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Five Tips on Shooting Your Family!

I saw that headline in Esquire the other day- and well, it caught MY eye…

I thought it might catch yours!

With friends and family coming together during the holidays, take some to time to “Read More” for

5 Tips on shooting your family photo!

Chaplin Christmas card

Archive Photos 1964, Getty Images

What a GREAT Christmas card!

From Charlie Chaplin and his family in 1964.

Now, of  course, Charlie was having fun- but what a great way to get into how TO REALLY take

a GREAT  family photo!

Esquire magazine asked consultant photographer Teri Bloom her suggestions for having your family’s shoot come out great!

1:– get higher

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Ron Henbury/Evening Standard,Getty Images)

For the most flattering of family photos, shoot from slightly above the subjects.

2:– Lighting

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Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Image

Use soft lighting and a telephoto lens if you have one, it tends to flatten unflattering features. Who wants that in their holiday photo?

3:– get close

Kids Logo

It’s a holiday family photo after all- not a photo of the family room…

4:– Take lots of frames

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Getty Images

The more people in the shot, the more likely one of them is going to blink. On average one out of every five shots is unusable.


5:– No props

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Getty Images

Enough said.

Are those “Charlie Chaplin” mustaches they’re wearing??

With those tips in mind- grab the camera and go for it!

With luck, taking the photo will be a joy for everyone involved!

Unlike this “Mother’s Day Card” shoot..



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