6 Tips for Taking the Perfect Family Photo

Taking the perfect family photo is hard — especially when you’re on the beach.

Not only is it a headache to get the entire family in the same spot, wearing coordinated outfits, ready to say “cheese” at the same time, but the elements of the beach hardly ever seem to be in your favor.

Namely, wind never seems to be in your favor.


But thankfully, there are some simple ways to make the pains of shooting a family photo a little more bearable.

So, next time you’re headed to the beach with your family, reach for the six rules in order to make the process easier, quicker and, hopefully, a little more fun.

6 Tips for Taking the Perfect Family Photo:

1. Get someone who knows how to work a camera.

Obviously, if you want your entire family in a photo, you’re going to need to ask a bystander to snap it for you.

In my experience, this can go one of two ways — bad or really bad. So, what I try to do is ask a nearby Millennial. Not only do they understand  technology, but they are great about getting the perfect angle, finding the perfect lighting and reminding you to smile.

If there aren’t any Millennials on hand, you should ask the staff at your All-Inclusive. Many of them have trained professionals around who would be happy to snap your family photo for a small fee.

2. Coordinate outfits.

No, this doesn’t mean you have to (or really even should) wear the same shirts, it just means you should think about how your family’s outfits will look together.

For example — if Uncle Bob is wearing a red checkered shirt, you probably shouldn’t put Grandma Jo in a hot pink polka dotted number. My advice would be to stick to neutrals and a pallet of around three colors.

My favorite — white, denim and an accent color or pattern.

3. Have incentives for the kids.

Basically, you’re going to need to bribe them.

No kid wants to stand in formation for hours (okay, maybe minutes) on end without having something to look forward to. So, you should incentive them with a sweet treat, a trip to the pool, a small toy or something of the sort, in order to get a sweet smile and attitude out of your kid.

4. Shoot for the golden hour.

The golden hour is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky.

If you take photos during this hour, you’ll have better lighting, less shadows and a little help in the complexion department — aka zits, wrinkles, etc. will be less noticeable. Basically, the Golden Hour makes everyone look bomb.

5. Take a variety of photos.

Yes, we all want that classic, posed, smiling photo, but you should really try to get a variety of shots — i.e. candid, laughing, hugging, goofing off.

Honestly, even though I always think the smiley photos are going to be my favorite, the candid, laughing ones usually rise to the top. Not only do they have a fun, care-free vibe attached to them, but they represents everyone’s personality perfect — and tbh, I usually look better in them.

6. Don’t take it too seriously.

I know you want your photos to look good, but if you think too hard about your smile, pose and outfit, you’re going to look stiff and uncomfortable.

What you want to shoot for is a picture that truly represents you and your family. So, have a glass of wine and chill before — it’ll all be okay.