Ah, the coveted family photo. That one where everybody’s smiles are perfect, everybody’s hair is perfect, and everybody’s clothes are perfect. Nobody’s eyes are closed, nobody is crying, nobody is looking off-camera, and everybody looks happy. Everything looks perfect. (Or, at least, close to perfect.)
Your kids are older now, and they don’t look exactly like they did when that professional photographer snapped that perfect picture of you all. You know that it’s time to take a new picture. But couldn’t you just use your phone to take a picture of them?
Well, selfies and phone pics are great (and fun!), but how much better would you and your family look if you were all photographed by a professional photographer? You know that would make a huge difference!
Our full-service luxury photography team is experienced in creating the works of art that take place during a family photoshoot. (Click here to schedule a free consultation and learn more about us!) But before you schedule your next photo session with us, let us offer you some family photography ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
1. Christmas or wintertime photos
Every year, your friends and your loved ones probably mail you perfect pictures of their families wrapped up in Christmas cards. You probably display them in a special spot in your home as part of your annual Christmas decorations. This year, why not make it your turn to deliver the cutest photo in the bunch?
You could do a traditional shot where your entire family is sitting or standing in front of a Christmas tree and/or a fireplace. That type of shot is nice—and we could set it up for you in our studio in Hickory Creek, Texas—but seeing the same thing every year can get boring.
Let us meet you, get to know you, and show you some family picture poses that will be much more interesting in your annual Christmas card. How about an outdoor shot with sunshine—as a nod to the warm weather that tends to be the norm in Texas at Christmas? Or maybe an indoor photo session at our studio with all kinds of cute Christmas decorations in the background?
Our team can also work with you to provide some ideas for family photo clothing that will make your annual Christmas picture stand out. Would your family look good in alternating red and green colors and black slacks? Or maybe we could shoot a funny scene of you all wearing ugly Christmas sweaters?
Or, thinking beyond the Christmas card, how about a simple winter-themed family photoshoot? We can arrange an outdoor photo session when the air is crisp and the clouds are light-gray and cozy. We can arrange plenty of family picture poses with the entire family—just Mom and Dad, just the kids, Grandma and Grandpa, or any combination of that! And the ideas for family photo clothing in this setting are endless! You know your family looks gorgeous. Why not show them off?
2. Fall/Autumn photos
Fall is such a great season that presents so many opportunities for a cute family photoshoot! You’ve probably seen the classic family photoshoot where every family member is photographed near an old barn or an old fence surrounded by fallen leaves.
We can reproduce a similar scene for you and your family outdoors! We could provide you with some great ideas for family photo clothing so that every member of your family will match and look snazzy and trendy in their family picture poses. After we get to know you and your family, we’ll make sure to give you some tips that are specific to you and your family to bring out the best in your eye colors, hair colors, features, and skin tones.
How about a classic family photoshoot where you and your loved ones are surrounded by pumpkins in October? Your children will look especially cute in blue jeans, plaid shirts, or whichever ideas for family photo clothing will look best on them! And how adorable would your little ones look exploring or climbing over huge pumpkins or playing in fallen leaves?
Or, if your family is really into Halloween, why not try a few fun photos indoors while you’re each wearing this year’s costumes? Or maybe the kids can throw on some old clothes and try bobbing for apples? The family photography ideas for an autumn photoshoot are nearly endless, so let your creative juices flow!
3. Springtime photos
In Texas, of course, you'll want to plan for a classic bluebonnet family photoshoot outdoors. In addition to the traditional scene where you and your family are seated in a patch of the Texas state flower, we can arrange some family picture poses that will highlight each member of your family’s unique personality.
If bluebonnets aren’t your thing, no worries! We can help you sort through plenty of other family photography ideas for a spring-themed photoshoot. How about the men in your family leaning against a tree? Or your little boys playing baseball together? Or the women in your family each holding a bouquet of flowers? Or your little girls putting flowers in each other’s hair? If people in your family are allergic to flowers, no worries! As we get to know you and your family, we’ll help you come up with some clever springtime ideas.
