It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that Beyoncé has completely mastered the art of being a celebrity. As a singer, actress, and businesswoman, she’s built an empire worthy of a queen. And she’s also figured out the perfect way to reach out to her fans on social media, ensuring that they’re watching her every move.
On more than one occasion, Beyoncé has made it clear that her family means everything to her — and has played a big role in helping her succeed. So it’s only natural that, over the years, she’s shared some sweet family moments online. The photos she posts to sites like Facebook and Instagram help us see a different side of Beyoncé — as a daughter, sister, wife, and mother. And that only makes us love and appreciate her more. Let’s take a quick look at 10 of Beyoncé’s best family photos (No. 7 is super candid!).
You know what they say: Families that dress up for Halloween together stay together. Well, if they don’t say that, they probably should. It’s obviously true when it comes to the Carters’ amazing ability to coordinate their costumes every year. In 2016, Beyoncé, JAY-Z and their daughter Blue Ivy all wore 1950s-era Barbie costumes and looked way too cool in the process.
From Jay’s shiny cummerbund and Beyoncé’s vintage shades to Blue Ivy’s Rocker Barbie snazzy purple poodle skirt and snazzy microphone accessory, the family got all of the details just right — especially the stiff, doll-like pose they struck for Bey’s Instagram snap.
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2. Family resemblance
There’s something special about the relationship between a mother and a daughter. And when that bond is passed down through generations, it’s even sweeter. For Mother’s Day in 2015, Beyoncé posted this tribute to motherhood on her Instagram account.
The photo shows side-by-side images of herself snuggling into her mother’s side when she was a child, as well as her own daughter, Blue Ivy, doing the same to her. The fact that they’re all decked out in white gives the throwback an extra fashionable flair. Plus, it’s hard to ignore the incredible resemblance between the future pop queen and her adorable daughter.
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3. Like mother, like daughter
Many daughters look up to their mothers. They grow up trying to emulate them, from the way they look to the way they behave. That’s what makes this candid photo, posted to Beyoncé’s Instagram account in September 2015, so charming. In it, Bey’s daughter holds a microphone and appears to be preparing to sing or speak into it.
From the Dora the Explorer stickers that decorate the mic to the fact that she seems so comfortable holding it, this picture tells us a lot about little Blue Ivy. Like, she’s probably a natural when it comes to being in the spotlight, just like her mom. The picture also gives us a glimpse into Beyoncé’s professional life — and shows us that she makes it a priority to show her daughter what her work life looks like. Talk about setting an awesome example.
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Beyoncé may be a global superstar, but her sister, Solange, has built an impressive career for herself, too. And both women often go out of their way to support one another, both in their personal lives and in their careers. In June 2015, Beyoncé posted this adorable old family photo to her Instagram account, along with a sweet birthday message to Solange.
It’s a cute peak into their lives before they were famous. It shows that the two sisters have always been close, despite their five-year age gap. And it also proves that the two sisters have never been afraid of getting a little cheesy now and then.
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5. A quiet moment
As a couple, Beyoncé and JAY-Z have obviously had their ups and downs. But the fact that they remain committed to making their marriage work shows how much they care about each other. From time to time, she’ll reveal candid shots of her and Jay on Instagram — and more often than not, they showcase the couple’s effortless fashion sense and fabulous lifestyle.
This photo, which she posted in July 2016, is especially cool and feels like an intimate look into the quieter moments in their lives. Jay caught himself in the mirror while trying to take a photo of his wife. The result was a picture that gives us a glimpse of a relaxed-but-somehow-still-flawless Beyoncé. Plus, it shows us that her husband is obviously as captivated by her awesomeness as we all are.
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6. Snapchat fun
Celebrities: they’re just like us, especially when it comes to messing around with Snapchat filters. Beyoncé and Blue Ivy proved they’re as obsessed as the rest of us with the popular app’s fun features when the pop star posted this selfie to her Instagram account in February 2017. It’s one of the cuter candid pics Beyoncé has shared with fans, since most of her social media accounts are devoted to showing off her more polished, professional side.
The “deer” mother-daughter team took the photo while attending the NBA All-Star Game. That just goes to show that even the most exciting events might come with a little bit of downtime.
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7. Vacation time
Even the biggest superstars in the world need to make a little time to relax. And when Beyoncé, JAY-Z, and their daughter Blue Ivy took a minute for a stroll on the beach in June 2016, they also took time to commemorate the moment on Instagram. The picture shows the pop star stopping to snap her own picture of their daughter on her smartphone while Jay hangs back and looks at the waves.
The beachy backdrop is gorgeous, as is Bey’s dark yellow wrap. But what really makes this particular picture so special is that it really seems to capture a genuinely peaceful and candid moment for the family.
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8. Super Bowl winners
Beyoncé brought the house down when she performed at the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show in 2013. And she made sure to let her fans on social media know that her husband and daughter were there for moral support. She posted this photo of JAY-Z and Blue Ivy hanging out with the game trophy to Instagram a few days after the game.
Jay seems pretty stoked to be hanging onto such a prized possession. Blue Ivy, on the other hand, seems like she couldn’t care less about the big event or its swag. Nevertheless, it’s an adorable pic that reminds us all that Beyoncé’s family finds time for a little bit of fun, regardless of where they are.
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9. Playing dress up
Being the daughter of one of the most successful musicians in the world definitely has its perks. Like, getting to dress up in $11,000 couture dresses and go to fancy award shows with your parents. The 2016 MTV Movie Awards wasn’t the first big event that Blue Ivy attended with her parents — but it was definitely one of the first where she managed to upstage her superstar mom.
Beyoncé posted this photo of the two of them at the event to her Instagram account. And it’s an awesome reminder of the fact that fabulousness is obviously in Blue Ivy’s DNA.
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10. A trip to the ice cream truck
Blue Ivy may get to travel all over the world and dress to the nines. But at the end of the day, she’s still a kid, and one that has plenty of normal experiences, too. And when Beyoncé posted evidence of her daughter’s sweet tooth to her Instagram account in June 2015, it felt instantly relatable to anyone who’s ever had a summertime ice cream craving.
In the photo, JAY-Z hangs back while Blue Ivy points out her chosen sweet treat on the truck. The filter gives Bey added gave the snap a decidedly vintage flair, which makes the whole scene feel even more nostalgic.
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