Instagram for Families: 5 Amazing Family Moments to Capture

posted: 09/26/16
by: Katie Morton

While some of us may opt for the more traditional family portrait above the mantle, there are plenty of other ways to capture moments with the family. And nowadays, thanks to cellphones, great, quality photos are just a click away.

Getting that amazing family shot is only half the battle, then comes sharing it with family and friends. Luckily, Instagram is a great tool for showing off those sweet smiles to the rest of the world. Here are some fun and creative ways to use Instagram to capture those magical family moments.

Family Selfie

Everyone loves taking selfies! Why not play off this popular trend as a way to get your whole family in the picture? It gives you some quality--and close--time together. There's a few ways to do it. You can go the old school route: Get everyone huddled together. The person with the longest arms should stand on the end and hold the phone up to get everyone in the picture. Alternatively, if you want to be a real pro, you can purchase a selfie stick for under $20.

Foodie and the Family

Posting pics of food is all the rage on Instagram. If you're getting the family together for a unique home cooked meal, it's the perfect excuse to also get them to pose for a photo. Make sure you use the hashtag #foodstagram or #foodgasm so that you can join the ranks of other foodies!

With the Family Pet

Join the #PetsOfInstagram craze by posting a picture with the family pet. You couldn't possibly consider leaving Rover out of the portrait! Bonus points if you manage to dress your pet up in festive clothing.

Boomerang Snapshot

Instagram just launched a new app called Boomerang. Boomerang takes a burst of photos and then weaves them together into a mini video that plays forwards and backwards. Get your family together doing different poses. It's a more dynamic way to show off the family rather than a simple photo!

TBT--Throwback Thursday

#throwback #tbt #tbtfamily #tbtwithmom #199something

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#TBT is an Instagram classic and a great excuse to digitize some of your older family portraits. Throwback Thursday is when people post a photo that is from a long time ago. It's a nod to nostalgia and something your kids will love to participate in.

We've certainly come a long way from the traditional family portrait. With Instagram, you can get quirky and keep your family engaged. Have fun and experiment, all while creating shots to last a lifetime!