I think it's so important to have friends in the photo world that speak the photo language. There's only so much that you can bounce off of friends and family who don't fully understand the ins and outs of a DSLR and lighting and white balance etc etc.
That being said, my photo-friend and I went out to a site this morning with our kids to see what the area had to offer. And it was so much fun! Not only did we get a bunch of awesome shots, but we were able to discuss what and how we were getting the pictures while we were getting them. It was a really great time and I feel really lucky to have people like this in my life : )
I put some of the photos that I took in the Family Portraits album.