Last month, baby, dada, and I took a stab at family pictures. With the help of my sweet niece who agreed to take pictures (I chose the settings on the camera, she worked the rest of the magic), we managed to come away with some really good pictures. And the best part? They were free (that was dada's stipulation when we splurged for our camera last year -- not paying for professional pictures).
The pictures made wonderful Christmas presents when we compiled them into a photobook. And they look awesome on our wall, as well.