Family portrait photography mistake 09: Mis-matched couples
As much as you may dislike your sister’s choice of partner, she’s unlikely to be happy if you separate them in every shot.
Try to arrange people in logical groups so that children are with their parents or grandparents and husband and wives are together.
Ideally put the grandparents near the centre of the frame with everyone around them.
If your brother turns up with a new girlfriend of two weeks standing then by all means take a few photos with her in the group, but don’t assume that they’re going to be life-partners and make sure you get a few shots without her in the frame.
He’ll thank you if they split up three weeks later.
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Family portrait photography mistake 10: Who took the photo?
One of the problems of being the photographer of the family is that you can often be excluded from photographs.
But don’t take this lying down and get yourself in on the action. Put you camera on a tripod, make sure a space reserved for you in the scene and set your camera to self timer mode (ideally the 10 second option), then dash into the frame as soon as you have pressed the shutter release.
You may even find that this approach creates a little excitement and get better shots then when you stand by the tripod.
A more high-tech approach is to use a wireless remote to enable you to trigger the camera once you are nicely settled in the frame.
In some cases you can even see the scene on your smartphone and use that to fire the shutter. It makes life easier, but a self-timer is often more fun.
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