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Stacy Wasmuth
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Book Description

April 26, 2011
Calling all mamarazzis! Every camera-toting mom will want this guide!

Moms, if you can't seem to take enough great photos of the children in your life, this is the book for you.  Now you can learn how to photograph children with the style, clarity, color, and beauty you see in professional photographs.  This fun guide combines humor with solid know-how to show you how to compose shots, handle cameras from basic compacts to advanced dSLRs, take portraits or candids, create prints that impress, and even work with kids! Packed with beautiful examples and written in a down-to-earth style from one mom to another, this book will help mamarazzis everywhere take better photos.

  • Moms are one of the fastest-growing segments of the camera-toting demographic, and the blogosphere has a term for them, mamarazzis
  • Mixes information, inspiration, and fun for women who want to take better photographs of the children in their lives
  • Explains how to set up a camera and use the controls on basic compacts up to advanced dSLR cameras
  • Covers shot composition, determining settings, exposing images correctly, the essentials of printing images, how to process for clear and bright color, and more
  • Includes stunning examples of portraits and candids of children

Become a better mamarazzi with this fun and informative guide!

Mamarazzi: Top Tips for Getting Super Kid Shots
Of course, every mamarazzo wants to know how to capture winning photos of her children. She wants to pick the perfect spots for shots, use lovely lighting, and make her camera’s bells and whistles sing. But the true show stopper for most moms is the ability to capture her child’s true personality in photos. A few insider tips can do the trick!

Don’t act your age.
The best way to guarantee giggles from your children is to think like a kid yourself. Figure out what makes them laugh … and then start the show! This may mean breaking a few rules in honor of photo time. For instance, let your monkey jump on the bed or plan a ridiculously bubbly bath time.

But whatever you do, aim to capture the magic of childhood. Grab close ups of your son’s grass-stained knees. Or keep your distance and zoom out to show your daughter at play in her room. Use your imagination--right along with your child--to grab some great captures.

Catch smiling siblings.
Sibling shots are the pièce de résistance for nearly every mama--and papa, for that matter! But they can also be the most difficult images to get. How can you capture the charisma (or chaos!) of siblings without taking a trip to the looney bin?

Here’s an idea: Gather your crew and engage them in a fun-for-all activity, like blowing bubbles, playing in the sprinkler, or building a blanket fort. Step back and capture the candids that ensue.

Or hop into the Director’s chair for some shots. Mix up the words to a standard song to get a few grins. Suggest a jumping contest or try a tickle fest for fun. Balance something on your head and then let it fall to the floor. Engage your inner actress and make a big deal over the funny fails.

Encourage siblings to get close (closer … no, ever closer!) to each other as you snap your shots. Chances are, if they’re having fun, they won’t mind the close quarters … and yep, it even works with toddlers and tweens!

Give ‘em some star treatment.
A seemingly simple tip that can go a long way to improve your mamarazzo moments is to handle your “star” with care. Be fun, honest, and kind to your child when you’re behind the camera.

Make picture time fun … and enjoy the experience … rather than just getting the shot. Play games, tell jokes, or act silly along with your child. And if your children are old enough, let them be part of the photography process. Encourage your daughter to choose her own funky photo outfits. Or have your son pick his favorite places for picture-taking. If you make it fun, chances are that you’ll all enjoy camera time together.

Remember to be kind to your child, especially when taking photos. You’ll want your child to feel cherished rather than chastised when the shutter is snapping. So keep your cool, mama. And no matter how much your kids push your buttons when you’re trying to (wo)man the camera, keep it fun and upbeat. And when you’re tapped out, close the curtain!

With these tips, you’re sure to capture the winning shots you want. And even better, you might just earn a repeat performance the next time you bring out your camera!

Photo Examples

The Right Lighting
Picking Clothes
Sibling Photos

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Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Mamarazzi [mah-muh-raht-tsee] (noun, plural): Mothers who doggedly pursue opportunities to take, share and display photographs of their children

If you just can't put the camera down when the kids are around, you're a card-carrying member of the mamarazzi. Chronicling childhood in photos is meaningful, fun—and sometimes, frustrating enough to make you turn to cupcakes for comfort. How do professional photographers do it?

One of them tells you in this book. Here are professional secrets for getting great photos of kids — pictures that not only capture childhood's magical moments, but also the singular nature of your child's personality. Charge up your camera battery and start reading!

What every mom with a camera should know

  • Techniques for capturing genuine expressions instead of cheesy smiles

  • Tips for every age and stage — yes, even toddlers and teens!

  • Photography basics — composition, lighting, exposure, focus, and white balance

  • Camera settings and lenses, plus techniques you can use with any type of camera

  • Why the experience matters more than the perfect shot

  • Effects you can create with different lighting techniques

  • How to pick ideal locations for taking pictures

  • Simple editing tips to make your photos even better

About the Author

Stacy Wasmuth is a professional photographer and a mamarazzo who freely admits that photographing her own children may be her most challenging assignment. Stacy's client list includes celebrities as well as many not quite famous, but equally fabulous families and children. View her work at

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470769106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470769102
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with this one! June 2, 2011
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As the child and family photographer behind photography, I can honestly say that I've bought EVERY child photography book out there. Like many women, my passive interest in photography sky-rocketed with the birth of my first child, so many of these books were purchased with the sole intent of taking the best photos possible of my little monkey. Of these, I can't say one or two didn't dole out a decent piece of advice here or there, but the information was mostly topical, discussing subjects like filling the frame and using the rule of thirds. For the most part, I felt that I'd paid $18-$25 for a book of information I could have gotten for free on the internet (albiet, with a little digging). Overall, I was left uninspired. Then I found this book! And while I admit I purchased it more out of professional curiosity, I can say that being pleasently suprised doesn't quite sum up how impressive this book is, all the way around.

