15 People Photos to Take Before It’s Too Late

Nicole Alinea
7 min readJun 3, 2019

There’s no pain like the photo you should have captured

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You never know when the last time is the last time.

Dozens of times my father-in-law sat on the couch with his signature coffee mug. My husband just beside him fussing about the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line. My son by the coffee table only pretending to suffer the root beer candy his Pop insisted on feeding him.

Three generations of men I loved. Poised for a photo that I thought to take, but never did. I kept thinking, I’ll do it next time.

We always think we have more time.

My father-in-law, Pop, died a few years ago. My negligence haunts me still. That’s why I have made it my business to remind people to take those precious photos while they still can.

Get your camera finger ready

You don’t need a professional photographer or an elaborate background. You don’t need a special occasion or a good reason. You only need a camera (or camera phone) and the people who matter most in the world.

Below are a few photo ideas. Grab the free printable checklist (no email or registration required). Feel free to use it as a starting point to inspire your own list.

15 people photos to take ASAP

1. The Intergenerational.

The common rule of thumb is that a generation is from 20 to 25 years long. You can usually tackle The Intergenerational photo by capturing a parent and child, but don’t stop there. Go for a grandparent, child and grandchild or your great aunt, your mom and you.

The intergenerational does not have to be limited to your own family. Your best friend is a third-generation firefighter. Offer to snap a picture of all three generations in their uniforms. It will be a treasure for them, and likely a cool experience for you.

2. Father and son.

The father and son photo is a no brainer. Catch them out in the wild in their native environment. Whether that is on a fishing trip, or football Sunday on the couch, aim for a candid shot. This is a photo you will want to retake at least a few times a year.

Nicole Alinea

Freelance writer and sucker for personal development content, documentaries and seasoned pretzels. https://twitter.com/TheNicoleAlinea