Tips on Taking a Better Family Photograph
Want some advice on taking timeless family photos? We asked expert Julie Floyd, founder of Classic Kids Photography.
“I really loathe the matchy-matchy family photograph where everyone is dressed alike—white T-shirt and jeans,” says Julie. “I think it’s very ’80s, not hip and modern.” With photo studios in 10 cities across the country, Classic Kids focuses on capturing a child’s character. To achieve this, Floyd favors sophisticated shades of gray—classic black-and-white photographs.
• Get back to basics. “Black-and-white photography is all about shadows and highlights,” notes Floyd. “It’s simple and timeless, while color can feel dated.”
• Dress in neutral tones. Avoid black, white, stripes, and bold patterns to look stylish
in black-and-white photos. Skip the crisp, new European outfit and cap. “Newborns and children have delicious skin,” enthuses Floyd. “You don’t want to cover them up.” Go for simple play clothes.
• Ditch the props—especially a gumball machine, a rocking chair, Mommy’s high heels, or a boa. “They don’t mean anything to you and your family,” says Floyd.
• Choose film, not digital. “Digital can’t rival a hand-printed photo on thick, fiber-based paper,” Floyd insists.
See more tips on the following slide.