I’ve been photographing families of all sorts and sizes for many years here in Ventura County. I’ve done families as small as two and as large as 60. I’ve done them at beaches, parks, open spaces, barns, ranches, bridges, back yards, historic spots… to me it comes down to just three things:
Most important is the lighting. I like nice, even lighting. The main reason you’re getting family photos done is to showcase everyone together. You want to see their faces hopefully get a background that isn’t too distracting. A lot of the time the biggest obstacle is getting everyone to look at the camera at the same time. MIRACLE if they’re all actually smiling too.
I’ve done close to 40 different families and with the holidays around the corner I’m sure I’ll have plenty more.