Tips for Photographing Your Own Family

February 29, 2024

by FIBIcollective.com

We invited our very own Genevieve DeVries from Life&Love Photography to chat about staying creative and taking time to take pictures your own family. I-phone or Android photography is an easy way to get started.

Get Them Excited To Take Photos

Genevieve’s first bit of advice for getting your kids excited for the shoot is to give them something to do, instead of telling them to sit and smile. Kids love fun hats and sunglasses, boys love toys and balls. All kids love to run at the camera. Give them a countdown. “1-2-3 RUN!!!” Another thing that kids love and looks great is making cookies, hot chocolate or ice cream cones.

Set The Stage For Great Photos 

Trying to get kids to act perfectly for photos can really backfire. It may work sometimes but it’s not always going to work. I would check your expectations and just let them be themselves. Find a window, doorway or any other spot with soft, beautiful light, Amazing pictures will come from this.

Don’t Forget to Get Photos With You in Them! 

Don’t forget to try to get some photos where you are in the photos with them. Kids will LOVE it when yogurt in it with them. Try setting a timer or getting a tripod and take some memories where you belong. 

Edit the Photos

Yes, editing matters. The color, the cropping, the perspective. Editing is a huge part of making a photo go from good to IG scroll-stopping or frame-worthy. The best software in the industry to edit is Adobe. Light Room makes it a lot easier to play around with your pictures and find your signature style. Most people just need the FREE mobile version of Lightroom, some killer, and their ready to start being their own family photographer. I recommend anything from FIBI’s everyday preset collection. Your images will look professional in an instant.

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