New Year resolution: Make family photos part of 2019

New Year resolution: Make family photos part of 2019

Images capture special moments with loved ones. Whether it’s a candid shot of your daughter giving the dog a big hug or a perfectly posed family portrait with everyone dressed to the nines, pictures tell the story of a life well lived.

In the new year, make a resolution to take more photos, both at a professional studio and by yourself at home. Photography of all kinds can become meaningful keepsakes. Time flies, but these images freeze moments that could have great meaning in the future. A picture is worth a thousand words, after all.

This year, consider a New Year's resolution that will benefit you and your entire family: Take more pictures! It's simple, meaningful and achievable, with a few simple tips.

Keep that camera handy: When you keep your camera near, you're equipped to capture those magic moments, no matter how fleeting. Whether you choose a traditional camera, digital camera or opt for your cellphone camera, keep it within reach as often as possible.

Get in the shot: Make it your goal to get in front of the camera more often. This is particularly important for parents, who often hide behind the lens to focus the attention on the kids. Having the whole family in pictures celebrates your bond and will be cherished years down the road.

Make a schedule: Make it your goal to take pictures on a regular basis. Some people decide to save one picture a day for a year so there are 365 images that represent your trip around the sun. Others might decide to set a weekly alarm to remind them to take images. Do what works best for you.

Book family portraits: There's something special about professional photographs that show the best of your family. Make sure to schedule your annual family photo session, but think about other special times for professional photos, such as kids' birthdays, graduations, religious celebrations, holidays and anniversaries.

Get creative: When it comes to photography, have fun. Dress up as superheros. Make silly faces. Recreate a picture from the past. Get the family pet involved. Check out the local JCPenney Portraits photography events for unique themes you won't find anywhere else.

While most people give up on their resolutions within a few months, you'll enjoy success because these tips make it easily achievable. Plus, pictures are such a wonderful way to honor your family.