Family Picture

March 1, 2011

Max Wanger Family Photo Jumping

It has been almost 2 years since our last family photo and I’m ready for another one. It’s definitely high time we had a family shot that includes baby June. So I’ve been keeping my eyes open for interesting family photos. This one by Max Wanger is so fun.

What about you? Seen any terrific family photos lately?

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1 Sandra Gonzales March 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

I can’t believe that Central Park shoot was wo years ago. Time flies.


2 Amy March 1, 2011 at 8:54 am

I loved the Kennedy family picture that was hanging at the JFK Museum in Boston!
Here’s a picture I took of it:


3 Susan March 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

WOW, what beautiful clothes. Portraits now days are so casual – this is both casual, because it is outside and happy looking, and formal.


4 Lola G. March 1, 2011 at 8:56 am

I never understood why I bookmarked this photographer’s site a year or so ago, since I’m on the east coast and she’s in the Minneapolis area (and we weren’t even in the market for a family photographer!). Perhaps it was so that I could send you the information when you asked. I thought she did some lovely work:

Enjoy the search!


5 Sarah March 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

That jumping shot is awesome!

Just tweeted you with this, but also wanted to post.

Freshly launched baby/child/family photography site featuring artistic, heirloom photography:

I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you have any favorites from this collection!


6 ClumberKim March 1, 2011 at 9:12 am

My favorite family portrait session was one we did at a commercial chain in a mall, but we all wore jeans and new white t-shirts, and went barefoot. The best photo from that shoot hangs in my living room. (

It’s been almost three years since that photo. Time for us to do something new too.


7 wishful nals March 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

i think we’re due for one, too! although it is just my husband, pets and i — we’re a family!


8 zannestar March 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

I’m loving dress-up photobooths these days. The DIYer photobooth with a theme…


9 Bree Harris March 1, 2011 at 9:28 am

My favorites of my family are ones that aren’t posed. We’re just laughing together or doing what we normally do. Here is a link to my favorite photographer where she posted some various photos she did of my family over a 3 year span. She did some great ones this past October, but hasn’t posted them yet. :) I can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!


10 Sharon Johnson March 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

My personal favorite are us in the bathtub:
I have yet to persuade my clients to do anything along these lines but I think the best ideas for family photos go along these lines: early in the AM on a saturday morning, everyone in their pj’s all cuddled up on mom and dads bed snuggling and laughing and playing then off to the kitchen to make breakfast with everyone helping.
For me, I want to have gorgeous, beautifully done photos of every day life. I want to remember those little perfect moments that aren’t that idea of “perfect” at all!


11 Cerise March 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Love the idea of an “every day life” photo shoot. That’s probably how we would get the best pictures of my boys anyway. They are too little to pose.


12 JourneyBeyondSurvival March 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

Stephanie Nielsen on NieNie Dialogues has had some really fantastic ones lately. Blue Lily did them for her at Sundance, UT even though they’re based in CA. ;)


13 Jaimie F. March 1, 2011 at 9:40 am

Here is my favorite Seattle Photographer. She takes some nice family shots!


14 candice March 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

My advice for what it’s worth is to stay away from traditional family photographs and look toward editorial work for ideas.
What about juxtaposing the central park shoot? Instead of bright electric colors in NYC go for a more muted tones/ rustic look, with rich wools and plaids and plan an outing out in the country side somewhere with a big castle in the background. Instead of the kids holding cupcakes use chocolate croissants. Instead of reading books on park benches how about some of the family cooking a meal in the kitchen or reading books sprawled out in your family room around the fire place on those great brick floors. And you could get some fantastic shots of the kids playing in the tree house. Sort of a retrospect on what your family life was like then and what it is like now in France. Think of it more like telling your families story for a magazine article than a pretty picture to hang on the wall. What do you want to say about your family right now? Then I’d go from there.

Right before we left NYC the four of us in our little family took a photograph dressed in a sort of Mad Men style (both my boys wore little black skinny suits) each holding a black umbrella on the Brooklyn Bridge together. It’s not traditional at all, I like to think it’s a little Rodney Smithish, and I love it.


15 whitney March 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm



16 esperanza b March 1, 2011 at 9:58 am

I love these … maybe for you dont work but with small kids is great


17 Kristen Duke Photography March 1, 2011 at 10:04 am

oh how I’d love to come to France to photograph your family! Large families are my favorite! I am loving all the photojournalistic photos of families at events, playing at an amuzement park, having a picnic, splashing at the beach, etc. Most of my clients want the posed shots
(which I like, too), but I LOVE capturing a family as they are! I loved Blue Lily’s rendition of the Nielsen family on the bed having a feather pillow fight, and I had a client request that. My last family photo’s, I had us on a quilt, eating popcorn, throwing popcorn, something to get my kids to laugh and enjoy it rather than suffer through it. They are here
I keep having the idea of families making paper airplanes and flying them or origami shapes….something to promote action and fun and natural smiles!


