Tips for Group Portraits

Tis the season for group shots, entire families, or just the kids. No matter what holiday, be it Christmas, Yule, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, you celebrate you will want to have a big family shot done no doubt. Whether you are hiring a photographer or doing the photos yourself there are some things you will want to remember.

The best thing to remember is that you want everyone to be in a generally good mood, meaning you want to avoid near nap or bedtimes. Every child has a breaking point and you don't want it to happen during a shoot. Shoot to have the photo session at a time everyone is up and active and in a god mood.

Make sure to get warm up shots done. You want to check the lighting, your camera settings, or your photographer does, candid shots are great for this. If you have a photographer that hasn't worked with your kids before it's great for them to get used to each other. You also want to get those precious moment photos.

A fun thing is to try is to have a story in the photos. Shoot for a beginning, middle, and end. If you doing gift exchanges, make sure you get in the room with the gifts before them so that you can get their faces when they walk in. If you have a family tradition that you do every year, take photos of it. Lighting candles? Zoom in close on the hands and flame. Hanging ornaments on the tree? Get a close up of their face as they focus.

Remember just because you are doing a group shoot, doesn't mean you can't get some great individuals too. And if you're having a problem getting a complete group shot of everyone, collages are your friends.


  1. Hi Amanda,

    Woopies... Now I get the real picture of you :) Wonderful.

    Well, I have no much to say about it all as I'm not familiar with photography and terms or so. I like photos than photography but I hope I can be creative via the tips of yours.

    The idea of keeping gifts in a separate room and taking shots is nicey and being familiar with kids :) I've seen sometimes photographers got bad day as they can't have kids on their side when they ready for the shot.


  2. Thanks for stopping by =]

  3. Awesome tips! Sometimes I try to go for capturing artistically & others it's all I can do to just capture the moment for memory's sake.

  4. I think it's always the better bet to capture for memory's sake.


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