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How to Take a Personal and Unique Family Portrait

If you’re looking to take a few special shots of your family, make sure you follow these tips to keep it authentic and unique.


These days, it seems like everyone is taking part in professional family photo-shoots. The result? Every house you go into has the same white-t-shirt-and-jeans family portrait on the wall. But no two families are alike! Celebrate your unique family with a portrait that speaks to who you are, with these tips.

Find your Unique Selling Point

Every family has that one thing that makes them stand out. Maybe you all love hiking together, or perhaps you’re all board game fanatics. Find it – and then flaunt it. It’s the thing that’s going to make your photo one of a kind.



Find a New Angle

Flip the traditional family portrait on its head by changing the angle of the shot. Instead of front on, try taking images from the side, or even behind. See yourselves from a different angle – literally.



Keep it Casual

There is nothing worse than a family shot that looks too formal or serious. Keeping it simple can be the best way to capture a genuine and special moment. Ditch the matching outfits or props and just add big smiles and big personalities.

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Make the Venue the Star

A carefully chosen location can tell a story on its own, and make a photo that much more memorable. Is there a spot that is particularly special to your family? Take the photographer there!



Style Yourselves

If you do want your portrait to look like it was styled in the pages of a magazine, select a colour palette (a selection of colours on the same spectrum). Then ensure your venue, lighting, props and clothes all fit within those colours.



Make it About Moments


A great family portrait doesn’t have to be just one picture. Combine a series of your favourite family moments into a single portrait that truly captures who you are as a family.

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Don’t Look at the Camera


Instead of all staring at the camera head on, ask the photographer to snap away when you’re between shots, interacting with each other. This will ensure you capture authentic, shared moments.

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Pick an Unusual Backdrop


Get out of a studio and choose an out of the ordinary backdrop, like a graffiti wall, train tracks, a mural or an art gallery to really make your family portrait pop.



Go Black and White


Sometimes, the classics work best. Go black and white if you want to give your family shoot a truly artistic feel, that will look stylish and modern hanging in your home.

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Don’t Overthink It


Sometimes, overthinking a shot can be its undoing. If the moment strikes, grab your camera and get an impromptu family selfie that captures the real you.

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Print it


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