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Inventive ideas for putting your baby in front of the camera and enjoying the resulting pictures

How to take the best pictures of your child’s Halloween adorableness

Halloween photo tips by Stacy Mae Photography

AKA 3 simple ways to capture your child’s Halloween costume For photography buffs, Halloween is a glorious time of year. Adorable children lit up by the golden fall light, wearing irreverent, bold, and/or hilarious costumes. But for your average parent juggling one or two little people with extra accessories, it can be a challenge to capture […]

Online photo exhibition: Not MY Family Values

Rookie Moms reader Becky Senf is a museum curator of photography in Phoenix, Arizona. She sent me a link to an online collection of photos she has assembled on Art Photo Index (API). It is a thought-provoking exhibition with beautiful images of family life around the world. Her text addresses the phenomenon of being judged […]

Activity #418: Document Examples of Bad Parenting

Years ago, a reader named Lynnette gave us the idea to start a collection of photos using baby as a prop to demonstrate all the What Not To Dos. I took mental photographs for this collection whenever I found my second child is asleep in her Pack and Play, swaddled tightly, but surrounded by loose extra blankets, burp […]

Guessing game: me or my kid?

Kid Heather at Disney World

This is me at ten. This is my son at (almost) ten. Can you tell which is which? Pretty striking, huh? Thanks to Wendy for scaring up this retro Mickey Mouse visor on ebay for our fun! And these are the outtakes. Turns out it is not so easy to get a kid to show just the right […]

Activity #45: Do what YOU want to do

Do what you want to do #rookiemoms challenge

When my husband had to be gone for six whole nights on business leaving me alone with baby Holden, I panicked and called in my smartest mom friends for advice. They had perfectly reasonable suggestions about lowering my expectations, keeping it simple, and making plans to keep from going stir crazy. This tip came from […]

Reader tip: Instagram-fueled holiday card

How to get a Christmas card out of your Instagram feed

Are you following us on Instagram? Anne of Winter Farm Writes enlightened me about the existence of Instagram templates for holiday cards. by PicadillyLime on Etsy For those whose year is best documented in these square snapshots, consider the option. Some Etsy sellers/designers will assemble your images for you and send you a print-ready file […]