Of all the books streaming along the bottom of this page in the 'similar items' category, this is the book you should buy. Why? For one it's literally PACKED with information--nearly 300 pages worth-- is rich with beautiful, inspiring, full color photos, and shares the camera settings and best ways to acheive what you see on the page. The book contains enough information that a more experienced photographer will find useful, but does so in a way that doesn't intimidate the newbie, which is a major plus. It also gives a fresh and modern take on what's happeneing in the photography world right now.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beginners guide for Moms & Dads September 23, 2011
By Dean
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Book is good companion for moms and dads who just discovered their interest in photography.
It is written in manner that no previous knowledge about photography is necessary. Basics are explained without going too much into technical details.
Great number of pictures are provided throughout the book as examples or portfolio for those who are just looking for inspiration.
I would say that this book is not targeted for advanced amateurs or professionals who already have experience working with DSLR.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book for beginners June 15, 2012
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There is so much to say about this book. I was encouraged by the positive reviews and was looking for a book that honed my beginner skills so that I could take better pictures of my beautiful newborn daughter.

This book was just what I was looking for and is a cut above the rest of the other childrens' photography books I have read.

* I like that Wasmuth talks *to* you, not down to you. She presents ideas and insight for pictures that anyone can take. She gives realistic advice for those who can't afford all the bells and whistles (and even those that can) and focuses on the actuality of how to get the best shot while still having fun. In fact, she empahasizes the point of having fun when you take photos. Even better, the book is not full of highly technical verbage. The book is easy to read and follow. I actually read it cover to cover because it was so well written and concise. The language is written as if you were having a conversation with a friend, which makes this book ideal for those of us mommies (or daddies) without a lot of time!

* The book is organized thoughtfully and thoroughly. Each section is separated into specific sections to give you help with lighting and composition, and she makes each chapter easy to understand and follow. The pictures in each section are colorful and bright and diverse--they are not just the same boring shot over and over again used to demonstrate a shot. Each picture is like its own story and this adds to the overall value of the book. You will be referring to the ideas over and over again.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely AND informative! May 2, 2011
By stasia
What a well-written, friendly, and beautiful book! It's pretty enough to leave out on a coffee table, lighthearted enough for a fun read, but also includes plenty of "tech support" for those Mamarrazis/Mamarazzos? who want to learn more about shutter speeds, lens choices, etc.

The author clearly enjoys her subjects and the included photos are not only beautifully composed, but also capture the whimsy of childhood. Parenting often happens at a frenetic pace, but this book helped to remind me that we can, in fact, freeze time. I'll be taking lots more photos as a result and am composing the perfect "belly button" shot in my head right this second.

Great gift idea too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative October 11, 2011
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After three years of taking photos of my children I can honestly say I wish I would have read this book sooner. I learned so much! It gave simple advice on how to improve my images and it also gave more complex advice so that I could start to challenge myself to take even better pictures. I cannot thank Stacy Wasmuth enough for writing this book and helping me take better pictures of my children!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was well written and easy to follow - I now have lots of...
This book was well written and easy to follow - I now have lots of ideas to try! Perfect for the beginner who wants a little more in-depth information.
Published 2 months ago by ccm
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Inspiration!
This was definitely such a fun book to look through! I am a professional photographer and lifestyle blogger ( at comesincolours.blogspot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gillian Herrle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Great tips for moms who want to photograph their children. Gives lots of tips and tricks. Great job! Thank you
Published 3 months ago by Mommy3
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for parents
It is a great book for parents who want to take great photos for the kids. Other than the standard techniques such as speed and lighting etc, author gives lots of tips and ideas... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Faye Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great reference book to go to for camera basics. It also has some advanced stuff for those that already know how to take good pictures and just need to take their pictures to the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Clinton Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent gift!
I bought this as a gift for my mom. She had purchased it for my aunt and was tempted to keep it herself!

It was a hit. Great book. Very colorful and descriptive.
Published 13 months ago by Sarah578
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the $$$
Unfortunately I spent money on a book that genuinely does not help me take better pictures at all. I did not find anything beyond obvious in this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mama Photog
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for a mom photographer
I really enjoyed this book. It has tons of helpful info for an amateur or parent photographer. It simplifies a lot of the highly technical camera terminology as well as offering... Read more
Published 20 months ago by cree
2.0 out of 5 stars Good tips but horribly written
This book does contain lots of beautiful photos and some really good tips for a novice photographer, but it is written in such a condescending style that I could hardly get through... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Avid Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Your basic photography class...
I've taken several photography classes over the past 13 years, and I still consider myself an amateur. Read more
Published 22 months ago by jessica markham
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