These are just some cute family photography ideas to get your imagination going. Spring is a season where newness is celebrated, so please feel free to come up with as many new ideas as you like!
4. Summertime or beach-themed photos
Ah, the magic of summertime—the kids are at home, people are on vacation, families get together for reunions, and anything is possible! You probably have great memories of hanging out with your family while you were a kid catching fireflies in the backyard. We could recreate a similar scene for you and your loved ones during your family photoshoot—either indoors or outdoors—with some fun family picture poses!
And don’t forget the Fourth of July! How about a cute outdoor shoot with watermelon slices, American flags, or other patriotic decorations? Or how about some ideas for family photo clothing: red/white/blue tops and blue jeans—or alternating solid red, white, and blue tops among family members with blue or black jeans?
Does your family like to visit the beach? We can put together some great family picture poses in our studio! We can provide beach balls, towels, umbrellas, chairs, and other fun props. Does your family like to go fishing together? We could do an outdoor family photoshoot near a lake! You could even bring your own fishing poles and tackle boxes for cute family picture poses that we can arrange for you.
Here are some ideas for family photo clothing for those two photoshoots: You could all wear matching shorts and shoes/sandals, or matching T-shirts and hats. Just like summertime, anything is possible!
5. Easter-themed photos or photos with other religious holiday themes
You’ve probably seen people show off their families’ cute Easter photos on social media. And they should! Families look gorgeous all dressed up in their Sunday best, especially with their pastels and khakis. But, of course, an Easter-themed photoshoot with your family would look even better when done professionally.
We can photograph your family together in some great family picture poses in our studio with cute props such as Easter baskets, eggs, flowers, etc. Or we could do an outdoor photoshoot in a setting that will bring out everyone’s hair, eyes, and the crispness of their Sunday clothes. Or how about arranging an Easter egg hunt outdoors while we take pictures of the kids looking for Easter eggs? We would love to work with you to discuss all of these family photography ideas and more!
Or maybe your family celebrates another religious holiday instead of Easter. If you celebrate a Jewish holiday such as Hanukkah (for a wintertime photoshoot) or Sukkot (for a fall/autumn photoshoot), or if you celebrate any other religious holiday, we would love to work with you! Simply click here for a free consultation so that we can begin chatting about some family photography ideas.
6. Photos that are unique to your family
Maybe the holidays aren’t really your thing. That’s okay! We can work with you to put together a family photoshoot that highlights what defines you as a family.
What does your family like to do together? Do you like to watch movies together? We can set up a cute movie-themed photoshoot for your family in our studio. Do you like to play music together? We can arrange for your family to have a cute music-themed photoshoot either indoors or outdoors. (You could even bring your musical instruments with you if it would be feasible to include them!)
Do you like to like to go hunting or hiking together? We can set up an outdoor photoshoot with your entire family. Here are some ideas for family photo clothing for either of these two photo sessions: maybe matching camo for the hunting photoshoot or cute shorts and walking boots for the hiking photoshoot. There are all kinds of possibilities that we can work with!
And if you need to bring your pets to your outdoor family photoshoot, we can include them in a few of those outdoor shots as well!
We could arrange a special photo session with your family in whatever type of environment that you like to be in, and we can set up plenty of cute family picture poses: the entire family together, parents by themselves, boys by themselves, girls by themselves, or even the parents kissing while the kids are playing (or scowling!) in the background. And we won’t forget to keep your family looking sharp! Matching outfits and accessories such as ties or scarves are always great ideas for family photo clothing.
Showcasing Your Family
No matter what theme you choose for your family’s photo session, think about all of the people who will enjoy your family’s picture for years to come. Whether it’s in your living room, in a photo album, in a Christmas card, or on social media (or all of the above), your friends and your loved ones will absolutely love how your family looks. You’ll be glad that you invested so much time and effort into that coveted family photo!
As a full-service luxury photography team, we’re committed to doing our best to help you look your best. We’ll provide all of the props you’ll need, and we’ll make sure that your entire family has a great experience from start to finish.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading all of our family photography ideas! Are you ready to talk through specifics for your family’s photo session? Click here to schedule a free consultation, and let’s get started!