Believe it or not, but this is the first family photo we have had with all four of us since our little girl was 5 months old. I feel silly admitting this since I blog about stuff from our home, Instagram pictures like crazy, and share pretty much everything on Facebook that we do or eat, but I am terrible at taking Family pictures. And really have felt too self conscious with my weight in the past to want to take any. This year though, I figured since dropping some weight and feeling a little better at being in pictures it was finally time to take a family shot of us.
And I’m going to share some of the simple things we did to take a family photo, one that’s worthy of putting on a Christmas or New Year’s card, in my opinion.
- If you don’t know someone who can take a photo for you, or if this is a spur of the moment, completely impulsive decision, make sure you get a Tripod and a Remote.
- You can find decent tripods on amazon, maybe put it on your wish list this Christmas. They do come in handy.
- I bought a Remote for my camera for $20 at Best Buy. Best thing I could have done this year.
- Get a theme.
- My son had a cute plaid shirt that looked good with his jeans so we decided to go run with the denim and plaid look. My husband picked up a plaid flannel shirt from Target, and my daughter and I picked up gray shirts and plaid scarves from Old Navy.
- If you don’t have coordinating outfits, wear similar colors or colors that would look well together.
- Think about clothes that are comforting, and the kids won’t hesitate to wear. Not every family photo has to be styled to the nines, or include poofy dresses or ties. If that’s not what you’re comfortable in, or your kids are comfortable in, then wear something that you’ll all like and feel good in.
- Pick a good location. Backgrounds can help make the picture too.
- We went for the rustic wood look that is really just the side of an old unused building off a main road in our town.
- A brick wall could be good, a field, an orchard, etc. Use locations that are easy to get to, easy access was key for us with the kids.
- Bribe the kids with something they would like to get some good behavior and smiles during the photos.
- We told them after shopping and taking pictures we would get fruit smoothies and french fries. It was that simple. We would have taken them to eat after anyway, but they picked fruit smoothies and fries and when we said ok, it was that much easier to get them to smile in the pics.
- Remember to take a bunch of pics, some of you and the kids, some of just the kids, and some of you and your spouse. Who knows when you’ll get the chance to do it again, so take a lot of pictures during the time you' have.