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Jenn Cooper is a Canon Collective Ambassador. The Canon Collective is a group of passionate photography mentors dedicated to helping you grow your skills.
Here, Jenn shares her top tips and product picks to capture your best family shots.
"I make sure we have great quality photos to remember major milestones. Kids change every single day and often it’s these everyday photos that capture their true spirit.
By developing and practicing my own photography at home I'm able to capture these changing moments when I want to.

By using these tips, I hope you’ll transform your every day happy snaps into precious family memories, which can hang on your walls, and treasure for years to come."

1. Remove the clutter

Find an area in your home where you can shoot without any distractions in the background. The focus of your images should be the people in them.

2. Find that soft light

When I say soft light, I mean the lovely soft light you get from shooting in the shade — not direct sunlight — or the golden light that comes just around sunset or sunrise.

3. Zoom, Zoom

If your camera has a zoom function, use it! Try standing away from your subject and zooming in, this is a great way to create soft blurry backgrounds and helps your subject stand out in the photo.

4. Get yourself in the picture

Try to get the whole family in the picture. To do this, set up your camera on a tripod and connect wirelessly to the Canon Camera Connect App. This app allows you to take a photo with your phone, which you can hide in your hand out of sight.
If your camera doesn’t have Wi-Fi you can use the 10 second self-timer and have fun running back into location before the timer runs out. Kids find this very entertaining!

5. Holding attention

Now you’re ready to shoot, make sure you focus on the eyes and do what ever it takes to get your family’s attention. Before you get the kids’ attention, make sure Mum or Dad smile and look at the camera while you get the kids’ attention.

To get Jenn's full list of tips and tricks click here.

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