How To Get The Best Family Photos

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There are many reasons to take a family vacation, but one of them is to create beautiful memories that can last a lifetime for everyone involved. Of course, they do say that the best way to make those memories is to live entirely in the moment, and that is true, but it’s also a good idea to try to capture those moments. The key is not to spend the entire vacation hidden behind a screen because that’s how you miss out. However, if you can grab some great shots and then get back to what you’re doing and completely immerse yourself, you’ll have the best of both worlds, and you’ll have memories to take home with you. 

What you’ll want if you’re only going to take a handful of photos rather than tons of them is for those photos to look the best they can. That’s not always an easy thing to do when it comes to wrangling the family together and ensuring everyone looks happy and content, but if you follow a few simple steps and think about things carefully, you’ll end up with some fantastic shots that tell you – and anyone else who looks at them – the story of your fun times. With that in mind, keep reading to find out more about how to get the best family photos. 

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Plan Ahead

If might seem counterintuitive to plan ahead when it comes to getting the perfect family photos, especially given what we’ve just said about being in the moment, but you don’t have to take things too far, and a little planning can really help set the scene in the right way. The first thing to do is to plan out the best photo opportunities, and if you know where you’re going and what you’re doing on a particular day, that should be simple. 

You’ve already spent time planning what attractions you want to see and where you’re going to be spending time, and with just a little extra planning, you can add the best photo spots to your itinerary. Therefore, research your destination to find the best scenic spots, landmarks, and even activities that could give you some fantastic family photos as perfect vacation souvenirs. 

Something else to think about when you’re planning your photos in advance is the time of day and the lighting conditions you might have because that will make a difference when it comes to the outcome of your photo. Remember if you want a great photo you can keep forever and possibly even frame, early morning and late afternoons often give you the best natural lighting, so you can plan your day around that if you really want to make sure you get the best photo. 

Wear The Right Clothes

Something that can often be forgotten when it comes to getting the best family photo is what people are wearing – in most cases, the clothes in the photo aren’t even considered, and it’s just whatever anyone happened to put on that morning as they were getting ready. That’s fine for standard, day-to-day photos, but for a great family vacation photo that will look good for years to come and everyone’s going to be proud of being a part of, co-ordinating outfits are a better choice. They’ll add a unique and polished look to your picture, and if you pick a specific color scheme or a theme that shows where you are, for example, that can really set things off perfectly. 

Custom printed t-shirts from Mato & Hash Custom T Shirt Printing can also be a great option because they’re a fun, personal, and very different way to show off where you are and what you’re doing. In fact, they’re particularly great if you’ve gone away somewhere for a special occasion, like someone’s birthday or it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip. You can add names, dates, photos, fun quotes, and plenty more, and not only will they be perfect for a wonderful family photo, but you’ll be able to keep them as an extra souvenir. 

Don’t Forget Candid Moments 

It’s easy to assume that the very best photos you’ll get are the ones that you think about carefully and pose just right, and you’ll definitely get some fantastic shots that way (we wouldn’t have mentioned the idea if you couldn’t!). However, there is another option as well that you can focus on instead, or use as well as posed photos – candid photos. 

Candid photos are the ones that aren’t planned out; they’re spontaneous and fun, and although you might delete a lot of the ones you try to take, there are sure to be a few that work well, and that you end up falling in love with. 

To get these shots, you’ll need to have your smartphone or camera with you all the time and be ready to grab a photo when you can, so be careful – you don’t want to miss other important and memorable things because you were hunting for the right shot or watching everything unfold through your viewfinder; that’s not the point. So you’ll have to work out a way to balance using the camera and being in the moment, and one good idea is to share the load. If everyone takes their turn with the camera or has an allotted timeslot for taking photos, it means no one will miss out and there are a lot more chances to get the ideal photos. 

Get Creative

Have you ever noticed how the most ordinary subject matter can look a lot more exciting and dramatic when the photo is taken from a different angle or perspective? Or perhaps when it’s finished in black and white or sepia rather than color? That’s because it’s not what people are expecting, so no matter what’s actually happening in the photo, it’s going to be intriguing, and it’s often unexpected. 

Because of that, don’t be afraid to experience with different angles and perspectives so you can add another layer of interest to your family vacation photos that wouldn’t have been there if you’d taken them in the normal way. What do we mean? Well, perhaps instead of always taking photos at eye level, you get down lower or stand up on something taller and take the same photo from a different viewpoint, for example. Or you could try to incorporate elements of the environment into your composition so there’s a bit of context – you might assume you’re always going to remember exactly what day the photo was taken and what you did next, but will you? It’s great to add some clues so you’ll never forget. 

Capture The Details

It’s great to photograph the big moments that happen when you’re on vacation, and to make sure you get a snapshot of every tourist attraction and important sight to see, but don’t forget about the smaller details as well – they’re just as important and, if you’re talking about a family photo to cherish, they might be even more important. 

It’s these smaller details, whatever they might be, that make you and your family unique, and even if you’re taking a photo in exactly the same spot as another family just did, when you make sure you capture details, you’re going to come out with something entirely different. 

Share The Memories

Finally, no matter whether you’ve managed to capture some masterpieces or not, your family vacation photos are all precious, and it’s lovely to be able to share them somehow. Many people love to post things on social media, or you might prefer to make an album (especially if the photos are digital and might otherwise not be looked at all that often) or frame some pictures. Whatever you do, there’s no point in taking great photos if you’re not going to enjoy them, so make sure you do. 

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