I’ve got a tip for you. If you want a photo of your family to include with Christmas cards etc but don’t want to hire a professional photographer here’s some tips:
Get a tripod and your camera instruction book – learn how to use the self timer feature
Make sure the batteries are charged (I know, it’s a given but you’d be surprised …)
Choose your location. A brightly lit spot, out of direct sunlight with an uncomplicated background works best. Like outdoors under a big shady tree. Alternatively open all the curtains and all pile onto the couch. I love the look of a family photo on a completely overloaded couch.
Clean up. You might be so used to the ‘untidy corner’ of your yard or loungeroom that you don’t see it anymore, but it will be blindingly obvious in a photo
Wear simple clothes without bold patterns
Relax. Have fun. If it helps the kids to relax by having a toy in the photo, then let them. It shows what they like and that’s part of their personality
And the most important bit – Take the photos this weekend or you are going to run out of time.