Some families have a habit of taking a family picture at the end of the year to be put into a calendar and then distribute it among their friends and family. Some families do the one picture; others do themed pictures for all the months. Some kids love it; others hate it. Here are some ideas for you to try out with your family.
Instead of the obligatory fireside picture in knit sweaters and matching grins, try something a little different. Dress up according to the holiday you are celebrating and act out a little scene. If it’s Christmas, have the children peep around the corner as mum kisses ‘Santa’ – dad. Or everyone dress up as sexy versions of Santa’s helpers out in the frosty air. If it’s not cold where you celebrate Christmas, get some artificial snow here and use that to enhance your picture.
Recreate some famous scenes from movies by pairing off with your spouse or your children. Marilyn Monroe’s white dress scene, the Rose and Jack moment from Titanic, and other famous scenes are fairly easy to recreate. Find the props, get appropriate costumes and go have some fun. There are stores that provide costumes and props like wind machines and realistic snow for movies that can loan you the same things for a short period of time. Use them carefully and get that shot!
It’s the age of superheroes so why not be one? Costume shops carry a range of costumes and pieces that will help you make your own. Try the ‘family’ superheroes like The Incredibles or the Bat trio (Batman, Batwoman and Robin) or dress up in matching costumes like the Gotham City sirens. Even if your costumes are all over the place, all you need to do is get a little narrative going by maybe having a Marvel-DC square off. Add some fun effects later with photoshop and you are good to go.
The Creepy Family
This is compulsory for any family portrait. Go find all the black clothes you own and dress up as a member of the Addams family. The best part is that the creepiness of the family had nothing to do with their physical looks; even if you don’t have Morticia’s killer figure or Gomez’s bug eyes, it’s all in the ‘madness within’ eyes. Stare at the camera like you want to eat up whoever it is behind it. Works every time.