Family Portrait Ideas

"Family portrait ideas are needed
to bring more creativity to family portraits."

Luau PartyHow often have you entered someone's home and the first thing that you saw was their family portrait?

Do you usually think...So that is your family, or ...Wow, that is a nice portrait...?

I would guess that it is probably more often the first one.

This happens because it is usually a traditional staircase family portrait with the short people in the front, the tall ones in the back, and everyone is dressed nice saying cheese.

While this setting does depict a nice clean cut family, we have seen thousands of them. There is nothing original about it, and it says nothing about the family.

Before taking a family portrait, a few things should be asked: what do I want the photo to say about my family, what are some things that the family likes to do together, is there a theme that would make this photograph more interesting? When these questions are answered, great family portrait ideas may come to mind.

Interesting Settings

Think about what your family likes to together. What family activities does you family look forward to? Try basing the setting or theme of the photograph around the activity.

If your family likes to go camping, arrange for the portrait to be taken during your next campout.

If they enjoy fishing, make it the theme (preferably with a big catch to show off). If the picture is going to be taken on the water, don't forget a UV filter and a lens hood.

The activity does not really matter, but you get the idea. Everyone will be in a good mood and the joyfulness of the family will come out in the portrait.

Pirate family portraitIf you want to get really creative, play dress up. Pick a theme and find cloths and props that will help really pull it off. One of my favorites is the pirates on the beach.

Another interesting one is the farm or barnyard theme. It reminds me of that classic painting of the farm couple where the husband is holding a pitchfork.

Most Creative Family Portrait Idea

I know that you have already seen this one but it is my favorite... and since no one else has entered a different creative shot, it wins! WooHoo!

Your Family Portrait Ideas

Okay, you have read some of my ideas and have seen what my family will do to set up an original looking shot.

Now it is time for you to share your creative family portraits with the rest of us. The more creative and original the better.

Also share the story behind the shot.

All accepted contributions will be displayed on its own web-page. The most creative shot will also be hosted on this page just above this invitation as the "Most Creative Family Portrait Idea".

Remember to come back and read the comments left on your page and comment on the other creative family portraits.

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