100 Fun Family Photo Ideas

Last Updated: Jul 7, 2017

Nothing captures the love within a family like a photograph. With the right setting, outfits and photographer, family photos become keepsakes you will cherish forever. So when it comes time to think of family photo ideas, you’ll want to come up with some that showcases your family’s personality.

Whether you are all playing outside in the falling leaves, posing by the cozy fireplace or walking along the beach, you are the ones who will make the photo unique. We know that it sometimes takes the inspiration from others to get your creative juices flowing, so we have put together a list of 80 photo family photo ideas. Sort through the filters to find the best fit for your family. Don’t forget to share your photos with friends and family—easily order prints from your desk or mobile phone. And for additional inspiration check out this article: family photo wall ideas.

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Capturing a loving moment when holding your children makes for a wonderfully sweet family picture idea.

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Capture your family at their favorite place, just hanging out in the den, for a natural sense of your happy lives together.

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Turn your family photo into a fun activity, like decorating the shed.

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For each photo, try to focus on one individual. This makes for a great collection of the whole family when you put your album together.

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Capture the sweet moments by focusing on your child, not the camera.

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Keep everyone comfortable with casual jeans and poses the bring out the best in your family.

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Seeing an outdoor activity your family does together is a wonderful way for a photo to show family unity.

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Encourage the playful side of your little one for a fun photo shoot.

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Don't be hestitant to get dirty on your photo shoot. Play in the grass and have fun!

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Play a simple game like ring around the rosie to distract camera shy kids.

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Wear outfits in the same color family, like light blues and neutrals, for a cohesive feel.

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Don't worry about everyone facing the camera. Relax and capture a candid moment.

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Create a quiet and calm atomosphere for photo shoots involving newborns.

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For a feeling of happily ever after, capture story time in your family photo.

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Let the kids gather and create their own poses moments.

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Celebrate the girls in your family with an all ladies photo.

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Go outside and explore your backyard for some unexpected scenic shots.

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Let your little ones bring their favorite toys for a relaxed and unique family photo.

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Have a picnic so a photo shoto feels less like a chore and more fun.

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Soft illumination of white linens and matching white outfits give this family photo a loving glow.

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Don't worry about capturing a perfect candid—the moments will come naturally!

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Bring little props like a pinwheel so your kids can play in between shots.

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If you let your kids be themselves, special moments are sure to happen.

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For camera shy kids, have your photo shoot at home with a familiar activity.

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Take a posed photos for starters, but mix it up with fun moments.

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Make the photo shoot a special occaision where you can bend the rules—like jumping on the bed!

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Don't overcomplocate the day. A simple game or activity can bring out the best.

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Capture sweet moments between brother and sister but playing a game of telephone.

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A black and white photo will forever be a classic to display in your home.

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If you have an active toddler, let them get all their wiggles out during the shoot for truly unique moments.

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Ask your kids their favorite part of having a sibling for some truly special moments.

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Let Mom and Dad enjoy a kiss while the kids strike a fun pose below.

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Photograph your kids in a laidback moment, like in the middle of a funny joke.

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Get your little once moving around—you'll never know what sweet poses they'll come up with.

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Capture the world through your little one's eyes by making the photo shoot part playtime.

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Let your kids play during the photo shoot to capture some extra funny smailes.

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Showcase the endearing sides of your children by encouraging them to try fun poses.

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Do a fun seasonal photo with fall leaves as your prop.

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Take your photos shortly before sunset for a breathtaking backdrop.

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Don't worry about striking the perfect pose. Instead, relax and smile for the perfect photo.

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Set up a simple backdrop in your home, like this DIY teepee, for a fun prop in your family photo.

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Posed pictures don't have to be boring -- be yourselves in the studio and magical things can happen in your family photo.

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Sweet moments always make a perfect family photo idea. With a simple shabby chic chair on a plain background, you can highlight the moments you love best.

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Shave and a haircut! For a creative family photo idea leave the studio behind and march your matching outfits to a fun venue like a doo-wop barbershop!

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Featuring the harvest is a great idea for an outdoor fall family photo.

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For adorable Christmas family photo ideas, try juxtaposing cozy indoor cuteness in an outdoor holiday setting.

