10 family portrait photography mistakes every photographer makes

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 27/11/2013 00:01am
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    We are fast approaching the festive season which usually brings plenty of opportunity to take a few family portraits. In the latest instalment of her ongoing series looking at some of the common mistakes photographers make, our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, explains some of the most common family portrait photography mistakes that photographers make and offers some advice about getting it right.

    Family portrait photography mistake 01: Waking the baby

    Baby photography tips for during the shoot: posing your baby

    Unless you have the only baby in the world that doesn’t mind being woken up and you want it to be awake in the photos, time your shoot carefully.

    Happy baby shots usually require the infant to be rested, freshly changed, recently fed and winded. You need to find a window in that cycle to take a few photographs.

    SEE MORE: Baby photography ideas: simple ways to capture striking pictures of your infant

    Make sure that you have at least one change of clothes and be prepared to work around the youngest member of the family.

    If the baby is asleep during the shoot, it’s probably best to leave it that way.

    Sleeping baby shots are cute, and why the odd bawling baby shot maybe funny, few parents want every shot to remind them of that side of parenting.

    PAGE 1 – Family portrait photography mistake 01: Waking the baby
    PAGE 2 – Family portrait photography mistake 02: Shooting wide open
    PAGE 3 – Family portrait photography mistake 03: Not enough light
    PAGE 4 – Family portrait photography mistake 04: Glaring glasses
    PAGE 5 – Family portrait photography mistake 05: Lack of eye-contact
    PAGE 6 – Family portrait photography mistake 06: Blinking
    PAGE 7 – Family portrait photography mistake 07: Awkward poses
    PAGE 8 – Family portrait photography mistake 08: Lamps growing out of heads
    PAGE 9 – Family portrait photography mistake 09: Mis-matched couples
    PAGE 10 – Family portrait photography mistake 10: Who took the photo?

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    Posted on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.

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