a moment at home
Make your session all about a simple moment that can tell a story about your family life. Capture dinner time, story time or another favourite part of your daily routine.
31. Have a picnic
Set up a picnic and capture the moment. Having props around and something to do with your hands can help your family relax and act naturally.
32. Tell jokes
You’ll have fun, get some natural laughter and create some great images at the same time.
33. Jump, dance, go wild
If all else fails, just let loose for your family photography session. Jump around, dance and go wild as a group and capture the beautiful insanity that follows.
These are just a few ideas to help you have fun with your family photography. As only you know your family best, you will know what ideas will work which ideas won’t. You may even have other ideas of your own… I’d love to hear what they are.
Contact us today to discuss how we can work together to give your family a photo shoot to remember along with gorgeous family portraits you will cherish forever.