Hiring a professional photographer is wise if you're wanting a family portrait.
Angie Hicks, the creator of Angie's List, suggests that it's not just the professional camera that matters. "It's the lighting, how they arrange the family. Being able to get that special moment, especially with small children, can be a bit of a challenge," Hicks says.
Discuss with your photographer prior to the photo shoot about the style you're looking for, like posed or candid shots. A simple way to find out a photographer's style is to look at an online portfolio. For more from Angie's List on hiring a professional photographer, click here.