Winter Holiday Photography Ideas for Families

The winter holidays are when families get together to enjoy a festive meal and share gifts. This is also a time of joy, with long winter vacations and school holidays. It’s also a cozy season filled with festive decorations.

Photographers find December and January to be magical months because they can do family portraiture and reportage from home comfort. We have compiled a list of family photoshoot suggestions to ensure you don’t miss this amazing and free opportunity.

What is special about family photography

Families are perhaps the most special type of photography for those who work in private studios. This genre’s history is grounded in painting and sculpture. After oil portrait painting, the first photographs of portraits were made.

Family photography is similar to a portrait of a family by a painter. These works are often commissioned by someone to document their family’s appearance over the years. Ancient designs influence modern portraits.

Today, family photographers often use the Roman sculptural portraits and Renaissance painting compositions rules to create their images.

What is the difference between a family portrait and a traditional portrait? Although there aren’t clear differences between the two types of images, family photos often depict multiple people with some family ties.

We recommend that you look at photos of the Royal Family in Sweden or Great Britain to dig deeper into the history and inspiration for traditional family portraiture. These photos, just like their pictorial models, are rich in symbolism.

Family photo ideas: Compositions

Rule for thirds

Ideal for small families

This tried-and-true rule will help you create appealing family portraits, whether you’re photographing just a few people or a family engaged in a dynamic activity such as playing with snowballs. You should divide your shot horizontally and vertically. Make sure important objects, such as the family member you wish to highlight, are at the intersections of these lines.

Centraled composition

Great for large families

For portraits of large families, a centered composition is a great choice. You need to ensure that at least as many people are on each side of the frame. It is best to take horizontal family portraits. However, if you have to photograph more than six people, consider vertical orientation.

It is a good idea to prepare for your family photoshoot. You can divide people into groups and arrange them in rows before the camera. Children (or the smallest family members) should be placed in the first row. People with close family ties (husbands or wives) should be seated side-by-side.

Balanced composition

Ideal for: dynamic family photoshoots (large family groups).

You don’t have to use a centered composition to create a balanced and pleasing shot for your eye. Photographing a family is a great way to capture their actions. Try to find angles that balance the objects within the frame. You could also draw an imaginary axis for symmetry on your frame, and both sides of it would be balanced.

This technique allows for a more interesting depth to the frame. A few smaller figures in the background can compensate for the large family member in front.

Cropped items

Ideal for — dynamic family photoshoots (small to medium families)

What is the most important thing about your photo? This will improve your chances of getting a successful family shot. A child might be the star of your photoshoot. This could mean that all family members are blurred or not fully visible in the frame (only the arms and legs and blurry smiling faces in the background).

Family photo styling

Complement color palettes and contacts

Why emphasize equality?

The best choice is to use color trinities to match your models’ outfits. In contrast, saturated complementary colors can appear to conflict with each other. This allows you to show all your models equally in the shot.

A Christmas color triad is green, red and blue. Other color harmony rules can be used (complementary colors, the square rule or monochromatic harmony). To find the right palette option, useĀ Adobe’s color wheel.

The same colors and patterns, but different shades

Why? To emphasize unity

Use different shades of the same color to highlight the strength of family ties and how similar family members are. These clothes will make your family look cohesive in your photograph. You can also use the same pattern (checked material) in your outfits.

Showcase your personality with Outfits

Why not show the uniqueness of each family member?

Ask your family members to help you choose clothes that reflect your attitudes, tastes, moods, and lifestyle. Additional requirements: They should feel comfortable and natural in these clothes. This will allow you to create accurate shots and capture real emotions.

Thematic clothes

Have fun!

Winter holidays are all about loud parties, carnivals and masquerades. You can offer your family-themed costumes. You could have your family choose to wear ugly Christmas sweaters or dress up in the roles of their favorite movie or fairy tale characters. Or, you could choose a formal dress code that includes evening dresses and tuxedos.

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