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Tips for Taking Your Own Family Photos

As a family photographer, I understand the importance of preserving precious moments with your loved ones. While hiring a professional photographer can deliver stunning results, there's a unique charm in capturing your own family photos.

Here are some tips to help you create beautiful and lasting memories:

  1. Choose the Right Time and Lighting: Select a time of day when natural light is soft and flattering, typically during the golden hours – early morning or late afternoon. Avoid harsh midday sun to prevent unflattering shadows. If you can't avoid high noon, have your subjects stand in open shade to eliminate squinting and harsh lines.

  2. Location Matters: Pick a location that holds significance for your family or complements your vision. It could be your backyard, a local park, or even the beach. A meaningful backdrop adds depth to your photos.

  3. Coordinate Outfits, but Keep it Comfortable: Plan outfits that complement each other without being too matchy-matchy. Opt for comfortable clothing, as happy and relaxed subjects make for better photos.

  4. Experiment with Angles and Perspectives: Get creative with your shots. Try shooting from different angles – crouch down for a child's perspective or capture a candid moment from a distance. Variety adds interest to your photo collection.

  5. Encourage Natural Expressions: Rather than forcing smiles, engage your family in activities they enjoy. Candid moments often result in the most authentic and heartwarming photos.

  6. Capture the In-Between Moments: Don't limit yourself to posed shots. Capture the in-between moments – a shared laugh, a gentle hug, or the excitement of discovering something new. These spontaneous moments tell your family's story.

  7. Pay Attention to Composition: Follow the rule of thirds, balance elements within the frame, and be mindful of distracting backgrounds. A well-composed photo elevates the visual appeal. Not every photo needs to be perfectly centered.

  8. Print and Display Your Favorites: Once you've captured those special moments, don't let them sit in digital folders. Print your favorite photos and create a gallery at home. Tangible memories have a unique charm.

Remember, the essence of family photography lies in the joy and connection shared. Whether you're using a professional camera or your smartphone, these tips will help you create a collection of images that tell the beautiful story of your family.


Hi there! I'm Tasha, the creative mind behind Tasha Skye Creative, your go-to family and portrait photographer right here in South Central PA. At Tasha Skye Creative, I specialize in capturing authentic moments bathed in natural light, ensuring your memories are as vibrant and true to life as possible. I'm all about celebrating the unique connections, interactions, and the sheer joy of love and laughter that bind us together. My business is a welcoming space for all types of people and animals because I believe every family deserves to have their story told beautifully. If you're ready to freeze those precious moments in time, head over to my website at and let's start planning your unforgettable photo session. I can't wait to serve you!

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