Why you shouldn’t take your own family photos

August 24, 2022

Looking back through old family photos, it’s so clear to see when they were taken by a professional photographer and when they were taken by someone who tried to do it themselves. The do-it-yourself family photos are usually the ones where everyone is looking stiff and uncomfortable, the lighting is bad, and the overall result is just not good. So why do so many people try to take their own family photos? Probably because it seems like a relatively easy thing to do – but in reality, it’s not. If you want beautiful family photos that will look gorgeous on your walls, then you should hire a professional photographer!

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What happens when you take your own family photos?

Taking your own family photos usually results in frustration and tears, and the end result will probably look forced and stiff. There’s no one on the other side of the camera to interact with, no one to make your kids laugh, no one to direct you. A great family photographer knows how to get the real emotions out of your family and create beautiful keepsakes in the form of photos.

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Why you should leave it to a professional

Hiring a professional photographer is an investment, but it’s one that is so worth it. They know how to make you look amazing, how to get your kids to have fun, and how to handle lighting, styling, and location. You’ll have beautiful photos of your family that you can look back on and that you will feel proud to hang on your wall. So next time you’re thinking about DIY-ing your family photos, think again! Hire a professional photographer and let them do what they do best. You won’t regret it, I promise.

What are your thoughts on DIY family photos? Let me know in the comments below! And if you’re in need of a great family photographer, be sure to contact me – I would love to capture your beautiful family memories!

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Here are more blog posts in different locations in Toronto both outdoors and in-studio showing why you should hire a photographer to capture your beautiful family.

Family photo shoot at Scarborough Bluffs

Family and maternity photos at Scottsdale Farm

Family and cake smash photo shoot at Mint Room Studios

Family and cake smash photo shoot in The Solarium Studio

Family photos at The Evergreen Brickworks


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Anchor Studio Photography specializes providing a full service experience that starts with booking your session and ends with getting beautiful tangible heirloom products being displayed in your home. My style of soft, candid and timeless photos can be seen in all my maternitynewbornchild and family portraits in Greater Toronto Area, including Oakville, Mississauga, North York and Richmond Hill. If you are interested in booking a portrait session for your family, you can click here to book your session. I am now booking sessions for summer 2022, so don’t hesitate to get in touch soon!

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