Family Portrait

Family portrait photography is one step, which can take you to a group of professional photographers. This genre of photography can be placed between a commercial and a wedding photographer. Yes, both are professionals.

In wedding photography, we have no command over the situation. We cannot request guests to wear a particular colored dress. Whereas in family portrait, we can request family members to wear particular dresses, which are appropriate with the background and atmosphere. This will remove any possibility of creating riot of colors in photograph. We can set proper lighting, (if we are using studio set up) and we can take number of photographs till all of family members give right expressions.



When taking family portrait group photograph, follow general protocol of placing the most important and aged person (grand parents) in the middle of the group. They can be seated on a good classical chair or a sofa. This is followed by other elders, standing behind and children sitting in front row. Again, unlike wedding photograph, here we can instruct family members to get closer to each other as much as possible. This will make the family look united, which is how they should be. Secondly, no unwanted space is wasted.

We can use a normal lens but a moderate tele lens is a better option as it will compress the perspective in family portrait. Study your camera well in advance for all settings and practice before doing actual assignment. Never ever fumble with the camera or any of your equipment in front of your client, as it will create a very bad impression and as a photographer, you will loose the trust of family members.

family portrait photography is a fun, which starts as a hobby and with proper skill, it can take us in the field of portfolio photography.

Always shoot at lowest ISO setting and largest file size with finest picture quality settings, as family portrait photographs are likely to be used for making large prints and photo frames. Be sure for the correct white balance setting, which is according to the light used.

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