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How to Take Your Own Family Pictures
I LOVE having family pictures each year. It’s so fun to watch your family grow and change. We don’t have the budget though for professional pictures every single year so I learned how to take them myself! It’s not as complicated as you think with a few simple tips you can take your own family pictures!
1. Pick the right place and the right time:
When you pick the right place and time it’s easy to get the perfect picture. Each year we go to a local farm that does public apple picking. We usually go toward the end of the season so we don’t have a crowd. On the day we went this year we where actually the only ones in the apple field at the time. It was so beautiful it was easy to get a great picture with the perfect backdrop. Make sure you pick the right time to take your pictures. I know a bright sunny day may seam like the perfect time to take pictures but it’s not! Sun directly above you causes shadows that are nearly impossible to edit out. The best time to take your pictures is what photographers call the golden hour. The golden hour is the hour after the sunrise or the hour before the sunset. This way the light is very soft and not harsh on the face. If you can’t take pictures at that time then a cloudy day or under a tree and in shade would also work.
2. Be prepared:
Make sure you are prepared for anything. If you are taking pictures away from home make sure to pack a bag with a few items you may need. With toddlers I knew I would need something to keep them happy (a.k.a snacks!), extra clothes, and diapers. For myself I made sure to bring makeup, hair brush, eyedrops, extra shirts, and snacks for myself. Anything could happen and when you travel for pictures you don’t wanna head home if you don’t have too!
Since I’m prone to having dry and itchy eyes I wanted to make sure I kept eye drops in my bag! No red eyes in the picture for me! Most eye drops that I see have preservatives added so no bacteria grows inside the bottle. If you are sensitive to the preservative you can instead spend lots of money on single-dose eyedrops. Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ is different than other brands because it’s preservative free, in a multi-dose bottle, and available at retail stores which is unlike any other eye drop. To keep bacteria out Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ has a built-in purifying filter. Plus Clear Eyes® is the #1 selling brand of eye drops. When taking pictures I wanted to make sure I didn’t get dry or itchy eyes like I usually do. I make sure to put Clear Eyes® Pure Relief™ Multi-Symptom in my bag to help with red, burning, itchy, dry, irritated, gritty, or watery eyes. With 12 hours of comfort I knew it would last the entire shoot! The best part is they are on Rollback at Walmart until November 8th so make sure you get them soon. Make sure to print out a coupon on their website for $3 off before you head to the store. You can get that coupon right HERE. Also stop by and visit Clear Eyes® Facebook Page for more information.
3. Get the right equipment:
You don’t have to have a DSLR camera to take family pictures, so any camera you have will work! I mean iPhone cameras are pretty great and can work. You need a tripod or something you can use as a tripod. If you don’t have one you can grab a cheap one online or ask a friend to borrow one for the day. Lastly make sure the camera you will use has a timer. I bought a clicker pretty cheap online that I used.
Things will not go perfect, but that’s okay. I’ve taken pictures for lots of families and they all apologize for the way the kids act. It’s completely normal for a 2 year old to not be able to sit still. It’s normal that someone has their eyes closed, and you may have to take 100 pictures to get 10 good ones. Just relax, have fun, and smile!
Editing is key! I use Light Room for a lot of my editing, but if you don’t want to pay you can find some free editing sites. I love using Picmonkey and most features you can use without paying. What you want to focus on is brightening the picture with exposure, up the saturation for brighter colors, and you can even put a filter on them for different looks.