Welcome to our archive of family portrait tips and ideas! We’re a photography studio in Orion Township, and we’ve been around for over 15 years. We’ve photographed lots of families in that time, and we know how hard it can be sometimes to get the family all together, coordinate schedules, coordinate OUTFITS, and get professional portraits that everyone is happy with. We want to help you feel prepared and stress-free! We’ve compiled an archive of articles we’ve written that will make family portraits a piece of cake for you, and put them all in one easy-to-navigate spot! If you’re wondering what to have everyone wear, what time of year is best for family pictures, or what to do with your family pictures, we want to give you some pointers!
Sometimes, finding wall space for your family photos can be challenging! Many families think the only space appropriate for family photos is over the fireplace or sofa, or in the formal dining room. As family photographers, and having a family of our own, we want to debunk this idea!
We ask our family clients to send us photos of the walls in their home that they might consider hanging a family photo on, and almost 100% of the photos we receive are photos of the living room. Of course, your living room is a wonderful space for family photos! This is where your family and guests gather, so it’s a great space to show off a beautiful, professional photo of your family. However, what we want to talk about today is unique wall spaces. Outside of your primary living space, there are many spaces often forgotten or not thought of when you may be considering hanging family photos.
The business owner and main photographer of Arising Images, Prem, has three boys of his own. As you might expect, there are many family photos and photos of the boys hanging on the walls in their home. Below is a photo of his master bathroom, where there are 5 canvases hanging on the walls of his boys. Many people don’t think of a bathroom as a place for family photos, but think of how much time you spend getting ready in the mornings in your bathroom! Prem says he probably spends more time looking at the photos in his bathroom every day than anything else in his home, because what else is he going to do when he’s brushing his teeth?!
Sometimes, when it comes to finding wall space for your family photos, you need to think about where you spend the most time. If you spend most of your time in the kitchen, find some wall space there! If you have a basement living room, try hanging family portraits in the basement. Don’t forget about hallways, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and mud rooms. When it comes to family photos, it’s okay to get creative! There’s no “wrong space” to hang a photo. Wall designs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and we can design a beautiful arrangement for almost ANY wall or area.
So, next time you want to hang a family photo, think outside of the box! Decorating your home with beautiful images of your family should have no restrictions!
If you have family photos in your future, we know the question on your brain. “What should we wear for family photos?!” Some moms are AMAZING at this, and can whip up perfectly coordinated outfits for a family of 5 in a week. But that’s not you. Maybe you can barely get your kids dressed PERIOD – much less coordinate outfits and get everyone looking photo ready. We’re here to help. We’re going to debunk some popular family photo myths and give you some pointers that will make your family photos a treasure for years to come.
1. DON’T dress identically.
We’re just going to throw that one out there right now. I know that you’re tempted to have everyone wear blue jeans and a white shirt, but we actually advise against it. Not only does this take away from everyone’s individual personality, but you’ll probably find that your pictures look a little boring. We like to see everyone in an outfit that represents their personal style. When you look at these images for years to come, you’ll appreciate that everyone was wearing clothing that was truly THEM.
2. DO color coordinate
Okay, here’s our number one piece of advice to families everywhere asking themselves, “What should we wear for family photos?” Color coordinate! Pick a color family and go with it. Maybe it’s reds, oranges, and browns. Or maybe you like blues, purples, and greens. This gives you much more flexibility and it lets your family have more freedom in picking their outfits.
3. DO keep your home decor in mind.
If you’re getting professional photography of your family, you’re going to want a large, beautiful image to hang on your wall at home! So when you pick a color family for your outfits, try to keep your home decor in mind. Maybe your home is mostly neutrals, largely consisting of greys and whites. In that case, you’ll want to go with a more muted color palette. You probably won’t want to hang a large picture of your family wearing bright orange and red. If your home has lots of warm colors, like brown, tan, or burgundy, go with a warm color family for your outfits.
Another thing to keep in mind is the style of your home decor. If you have an elegant, beautifully decorated home, you may want to go for a more formal family photo session. If your home is more casual and comfy, a laid back, candid family session may be the best bet. Overall, you just want these images to represent your family, so go with the style that you’ll love most.
4. DO let your kids be kids.
This is especially for all you moms with young children. We know the horror of missing nap time or getting grass stains on those new pants you bought just for this photo session. It’s okay! Let kids be kids. Believe it or not, some of the cutest and most real photos we’ve gotten are when your little ones are distracted, running, playing, and being themselves. You want your family portraits to be a great memory for everyone involved, so if your kids want to play, we say: let them!
As fall arrives, it’s time to cider mills, pumpkin patches, Halloween and family photos. Fall is a perfect time for capturing photos of your family and here is a list of our top 10 reasons to do fall family pictures.
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1. Fall colors make for beautiful photos
I think most would agree that autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year in Michigan. The vibrant colors of changing leaves mixed with the warm tones of the trees losing them is a wonder to be seen and to photograph. This is what makes awesome fall family photos.
2. Neutral tones fit perfectly with almost any home décor
Does your house have a neutral color palette or does it boast an array of bright hues? Either way the earthy colors of fall will showcase your amazing family pictures perfectly on any color of walls. Whether the cool shades of a brisket autumn sky or the warmth of orange pumpkins, red leaves and brown trees the possibilities are endless.
3. Autumn temperatures tend to be more comfortable
It’s the best time of year to take advantage of cooler days that won’t make you look like a human popsicle or a sweaty mess. Another added bonus, if you are included any elderly family members, you won’t have to worry about heat exhaustion. Cooler temps equal cool family pics!
4. You’re still looking nice and bronzed from the summer sun
Being able to take advantage of looking sun-kissed in your pictures but not having to swelter in the heat is awesome! A little glow goes a long way.
5. Easier to coordinate clothing with earth tone settings
As mentioned previously in regards to the hues in your home, it is very easy to find colors that look great in fall scenery. Sometimes people have a difficult time trying to coordinate attire that fit just right with the bright greens of the summer, during the autumn months you have so many more options for perfect family picture outfits.
6. You have more accessories to work with
More often than not, family photography sessions have a particular color scheme that they are trying to work within to ensure they coordinate with one another. With the cooler autumn temperatures you have the ability to use more layers and accessories . This give each person more choices of what they want to use as their staple piece that ties them into everyone else while still allowing them to show off their individual style.
7. Playing in the leaves is just down right fun
It’s the one season in the year when you can have the most fun throwing and jumping in leaves. Family photos that include young children are especially great for capturing candid moments of the kiddos laughing, playing and just having a good time. Whether you have a bunch of youngsters or are just young at heart, goofing around in leaves always makes for an awesome autumn pictures.
8. Cool autumn locations
Two of our favorite locations to photograph in the fall are at our studio owned farm property along with Cranbrook. The colors at our farm in the fall are just blazing and October is just a magical time of year on our property. Cranbrook is always an incredible place to work because the nature mixed with beautiful architecture is fantastic!
9. It’s perfect timing for planning holiday cards and gifts
You won’t have to go into panic mode when it comes time to figure out what you want to do for family holiday cards, you will already have great pictures of yours to share with the rest your family and friends. Not to mention being able to give wonderful personalized photo gifts to grandparents and loved ones.
10. Just to do them!!!
So many people delay getting family photos taken because life gets in the way. Then one day they look at their children and wonder where the time has gone. Don’t wait! You only have one opportunity to capture your children at the age they are now and they will appreciate seeing you in the pictures with them as they grew. In the age of technology, give them the gift of having beautiful family portrait heirlooms that can be passed on for generations.