Taking Family Portraits 5 part series

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Welcome to our 5 day series: Taking Family Portraits–from beginning to end! Tis the time of year, and there are so many things to think about when having your family portraits taken, each  post has so many details, see the links below and read all about it!  I’ve got a few of my favorite photographer bloggers helping me out, too.

The week is over, to see the fabulous posts, here are the links!

How to select a photographer

How to prepare clothing for your portrait shoot


Choosing a Location for your family portraits

Keeping your cool and relaxing at your session

Decorating with Portraits


I’m also very excited to announce a photography book giveaway in connection with this series. I’ve written two books that I’m so giddy to share with everyone, and in case you haven’t heard, here are the details:

(Click the highlighted links for detailed info about the books)

For beginners– Say NO to Auto: 3 Basic steps to Understanding Manual Camera settings

and For intermediate photography levels– Get Focused: 12 Creative Tips & Techniques to bring your photography to a higher level

There are many comments/reviews for Say NO to Auto (hundreds), as it’s been out longer, Get Focused is a newer release. Both are in e-book form as well as printed copies.


Join The Discussion



  1. I ♥ the ladies at eighteen25 and can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve.

    On another note, I’m eager to read your photography series for family portraits. I always struggle with getting my family photo for Christmas cards done at the right time. October seems too early (because I want the kids to look current in the photo) and December is too late. November is likely the best choice but…. I’m a nut.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, you really need to start thinking about and booking a photographer in September! I don’t take any clients after Thanksgiving!

  2. kristen!! we are so excited to share your A-mazing project today!! we just love you!!
    and your crazy questions are the best! 🙂
    jen 🙂

  3. oh my heck, i cannot wait for your series next week…especially because we have to get them done again soon! YOUR project was amazing! and THANK YOU for the shout out…you are too kind.:)

  4. I LOVED your project!

  5. So exciting!

  6. Ooooh hope I win! 🙂

  7. Fun!

  8. Oh what a cool giveaway. would so love to win. I’d blog about it, too:) ) Loveand hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  9. Love this! Can’t wait to read!

  10. Love your ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hope I win 🙂

  12. Love to win your books!! I have been a avid reader of your blog and follower. Love all your DIY projects and your Photography!!!! 🙂

  13. I have been following you for a long time on Facebook and RSS. Would love to win this!!

  14. Kristen, Thank you for all the great ideas on taking family portraits, I never know what to wear and don’t feel very photogenic. I would like to be entered in your book give away, then maybe I could get some great picture for a family photo book. Thanks, Kim

  15. What a fantastic series and fabulous giveaway!! thanks !!

  16. Thank you Thank you!!!!

  17. what a great series

  18. I subscribe via google+

  19. This series couldn’t come at a better time for my family! We are having a huge four-generation family picture session in October, and my sisters and I have been having disagreements about clothing, etc. I will be sharing your posts. Thanks!!!

  20. Thank you for the turorials.

  21. You have impeccable timing! This is just what I needed, thanks a million!

  22. Fairly new to your newsletter and blog, loving it! Thanks for sharing your talents.


  1. […] Taking Family Portraits 5 Part Series: an in depth look at selecting a photographer and location, what to wear, how to get relaxed and natural shots, as well as what to do with your photos afterwards! […]

  2. […] Don’t forget, if you love photography and want to learn more about your camera, enter the giveaway this week to win Say NO to Auto or Get Focused by clicking on the image below (or here). […]