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A sweet simply moment, like admiring the changing leaf colors, makes a wonderful fall family photo idea.

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Stop, drop, and shoot! A truly comforting family photo idea is to take a picture of you all relaxing on the floor of the family room.

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Let the camera capture a precious family moment and don't worry about posing. You'll show everyone how adorable life can be.

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Togetherness is everything. For a fun family photo idea catch your kin lying down head to head on a festive blanket or quilt.

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Highlight family play time with your little ones in the foreground as you retreat into the back. Try this on your bed to give a casual air to your family photo.

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Dog pile... with the dog! Take a playful moment and make it last forever with this great family photo idea.

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A cuddle party on the couch makes for spectacular family photo fun!

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Antics at bedtime? Casual glimpses into your fun-loving family make for fun family photo ideas.

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When looking for ideas for family pictures, posing can be passe. Instead capture your family in a fun moment, like a tickle party!

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Let there be lights! Get illuminated with this clever Christmas family photo idea of wrapping the family like a Christmas tree.

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Can you spot all of the family members hidden in the trees?

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Bring it all in! A group hug is a terrific idea for family pictures -- and don't forget to include your four-legged friends.

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For a flip on a family photo, snap a shot of your little one playing upside down!

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If your family picture ideas are all sunshine, the rain doesn't have to give you the blues -- everyone caught in a sunshower in their Sunday best makes a great photo!

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Spelling out your love by having everyone hold up letters to spell a word like "Family" (or perhaps your last name) is a terrific idea for family photo.

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Family love is evergreen! A Christmas tree farm can be the perfect idea for your Christmas family photo.

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For a festive fall photo idea, get cozy on the couch in complementary colors like burgundy and gold.

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Family Photo Idea by Allison Tyler Jones - Shutterfly.com

Simple metal stools and pedestals against a white background allow a photo to highlight the best features of your fine family.

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Family photo ideas don't have to stay formal. Capture your casual life and take a photo that looks like it comes from a lazy Sunday morning resting in bed.

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Don't be shy! Holding each other close is a cute way to show your family pride in a holiday photo.

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Family Photo Idea by Nina Cecilia Creative Spark - Shutterfly.com

Collect your kin on a comfortable rug and let your smiles do the talking in front of a simple white background.

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Family Photo Idea by Linnea Lenkus Portrait Studios - Shutterfly.com

Matching black outfits on a black background can really make the fun faces of your family look fantastic.

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No need to overdress for portraits, let your casual looks give your family photos an air of welcoming.

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Family Photo Idea by Marianne Wiest Photography - Shutterfly.com

This fall scenery is the perfect setting for a smiling family photo.

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Family picture ideas that place your family in the embrace of a natural setting, like a grassy meadow, are always wonderful.

Photo by: Christie Hobson

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A clever angle on family photos -- skew the camera so stairs look straight as your family sits side by side.

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Many classic Christmas family photo ideas include dressing in your holiday best and retreating to a lovely spot outdoors.

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Via: Pop Sugar

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Cast the family under Christmas lights for an unforgettable Christmas photo idea.

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Some great Christmas family photo ideas include a blanket of lightly fallen snow.

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Let it Snow! Picturing your family framed by soft downy flakes in a mountainous outdoor vista is a perfect Christmas photo idea.

Photo by: Rebekah Westover Photography

Via: Craftionary

Family Photo Idea by Linnea Lenkus Portrait Studios - Shutterfly.com

White frocks on a white background are a wonderful way to make your family the real focus of your photo.

Photo by: Linnea Lenkus Portrait Studios

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For a terrific family photo idea take a portrait in a landscape. Bringing a festive picture frame outside makes your kids into masterpieces.

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Sometimes great family picture ideas are no further than your own backyard.

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Frame the favorite faces in your photos with this cute idea from a kid's eye view.

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Blaze your own trail and take to the woods for a wonderful fall family photo idea.

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Pose outside the family home for a fantastic fall photo idea.

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Made you look! This Christmas photo packs a punch with a festive streamer background and bows as headgear!

Photo by: Melissa Jill

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Don't shoot your eye out when you take a creative family Christmas photo, posed as characters from the classic film "A Christmas Story"!

