Tips for Photographing Friends and Family

It’s easy to take a snapshot, but if you want to take an impressive photo of a friend or family member, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind.

  • Don’t work too hard at posing a friend or family member. Try photographing your subject in their favorite place or at least a comfortable and familiar area. Take candid pictures of people while they are working, playing, chatting, or relaxing. Don’t expect to get the perfect shot immediately. Sit back and wait for the right moment, then fire away.


  • Kids are constantly exploring, climbing, building, and playing. They’ll soon forget that you have your camera on them, so wait until they are fully engrossed in an activity before taking their photo.
  • Take lots of photos and sort them out afterward. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the shot has worked if you judge it from the screen on the back of the camera.
  • Don’t forget to include some pictures of yourself with your friends. Set your camera on a flat surface or a tripod, then set the camera’s self-timer so you can join the scene.
  • A cloudy day can provide the best lighting for pictures of friends and family. Bright sunlight makes people squint, throwing harsh shadows on their faces. On overcast days, the soft light is more flattering. If you are indoors, try turning off the flash and using gentle light from a window to make the image more appealing.


Make taking photographs a part of your everyday life. Looking at pictures of the people you love makes you smile. Be ready with your camera during social gatherings, and youll be rewarded with many fond memories of your family and friends.