Two photographers offer advice for getting better family snapshots.
Don't be a photo fool—take these professional photographers' tips for shooting family photos that will make treasured memories. Andy King's pictures have appeared in publications including Time
, Rolling Stone
, USA Today
and Sports Illustrated
. Al Parrish is the staff photographer for F+W Publications, which publishes Family Tree Magazine
as well as many other magazines and books.
From the kids' perspective: This photo was taken at kids'-eye level, instead of from a grown-up height. Taking good pictures means you sometimes have to get down on the sand or suffer a grass stain on your pants. (That's a good thing!)—Andy King
Classic moments: Capturing goofy, spur-of-the-moment poses such as this come from keeping your camera at-the-ready. Think of how much fun you'll have showing this photo when the child becomes a sullen teen-ager!—Andy King
Motion report: Sometimes it's OK to have motion in a photo. Just don't overuse the technique. Try swinging your camera a bit as your little speed demon races by you.—Andy King
Pan with the action, and try a higher shutter speed for less blur.—Al Parrish
Distance yourself: The lovely moment captured in this photo may not have happened if you were close enough to the baby to attract attention to yourself. A telephoto lens allows you to take photos from across a room without becoming a part of the action.—Andy King
This photo's orange tint is caused by using natural-light film in an artificially lit setting. Be sure to use flash when shooting indoors.—Al Parrish