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DIY Family Photography/Portraits - Family Pictures For Less

Updated on October 24, 2012

Every family needs a great family photo to hang on their wall. Instead of going to a professional next time take a shot at creating the photo yourself or with the help of a friend or relative. You may actually surprise yourself with the great photo you happened to take.

Our Family Picture

After our wedding ceremony we decided to go for some pictures as a family. We were all dressed up so it was the perfect time. We had asked my sister to be our photographer, so along with her we traveled to two different areas that we wanted our pictures taken at. The first area was our town park. It has a lot of trees and different objects that make for an excellent background.

Town Park Family Pictures!!

We found the perfect spot in the park for our first attempt at a family picture. We all lined up on a set of cement stairs that lead to a path across the back end of the park. After the kids got their "sillies" out we ended up with a great picture. All the kids were smiling and happy. My sister caught a perfect moment!

She also directed us to stand in another area of the park that would have a natural background. There was a path winding up the park behind us through the tall trees. It was picture perfect. Once again the whole family smiled great big smiles!

These are two of my favorite pictures from the park that day. The background could not have been more perfect. The children and us also looked perfect. You can not get a picture like this inside a building. It can only happen in the park.

Town Water Reservoir Pictures!!

After the park we traveled about two miles to our towns water reservoir. It is a location that is popular for wedding day pictures along with pictures of other special occasions. Once again my sister captured a perfect picture of all of us!!

It was an overcast day which helped to create the perfect background. Everything behind us was slightly duller in color making us really stand out. There were quite a few different areas to take the pictures. The one we loved the most was taken while we were sitting on a large rock with the kids standing around us. The trees and water made the background and the wind blowing our hair helps describe the setting.

How To Get Your Prints

With the invention of digital camera photography it is quite simple and relatively inexpensive to receive high quality prints. You can choose from a number of different ways to print your photos. You can do it yourself from home with your printer, take your memory card to a local store that can make your prints, or you can upload your photos to a internet photo place such as Snapfish.

We use the snapfish program online. My sister uploaded her photos to my account so that I can select the ones I wanted and place my order. You can select from many different sizes. We decided to get 4x6 prints of every photo, and larger prints of a few others. The one of our family at the reservoir we ordered in the size of 12x18 for our living room wall.

Once the order is placed all you have to do is pay and wait for your prints. They will generally ship in about 1-3 business days. I have never had any issues with the company and I have been receiving my photos from them for over five years now. The quality of the pictures is excellent and you can not beat the price. Best of all, every photo uploaded to your account is saved. You do not need to worry about computers crashing and photos being lost. You can purchase copies at any time.

Do It Yourself

So the next time you decide on updating your family pictures try doing it yourself. If you do not have a tripod to set your camera on try asking a family member or friend who is handy with a camera to take the pictures for you. Be sure to have many pictures taken so that you are certain to have captured a great one. By doing it yourself you have all the time necessary to get the perfect shot!!


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    • Chin chin profile image

      Chin chin 6 years ago from Philippines

      Great family picture. It is really difficult to get a perfect family picture especially when the kids are not in the mood. What's your tip/s for getting the "sillies" out?