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Taking Family Portraits

I like taking pictures, but I am not very good at it. I would love to take a class one day to learn all the ends and outs of photography. My brother is a great amateur photographer and as I’m typing this I think I may ask him to show off some of his great pics on the blog one day soon.

For my birthday this year, Hubby surprised me with the best camera I’ve had yet. Maybe you’ve noticed the past couple of months that my pictures have gotten a little bit better? maybe?

When my older boys were little, I would try to get their picture professionally taken every six months to a year. Then we’d get a family shot done every other year or so. I wanted lots of memories! Many times, I relied on jcpportraits at the local Portrait Studio near me. I’ve always been a jcpenney fan and it was easy to bring them in. They had great backgrounds, great customer service, and best of all, great DEALS!

Example, their April promotion of $20 for 6 traditional portrait sheets (mix and match size and images) as well as one free $9 sitting fee. I always wanted to buy photos for all the extended family, so jcpenney was always the way to go!

These days, I am lazy. Do you find that after your third child, things just don’t get done? Hubby and I mess around with taking pictures of the boys a couple of times a year, for the Christmas card, or just because I have such cuties to photograph. A few things we always be sure to do….

Have a great background. I have a beach now so my photos are great! ha! We’ve done the ocean, sand dunes, and the local piers.

Find the perfect time of day. The last time we went, the sun was way to bright, the boys were squinting, and there were just to many people around to find ‘the shot’.

Make sure everyone is happy. Going at naptime would not be the best bet. Promise a special treat after they showed off those awesome smiles. Bribery is always good, right?

Have someone else take the photos. That way you can get a great Family Shot to last a life time. Maybe you’re lucky like me and have a wonderful photography friend with a fancy camera.

Or make life easy, and head over to your local jcpenney Portrait Studio.

How come someone’s eyes are always closed on the best pictures? 🙂

How do you get your Family Portraits taken? Do you take them very often?

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of jcpenney Portrait Studio. I was asked to create a Pinterest Board and pin at least five (5) pins. I give jcpenney the right to repin any or all images/original content from this board. I received a promotional item as a thanks for my participation

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  • One day I would love to get our family pictures taken outdoors. However, our current tradition is to one summer take a family picture of just the kids at the local studio and the next summer add my husband and I into the group picture. We then give these pictures as (early) Christmas gifts to our parents, siblings, and grandparents.
    • P.S. I miss the really great coupons JC Penney's used to have. We could get enough single pose shots for our entire (big) family for $9. That was awesome!
  • Great tips...and I would also love to know HOW to get everyone facing the same direction WITH eyes open AND smiling at the same time! :) LOL

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