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5 Family Portrait Photography Tips

Shoot outdoors in early morning or late afternoon

Natural light is most flattering early in the morning or late in the afternoon. So, if your family is a flock of early birds, try gathering everyone at the beach or down by the river around 9 a.m. Late afternoon also works great for adding warmth to your photos, so try scheduling a shoot around 5 p.m., when everyone is dressed and ready for dinner.

Midday sun can be harsh and unflattering. But if that's the only time you can shoot, find a shady spot out of direct sunlight, or shoot on a cloudy day. You'll get softer shadows, smoother skin tone, and greater detail.