38 : Family Self Portraits


Love Your Clan


A few years ago, we interviewed Me Ra Koh and ended up adapting one of her ideas, The Family Self Portrait. You are challenged to create a portrait of your family (including you!) which tells something to the viewer about your life right now.


Your images can be quirky, candid, spontaneous, calm, dynamic, simple or complicated. Amy undertook the challenge to create the example above. She explains, "We’ve been focusing hard-core on the idea of “grit” lately and we’ve all been learning how to do hard things (like actually putting dishes in the dishwasher, finishing homework right after school, sitting down for home-cooked family dinners, making beds, etc…) and it’s become a bit of a theme at our house. We got the idea from the book “Grit” by Angela Duckworth."

So this image, including the fun pose, tells the story of her family at that moment, but it's the imperfections are what really make it great. Her oldest daughter has wet hair, maybe from a shower. Her son is making a ridiculously expressive face. The setting isn't fancy - just their backyard - which ties into her theme of working together at home. Best of all, Amy is in the picture herself.

We can't wait to see what you come with! Be sure to share your family portraits this week on the Facebook group or tag #shootalong on Instagram!

Here are a few Family Self-Portraits taken by past Shoot Along members:

Rachel Symons

Rachel Symons

Michele Toth

Michele Toth

Kelli Prenger

Kelli Prenger

Creative Prompts

  • For this challenge you will need to be in the picture, meaning you won't be holding the camera. Try using the self-timer, a remote clicker, or set up the shot, then ask a friend or neighbor to press the shutter.

  • Don't stress! Make sure this is a creative assignment, and not an attempt to show everyone in your family perfectly dressed and smiling at the camera. That's what you hire a professional for! You may find you have the most success with your children if you don't expect too much from them. Keep it lighthearted and brief. Perhaps you won't even tell them what's happening and grab your shots completely candidly!

  • Most importantly, leave any issues you have with your own appearance at the door. You are perfect as you are.

Share your images!

As always, we look forward to seeing your images in the Facebook group! If you have never posted a picture, it's fine to start any time. The Facebook group is a positive, no-judgement zone. We also hope that reach out for advice or help if you need it!