How to Take Good Photos of Your Family

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With permission from Vicki Lansky author of “Practical Parenting Tips”

Get good photos by moving in close to the child and by snapping quickly (babies and little children don’t “hold it!”). Take lots of shots to assure yourself of getting some good ones. Keep backgrounds simple and uncluttered and get down to the child’s eye level.

  • Have a child hold the family pet or a favorite toy if he or she is embarrassed at picture-taking time.
  • Take a semiannual picture of your child standing by a familiar piece of furniture or beside a parent whose hand rests on the child’s head. Each half-year’s growth shows up dramatically.
  • Make photocopies of your child’s hands at intervals.
  • Trace your child’s silhouette from a shadow every year or so.
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