18 Kristen Duke Photography March 1, 2011 at 10:08 am

Ok, I had another thought for you….can you tell this is a favorite topic of mine? Since you are only in that area for a short time, go to your favorite places (maybe you haven’t discovered them yet). Portraits outside your home on the land with the house in the background, on a tree lined street (France has many) in town walking alone the cobblestone to your favorite bakery…a picnic eating said baked goods (mmm, the pastries!). Capturing the beautiful nature of the town you are living.


19 Macy March 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

That photo is of Nate and Jaclyn Kaiser and their family. They are amazing portrait and wedding photographers out of San Diego. (The Image is Found) The session Max did with them was awesome, but their portrait stuff is really inspiring as well:


20 Bettijo @ Paging Supermom March 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

Just be sure to get your family photos done while in France!! The only problem will be choosing a location… I’m sure there are just too many good ones!


21 Molly W. March 1, 2011 at 10:25 am :

Wish I was in Paris, I’d happily photograph your brood! xo


22 Molly W. March 1, 2011 at 10:26 am

(I know you’re not IN Paris, but of course I’d make the drive!) :)


23 Bettijo @ Paging Supermom March 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

P.S. The family photo thing totally strikes a chord with me. I’m ADDICTED to family photos and we get one done every year! I go all out like I’m planning a magazine photo spread. Here is my favorite from last year and then info on our family photo shoot this year:


24 Valerie March 1, 2011 at 10:42 am

A variation of this×400.jpg where each family member holds his/her own frame would be REALLY cute. OR a very long frame…


25 Rachel March 1, 2011 at 10:47 am

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? ;) I used your Central Park shoot and NieNie’s balloons in the orchard shoot for inspiration for my family’s most recent pictures. See the blog header here:


26 Andrea Boettcher March 1, 2011 at 10:51 am
27 Brandi March 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

My favorite photographers is this couple:

They do amazing work and are such great people! Click on the gallery then family to see the family pictures, I can’t post a link directly to it. They are FABULOUS!


28 Carrie March 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

I wonder if you could depict some famous french painting? I guess Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People” wouldn’t work, but I bet your readers might have some ideas. There are just SO many wonderful french artists!

can’t you just picture your little girls dressed up like Degas ballet dancers? ah-DOR-able.


29 Carrie March 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

I’m a big fan of art history, and now I’m thinking…What about your family being in a French park for a modern day version of Georges Seurat’s “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”?


30 Cindy J March 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

Totally love this idea Carrie!


31 Sarah March 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Love this, too! could be great.


32 Jennifer March 1, 2011 at 11:22 am

I get a family photo done every year…but never know what to do with it. I’m not a big fan of the photo wall. So I’m always looking for creative things beyond photographs …family portaits. I love what you can have created with family sillouettes by Karl Johnson at


33 Liberti March 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

I LOVE any photo ideas I can get especially those that are unique and original. This year we stepped out-of-the box BIG TIME, I’m overly thrilled with the results!


34 Whit March 1, 2011 at 11:42 am

These photographers do great family photos! Bobbi & Mike photography.


35 ashlynn March 1, 2011 at 11:49 am

I like seeing all the ideas posted – our family photos aren’t super glamorous but I only wanted one thing out of them. I wanted to show where we lived at this time in our life. So we embraced the cold weather, mountains & bundled up for outside family shots. Where ever we have lived we do outside shots at our favorite spot in town or most recently the landscape , it helps remember where we were at each age.

Good luck – I am sure they will be fantastic just like the NYC pics.


36 bdaiss March 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Haha – I see my favorite photogs have been mentioned twice already – Bobbi & Mike. They’re in Indiana, but they do Uh.may.zing work. And I think they fit your style.

I would love to have family photos taken every year, but my hubby doesn’t “get” it.


37 Kristy March 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I’m loving the France posts! So fun.
A friend of mine did a post about her family’s “before and after” family pics here:
Fun pictures, good story!


38 Erin Wilkes Photography March 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I remember looking at your post about how you went about creating a Hollenben-inspired Christmas card. Loved it! I also enjoy doing creative Christmas card/family pictures when I find the time. Check out what we did this year…


39 Sarah March 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

i love all the ideas that really embrace your being in France this year. I immediately think of the tree house, the textures of the stone floors, the cows. A color palette from the mural in the girls’ room. if you’ve been inspired enough by something to share it here, maybe those same things are what you want to capture as part of a portrait of the year.


40 Kate Reymann March 1, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I would fly Justin Hackworth to France. He is doing our family photos this summer in our garden (with our new chickens!) and I can hardly wait. I adore his work and have you to thank for finding him.


