Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How To Achieve Perfect Composition In A Family Portrait

By Anne Todd

Family portrait photography often demands for a more formal pose. Its purpose is to capture unity, an essential factor that keeps a family together. Studio photographers use both technical and non-technical elements to capture such characteristic.

In the technical aspect, the composition serves an important role in the final appearance of the portrait. This photography element pertains to how the key elements are put together to capture an interesting photograph, or in this case to capture the family's distinguishing personality. On the not so technical aspect of this type of photography, great composition can be attained by requesting the family members to use coordinated color tones for their clothing. There are photography studios - especially those that capture families in their formal clothing - already have formal attires that their clients can use.

Aside from executive attires-which are considered classic for formal family portrait-there are other options to pull off a formal look without wearing coat and tie or corporate dresses. This can be achieved by asking the family to wear clothes that depict their culture or religion, or anything that distinguishes them as a family.

For instance, a Muslim family can wear clothing that is distinct to Islam. Female members of the family can therefore wear modest garments such as long skirts and a lose robe.. Again, it is important that the family have a unified color of clothing.

Another crucial pointer in photographing a family portrait is to emphasize the individual personality of the members of the family. To do this, it is essential that photographers are sensitive as to how each of the members of the family feel about their clothing and overall appearance. The mood of the subjects is important, otherwise the great composition the photographer has visualized for the family will go to waste. A good family portrait is only as interesting as each individual in the picture.

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