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4 dynamic ways to style your family's portraits

4 dynamic ways to style your family's portraits
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(BPT) - Take a look at your family. How many changes have crept in since last year? And one year from now, think about the many more changes that are coming.

Sending a family photograph to friends and loved ones is an easy way to share your pride in your family. But more importantly, as the years pass, the memories these images trigger will become more and more precious.

It certainly is easy enough to have a friend snap some pictures on a smartphone and print off a stack of copies with a pre-designed template. But if you take the idea a couple of steps further, booking a session with a professional photographer will result in images that people will love to display and keep.

The advantage to using a professional photographer is that they have the skills and artistic ability to make beautiful images that you will cherish forever. In addition to that, they can partner with you to create a style and effect that matches your family’s unique personality. To get you started, here are four different styles that will be sure to capture your family’s personality.

Classic

Simple yet timeless, this background is often neutral with the family sitting in formal poses. The photographer is less likely to use editing effects to alter the finished product. To prepare for this, choose a color and style that is clean, uniform and classic. In the end, the goal is to draw the eye to the face, which is what the classic style emphasizes more than anything.

Modern

This style ditches the formal posing and creates a relaxed, candid feel. You come as you are, perhaps using a setting that is familiar and comfortable to your family, such as building a snowman in your backyard or taking a hike through the winter woods. Whatever you bring to the shoot, the idea is to showcase your family relaxed and happy together.

Eclectic

This style takes the modern approach to a highly specialized, highly individualized level and uses special effects and editing to convey humor or a sense of drama. For example, your family portrait might create an illusion that you’re all gingerly approaching and petting a sleeping bear, or balancing on a tightrope. Look for a photographer with the savvy and technique to pull off these specific effects and dramatic images in a way that looks realistic.

Vintage

What’s old is once again new. What better way to call back to the family roots that tie your loved ones together? You can express this by pulling from your family heritage. For example, you could dress your daughter in your childhood velvet dress. Or include your grandfather’s vintage toy train set as a prop. Some photographers specialize in black and white photography, as well as sepia effects. Of course, if you really want to try an authentic and timeless look, some photographers are even experimenting with glass plate photography.

Which style of photography is right for you and your family? Take a “Family Photography Style quiz” and, once you’re ready for your new photo session, check out http://findaphotographer.com/ to find the right photographer for you and in your city.