From the Kiwi Girl asked for a few tips on self portraits and family shots so here goes!
Tripod. A tripod is a must if you want self portraits where you are not holding the camera out in front of your face (and nearly dropping it because it is so heavy).
Relax! Take lots of photos, and take them when no one else is watching
Focus..It can be hard to set up the shot when you have nothing to focus on…if you are using a prop (like a chair) focusing on that can help, but failing that use a…
Remote shutter, these things are fantastic for head shots, just point, focus and shoot, all from your hand! Cheap too, look on ebay.
Think about what you are trying to portray in your photo, and consider your background.
Try something different, take a self portrait without your face in it, but still make it obvious it’s you
Or shoot from down low..
There is no easy way, just do it over and over till you get something decent. Make it fun, get the family to do silly faces, then smiling, try jumping, that’s always fun and relaxes everyone.
Everyone is smiling (sort of) but there are trees growing out of hubby’s head. Oh Well!
If all else fails, pay someone else to take your family portraits!