It became immediately clear to me early on that taking a photograph of both Tin and me is a problem. My paleness next to his richness offset each other. So my friend’s mother, a photographer, gave me a great tip – adjust the levels in iPhoto. So I go ahead now and snap as many photos as I can but when I import that photo into my computer I adjust it there. I got to Edit and then do the automatic adjustments first – I hit Enhance and most times that does it, or I actually manually Adjust “Exposure, Contrast, Saturation” myself. There is a lot you can do in iPhoto to get the photo right after you have taken it – it basically changed our photo album.
Another thing that I’ve learned to do is use lighting. Especially for those nighttime shots in the house with low lighting – they are not going to work. Inevitably, Tin’s features won’t be discernible and mine will look like I swallowed a light bulb. Flash is not the answer, it is lighting, lots of it. I saw an interesting post about this same thing and the blogger here also mentions creative lighting.
Years ago, I was visiting a client in the midwest and after lunch, we went back to his office. On his wall was a professional photograph of his family, his wife and him, and his three children. Each child was a different skin tone. It was the most beautiful family photograph I have ever seen. And while he had the benefit of professional lighting, we have the benefit of learning how to take photographs of our beautiful families by using iPhoto and lighting to make sure everyone is seen.
If you are a multicultural family or take a lot of photos that include diverse skin colors iPhoto will solve a lot of your issues. Creative lighting will help when you have time to plan. I’m sure there are other good tips for taking photos that a professional photographer could offer – any professionals out there?