8 Family Photos You Need to Take this Year

Preserve those memories and precious moments with 8 must-take family photos to take this year (and every year). Tipsaholic.com

8 Photos to Take of Your Family This Year via Tipsaholic

In this age of digital photography, there’s no reason for us to not have plenty of photos of our families! 8 must-take family photos to take this year (and every year) so that you’ll always have precious memories:

1. Your day-to-day life – it may be more of a grind right now, but what is it you’ll want to remember most when the pitter-patter of little feet has faded? The simple moments are worth much more than we give them credit for.


2. Your kids’ “details” – whether they have eyes that sparkle or muddy little toes, the details are something we often notice, but rarely take time to appreciate. A photo keeps those details for us so that we can cherish them when that time in life has passed.


3. Your kids doing something they love – horseback riding, soccer, painting, or hunting, if they’re doing something they love, there is a glow about them you’ll want to preserve.


4. Your family “playing” together – you may feel that you’ll never forget how happy you were in the moment, but it’s incredible how quickly memories can fade. Hiking, backyard baseball, or a board game, you’ll never get more genuine smiles than when you are enjoying each other’s company.


5. A photo of you/your children with grandparents – we tend to put photos of these people on the back burner. Maybe we don’t want to bother grandpa, or maybe grandma has refused to be in photos since she turned 60, but if these people mean something to you, then a photo will become a treasure when they’re gone.


6. You and your significant other on a date – while you may have to put the camera down and set the timer for this one, it will be well worth it, especially if the last time you had a photo taken of just the two of you was your wedding day!


7. A planned family picture – you may not think a professional family photo is worth all the fuss, but if it takes just one hour and a bit of planning for one day this year, it will be. Being able to see your family changing over time is incredible. Even if all you can manage is a snapshot, make it a priority.

Bonus: you’ll finally have a fresh photo for holiday cards! And if you’re looking for some ideas on what to wear in a family photo, take a look at this quick guide!


8. Your family in their favorite place – whether it’s the beach, a mountain, or your living room, take time to capture the mood and the wonder you feel in this place together.


If you’re looking for some more direct inspiration, try taking up a “photo challenge” like this one from Jamie Moore Photography.


Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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7 Creative Ideas for a Pregnancy Announcement


Announcing a pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of one’s life. You want it to be special and memorable, and getting a whole bunch of likes on Facebook doesn’t hurt, either. Many creative parents-to-be have come up with many fun ways to announce a pregnancy, including the seven great ideas listed below. Maybe these pregnancy announcement ideas will help you come up with one of your own!

1. Get your older kids to participate in your pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 1)

Your older children are probably as excited about the upcoming new baby as you are, so why not include them in your pregnancy announcement? You could create a special t-shirt for your beaming toddler or give chalkboard signs for your two older kids to hold for a special photo.

2. Let your adorable pet(s) announce your pregnancy. (picture: slide 2)

Have a pup or a couple of feline friends who have no idea what’s coming to them in 9 months? Put a cute sign around their neck or put them next to a homemade sign for your pregnancy announcement.

3. Get creative with signs. (picture: slide 3)

Pose with your significant other next to a sign that clearly implies that a baby is on the way. A bright yellow sign that says BUMP AHEAD is perfect, but DIYing a couple of clever directional signs on a pole could be another great way to announce a pregnancy.

4. Include a pair of teeny baby shoes in your pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 4)

Who can resist a tiny pair of baby shoes? No one can and that’s why this style of pregnancy announcement is so popular. Also, this could be a great way to announce the gender of your baby.

5. Consider a holiday-related pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 5)

Announcing a pregnancy during pumpkin season or just before Christmas? Take advantage of your great timing to come up with a creative holiday-themed pregnancy announcement, such as carving a tiny pumpkin inside of a bigger pumpkin or hanging up an extra Christmas stocking.

