Good Place to Take Family Pictures

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Family photos can take a lot of planning if you want them to turn out as good as possible. You’ll not only need to find a day that works for everyone’s schedule, but you’ll have to figure out what venue you want to use. Another big thing that you will have to figure out is who you want as your photographer. It is a good idea to meet with several different photographers beforehand to get an idea for who you will enjoy working with most. For those of you who are struggling to come up with a location to do the photo shoot, here are 5 great places to consider:

  1. Head to the lake- If you don’t have any other large bodies of water nearby then you should consider heading to the lake to take your family photos. One of the best spots at the lake to take your pictures is at the dock. This should provide a great setting and give your photographer a lot to work with.
  2. Fancy staircase- Using a beautiful staircase is a really great option for providing some  memorable photos. Staircases work really well if you have a large family and want to get everyone to fit in the picture without having to back really far up.
  3. Go to the beach- One of the most classic locations that you can take your family pictures at is the beach. Not only will you have one of the most beautiful landscapes at your disposal but you get to enjoy the beach once you are done taking pictures. The beach should provide plenty of fantastic lighting and wonderfully warm pictures.
  4. Hit the vineyard- Another great place to take your photos as a family is at a vineyard. Vineyards are fantastic before they are the perfect mixture of natural beauty and manmade structure. Vineyards provide a really great backdrop for taking pictures and could make for a fantastic photo shoot.
  5. Downtown- One of the best places that you can go to take your family photos is in a downtown setting. Try and find a bunch of diverse textures that you can have in the background to help your pictures seem more interesting. Even in smaller cities you should be able to find some really great structures and locations to do your family shoot at.

No matter where you end up deciding to take your pictures, with the right photographer you should have no problem whatsoever getting some great pictures. If you have a hard time deciding on a location you could always split up your photo shoot over several different venues. That way you will be able to get the best of multiple venues and won’t have to compromise with your family photos.

Micah is a freelance writer for attorney Benjamin Skinner. For more information on business tips and inexpensive family activities, follow Benjamin on Twitter.





Throw me another stick would ‘ya

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This is my Black Labrador Retriever, Midnight .. having fun at the beach.

She just loves to play and swim in the water, even if it’s freezing cold! She also loves it when we throw balls or sticks for her to fetch … loves it so much that she’ll stand in the water and literally whine as she waits for us to find something to throw to her. Uhm … even if she’s got a darn stick right at her feet! LOL

I took this photo in March (the 7th to be exact). We always seem to go to the beach more often in the winter than the summer. If we lived in a warm climate that wouldn’t be so weird, but we live in Toronto which is normally fairly cold in the winter. However, every one in a while there’s a nice semi warm day .. often in February and sometimes in March and that’s when the bug to go to the beach gets us.

The day we went happened to be very warm for March. It was 19 Celsius (66 F) … more like April or May temperatures, so of course we had to get outside and enjoy the day. After spending some time at the beach we went and ate a late lunch at an outdoor patio … but in between we found a really strangely decorated house. If you’re curious take a look at the post on Odd Planet to see this very funny and odd house.

Enjoy!

Don’t fall into the pond!

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I took this photo last weekend when we went to The Brick Works here in Toronto. It’s a nature preserve filled with native plants and native fauna.

This pond is located right after you pass the old brickworks buildings. There’s no swimming allowed of course, but it’s good that they have a life preserver there (and in other areas) just in case someone falls in.

We brought our Lab puppy with us as it was a great way to give her a little exercise and of course all she wanted to do on that hot day was jump in the water which of course is not allowed at nature preserves! We took her to the beach the next day where she was able to get her fill of being in the water.

Lifes a Beach!

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Another great day at the beach. Everyone was having a great time playing Volleyball on Toronto’s Woodbine Beach.

A lovely day to remember as the weather begins to get cool and gloomy.