Taking beautiful pictures and well composed photographs from your family are the most important images that you will ever shoot! And i am not speaking about the annual big family's lunch photograph where every one is tighten to each other and wait for the "say cheese"...
I am speaking about the "every day" photography, i am speaking about those pictures we do at home or elsewhere just to "snap" a moment in time, because it is those pictures which are very important.
You can take a photo about whatever you want, some landscape, people in the street, some friends or even your dog, if the pictures is not so nicely made, or if you missed the focus it can be OK, but for your family.
I mean your extremely closed family's member like your children or your mother and father, even if it's without any plan to shoot them in mind, it is those pictures that should be taken with a lot of care and printed ASAP !
Your very close family are the only one which will stand always on your side whatever can happen to you, they are also the only one that you cherish most than your own life.
Your children are your life, they are your legacy, they are the most important thing in the world, so when you take some pictures of them in everyday situation, you really need to care how you will take the photograph.
A bad pictures of your kids will only give you regrets and disappointment over what you have done in 10 years from now and as far as i know, we do not have yet a time machine to go back in the past.
Like i said above, i will speak about those picture "frozen" in time, those pictures shot by "surprise" those ones which give an instant of life.
Tight portrait, full body or someone is doing something but didn't notice you have your camera in hand, those pictures are, in my humble opinion, the best images, because they show a lot more than a traditional family picture where everybody is static.
More expressive is the face on the photograph, better it is, whatever mood has your child or your mother, it point out a moment in time, and as all we know, photographs are made to stop a moment in time.
Just an example on the side, here are my two boys eating a banana at the same time.
It might means nothing for you, but for me, my wife and my kids it's a moment stopped in time, they are looking to my wife which gave some recommendation to not put some banana on the sofa, very simple story but it's a family moment stopped in time, printed and stored in one of the numerous family photo albums we have, which are not stored high on a shelve somewhere to be forgotten, but always accessible to everyone even to my children if they want to look at it.
Nowadays we have always a camera with us, and don't say "No", yes i am speaking about our cellphone!
It is not yet equivalent to a DSLR, but they do nice quality printed pictures, even if you have a bad sensor on it, you can always post process those images on your computer to increase the quality.
If you tell me that Lightroom or Photoshop are expensive (which i agree), or you do not want to pay for, so you cannot ameliorate your picture taken with a phone, just click > here <, and take a look, i have referenced a plethora of free photo editing apps, so no more excuses!
Every single day of your life is a possibility to shoot some pictures about your lovely family. There is no rules about that, good mood, bad mood, crying, laughing, etc... all those pictures will be cherish in the future, you will not have any regrets at all, the only regret you will have is to not have taken more photographs.
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