Picture Worthy Moments Just Outside Your Door

You don't need to go on vacation to get great photo captures. Some of the best picture worthy moments are waiting for you right outside your door. Here are some ideas for must-take pictures while you are relaxing on the home front.1. Nighttime Great pictures don't always have to be taken during the day. With the right setting on your camera you can capture the gorgeousness of the night moon before you say goodnight. (Photo Credit: Angujuana)2. Chalk Fun You can't deny the whimsical feeling that sidewalk chalk brings. The driveway is your palate with endless possibilities. (Photo Credit: Carrieanne Miranda)3. Trampoline Action While the trampoline has gotten a bad rap through the years, I love this idea of using it for good. Change your viewing angle and add some balloons to … [Read more...]

Fabulous Father’s Day Photo Ideas

With Father's Day quickly approaching you may be unsure what to get the man that has always been there for you, helped tie your shoes and even taught you to ride a bike. Pictures are worth a thousand words and these simple photo ideas are sure to melt even the toughest of Dads' hearts.1. Caught In the Act Children are always yearning for daddy to play with them. Let's be honest, Dads do give the best horsey back rides! So why not capture their inner youth with a photo that will span the years. (Photo Credit: Christy Peterson Photography)2. Show Your Silly Side Every Dad has a soft spot for his daughter and if anyone can get him to be silly, it's her. Capture their goofy sides for a picture he will treasure. (Photo Credit: Danic Photography)3. Try These On For Size There is … [Read more...]

How To Take Your Own Family Portraits

Ever go to one of those big box stores to get "professional" photos done for Christmas? And, after waiting for what seems like an eternity with your squirmy toddler and grouchy grandpa, everything seems to go downhill from there?Mom blinked. Junior won't smile. And, if you have a family member like my daughter, there are howls of, "Oww! My eyes! The light is too bright!" You're lucky if you leave there with a Christmas card-worthy shot but think, "Oh well. It'll do. It was cheap."So what are your options? Professional photographers get great shots but sometimes cost is a factor. So why not try it yourself at home?I know a lot of people who like the idea of trying for professional photos in their own homes but don't try it because they don't have the professional gear, like … [Read more...]

Nine Must Take Newborn Photos

Nothing beat the smell of a newborn baby, except maybe swooning over newborn baby pictures. The cliche statement, "They grow up so fast", is never truer than with babies. You only have a tiny window of opportunity to preserve the pure essence of newborn loveliness. Looking for the best way to capture that moment? Here are our picks for 'Must Take' new born pictures.1. Collages My favorite photos of my boys as babies are collages. With collage, you can get little glimpses of all the bits that make them so lovable.  (Photo Credit:  Vintage Duck)2. Hands I love the delicacy of newborn hands. Their beautiful fingers, all the tiny creases and how they grasp on to anything! The fist bump is by far my favorite for any new Dad.  (Photo Credit: Renee Britt, Zdenko Boskovic)3. … [Read more...]

12 Months of Baby Photo Shoots

Sometimes in the excitement and sleep deprived world of babies, we forget to embrace our camera and get all those must take pictures. While the possibilities for 'cute' baby pictures are endless, sometimes we don't know where to start. Here is a month by month guide for capturing the essence and cuteness that is your baby. One MonthLook what the stork brought! Capture the excitement of the 'Welcome Home' moment with siblings or parents. (Photo credit: Leilani Photography)Two Months Did your daughter get your eyes? Did your son get your nose? Get up close and personal to savor the similarities. (Photo credit: Gabriela Koopmans Photography)Three Months Monthly onesies are all the rage but a change in your perspective takes a boring monthly photo to a lasting memory. (Photo … [Read more...]

Why I Still Send Holiday Cards by Snail Mail – And You Should Too!

(Affiliate) Blissfully Domestic uses affiliate links in some of our content including this post.Holiday Cards: It’s that time of year again! Right after Thanksgiving, my kids and I feel the excitement of opening up our mailbox again! Who will we get a card from? How much have their kids grown? Who looks different? What exciting news will we hear?  Wow, one card more original than the other! We appreciate all of them so much that we even put them on display and look at them all the time. At the end of the season, we have a hard time bringing them down!With so much technology, this is the one tradition that I will not give up! My computer and phone are flooded with emails, texts and more all day long. The old-fashioned mailbox is often filled with junk mail and bills. But in … [Read more...]