10 family portrait photography mistakes every photographer makes

Family photo ideas: make a striking family portrait from individual faces in profile

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 photo ideas: create a multi-frame photo grid for a fun portrait montage

Family photo ideas: create a multi-frame photo grid for a fun portrait montage

If you’re looking for some new family photo ideas and are bored of the same traditional poses, creating a multi-frame photo grid like that popularised by the television show The Brady Bunch is a really fun and easy option.

Family Portrait Ideas: how to photograph your loved ones at any age or occasion

Family Portrait Ideas: how to photograph your loved ones at any age or occasion

For most amateur photographers, taking memorable portraits of their family is one of the greatest benefits of their hobby. It’s also really handy – after all, you’re around your family more often than most other subjects and know their characters inside out.

They’ll also feel more relaxed and easy in your presence than another photographer, so you’ve got everything working in your favour if you follow our advice. In this tutorial we share some of our best family portrait ideas for babies, children and a range of different events when you might want to pull out your camera.

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 photo ideas: make a striking family portrait from individual faces in profile

Family photo ideas: make a striking family portrait from individual faces in profile

Many photographers struggle for great family photo ideas, but some of the best family portrait photography is that which relies on the old adage that less is more. In this quick and easy tutorial we’ll show you how to make one of our favourite family photo ideas – shooting individual family members in profile and combining them on the computer into one striking family portrait.

How to shoot a group portrait indoors

How to shoot a group portrait indoors

Do you want to take better family portrait photography? This simple guide to how to shoot a group portrait indoors will help you take control of the light for perfect family pictures.

Family Photos: what the pros won’t tell you about taking pictures of family

How to capture candid pictures of family

Taking official family photos is a role that most photographers find themselves assuming whether they like it or not. Taking pictures of family – especially your own immediate family – can be quite a challenge certainly in terms of technique, but also in getting everyone to work with you, to think about the process and stay engaged while you direct them.

All the professional photographers know this, but it’s a trade secret they’re not so quick to dish out. In this portrait photography tutorial we show you everything you need to know to shoot family photos everyone will be proud of. We show you how to keep it natural, capture candids, direct a shoot, keep your family focused on the shoot and how to mix it up with action shots and stylish alternatives that can give your pictures of family a real unique look.

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: family portrait ideas you’ll treasure forever

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: family portrait ideas you'll treasure forever

In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post, our pro suggests some simple family portrait ideas and portrait photography tips that can liven up your group photos to give you more dynamic images, whether it’s your own family portrait photography or a client’s.

Child Photography: tips for taking natural-looking portraits of children

Child Photography: tips for taking natural-looking portraits of children

Photographing children is something that many photographers say should be avoided at all costs! While it’s fair to say that child photography can be challenging, it really doesn’t need to be a painful experience.

If you’ve got children of your own or friends with kids, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, taking family portrait photography to capture the magic of an exploding smile, the emotion of a child in thought or the expressiveness of a mischievous grin far outweighs the risks of tears and tantrums. Here’s how it’s done.

Child Photography: tips for candid portraits of kids

Child Photography: tips for candid portraits of kids

Are you frustrated by the quality of your family portrait photography – namely, your pictures of your children? We’ve pulled together some of our best child photography tips for getting natural-looking candid portraits of your kids.