Are you fed up of cringeworthy family photos? Want to know how to make your family look great for all posterity? Learn from those that got it wrong, with our advice on how to get it right.
The most important rule in group-shots is to stagger the heads, avoiding a straight row. Try to position heads so they are not directly on top of each other, or directly beside another. Staggering heights can be achieved by having some of the group sitting, or if you’re outside, standing on logs or rocks, whatever is available.
Ensuring everyone’s eyes are open is an art form. Try asking everyone to close their eyes and open them after a count of three, then click away.
Getting your family to look natural can also be tricky, so use any of these posing suggestions to add some movement to the shot:
Move weight onto one foot, sticking out a hip so the subject is side on to the camera
Cross one leg in front of the other
Put one hand into a pocket, or hook a thumb around a belt loop
To avoid highlighting any double chins, photograph from above the eye line
To disguise excess weight, get them to lay down and pile the kids on top