Photo by: Liz Bianca Photography

Via: Lolly Jane

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Oh Tanenbaum! Picking out the perfect Christmas Tree makes for amazing family Christmas photo idea.

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Frame the holiday moments by using a picture frame to highlight your beautiful family in a lovely outdoor setting.

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Via: Tiny Prints

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A classic Christmas family photo idea is to capture your family savoring a snowy pass on an old bridge.

Photo by: Vanessa Kay Photography

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Matching white clothing creates an angelic way to pose as a new family.

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Classic matching white tops and jeans and the iconic totem pole pose make for a perfect family photo idea.

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A dark and textured background can really bring out the features of your family. Especially when you all wear white outfits!

Photo by: Laura Rauch Photography

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Family Photo Idea by Pinkle Toes Photography - Shutterfly.com

A plain pale background and soft wardrobe colors can make your family's faces pop.

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An old stable makes a beautiful setting for featuring your favorite family members.

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Via: Pop Sugar

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Funny matching formal wear in a whimsical parlor is a perfect family photo idea. For added bravado, give everyone bow ties!

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A meaningful family photo idea is to capture generations standing together.

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Come and knock on our door! Using your front stoop to say hello is a wonderful family photo idea.

Photo by: Shanna Michelle Photography

Via: Ants Magazine

Family Photo Idea by Stacey Potter Photography - Shutterfly.com

Catch the beauty of the leaves changing in the background for a fantastic fall family photo idea.

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A kiss captured in a spring meadow makes a sumptuous family photo idea.

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Family Photo Idea by Lisa McNiel for Lisa Marie Photography - Shutterfly.com

Show that yours is a family that bridges gaps -- posing on an old bridge makes for a wonderful fall family photo idea.

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One lovely family photo idea is to lift a little one on your shoulders while enjoying the wonders of nature.

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Wish you were here! Catching your family on an ocean vacation with the surf crashing behind you shows you all at your happiest!

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Just dressing nicely, setting up outside, and starting the smiles coming can be a terrific idea for simple family photos.

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A beautiful outdoor scene and a secret smile caught on camera make this family photo a winner.

Photo by: Photo McKenzie

Via: Ants Magazine

Family Photo Idea by Lindsay Wright Photography - Shutterfly.com

When taking photos outdoors, use bright colored clothes to really bring out the sunshine!

Photo by: Lindsay Wright Photography

Family Photo Idea by Jessica Gwozdz Photography - Shutterfly.com

Bring everyone down to the lakeside for a perfect shot. This family uses a teal clothing theme -- even in the dog!

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Have some fun with the kids as they prance through the woods.

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Get the siblings to pose together in a scenic, outdoor shot.

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Silhouettes dance as the beautiful twilight sky illuminates them from behind.

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Everyone has kisses for their mamma. Why not catch them in action for your family photos?

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Nothing captures the essence of Mom's happiness like being surrounded by her beautiful children.

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Not all family photos need to be traditional. Jump, dance, go wild!

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Nothing goes together better than love and babies.

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Don't forget to bring your dog into the mix when you are coming up with your family photo ideas.

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Cutting down the Christmas tree? Bring along a photographer to freeze that perfect moment in time.

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You really love your couch, but you want to take your family photo outdoors? Set up the living room outside!

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Although they might have some mischief up their sleeves, these two kiddos know how to pose for a family photo.

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Capture some real sister and brother love with an impromptu kiss.

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Celebrate the holidays with some old fashioned snow blowing. Just make sure you clean off the camera lens after!

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Get your little one smiling by swinging her through the air. There's nothing like the look of joy on a baby's face.

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Travel to your favorite scenic ocean view and snap your photo there.

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Closeups are great family photo ideas when you are highlighting a smaller family or couple.

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Beach day or photo opportunity? Why not combine them for a fantastic photo idea.

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Make sure your photographer captures the silly along with the serious.

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Look close enough and you'll realize that these two smiling sisters have on matching outfits.

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Family Photo Idea by Emily O’Brien Photography - Shutterfly.com

Photograph your kids in a laidback moment, like in the middle of a funny joke.

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Doing your own family photo is as easy as finding a scenic backdrop.

Photo by: Pretty Real