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A Year to Your Best Family Photo Memories

by Jean Van't Hul
December 19, 2015
Shoot Along Family Photography

We all want to do a better job of capturing the fleeting moments of childhood with photographs, right?

I know I do.

I might think I’ll remember that scene or event, but in reality, it’s usually a photo that brings back all the details in a rush—even textures and scents and things that couldn’t possibly be in the picture itself.

If you looked at my photos, though, you’d think that our life is all arts and crafts all the time. That and autumn leaves. And that’s just not true.

Family Photos

I want to learn to take better photographs of the everyday moments and the special occasions.

I want to be able to look back at my family photos and remember the big and small things. The smiles and the milestones.

This has been an intent of mine for a while now, and I’ve sort of meandered toward it here and there, but I’ve made a commitment to really improve my photography skills and my memory keeping this next year.

So, when I was invited to join the Shoot Along 2016 and write about it here for you, I was thrilled. Because this program hadn’t even been on my radar before but it is exactly what I want and need right now—regular instruction, inspiration, and motivation to improve my family photography.

Thank you to Shoot Along 2016 for sponsoring this post; as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

Mom and Toddler Shoot Along 2016

Wondering what Shoot Along 2016 is?

It’s a yearlong photography project for parents and includes ::

  • Weekly photography lessons via e-mail
  • Weekly photo editing lessons
  • Access to a membership site to share photos and assignments for inspiration and feedback
  • Participation in a group of parents who are improving their photography together
Shoot Along Member Site

Does this sound like something you want and need as well?

If so, you can join or learn more here.

The cost is $79 for an entire year of instruction and membership, which seems like a really good deal to me for all that is included.

There’s also a mobile membership option that is $49.

Photography with Kids

By the way, I’ve decided that I’m going to try to do the Shoot Along with my daughters.

My 10 year old will use my old DSLR camera and I’ll probably get a simple point-and-shoot for my 6 year old as a Christmas gift (I’d better get on that, huh?). And each week (or most weeks), we’ll go on a photoshoot together to learn and practice that week’s lesson.

I’m so excited! I can’t wait!

I’ll improve my own photography skills while sharing what I learn with my daughters.

And, if I’m extra ambitious, maybe we’ll have a bulletin board or something where we each share our best photos from the week as well as the week’s lesson.

Shoot Along 2016

If you want to improve your family photography, check out the Shoot Along 2016 program ::

Shoot Along 2016 Gift Certificate

Sign yourself up or give someone you know this as a gift with this attractive printable gift certificate.

Shoot Along Holiday Photo Guide

Also, if you want to get a head start on capturing memories, try their free downloadable, printable holiday photography guide which contains cute ideas for holiday photos with exact camera settings to achieve the look.

This post was sponsored by Shoot Along 2016; as always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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