For most of us, our families are our stronghold, our wellspring of strength and inspiration. What better way to show our pride in them than by hanging family portraits on our living room walls, for everyone to see. Either that or posting an online album for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
Careful planning has to come into play when taking family portraits, as you certainly wouldn’t want to end up with a mediocre shot.
As a start, you could arrange the family members in a pyramid or triangular pose, making sure not to keep all tall members on one side. This makes for symmetry. If you can’t seem to arrange them in a pleasant way, try using a stool, for instance, to adjust someone’s height.
Family portraits like birth announcements look spectacular when the subjects look relaxed. Try to capture them with their most natural facial expressions. Otherwise, you may end up with unnatural, stiff smiles.
If you prefer, you can have all family members wear outfits of the same color, and shoot them against a plain background. You can have them pose freely and just capture the moment.
There is nothing wrong in using photographs you stumbled in the World Wide Web in your posts. Of course, there will always be photos out there far more interesting, creative and beautiful than your own photos. There is no harm in utilizing them provided you follow protocols and proper etiquette, which basically covers the following points:
• In using photos other than yours, in your blog posts or other functions, do not claim others’ work as your own and always make sure to give credit where credit is due. Acknowledge the owner of the photo by providing his site (for example, 5th wheel insurance) or url in your blog post
• Being that it is an intellectual property, always check whether the owner actually allows people to use his works, because it is a crime to do so if it stated otherwise.
I have always find photography a very interesting subject to study. If I would have the time of day, I would love to enroll in a formal class and learn about the tricks of the trade. It will be one creative endeavor which also promises a lot of possibilities in the future. Well, you might just never know where it will lead you next, right? The knowledge you learn from a photography class might just be your ticket to bagging that photographer job you’ve been aiming for, or it might inspire you to open your own independent shop or collection agency maybe? Regardless, you can always apply the things you learn taking pictures of your loved ones and posting it on your blog.