How To Plan A Multi-Generational Portrait

We are getting the itch to travel again, how about you? With so many of us having plans to start traveling again this year the odds are high a lot of the trips will center about seeing extended family again. If a family get together trip is planned, you may want to plan a portrait of your extended family group together.  If there’s one thing the past year and a half have shown us, covet and cherish every moment you have with one another!

We’ve put together this handy list of tips to help you out if an extended family group is expected (especially if you have multi-generational group, love those!) and you want to have an image of everyone together. We, of course, are happy to help create that perfect family portrait for you!

Tip #1: Designate a person-in-charge!  That’s typically someone local who can visit the studio and do a planning with us. Keep back and relax because we do this all the time and know what to expect and how to handle a last minute crisis.

Tip #2: We understand that there’s truth behind the adage “too many cooks in the kitchen”.  When selecting a wardrobe, it’s best to let the person who this portrait is truly for (we typically see that as the grandparents) and let them have the wardrobe suit their decor and style since they will most likely want a stunning piece of wall art of all of their wonderful children, in-laws and grandchildren.  Luckily, we have a fantastic guide to help you select a wardrobe that will result in a stunning portrait.  Even better, it’s super easy to share this guide to the additional family members. The main thing to keep in mind is “the less patterns, the better!”. We always recommend solid colors so that the attention is always on faces, not on the stripes on the dress of the little girl in the front row. 🙂

Tip #3: Consider the location! Depending on how many family members you have, a photographer may not be able to adequately service your needs (that’s not us, we LOVE family groups with lots of family members!).  Are you thinking of a location that needs permission? Or a permit? Or maybe photography isn’t even allowed! Nothing ruins a family portrait faster than someone official coming along and telling you the group needs to leave.  Yikes!   Talk about the family memories you’ll never be able to live down!

Tip #4: Think about a back-up plan.  What if it rains?  What if there’s an event where you were planning on going?  Having a back-up plan is imperative.

Tip #5: Will the kids behave? Consider the age of the children (earlier in the day is better for the 5 and younger crew) and whether or not they were traveling the day before or if they off at Worlds of Fun all day yesterday.

Tip #6: If you’re doing this at the spur of the moment and haven’t scheduled a professional, have fun and don’t be too wrapped up in perfection! Try out your camera on a self-timer and a tripod (you can even do this with an iphone!). Stick a stuffed animal on the camera to be the “photographer” so the kids have something specific to look at. You can even haul out the dusty selfie stick to give you a better reach to get everyone in close.

Hopefully this list of tips for multi-generational group photography will help make a family group image easier to handle.  If you decide to have a professional help you out, make sure it’s someone who has experience with large groups of people (not every photographer out there appreciates these types of groups!)  Luckily, we love them and we are quite skilled at taking care of all the details and making sure this is an unforgettable experience that will be FUN, not stressful.