5 Expert tips for taking great family pictures

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- It's that time of year when many of us take what we hope will be that perfect family photo to send out on our holiday cards. But between knowing what to wear, dealing with impatient kids and just getting everyone to sit still, this can be no easy task.

Professional photographer Mike Olbinski spends his summers chasing monsoon storms across Arizona, but during the off-season,  you'll find him shooting weddings and family photos.  He's pretty talented at capturing special family moments, so we asked him to spill some secrets.

When it comes to what to wear, he suggests avoiding matching too much.  He says pick colors that look good together, but don't put everyone in black, or denim.  He says everyone should look like their own person, but also says colors that are too bright can be distracting.  Olbinski suggests neutrals.

Where you take your picture can also make a big difference, in addition to when you take it.  Olbinski suggests waiting until the end of the day when lighting isn't so harsh.  He says shooting in the shade is also better than in the sunlight.

When taking pictures of younger kids, get down on their level and interact.  Olbinski says some of his best shots are of kids just being kids.

Even using your phone for a family picture can work, especially if you just let loose and laugh together, and have someone take several pictures in a row.  Olbinski says one of those is bound to capture a special family moment that will be just perfect.

Finally, Olbinski says just relax.  If you are stressed, the kids will be too.

You can check out more of Mike's work or contact him at www.mikeolbinski.com.