I Shot My Own Family Pictures. Huzzah!


Last night after dinner, I glanced out the window at the empty lot across the street with gorgeous light peeking through the trees at the last hour of daylight.   I spontaneously announced that in the next five minutes we were having our family pictures taken and I grabbed my tri-pod and trekked across the street.  With the helpful multiple shot timer feature we got the following images.

I LOVE THEM.  So so much.





Ten minutes later we were done.

After I finished editing the images last night, I turned to Ben and said,

“Shooting professionally for all those years was so worth all the experiences, just for this moment. To be able to take our own family pictures any time I want and have them look exactly like I envisioned.”


I no longer shoot professionally for hire, but I am a Professional Photographer for my own family. I hold the same standard of excellence to both professions, but secretly believe that one is still more important than the other 😉






Even if your intent is not to shoot professionally as a business model, learning all you can about photography can still serve you immensely.  Everything I learned about posing, lighting, interaction, emotion, storytelling, composition, technic, and beyond, I USE EVERY TIME I PHOTOGRAPH MY OWN LIFE AND FAMILY.





All the practice, trial and error, tears, triumphs, money invested, equipment, education, and TIME are worth it when it can go back into serving those who are most important.

Or, you can save yourself thousands of hours and dollars in equipment and education and just hire a pro once a year too! ha ha. That would have been a much easier and cheaper route, now that I think of it, but I know the adventure was worth it.

biopic2 Brooke Snow is the Professional Photographer for her own family and an Abundant Life Practitioner. She loves chocolate covered almonds, carefree laughter, and going to the farmers market. She lives with her husband and adventurous son in Northern Utah.



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Brooke Snow

Brooke Snow


As a photographer, she’s been published in Where Women Create and Where Women Cook magazines, featured on the Huffington Post, The $100 Startup, and is a regular contributor to her local NBC lifestyle show Studio 5. A sought after instructor and speaker, when she’s not putting the magic into her next presentation, you can find her drooling over organic recipes, hiking with a mountain buggy carrying precious cargo, and hanging out in her Farm House with her fabulous little clan in Northern Utah.

Her free course Living a Thriving Life is the perfect anecdote for those seeking balance in the midst of chaos. Discover how to create meaning in both your photos and your life at brookesnow.com.
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  • Marcie - We do this every year as well and though I usually only get one perfect photo, the outtakes are pretty funny too 🙂 We did try to do lifestyle ones with the kids and the timer but that didn’t work out. Too many kids — at least one was always feeling grumpy 😉 BUT it doesn’t even bother me because I get to take lifestyle shots of my family every single day. Being your own family photographer is the best!

  • Laurie @ Pride in Photos - Brooke, you just rocked this family photo shoot my friend! This will definitely be a goal of mine after I am done with all your courses♥

  • Mindy - I LOVED these when I saw them on facebook, and now that I know that you took them yourself, I am even more amazed. You rock the timer. 😉 (And you look gorgeous… do you always look gorgeous enough to take family photos on a whim??)

  • Trisha - Amen!

  • brookesnow - Ah yes… I have yet to see how this will play out when we add more people to our family 🙂 As it is, this 3 year old is totally wild and crazy so getting him to look charming in any picture takes a whole lot of strategy…My hope is that if we can get him to look good we can get ANYONE to cooperate and look great 🙂

    Love that you shoot your own images! Would love to see them!

  • brookesnow - Of course Mindy… I’m always photo ready at any moment of the night or day 🙂

    bwa ha ha ha ha ha!

    But thank you 🙂 I did have my hair cut earlier in the day and knew I should take advantage of having good hair…since I can NEVER get it to look as good as it does when my stylist does it 🙂

  • Jessica Carney - Stunning!! The are simply wonderful.

  • Sarah - Love these. This statement really resonated with me: “Shooting professionally for all those years was so worth all the experiences, just for this moment. To be able to take our own family pictures any time I want and have them look exactly like I envisioned.” This is the reason I have been “doing the work”…. So I can capture myself, my family, my friends and my life in the way I want to remember. And to be practiced enough that I don’t have to think too much and I can still be in the moment.

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