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How to take Family Photos that look Good?

Updated: Jan 20, 2022

Did you know that there is a very successful board game entirely dedicated to awkward family photos? Seriously, it’s pretty hilarious. Until you’re the one that wants to take family photos, then you remember all of the cringy, creepy, forced, goofy and all around award photos you’ve seen. Suddenly the thought of scheduling your own family photo shoot fills you with an impending sense of doom.

Some people have just accepted awkward family photos as a simple fact of life, but here’s the thing: family photos don’t have to be awkward.

We’ll say it one more time,


There are a number of things you can do to ensure that your family photoshoot produces beautiful photos, and we’ve compiled a short list of the best tips to help you do it.

5 Tips for getting good Family Photos

1. Location

The best family photos are often taken outdoors utilizing natural scenery and lighting, but good indoor locations are possible to find too. Any indoor locations should include open spaces and adequate lighting. Make sure that whatever location you select will fit the needs of your family. For example, if you have an elderly relative with knee problems, it’s probably not a good idea to select a beach location with absolutely no seating. It’s important to find a place where everyone feels comfortable – you want those natural happy smiles!

If you find yourself stumped or unsure of your location choices, you can always wait until booking your photographer. Most photographers have a list of their favorite local sights for shooting families.

2. Schedule

When you schedule the photo shoot is just as important as where you schedule the photo shoot. Of course, the time of day is paramount to getting good lighting, but there are other things to consider as well. Are you wanting a seasonal photo? Something with “Winter Wonderland” vibes? Or just a casual spring/summer look? These are things to consider.

Once you’ve decided on a general time, check the weather forecast. Weather is often unpredictable but, if possible, it’s best to avoid scheduling if there is any chance of extreme weather like a blizzard or a heat wave. If your photographer suggests a certain time of day, trust them. Chances are they have a good reason for it.

3. Simple Outfits

Most families like to coordinate their outfit. This can be a good thing, but it can also be a bad thing. Neutral patterns and coordinating color pallets eliminate visual distraction and can prevent the photo from becoming too dated too quickly. Whatever you do, don’t try to force the look. Keeping it simple can help everyone feel more comfortable and confident, allowing for the more natural shots that showcase your family.

4. Be Prepared

If you want the photo shoot itself to go well the key is to be prepared. Start getting everyone ready WAY ahead of time. Bring snacks and water for little ones. If you’re including the family pets make sure to include treats for them as well. If sunburns are a concern, then pack a little sunscreen.

Another great thing to prepare is a few examples of poses that you would like to mimic or have the photographer use as inspiration when photographing your family. If there is a look you’re hoping for, then taking a little time on Pinterest or Google images will help you and your photographer get on the same page. Being prepared will make the entire process run smoother.

5. Professional Photographer

You can do everything else from picking a wonderful location to wearing the perfect outfit, but if your photographer is inexperienced then chances are, you’re still going to be disappointed with the end result. Hire a professional photographer that you trust to help stage the photos naturally and catch candid moments during the photo shoot. If you’re unsure, ask to see an example from their photographic portfolio. This will tell you if they know how to use photographic techniques, like lighting or depth-of-field to make people look their best.

We know capturing the right images of your family is important, and hope that these tips will help you get family photos that you are proud to hang on the wall. If you are looking for a professional photographer in Cedar City or the greater southern Utah area, then contact Black Ridge Media today to schedule your family’s photo shoot. With years of experience in photographic work Black Ridge Media Productions is excited to work with new clients to take good family photos.

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