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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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  • aitch77 By aitch77

    I love taking pictures of the changing of seasons, nature type photos!

  • slw008 By slw008

    I'm looking forward to taking family action moments of our celebrations!

  • thebramble By thebramble

    Shutterfly helps me make my photos look great!

  • mbb216 By mbb216

    Can't wait for family togetherness

  • karen4533001 By karen4533001

    We have had a baby boom in our family this year--seven babies born in 2016. We will be getting together for the holidays and can't wait to photograph the family. All my pictures are on Shutterfly. Love the convenience of saving precious photos to this site.

  • Hellaheatherlg By Hellaheatherlg

    I'll going to try and take holiday photos of my kids to keep and send to my family that lives far away. I'd like to get a family shot of me and my kids and husband all dressed up.

  • authorkayglass By authorkayglass

    I found this photo idea where your kids hold a shiny ornament and you take a photo over their shoulder to capture their reflection.

  • niki4nu By niki4nu

    I love the candid photos during the holidays that you may not capture other times of the year. The joy on my daughter's face when she opens that one present or when she goes in for a hug . Those precious moments just make my heart melt!!

  • Briecox By Briecox

    I will be taking pictures of my family for Thanksgiving. We will be visiting my family in Ohio, we are from South Carolina . We don't get to visit very much so it is a much needed trip. I'm very grateful for the time we get to spend together. It will be an 10 hour trip but will be well worth it. Lets just hope my three kids won't go stir crazy on the trip! or me!

  • prothumia By prothumia

    Recreate a photo we took ten years ago in the same location.

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