Secrets to Picture-Perfect Family Photos

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If you are taking family photos at a family party or reunion, don't wait until late in the day to take pictures with kids. Tired kids have unhappy faces. Tired kids also cry and upset other over-excited children, which can lead to more tears.

Taking Family Portraits and the Rules

In the case of photography, rules are sometimes meant to be broken. For example, you don't always have to take pictures from the "eye-to-above-the-eye" angle. Experiment with other angles for a different "look." You may be pleased with the results.

If you are new at photography or are experimenting with new techniques, don't stress out about whether or not you are getting enough good family photographs in comparison to how many shots you take. In some ways, the more pictures you take, the more likely you are to get the perfect picture or pictures.

When you are smiling and looking like you are having a good time, your subjects are more likely to respond positively. Have some jokes or funny stories to tell. Enlist some kids to help you set up equipment. Have a few shots where everyone makes funny faces. Relax and have fun.