If you are the person in your family who always gets put in charge of taking pictures, here are some ideas to keep your task fun and rewarding:

1. Select a camera you are comfortable with and can carry with ease. If you don’t understand how it works or it’s inconvenient to carry, you will never use it.

  1. Have an easy set up to download images and to share with family members. Consider an online service that you can use to share images with family. Many services allow people to buy their own prints and some like Smug Mug even allows other to download the files so you aren’t sending CD’s all over the country.

3. Document the good, the bad, and the ugly. Kids aren’t perfect so capture those moments they are crying, or giving you the mad look. Over the years these photos will bring more laughter and joy than the formal portraits.

4. Photograph the quiet moments. There are times when the kids are quiet, don’t forget to capture these. With a silent shutter you won’t even ruin the moment.

5. Remember all of the generations. Some older family members will protest, but tell them you have to have it. Years later you will be glad you were a bit pushy.

  1. Let the kids participate. Kids have a totally different perspective on life; let them take photos too.

—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger