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My Family Christmas Portraits


I rented this beautiful studio in downtown toledo, ohio from another photographer JP photography. If you're looking for a studio to rent, check hers out! It was perfect size and I loved decorating it for my Christmas Mini Session!


Since I couldn't get our Christmas session lined up this year, I decided to attempt to capture our own. I think that they came out quite well for not doing our own portraits often haha.



Here are a few tips for taking your own family self-portraits:

  1. Choose a good location: Look for a location with good lighting and a clean, uncluttered background. Natural light is often the best choice, so consider taking your photos outdoors or near a window.

  2. Set up your camera: If you're using a digital camera, set it up on a tripod or other stable surface. If you're using a smartphone, you can use a selfie stick or try propping it up on a stack of books or other sturdy object.

  3. Plan your poses: Consider posing in a way that feels natural and comfortable for your family. You can try standing in a line, sitting on a bench, or even laying on the ground.

  4. Experiment with different angles: Try taking photos from different angles to add variety to your self-portraits. You can try shooting from above, below, or from the side for different perspectives.

  5. Use a timer or remote: Many cameras and smartphones have a timer or remote feature that allows you to take a photo without having to press the button. This can be helpful for getting everyone in the frame.

  6. Take lots of photos: Don't be afraid to take a lot of photos. I used a constant shutter button. You can always delete the ones you don't like later. This will give you more options to choose from and increase your chances of getting a great shot.

  7. Edit and print: Once you've taken your photos, you can edit them using photo editing software or a smartphone app. Consider printing your favorite shots to display in your home or to give as gifts to friends and family.

By following these tips, you can take your own family self-portraits that you'll be proud to display and share with others. If you'd like to see the list of softwares or equipment I used let me know! I would love to share.

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