Inspiration for your family Photobook
Treasure your precious memories
Family memories are precious. No matter what stage your baby, toddler, children or teenagers have reached, you'll have memories you want to treasure. They may even have started their own families...
That's why you probably have hundreds of photos stored on your computer!
Every stage is special, but the early years really fly by. The best way to hold onto those special times is by carefully taking – and keeping – pictures of them.
Fujifilm Photobooks are ideal for organising, preserving and showing your favourite family pictures. We use professional photographic paper and processes that will keep your memories safe, whether you intend to keep them yourself or create the perfect gift for loved ones.
What's your book about?
To create your family Photobook, you probably have a particular story or theme in mind. Here are some ideas:
- the birth of a baby
- a year in the life of a child
- the first five or ten years
- a special event, such as a christening
- a visit from grandparents
Whatever you choose to include in your family Photobook, the best way to make it interesting is to include different types of photos. For families this means mostly group pictures, action shots and portraits.
Great group photos
It's not easy to get good group photos, especially if young children are involved. Here are some helpful hints for getting a more professional result:
Plan ahead: Look at the many examples of group and family photos on the web for ideas for your family. If you can get everyone to wear coordinated clothes, the group will look as though they belong together. Have a location or backdrop in mind and reduce the time for little ones by having rugs, chairs, toys or other props at the ready.
Arrange the group: Most people will automatically sort themselves into a group with the tallest at the back. Don't be afraid to have people close together – they are family! Ask adults to stand at an angle to the camera, rather than straight on.
Use unusual angles: For large groups that are difficult to fit into the frame, try taking pictures from an elevated position, such as a balcony, window or even a ladder. Groups of children can work well if they are looking down at the camera in a circle or lying down with their heads together.
Get a tripod: If you want to be part of the group and you're using the camera's self timer, a tripod is a must. It will also make people take you seriously as a photographer!
Reduce blinking: Ask everyone to close their eyes and open them just before taking the pictures.
Take plenty of shots: Maximise your chances of capturing everyone looking the right way with a happy expression by taking lots and lots of pictures.
Have fun: Genuine smiles create a better picture than false ones. The fun of taking photos from unusual angles, using props, or being active will give you plenty of natural smiles.
Taking people in motion adds life to your pictures and makes them more natural. If you capture people doing what they enjoy, or simply moving, you can create more relaxed and informal pictures.
Action shots can show people as they really are. A picture of your family playing a favourite game together – whether it's Frisbee, football or snap – can be a great visual reminder of happy times together.
If you want to liven up a family portrait, try throwing balloons in the air or bouncing on a trampoline together. Alternatively, take pictures as you all walk or run towards the camera.
To capture movement without the image being blurred, the camera shutter needs to open and close very fast. If you are using a point-and-shoot camera, you may not have the option to adjust the shutter speed manually. In this case, take your action shots in good or bright light.
Family and individual portraits
Professional photographers have many ways of creating wonderful portraits of groups or individuals. Of course, they have all kinds of special lighting, equipment and software, not to mention experience.
It's still possible to take good portrait photos without professional equipment. We hope you find these points helpful in creating pictures that tell your family story:
Get the best lighting: Daylight is usually better than a flash (which can bounce off a baby's bald head or make people blink.) But bright sunlight can cause too much shadow on the face or cause squinting.
The time when the sun's light is at its best for photography is soon after dawn or just before dusk, although this 'golden hour' is not always the best time for young children. As an alternative, try using diffused light shining through trees.
Choose a backdrop: Don't make your subjects compete with a busy backdrop! Wood, brick and concrete can provide texture, while a brightly coloured backdrop can create a stunning photograph.
Keep little ones busy: If your camera has a special mode for pictures of children, use it. This allows for them not staying still. You might need help attracting their attention so they look towards the camera. Alternatively, capture their natural expressions while they're drawing or playing.
Use different shots: Try and get close-ups of faces as well as full-body portraits using different angles. Profile shots can bring an interesting twist to traditional family portraits. For close-ups, focus on the eyes.
Add poignancy: Create pictures that will make you smile. Some scenes are priceless: a grandparent reading to your children, a tot wearing your shoes, a chocolate-covered face while 'helping' in the kitchen, your little girl doing Mummy's hair… these are just some ideas.
Throw in some props: Have a fun photography session and play around with hats, scarves, sunglasses and even fake moustaches for your family portraits. Hats can also frame faces, emphasise the eyes and add colour.
Don't forget pets: They're part of the family too! As with small children, you might need a fast shutter speed to avoid a blurred image if they can't keep still.
Be creative: For pictures with a difference you could juxtapose some indoor furniture outside. Or how about acting out a favourite movie scene? The possibilities really are limitless!