Looking through this years photos we have so few photos with all 5 of us from this year! So we had this grand idea of capturing a family photo this fall. We set out for a quiet field with a forest backdrop near our house. It took us a while to even get out of the house, we had to run back for the blanket, the kids were crying about bikes... Maybe not such a grand idea with 3 kids under 4!
So here we are setting up the tripod and trying to get the kids to cooperate. Our grand plan was to get a family shot, one with us and each of the kids and individual shots of each of the kids. Fail.
The good news is we did get a great family shot!
This alone was enough to make my momma photographer heart smile. I love my family and I know they won't stay this small for long. We also got a few other shots of me with the kids, and each of us with our youngest. The older 2 wanted to run after soccer balls, and tear apart the tripod, and the mosquitos came out to feast on us, so we called it a night.
This is our middle son. After about 5 minutes he was done. This was after he got in trouble for tearing apart the tripod :/
5 Tips for Taking Family Photos
(with little guys):
- Take the most important shot first! (I'm so glad we did the whole family together first)
- Take many shots in the same pose, and quickly... if you know how to use photoshop you can actually do some head swapping!
- Make sure the kids are napped, fed and happy when you set out. (m&m's work well as bribes!)
- Find a location close to your home, moving this crew anywhere takes work but somehow close to home seems like less work!
- Set your camera up ahead of time. Find the right place, the right settings before you gather the kids. If you can use a remote shutter release, that way you can take many shots without having to run back and forth (i forgot mine this time :/)