For the past few months I’ve been working with JessiLise Studios to put together a new ebook, 30 Tips for Perfect Family Photos!

Here’s the index:

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Family portraiture isn’t typically a common a subject for photography training material, so I hope it helps to “fill the gap” a bit when it hits the Lenspiration Store!

For now, 15 of the tips are available to download for free for PRO members at www.lenspiration.com/proposing

Each tip, overflowing with beautiful examples, is sweet and simple yet practical and clearly mined from a quarry of personal experience. These are the things anyone should know before jumping into family portraiture, and tips that can be applied immediately!

Here’s a sample:

Tip #12: Use Props

I love props.  I have a bag full of “fun” that I carry with me, including large letters that spell “LOVE” and “FAMILY,” and a big “&.” The ampersand works well for engagement pictures. “LOVE” and “FAMILY” are good for just about anything.

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I’ve also had fun using just one of these letters when the family’s last name uses one of them, as is the case with the “O” family.

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Other props that I have include:

  • Chalkboards (don’t forget to pack the chalk and a small cloth to clean the board, too!). It is fast and easy to write a simple, meaningful message on a chalkboard for the family members to hold, or to set in the foreground of the image with the family out of focus behind.
  • Galvanized tubs. These are excellent because they create a rustic look, and are extremely practical for getting varying heights. Sit, stand, or kneel on them…the tub makes a great prop.
  • Wooden frame. This is fun to incorporate into family pictures to create emphasis and variety.

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This is the sort of material PRO members receive on a month by month basis. It’s just part of the membership. Learn more about the monthly Special PRO Features and the other aspects of the PRO Membership here.

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