The answers to these questions will influence the artistic choices you make when you plan and take the photos. Plus, get lots of information up front to help ensure everyone is happy with the portraits and knows what to expect.
Choose a location.
If you look for outdoor family photo ideas, consider scenic areas close to you. Whether it’s a national park, a public garden, or a golf course, convenient places to take great outdoor photos are all around. Be sure to keep the time of year in mind as well when you choose a location. If you take photos in autumn, consider locations with lots of brightly colored leaves to create a beautiful fall family photo. If you take pictures in spring, check out places with lots of blooming wildflowers. But remember, always keep your subjects’ needs in mind when you suggest locations.
“I always take the kids’ ages into consideration when looking for a location. I live in New Mexico, and that means a lot of cactus. So if my clients have small children, then I don’t recommend shooting in the desert, because I don’t want the kids to get hurt,” explains photographer Jacqueline Vega. Make sure everyone is happy and excited about the location before you get started.
If you shoot inside someone’s house, be sure you know the setup of the space before the day of the photoshoot. Plan where you’ll take the photos, the angles you’ll most likely use, and talk about what else in their house will be visible in the shot.