When you're taking family photographs over the Christmas break, here's one tip to keep in mind: sit down and bunch up! This is especially pertinent for families with kids.
A standing portrait of everyone puts too much space between the adults and the children, making everyone look distant, says photographer Joe Sinnott:
When you're photographing a whole family, especially a family that's got small kids, don't have them standing. The gap between the little ones down on the ground and the grown-ups up at the top is too much and you don't even know where to look.
Get them down on the ground so the parents and the kids, they're all close together. Let everybody bunch up.
Sinnott offers a few other tips in the full video above, including what to wear, what time of the day to shoot in, and the type of lighting you can use.
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