I'm not an aspiring photographer. I just like to do it, and if someone wants me to take pictures for them I'm more than willing to. It is a little bit intimidating though, because what if they don't like them? I was taught that if you're going to do something, you should do it right. It doesn't make sense to have to re-do things if they're not correct the first time. I don't want to take a picture someone hates.
And I dislike formal photography. I don't like things to look too posed. I'm not gonna dress everyone in matching Christmas sweaters. My only real requirement for my own family pictures is that everyone is in the picture and I look okay. I also don't edit my pictures. I don't even have photoshop. I use Picasa, about 1% of the time, to brighten an underexposed picture. Everything else: straight out of camera. I almost don't even really believe in Photoshop for doing tons of stuff to your pictures. I don't want to rely on post-processing to fix things, I want my pictures to look good without help. Don't get me wrong, Photoshop would be fun to play with, but since I don't have it my pictures have to stand on their own.
Another thing that I don't think is as important as some might think: background. This picture of Alana was taken in her classroom, first day of school. I just used the window light and a shallow depth of field and its pretty awesome all on its own. No fancy background needed. And I regularly take pictures in my ugly yard, with its dirt and mesquite trees. Make that into a little brown and green bokeh and that's that, no travelling anywhere to take pictures. My garbage can has even been in the background of pictures because David didn't crop it out, but it was blurry so I didn't care that much.