Family Portraits at Home: tips for taking contemporary family photos on a budget

Family Portraits at Home: tips for taking contemporary family photos on a budget

Taking family portraits in unfamiliar surroundings, such as a studio, can make them feel nervous – and you don’t want this to come across in your images. By shooting family portraits at home, you’ll be able to get more relaxed poses and happy expressions.

Family Portraits at Home: tips for taking contemporary family photos on a budget

For this family portrait shoot, we decided to use a simple set-up without expensive and complicated studio lighting. We used three regular flashguns to create our home photo studio.

We placed two of them on lighting stands with umbrellas to reflect a soft and more flattering light back onto our subject. We then positioned each light at a 45 degree angle about 6 feet away from the subject and made sure they were switched to manual mode.

The third flash was mounted on our camera and tilted it towards the ceiling to bounce the light, but it also worked as a remote trigger firing all three flashguns simultaneously.

Family Portraits at Home: tips for taking contemporary family photos on a budget

What gear we used

Flashguns
We used three Nikon Speedlights: one on the camera and the other two on stands. However, you can still get creative results using only one or two flashguns.

Two light stands
Jessops Portaflash lighting stands with adjustable tilting brolly brackets. These are easy to use, light and a good size at over two metres tall when fully extended.

Two umbrellas
A silver umbrella for a good coverage of light and a clear white umbrella, which creates a soft, diffused light.

PAGE 1: Great budget gear for shooting family portraits at home
PAGE 2: Best camera settings for shooting family portraits at home
PAGE 3: 5 tips to give your family portraits an edge
PAGE 4: Correcting family portraits post-capture

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