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The art of taking family photos

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The art of taking family photos

[gallery link="file" columns="2"] This summer, my husband, Jason, and I had our first family photo session since our daughter, Annabel, was born. I was a bit nervous about it because Jason isn't exactly fond of family photos. Growing up, Jason's family took photos every year, and the resulting "cheesy" snapshot was sent near and far, much to his chagrin. Every year involved a different theme and location, and it was creative chaos at best. The women often had varying opinions about what to wear, how to pose etc., while the men begrudgingly took their places and forced smiles. That is, with the exception of Uncle Mike who had to set the timer on the camera, then dash back into his appointed place. Needless to say, there's a good selection of blurry Mikes in the mix. Thankfully, my talented friend Jessica took our photos, and she put us all at ease with no chaos involved. Because I didn't want traditional poses, she just snapped us doing our thing with minimal, but critical direction. Now we have some amazing family photos to remember this time in our lives. We're also lucky that most of our family live nearby, and we're able to capture our family moments in photos. But what happens if your family isn't physically near you? Are all your family photos destined to have gaping holes where those geographically distant family members should be? Photographer John Clang knows firsthand what it's like to be far away from family. He moved to New York in 1999 and his family still lives in his home country of Singapore. But he's found a way for them to still have family photos together. In his series, Being Together, he uses Skype and projectors to capture families visually as they virtually connect. His images capture these moments of togetherness that technology has made possible. Have a look at Chang's clever and touching images in this New York Times slideshow. The complete Being Together series will be exhibited at the National Museum of Singapore in early 2013. --- Share your favourite family photo tip with us!
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