24 Creative Family Portraits Ideas For Your Inspiration

Of all the memories we all hold on to, the ones we never learn to let go of are those of our family. They are the people who are there for you from Day 1, there by your side through your cuts and bruises, trials and triumphs. But there comes a day when we have to be independent, stand on our own two feet and move out of the nest, either for studies or for work or to build our own family.

Before leaving, why not make an awesome family portrait that will remind everyone that they are always in your heart.

While the regular family portrait is probably good enough, you certainly want to do something that is out of the ordinary, one that will easily crack a smile when it is looked at, or one that even nana will proudly show off to her bingo buddies.

To inspire you to make really special family portraits, we have prepared 24 awesome family portraits shot by photographers with an intriguing view of things. If you are the kind who never says no to family, you’ll probably enjoy this post as much as I did making it.

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Bold Family Portrait

Isn’t this family portrait too badass? Brace yourself, the request for your photo studio’s name from your friends and relatives are coming.

Source: Chris Nicholas, Matt Power, Becki Peckham

bold family portrait
Bri, Joel & Indy

I’m amazed at how an impression could drastically change by just holding the photo frame in non-traditional way, and Kevin N. Murphy executed the idea perfectly.

Source: Kevin N. Murphy

bri, joel, indy
Coming Soon

Wanna take a family portrait even though the blessed one is still in the womb? A clever combination of vector shape and vibrant typography will do!


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Composite Family Portrait

A magic trick performed by Erick Christian! This is the portrait that will make visitors keep asking you how did you do it, whenever they visit.

Source: Erik Christian Photography

composite family portrait

Family, a word that describes the most precious thing in the world.

Source: Marianne Wiest Photography

Family Dog

This is a fun way to put the family pet into the picture. Well, it’s funny for everyone except dad, I guess.

Source: Jonne Seijdel

family dog
Family Gallery

A father holding a portrait of mother holding a portrait of daughter, I just love this inception-inspired trick!

Source: Jaroslav Francisko

family gallery
Family of Dark Side

Spice up generic poses with iconic masks and be boring no more. The Dark Side has never looked so warm.

Source: Kessler Fotos

family of dark side
Family Ties

You just want to stare at this photo and think about how genuinely beautiful this idea is. It’s a must-shoot for the family!

Source: Beco G. Photography

family ties
Happy Father’s Day

A bit off-topic, but this is a wonderful shot for fathers with lots of angels (at least until they turn 16) in the house. Kiss attack!

Source: jwlphotography

happy fathers day
Happy Feet

It doesn’t require clear faces to make the portrait lovely, just a lovely family and their feet!

Source: Lumoid

happy feet

Your family lives inside of.. you?

Source: Ilyas Guertili

Inside Barber Shop

Sync the get-ups and leave the studio! With this kind of vibe going on, this family really rocked the barber shop.

Source: Dave Brosha

inside barber shop

There are portraits that are larger than life, then there are those which are ‘lighter’ than life. Grab that kid before he floats off!

Source: Ansarov Studios

Mommy, Daddy, Me and Little Sister

Kisses all around for the family.

Source: WNCY

mommy, daddy, me and little sister
My Family and I

They all sure look alike, and the progression emphasizes their similarities.

Source: Martin Bennett

my family and i
Our Family Portrait

Remember to take your camera into the family portrait as well; to most of us photographers, we treat it like a son anyways! The scene, the idea, I enjoy everything Capa12 has taken in this photo.

Source: Capa12

our family portrait
Parallel World

Ever thinking about shooting 2 creative family portraits into 1? This is one unique way, well executed by Roberta Taylor.

Source: Roberta Taylor

parallel world
Shadow Family

Well-placed sandals, a puddle of water, the right amount of light and there you have it, a reflection of your family portrait.


shadow family
Super Family

“Me and my family flying over Portugal :)”

Source: Pr3t3nd3r

super family
2 + 2 = 4

Math has never looked so lovely than with this family portrait.


2 + 2 = 4
The Combs Family

If you can hold your children tight, then this is the most fun memory you can shoot in a portrait!

Source: Kelsey J Gibbs Photography

the combs family
The Bale Family’s Christmas

It requires an epic family with an epic dog to do this epic family portrait.

Source: Ho Hum Cards

the bale family's christmas
Zombie Baby

Double-confirm that all your family members are human before you take any family portraits! Thumbs up for the facial reactions!

Source: Twisted Label Photography

zombie baby


Creative family portraits take longer to set up than regular ones, but you will be surprised with how the outcome will always put you in a good mood no matter when you revisit them. It sometimes even serves as the catalyst for you to save any severed relationships you have with your family.

That said, here’s a heartfelt thanks to all photographers that dedicate so much of their time to photograph and demonstrate how inspiring a family portrait can be.

Time for sharing! Have you ever done a cool portrait with your family before? What’s your favorite among these showcased pieces? Share with us!