6. Come up with an exciting math equation. (picture: slide 6)

One plus one equals two, right? Not always, since one could have another little one inside her. If math is your thing, you could come up with a fun equation that has your family and friends doing the math and realizing that you’re pregnant!

7. Include humor in your pregnancy announcement. (picture: slide 7)

A new pregnancy is a very joyful event, but when you make it funny, it’s even better. The mother-to-be could be scarfing down ice cream or junk food as the father-to-be anxiously reads how-to books or nervously assembles a crib with many parts.

Looking for more ideas for family photos? Here’s some ideas of how to dress your family and a cute way to display your family photos.

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Tips To Improve Your Photography

Tips to Improve Your Photography via Tipsaholic.com

Whether you are shooting with a DSLR, a point and shoot or your smart phone, these tips will work for you and improve your photography!

6 Tips for Better Photos via Tipsaholic

Learn More About Your Camera

If you have a phobia of user manuals, no problem. You can simply educate yourself on your own terms. Look at the options/settings/buttons and if you don’t know what it is Google it! Take it one step at a time. For instance ‘ISO’.  Look it up, take in the information and then experiment with the settings by changing them and taking pictures so you learn how your impacting the result as you go. This leads me to the next tip…


Just Keep Clicking

Take a picture, change a setting, take another, change the setting again…see the thing is with digital – it’s FREE to practice.  No one is judging, you don’t even have to show them to anyone but the more you practice the more you will figure out how your camera works.


Take A Class

Local camera stores offer them and often local photographers do as well. Once you have a basic understanding of how your camera works it’s worth it to take a class so you can take it to the next level.


Ask For Constructive Criticism (gulp)

This one is certainly the most difficult as so many of our images are so personal to us and it’s hard to let someone else critique them. However, at some point if you want to sharpen your skills you’ll realize Google can only take you so far. Ask a professional photographer that you may know or join an online forum.


Experiment With Post Processing

Whether you use Instagram, Picmonkey, Picasa, Lightroom, Photoshop (the list goes on) play around with different effects to see how they impact your images.  I almost always bump the exposure, contrast and clarity a bit but of course every image is different. Eventually you will find what works for you and your personal style.


Refer To The First Tip In This Post

Seriously, most cameras these days are amazing pieces of technology and just when I think I know everything there is to know I figure out another nifty setting I wasn’t aware of.  Keep learning about all your camera has to offer!


Now go forth and shoot!


Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.


Back to School Photo Ideas


5 easy and fun ways to start a back to school photo tradition

As a photographer I’m always looking for fun and unique ways to capture the ‘story’ behind the moment the photo is taken, not just a pretty smile.  So this year I’ve been brainstorming how to create fun and unique first day of school photos for my daughter who’s headed to kindergarten and my son who will start preschool.  Here’s 5 fun ideas I’ve come up with:
  1. Perhaps the most popular idea out there is the one where your child holds a sign with the grade that they are entering printed on it, such as the one that I took of my daughter last year.  I simply printed off a sign from my computer but another trendy way of doing this is with a small chalkboard (such as this one).
  2. Take the picture as your child writes their name, be sure you can see the letters so that over the years you can see how their handwriting has changed.  If they can’t write their name yet just have them draw a picture.
  3. Take a photo of your child reading or holding up their favorite book at that moment.
  4. For the camera shy kiddo, get a shot of them (ideally with their backpack on) walking away from you (i.e. out the door, down the sidewalk, to the school bus etc).
  5. Shoes.  I love kids shoes, they just make me happy!  And they usually have an absolute favorite pair that they wear all day every day.  Get a picture in the same spot every year of their favorite shoes that they plan to wear on the first day of school.
Not a big fan of being behind the camera?  Many professional photographers offer ‘mini-sessions’ for a fraction of the price of a full session.  They typically last 20-30 minutes so a back to school photo with any of the ideas above is the perfect ‘mini-session’ idea.


Do you have any great back to school photo ideas?  Please share in the comments below.

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterestInstagram.