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When my sweet daughter Charlotte had a medical emergency back in January, I had many thoughts running through my head, and one of them was the sudden realization of the lack of pictures I had taken (by professionals or myself) of her (and the rest of my kids) the past year. Luckily, Charlotte made a full recovery, and while I still have “schedule professional family pictures” on my to-do list; I have gotten much better about taking candids of all the kids. Since I had made this a goal for 2015, I was thrilled to receive a copy of Your Family in Pictures: The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life by Me Ra Koh to review.
While this book was written for parent’s with little to no camera experience; I still found lots of great tips I could immediately start incorporating to take more and better pictures of my family. It is set up in seven chapters:
1. Setting yourself up for Success (Contains 39 tips over 5 categories to help you start taking better pictures right away)
2. Developing a Photographer’s eye (Improve your artist’s eye of the color, line, shape and texture of your photos, how to frame, when to flash, and when to shoot black and white)
3. Every Day Life (Tips for capturing everyday moments, indoors and outside)
4. Holidays (Great ideas for photographing seven different holidays)
5. Family Portraits (Including immediate and extended)
6. Tweens & Teens (Self portraits, performance shots, and milestones are covered)
7. Family Vacations & Travel (This was my favorite section, and came in handy as we had planned a trip to Disneyland for our special needs boys and theme parks was one of the covered sections).
I also found the appendix, which included some great, easy to follow information about what to look for when buying a new camera, print size, mega pixels, lenses,and things to consider when buying a dslr to be extremely helpful when we were choosing our new camera. (We ended up buying this one.)
I also loved that most of the strategies and tips could be incorporated with photography whether I was using my new camera or my phone.
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If you want to grab your own copy, it is available on amazon here.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. The opinions expressed are my own.