What is the best kind of family portrait?
The one where you are dressed in your prettiest clothes, fixed smiles and plain backdrops?
Or the one where you are stark-bollock naked in the house you have lovingly restored, your children are laughing and splashing around in the bath and you are surrounded by your jungle?
I adore taking family photos. Although admittedly taking our own is a mix of hilarity as the toddler/child undoubtedly splashes/pokes/screams/giggles/babbles/talks about poo, stress because we have a 1 minute slot before everyone is bored/cold/hungry and finally I spend half of the time praying that my very expensive camera won't hurtle to the floor from being balanced on the top of the towel rail/wall/staircase.
Its a lovely memory though, and that I think is key to a good family photo. There are so many key factors to taking a good photograph, but to capture a good photo then heart of it, the very core of it, needs to be there otherwise it is just an emotionless pile of pixels.