Family Portrait 2012

November 28th, 2012

Last week our oldest was home from college for Thanksgiving so we set aside an hour to take the annual family picture.  We were so grateful to have perfect weather that day (hello gorgeous fall colors!) and a willing and talented photographer to assist.   Last year I just set up the tripod for our family Christmas photo, but this year we liked the idea of being outdoors together.

kate family photo

family collage 1

kids leaves

kids cute and silly

leaf throwing

 

We enlisted the help of my talented friend Heidi who takes amazing pictures as a hobby (but really she should go professional!) and she’s always teaching me something new about photography, sharing her tips, and turning me on to fab photography sites. 

I asked if she could meet us at our house and snap a few photos.  We looked around the neighborhood for a great backdrop and I saw this tree just up the hill from our house so that’s where we shot these.  The whole shoot took 20 minutes and we were done – I love how they turned out! 

A few tips for taking great outdoor family photos:

1)  Lighting.  Most professionals will tell you to snap the images during the “golden hour” or “sweet light” which is one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset when the sun’s rays are not overhead but traveling sideways instead since the sun is low in the sky. 

2)  A Good Photographer.  If you don’t know a great photographer, then by all means hire one!  An hour spent on a session plus a CD of the captures to go with it is a great investment.  Pictures really are the best keepsakes!   Kids grow up fast so I say spend the bucks, you’ll never regret a great photography session.

3).  A Great Backdrop.  Think brick walls, pretty nature scenes like the beach or the woods, an old barn, anyplace that has some color and character. 

4)   Limit the Palette.  There’s no need to wear matching outfits, but it’s best to at least keep the palette limited. This year we went with gray and navy and that worked and everyone dressed in what they liked.  The exception is if you’re shooting in black and white and in those circumstances it doesn’t really matter if everyone is wearing something in a different color. 

5)  Act Naturally.  Hyper posed images can seem phony so it’s nice when you just snuggle up naturally or engage in antics that capture the family’s personality.  Just ask the photographer to keep snapping and you’ll end up with some great ones! 

Have you taken any great family pictures outdoors?  If so, share your tips! 

 

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Antique Farm House Giveaway

November 27th, 2012

Hello all, just popping in this evening to share this week’s giveaway brought to you by one of my sponsors, Antique Farmhouse, featuring unique décor in flash sales events with up to 80% off retail prices, including furniture, home accessories, and art.

antique farm house logo

Here’s a peek at some of the beautiful items from past and current events:

antique farm house finds

 

Every day there’s a new flash sale offering a collection of goods. You can get the scoop on the daily sale the quickest by subscribing via email – the sales events post at 11 a.m. EST. 

From now until Friday, there are two shop credits up for grabs – Antique Farm House is offering two lucky winners $100 to pick and choose from their daily steals and deals !

Eligibility to win one of two $100 shop credits to Antique Farm House:

1. Hop on over to Antique Farmhouse and check out all the items in their current sales events (click on Current Sales Events in upper right corner). Which item is your favorite? Name it in a comment on this post!

2.  For a second chance to win, share this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook and leave a second comment telling where you linked (Twitter or FB). 

US and Canada only, two winners chosen at random, giveaway ends Friday November 30, 2012, at 8 p.m PST.  By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

Winners:  #156 Lindsay Erickson and #301 Kathleen Stewart

 

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