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I LOVE trying out new photographers!!!!! When you walk into my house you will see my walls covered in photo fabulousness of my daughter!!! I swear we have booked photo shoots for every possible reason. Birthday? Photo shoot! Holiday? Well that's just a given! First time finger painting?! Well that is captured by a photographer as well. Some might call it over the top. Me? I like to remind people that I only have one kid so I have to do everything "right" the first time around. I don't have a second or third kiddo to spread out the fun with.
For the past two years I have been dreaming of a dorky pajama family photo! My hubby however has refused to see an actual photographer wearing dorky pajamas. He hates having his picture taken (why you rarely see him on the blog) so sitting for a session wearing something he would never actually wear is a total nightmare to him. This year he finally got sick of me asking over and over for such a photo that he suggested ordering the dorky pajamas & just using my blogging photography equipment to snap the pic. Our photo might not be the most professional, but since it did come out looking cute, I thought I would pass on some home photography tips!
1. Natural Night. Take your family photo next to a window. You will love how your complexion looks with natural sunlight shining on your skin. Light is your photography bestie. If you suck at editing past filters like me, I can't preach natural lighting enough!!!!
2. Load On The Makeup. I will admit I went a tad bit overboard on the blush, but my main goal was to have that "flawless" smooth looking skin. To achieve that look use a primer before you even start your makeup & then use more foundation than you would normally use. You will look like you're about to hit a night club in real life, but you will have flawless skin in your photo even before you use that filter!!! Loading foundation = photo editing newbies bestie!
3. Self Timer. This one is obviously a no brainer, but use the self timer option on your camera to shoot your photo. 10 seconds might not sound like that much time, but it will be all you need to capture that moment.
4. Tickle To Get A Kid To Smile. Have a kiddo that refuses to smile on command?! Tickle them! Works like a charm with my daughter. Maybe telling a funny joke would even work for your kid?! I have even had my daughter sing a song before while shooting her for the blog before and have captured the perfect shot while in song since she was smiling due to singing!
5. Turn Off Your Flash. Camera flash is deeply unflattering and totally unforgiving. I promise you will get a much, much nicer & cleaner looking picture without it especially if you take my advice above about natural lighting!
6. Cropping. Don't stress too much about having your home looking fabulous for that photo! As long as the main focus of the photo is clutter free, you can most likely crop out everything else. The photo above was shot next to a window and had a fire place on the other side! You would never be able to tell since I cropped both out!
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robin masshole mommy
12/12/2016 12:42:22 pm
These are awesome tips and your family photo came out awesome. I absolutely LOVE it.
12/12/2016 12:43:53 pm
These are great tips. I LOVE how your Christmas card turned out. You have a lovely family.
12/12/2016 02:37:05 pm
You just made me realize how long it has been since our family has taken a family portrait. It would be so n ice to do one like you and your family has again. The pajama shot is too cute. That is such a nice holiday photo idea.
12/12/2016 04:09:48 pm
Where was this post a month ago? LOL I took our extended family photos over Thanksgiving with my new DSLR camera that I am not even sure how to use yet. I love your tips- great for my DIY photos.
12/12/2016 04:50:16 pm
I think home done photos are so much more personal! Love the pajamas!
12/12/2016 05:36:35 pm
Finding the card really does help set up the photo. We had our picture this summer and then picked the card which is much harder.
12/12/2016 06:36:29 pm
Aw! Who doesn't love a dorky family photo? I live for them I think it is so cute!
My Teen Guide
12/12/2016 06:36:54 pm
What a great idea! DIY is the best thing, you do't need someone to pay, and this is really cute.
12/12/2016 06:46:51 pm
These are great tips! I wish my family took Christmas photos every year. It's definitely a tradition I'm going to start when I have my own children
12/12/2016 07:04:22 pm
Love your family pajamas! We do those every year. :)
12/12/2016 07:22:30 pm
Such a great family photo! Your tips are spot on!
12/12/2016 07:47:19 pm
You and my Mom think a like when it comes to capturing every possible moment. It's always better to over do it with photos than not. Your picture turned out so cute!
