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3 Family Portrait Disasters and How to Avoid Them

3 Family Portrait Disasters and How to Avoid Them

Worried about having your family portraits taken? We understand! As one of the top Dubuque photographers, we have taken hundreds of family portraits and we know how they can sometimes seem overwhelming. Lucky for you, we know exactly how you and your family can make the most out of your family portraits! And to help you prepare for the best family photoshoot, there are the three most common family portrait mistakes and how to avoid them:

#1: Clothing Clashes

Unless your family are acrobats and clowns, you probably don't want to be dressed like a circus. That's why it's so important to make sure everybody's clothing coordinates with each other. But that doesn't necessarily mean wearing matching sweaters either. Coordinated clothing means making sure that every one's outfits follow the same color scheme. This also means avoiding too many patterns. Clashing patterns can be visually distracting in family photos, so wearing solid colors is a simple way to make sure the attention stays on your family and not on what they're wearing.

#2 Distracted Expressions

Sometimes getting your family all together can feel like herding cats. Especially if you have young children! Unfortunately, parents sometimes focus too much on how their children are behaving and don't pay enough attention to what themselves are doing. So if you have little ones know that it's okay to let your kids be kids! Some of the best family pictures happen when your children are just acting like themselves! Of course, we want them to be safe around the photography equipment, but when you are relaxed and your kids are having a little fun getting their picture taken, everyone's expressions look more natural.

Now if you have very young children, such as toddlers, it's best to plan ahead and schedule for a time of day when they're at their best. You know better than anyone what hours they're needing a nap or when they're at their perkiest. Pick a time when they're likely to be in their best mood. If the photography session goes well for the kiddos, it's likely to go well for the parents, too!