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5 #PhotoTips for Family Pictures You'll Actually Print! Plus, a $100 Shutterfly Gift Card Giveaway

5 #PhotoTips for Family Pictures You'll Actually Print! Plus, a $100 Shutterfly Gift Card Giveaway

Don't waste this year's holiday opportunity! When your family is together, take lots of photos, but make sure they are good ones - photos that you might want to actually print, instead of just hanging out on social media or in your cloud!

So how do you take gorgeous photos you'll want to look at again? Read on for 5 tips that will make you a family photo star. Plus, enter for the chance to win a $100 gift card to Shutterfly so you can frame those photos or make them into the perfect gift for Grandma.

Tip #1: Capture Candid Moments

Capture people in their natural state - while the kids are playing, the adults are cooking or everyone is making memories. Remember that your subjects don't need to be looking at the camera.

Tip #2: Look All Around Your Frame

Pay attention not just to the people you are shooting, but also, what else is in your camera lens. Look at all four corners and walls. Try to get a background that is simple and without clutter.

Tip #3: Be Sensitive to Lighting

Avoid spots that are too bright or too dark. Flourescent lighting is the worst. Outside is best, especially on a cloudy day.

Tip #4: Get in close. But not too close

This is especially true when using most camera phones, since the zoom is really just a way to crop photos. Fine details are harder to see. At the same time, a tight focus can make the subject blurry.

Tip #5: Have Fun

When your family is relaxed and enjoying themselves, you'll really see personality shine through.

For even more tips, watch SheSpeaks blogger Tabitha Blue of Fresh Mommy Blog show you how to prepare for a professional photo shoot:

What upcoming pictures will you be snapping? Tell us and you'll be entered for the chance to win a $100 gift card to

There are two ways to enter:

Simply comment below and tell us what photos you're looking forward to taking this holiday season.


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*One lucky commenter or Tweeter will be chosen at random to receive a $100 gift card from Giveaway is open through November 21st, 2016 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

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  • CathBrad By CathBrad

    Ones with my family (particularly my Mom and me), haven't seen her in over a year!

  • nagroskopf By nagroskopf

    Trying to get a family photo with the pets :)

  • sourdoughpatch By sourdoughpatch

    We are always taking a group family photo during the holidays.

  • Momspointofview By Momspointofview

    Christmas pictures are always my favorite. I look forward to giving out cards every year.

  • ghpc70 By ghpc70

    Taking a holiday photo of my son and his dog in front of the Christmas tree.

  • jessi76 By jessi76

    looking forward to many pics of our new baby girl!

  • EnticingHealthyEating By EnticingHealthyEating

    I love food photography so I am most looking forward to taking photos of all of the holiday treats.

  • laceynoland By laceynoland

    SO looking forward to taking family pictures and getting quick snaps of the kiddos seeing the presents from Santa for the first time!

  • kthomaslamit By kthomaslamit

    love the fall colors, and then the winter snow to take pictures of. and family and friends enjoying each other and the weather. we love pictures !

  • mollymew12 By mollymew12

    I'm excited to document all the yummy food made with love with my family members!

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