12/12/2016 08:09:08 pm
This turned out so cute! I absolutely love your pajamas! I love taking our own photos at home!
12/12/2016 10:21:41 pm
Great tips! I'm the opposite of you, I'm terrible at getting pictures done. I have got to get some this year.
12/12/2016 11:20:43 pm
Great tips, family photos can be so tricky sometimes. But they are so important to see how your family grows through the years.
12/12/2016 11:44:07 pm
I do really love your idea, One of my way to make our DIY looks so fantastic! These looks so much fun!
12/13/2016 12:27:11 am
Thanks for the great tips. We are planning to do a family photo shoot over the Holidays.
12/13/2016 02:17:23 am
Thanks for such useful tips! Yep, #1 is KEY. Gotta have that natural lighting. Pretty Christmas pics!
12/13/2016 05:30:46 am
These are great tips for a DIY holiday photo. I love the idea of the family pj Christmas photo. This would be something I am going to try talking my family into doing. Thanks for sharing your cute family pj photo. It really is adorable.
12/13/2016 07:47:03 am
I love your photo and the dorky pj's! Y'all look so cozy and happy. That is the holiday spirit! :)
12/13/2016 08:46:24 am
I, too, always take our own family photos. You all look so happy! Great job on the photo. :)
12/13/2016 10:17:36 am
These are all great tips. I usually do photos from home because they're simply cheaper and I love taking them myself. I always use the self timer too.
12/13/2016 10:18:45 am
So cute! I love the dorky Christmas pajama idea! I have a friend who does this with her family for their cards.
12/13/2016 11:34:24 am
These are great tips. Love the one about tickling your kid - pure genius!
12/13/2016 12:37:10 pm
Your husband sounds like mine - he hates having his photo taken (though he looks so damn good in pictures)! This is a great picture - I LOVE those pj's. Thanks for the tips. Something to keep in mind all year!
Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
12/13/2016 01:46:47 pm
Such a great portrait! I love the tips, thanks so much!
Our Family World
12/13/2016 02:48:13 pm
Thank you for sharing your awesome tips. Such a lovely family portrait. I will keep this in mind.
12/13/2016 03:00:06 pm
I haven't had family photos in a long time either. I like the idea of doing it myself but I don't have the equipment.
12/13/2016 03:43:19 pm
love you christmas cards. they turned out great.
12/13/2016 05:06:56 pm
Great tips! Your photo came out adorable! Love the matching PJs. My husband would never agree to that LOL!
12/13/2016 11:27:21 pm
Hurrah that he agreed to it. That picture turned out great!
12/13/2016 11:40:38 pm
I think you should do an ugly Christmas sweater shoot. That would be the one that would get the laughs out of me.
12/14/2016 12:38:19 am
I love holiday shoots! I can't wait to do one with my hubs in just a few weeks!! I plan on using a lot of christmas lights!!
Oooh! I love family photo shoots too! The finger painting shoot is a great idea... these tips are awesome and I definitely agree with the extra foundation/makeup for a flawless look. The camera washes you out so a little heavy in real-life translated perfectly in camera.
12/14/2016 02:16:01 pm
These are great tips! I still have to to take pictures with my bunch. It's hard getting all four kids to look in the same direction.
12/14/2016 02:32:02 pm
Perfect tips for photos at home! I always cringe when family uses flash and I have to tell them to take it again without it!
12/14/2016 07:59:36 pm
Your pictures came out great! I love the matching PJs, they're so cute!!
12/14/2016 08:35:00 pm
A self-timer is necessary if you're taking family photos on your own. I love using it because I can set the timer at a short time just so I can catch every one making silly faces. Haha
12/15/2016 08:03:44 am
Your card is just gorgeous and memorable. Thanks for the tips, I want to have a holiday card made with my little doggie.
12/15/2016 03:02:06 pm
Great tips. My son tends to do really creepy smiles when asked to "smile". Best option is to tell him a joke or tell him to talk about something he likes and to just snap, snap, snap away!
12/15/2016 09:17:13 pm
Love these tips. Natural light is definitely my biggest one--makes such a difference!
12/18/2016 10:16:40 pm
These are great tips. I love how your Christmas card turned out. So pretty!
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