I searched the board and don't think I found any discussion related to this. We want to start a family tradition with family portraits around Christmas time but some of these professional photographers are so darn expensive! The ones we did last year at Picture People were alright but I feel like they totally ripe you off if you want any digital copies. Not to mention that they only spend about 15 minutes with each seating. DD fell asleep right before our session (she was 6 months old) and the photographer made us wake her up. The photos obviously didn't turn out good because she was cranky. We still got some and I think it's good memories either way.
1. Does your family take regular professional photos? If so, how often? And who do you include (like your parents, siblings etc.)?
2. Do you hire someone professional to do it? Or go to those chain places like Picture People and JC Penny?
3. If you have young kids, what's your recommendation to make sure they are ready to smile at the camera?