I hope you had a good weekend. Mine consisted of family time and resting, all of which were much needed.
A few weeks ago, we decided to take some family photos. While we could’ve hired a photographer, we decided to try it ourselves, and I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out.
Here are a few things we did to make our pictures successful:
The first step to any type of family photo is coordinating outfits. I’m not one for matchy-matchy attire, and prefer similar colors to make clothes mesh.
When planning what we’d wear, I started with a dress that I really liked. I went with a navy, floral maxi dress that would provide “movement” in photos. My dress is from Old Navy, and though it’s sold out online, here are a few similar styles (1, 2, 3).
You don’t want too many patterns to have to coordinate, so I kept Daniel and Isaac’s outfits solid. The colors of their items are all in my dress.
The next item you need for your DIY photos is a camera or phone. We bought a Nikon D3400 camera a few years ago with good intentions but haven’t used it as much as we thought we would. We did use it for these pictures, though. However, phone cameras have really improved over the last few years, and you can achieve quality pictures with them, too.
A few more handy items are a tripod and remote, both of which came with our camera. Obviously you don’t want your pictures to be from the ground level, and it might be tricky to set a self-timer and run back and forth. A tripod allows photos to be taken at a flattering angle, and there are a wide variety to choose from, including ones for your phone.
Our camera came with a Bluetooth remote, and that made it much easier to take photos, so I recommend looking for something like that.
The last essential item, especially if you have young children, is snacks, ha ha! Can you spot the Goldfish?
What do you think? Do you have any other tips for family “photoshoots”?