We have all seen the same family reunion pictures over and over again: a huge group, standing and posing uncomfortably, with at least one person blinking and another person looking off.
Take Better Group Family Reunion Pictures
Improve those group family reunion pictures. First of all, be sure the sun is behind you, the photographer, not the group. Also avoid doing the portrait right in the noon-day sun when shadows are harsh. Watch for distracting or even ugly backgrounds.
Take several shots because you are unlikely to notice that one person out of 10 or 20 blinked or yawned. Avoid using flash or ask people to remove glasses so you don't get a glare.
Candid Family Reunion PicturesBetter yet, worry less about group shots and more about getting real family interactions. Candid shots make much better pictures, and if you're worried about leaving someone out, don't. Use some of the ideas below for preserving, such as photo books or collage frames, to package it together.
Just wander around the reunion and capture those special moments. Don't draw attention to yourself, or even stay back a little. Get pictures of children playing, elders reminsescing, hugs exchanged, family members loading up a table with food, and so on.
Little Details in Family Reunion PicturesInstead of stepping back and getting these huge group shots all the time, think small. Get close-ups of interesting details, such as the sign leading to the reunion, your aunt's beloved potluck dish, great grandma's hand with her wedding band.
Sharing Family Reunion PicturesThe wonderful thing about digital cameras is it's so much easier now to share reunion pictures. In fact, there are loads of options to do so right at the reunion itself.
You can even bring along a portable photo printer to hand out copies straight from your memory card. You can also find cameras that plug directly into TVs for slide shows or several digital frames that will display pictures from a memory card (and some even run just on batteries).
If nothing else, just pull out your camera and display the images on your LCD screen for others to see.
Once you return home, you can use any number of photo sharing sites to allow family members to see, save, print or even order specialty photo items.
Preserving Family Reunion PicturesPictures are only as good as your ability to see them. Fortunately, the options for preserving your family reunion pictures have come a long, long way in the past few years.
A simple method is to simply by a collage frame and display a nice mix of group, candid and detail shots. You can create a photo album or, better yet, create one of the newer photo books online to have a nice keepsake.
You also might consider creating a web site to display reunion pictures. There are many sites now that offer free or inexpensive web sites, including simple to use web site builders even a beginner could master.