Three Best Tips for Taking your Own Family Photos | North Oaks, Minnesota Child & Family Photographer

Want to take your own great family photos?  Here are my 3 best tips:

  1. Have patience.  I have been taking my own family pictures now for 8 years!  I’m telling you in the beginning I was always left in tears trying to get in the frame racing back and forth from the camera, getting my then 2 & 3 year old to participate and a hubby who had very little interest in my goal.  He just couldn’t figure out why it would be so hard.  Really?  REALLY?!!!  066-with-logo

  2. Embrace the silly.  Don’t strive for perfection it will make you crazy every single time.  Besides if you are anything like our family we aren’t perfect and we have a whole lot of crazy.059

  3. Go with the kids ideas.  Yes they are going to want to make silly faces or do something you don’t want to do but you know what?  If you do something for them they are more willing to do something for you.  It’s called compromise.071

    So there you have it what I’ve learned in 8 years.  Oh and if you plan on making it a habit to get in the pictures with your family and not just taking them yourself.  Invest in a remote trigger so you don’t have to run to the camera every second after you snap a picture.  They’re like $25 on Amazon.

    And if you want to see our crazy here’s a little 3 minute video: Welcome to our House 

    Michele is a lifestyle portrait photographer specializing in photographing children and their families.  If you find it too daunting to take images yourself and you want to book your next session with Michele just send her an e-mail. or visit


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