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Take Better Family Pictures

Minnesotans have been blessed with a beautiful Autumn this year. Usually, it's cold and rainy, but this year we have had several days of beautiful temps and gorgeous sun. One Sunday after church, the kids and I headed to the creek for an afternoon of candid family shots.

This would have been a perfect picture if my daughter wasn't making that weird face. *Sigh*

On my journey to becoming a photographer, I recently requested a complimentary book to review called, "Your Family In Pictures, the parents guide to photographing holidays, family portraits, and everyday life." Author Me Ra Koh takes you through tips and tricks for taking great photos of your family on any camera.

Contents include:

1. Setting Yourself Up For Success - This is where she dicusses lighting, the best times to take photos, and getting your family in the mood.

2. Developing A Photographer's Eye- You'll learn about color, line, shape and texture.

3.Everyday Life - Tips for photographing everyday life

4. Holidays - Tips for photographing the holidays.

5. Family Portraits - tips for photographing moms, dads, brothers, sisters, etc.

6. Tweens & Teens - tips for prom, events, seniors, etc.

7. Family Vacations - A day at he beach, snow days, amusement parks, etc.

My boys are so silly.

Yep, this is what they do.  It doesn't get any more candid than this!

My lil pumpkin!  She had a ball in these leaves.

Be careful, baby!

My thoughts

If you are a blogger who needs a beginners intro to photography (like me), you need this book!  It's so simple to use.  Basically, you just find the example you're looking for, like Christmas.  She lists tips for When, Prep, For P&S users, for DSLR users, compose, and capture.  The appendix has a whole section on how to choose the right camera for your needs.

I would honestly recommend this book for those that are interested in learning how to take better family pics, whether for your blog or yourself.

Do you enjoy photography?  What tools do you use to take candid pictures of your family?


  1. That's awesome Stacie! I can't wait to see how it continues to help your photography. Looks like your having a lovely fall! It's finally cooling down at night and days are pretty here. Leaves turning. Have a great Halloween with the family!! & happy pic taking! Theresa @DearCreatives

    1. Hi Theresa, Happy Fall! Yes it is lovely, but now we're getting really cold. I can't wait to see how my photog skills improve too.

  2. I'm a beginner and still learning a lot about taking professional photos. I'm starting to book press jobs so I need to make sure my photos looks good. I'm still trying to learn how to blur my background but I believe there is a software for that. I always thought my camera had that feature but I guess not. #ProductReviewParty

    1. It may, Louida. You just have to study your camera. There's so many things that my camera does that I don't have a clue about. Guess I need to study mine too!

  3. This is a book I need. I've had my DSLR for 4 years and I still sometimes struggle with figuring out options or how to do things. I mostly take landscape photos, so I don't have to worry about posing or people getting annoyed because I'm not fast enough. But I am looking to start moving into photographing my family, so this would be beneficial. I should probably just take a photography class locally, but they're so expensive. #ProductReviewParty

  4. I don't have a good camera (I use my cell phone) so if I do get really good pictures it was after taking several shots and sometimes enhancing them. I'd like a quality camera, but I also know, like you mentioned, that it takes some skill and effort.


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