41 Arianna March 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm
42 kim March 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

coincidence! Just came across Carla Coulson’s blog yesterday – she is an Australian who lives in Paris who does beautiful work! Check it out here:



43 Hayley March 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I’m not a huge Nie Nie fan, but I loooved her family photos. Especially this one:


44 D Dueck March 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I really love a couple of shots that I took for my clients/friends this past year.
One where the two little daughters are gazing up at their parents kissing on the beach:
Another of a blended family with six unique kids — I think their personalities just jump out of the photo:

You are so lucky to be living in such a gorgeous location. Can’t wait to see more photos!!


45 JanMama March 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm

My favorite family pictures:

- Forever family – all in white, with the little boys wearing white undershirts and pillowcases (creased between their legs so they looked like pants)
- Our best sides – a formal posing with everyone turned around backwards so you can only see backs and backs of heads
- All strung out – like the Kennedy portrait mentioned earlier, but with more space between each person, and your home or a beautiful place in the background (Sound of Music-ish)
- Hobbies – everyone wearing and/or holding something that tells about themselves (holding golf club, wearing BBQ apron and favorite team’s baseball cap)

I think I’d like to get one of the Saturday morning getting ready for brunch shots. We all like to cook, so it would be a good slice of our lives. Love your blog!


46 Kyran March 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I love this portrait session my friend Whitney Loibner did with our friends the Jones family.

She gave everyone in the family a blank slate, a piece of chalk, and asked them to write their word, then snapped them holding it up. Brilliant!


47 Wendy @ blue lily March 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Hold on… We will be there in 4 months to provide you with awesomeness.


48 Hannah S March 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm

You have the perfect backdrops right in your own backyard. I always wanted one in a field w/all those cows. Or on the beaches of Normandy, the elephant rock (gosh, I can’t remember names now…), Honfleur is a lovely fishing town. Or just in your backyard fort!

We took some at the Salt Flats. I love these kind of shots that out of the ordinary. Totally worth dragging furniture out for.


49 Erin Wilkes Photography March 2, 2011 at 7:01 am

I didn’t realize the link didn’t work…sorry about that….try this. :)


50 Misty March 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

My best friend had do their family pics last summer and when she sent me the slideshow that Danny had made for them it brought tears to my eyes. It captured every one of them perfectly. Danny has a talent for catching you at your best and telling a story with the pictures. I would send a link to the slideshow but they are not my pictures to share. Check out his site and you will see what I mean.

I do look forward to seeing your family pics, especially if they are taken in France! My son is 10 months old and we have yet to get our family pic taken. We only have candids of the baby but they are precious just the same.


51 AmyPunky Photography March 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Tara Whitney and Bobbi+Mike!!! Best family photographers ever!!


52 Marlo March 3, 2011 at 2:38 am

Well, it will be hard to top your Central Park pictures- those were amazing! Though you have a few more kids than I’ve had experience photographing, (we have a fantastic camera, but are totally amateurs), maybe you’d enjoy the few we recently took.

My husband and I took holiday photos of our niece and nephew last year, and they turned out pretty adorable. The kids actually had fun the whole time (they might have been bribed..), and out of about 600 pictures, we ended up with 20 or so that we loved. The top 2 we had printed on poster sized canvases for my husband’s sister and mom for Christmas, and they loved them. I posted the best ones and wrote a little blog on photographing kids here:


53 Sarah March 3, 2011 at 7:45 am

Reams Photo in San Diego has been taking family portraits of our family for the past nine months — once a month since our daughter, Charlotte James, was born on May 25, 2010.

We have so many favorite portraits since Paul and Amy are so amazing at capturing our daughter’s developing personality, and our crazy love for her, but our favorite session of all has to be the seven month shoot, which was one of Charlotte’s first feedings.

Check it out at:

And poke around the great family portraits they’ve shot of other families!


54 charity March 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

I like taking family photos but I stress so much about the old “what to wear”. You dont want to be to machy matchy. But you dont want to look like a bunch of strangers either. How do you figure out outfits for the whole fam? Any suggestions?


55 Tara Marie Fiterman March 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I love taking photographs of my daughter. She will be 4 in May. Time sure does fly by. I have wanted to start blogging but dont have the time with school at the moment. Your blog was the first blog that I ever stumbled across. I love your taste in design and the choices that you are making with your family. I look forward to seeing whatever you do when you do your family’s portraits this year. Pictures always should tell a story. One day you will look back and realize it was only yesterday that you were in France, and your pictures will always bring you back. :)
…Tara Marie….


56 Tara Marie Fiterman March 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Oh I haven’t really been looking at family pics, but I do love outdoors photographs and pictures that aren’t too posey. I hope that helps. I will definately keep an eye out and let you know if anything inspires me.


57 Jennie Slade March 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

For christmas we took a photo flying from an umbrella…. it took a little work with the 4 kiddos, but somehow it turned out ok. you can check it out here:

p.s. i am very jealous of your whole experience!:)


58 Kirsty March 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm

We had family pictures done in Paris last summer and we LOVE them – for us it was a really special reminder of a beautiful holiday and Sarah is just so sweet – she does a real mix of lifestyle and more formal –


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