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Taking Our Own Family Photos

March 27, 2009



Almost 2 years ago, on Mother’s Day, my wonderful Dh bought me a FujiFilm FinePix S700 digital camera, so I could capture the sweet memories that we were making with our children.  Since then, we also decided that we would start taking our own family photos.  There were several different reasons for this. 

1. Cost less than getting it professionally done.

2. We could do it on our own time, scheduling around naptime, lunch, and any emotional outbreak.

3. No limit on the number of  poses/shots we could take.

4. We could choose any picture we want to be the “package” picture, or we could choose more than one.

5. We have so many more “backgrounds” to choose from, if we take them ourselves.

6. Didn’t have to worry about our little ones falling off of a 4 ft. high platform…..yikes.

7.  Didn’t have to try to squeeze our entire family up on a 3′ x 3′ platfom….that is so not happening!

*And the list could go on and on.


Later, that same year, in September, my sweet Dh bought me a tripod for my birthday.  We took our first family photo for Christmas that same year, then another the following Easter, and yet another Christmas photo this past year.  I still have somethings to learn, in order to make it look more professional, however, they look great now!  After we choose the photo(s) that we want to give to everyone, I upload them to the Walmart site, crop them and choose the number of prints that I need, pay for them, wait an hour, and then go pick them up from our local Walmart (3 miles from our home)!  Except for picking them up, it was all done in the comfort of my own home!!  AND, they are so inexpensive!  This past Christmas, we chose two shots that we wanted to print to give away, we bought 30 of each, totaling 60 pics in all.  We also ordered a Poster print of one of the pics and an 8 x 10 of the other, and our total cost was under $20.00!!  If we had had this done by a professional, we would have paid more than $20.00 on the poster size alone!


Our First Family Photo taken by us!


Our Easter Photo!


This past Christmas!


The kids’ photo this past Christmas!


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  1. March 27, 2009 8:43 pm

    Great idea! We have a good camera too and I want to take our own fam pictures too 🙂 now if only I had someone to take them so I didnt have to hit the button and run . . .

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