From troublesome toddlers to cranky teenagers, family photography may seem a little out of reach. 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re out of your comfort zone. It’s not only the young ones either; teenagers, even adults have trouble keeping their cool when faced with an unfamiliar situation. Family photography studios can seem a little daunting at first, but if we’re honest, you’re not going to get a perfect photograph as easily without one.  

Professional photographers take pictures every day. That’s their job, of course. Family photography professionals know how difficult it can be to photograph those young people who are nervous, or those older ones that aren’t so confident in front of a camera. However, the pressure will be worth it and you’ll soon feel much more comfortable in the hands of a photographer.  

So, how exactly does a professional get the greatest shots around? Here are the secrets… 

Use a bright setting. 

Whether you’re outside in the fresh air or inside a studio, the brightness of your setting is really important. Natural or white lights allows a camera to see everything brighter and clearer, and in turn, giving a higher-quality, finished result. Indoor lights (other than white lights, of course) should be avoided as they can give off a yellow tinge and ruin your picture. 

Try a variety of angles. 

Making a subject look at the camera is a great start, but to really get the most out of a photography experience, you need to switch things up a bit. Start by doing whatever the subject is comfortable doing, whether this is a forced smile for the camera or maybe playing with a toy to make them feel at ease. Then, focus on something different. For babies or younger children, it may be more difficult to make them look at a cameraso it’s important to be flexible and work with what you’ve got. Sometimes, catching someone unawares can make a much better, more natural shot. 

It’s all in the details. 

No one stays the same age forever. It’s important to photograph a person exactly as they are. Make sure you get those tiny hands and feet in a baby or toddler shot, or that vibrant hair colour before those greys start to appear – you’ll miss these features when they’re gone, so capturing them will create a perfect memory. 

Go for a theme. 

It’s not always necessary to have a theme for a photoshoot. For the look you want for your photographs, you may just be happy with normal shots with a white background in a photography studio. For family photography, depending on the occasion you might want to add a theme to make things even more personalised to a particular moment. For example, use flowers for a Mother’s Day shoot or cake and candles for a birthday shoot.  

Professional equipment. 

For a quality image, professional equipment is needed. The right camera equipment is a worthy investment and you’ll really be able to tell the difference when you see the final shots. Think high-end cameras, tripods and editing software, as well as lighting, screens and props. 

Ready for a family photography experience to remember? 

Spending some time in a family photography studio is an amazing experience. Not only are you spending quality time with the people closest to you, but you’ll have a fun and meaningful session to remember! Have you had experience in a photography studio? Perhaps you’re a photographer yourself? Let me know your experiences in the comments below. 

This post was in collaboration with Nousha, photographers specialising in black and white shots and family photography. If you’d like to find out more information about their services or would like to see some previous shots in their gallery, visit their website: https://nousha.co.uk. 

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