taking pictures at night

Just because the sun is gone, doesn't mean you have to stop taking pictures of your kids! check out these tips for taking pictures at night.

Some of the sweetest moments of our days happen at night when things calm down, which is exactly why you NEED these tips for taking pictures at night, are definitely a must read!  The kids are calmer, and time spent together is super snugly.  It has always been my favorite time of day, but it has not always been my favorite time of day to take pictures.  In my early photography days, I used the … read on–>

how a momtographer should choose a new camera

There are so many things to think about when you choose a new camera! I wish someone would have pointed me in the right direction when I was trying to decide which camera to buy!

Wondering how to choose a camera with so many options to choose from?  To the mom who chases her kids around with her phone, or the fancy DSLR, or the point and shoot camera you’ve owned for years, thee mom who loves taking pictures of her kids, and is dying to get a new camera, but just isn’t sure where to start, I got your back!  You wouldn’t believe how many people came to me this … read on–>

how to use window light in pictures to get incredible pictures of your kids

I love being able to use natural light for indoor pictures,. Using window light in pictures is awesome!

Apart from being outside and taking pictures in natural light, using window light in pictures is my favorite!  Windows can act as a giant softbox, and is darn near close to being outside in open shade.  Since we are stuck indoors most of the winter months (we aren’t really winter people so we don’t spend much time in the cold.  brrr!!), I have had to resort to getting creative with window light.  It’s not hard … read on–>

how to brighten a dark picture in LR

This is so perfect! Such a quick way to brighten a picture that was too dark, and I thought was ruined!

Obviously, when I am taking pictures, I always try to achieve something close to perfect exposure.  Most of the time I do a pretty good job. Sometimes, I fall in love with a picture that needs a little work though. Thanks to Adobe Lightroom, it’s a quick and easy fix to brighten a dark picture.  There is so much you can do to your photos quickly, and easily with Lightroom.  If you’re curious about its … read on–>

photography terms for the momtographer

These 24 photography terms will help you learn photography even faster!

When it comes to understanding photography, it can be a bit confusing. There are so many terms to learn, but knowing them will bring you one step closer to actually growing your photography skills.  Here are some terms that I have come to know, and love over the years! 24 photography terms you should know   White balance– is the balance of color temperature in your pictures. Pictures that are on the cool side have … read on–>

photo blog post round up

Oh goodness! This is the best photography tutorial round up ever!

One of the main reasons I started to really keep up on this blog was to have a place I could put the things I love so much, and I am really passionate about. I knew that I wanted to be able to help the moms out there who really wanted to learn how to use their cameras, and were feeling frustrated with the pictures they were taking of their kids.  In the last couple … read on–>

New Year’s Eve Photo booth

adding a photo booth to the new year's eve party sounds like so much fun!!

Can you believe 2016 is almost over??  I can’t.  I mean, I seriously cannot. This year for NYE I am sure we will be in bed long before midnight, watching the ball drop underneath the warm covers.  We don’t even try to pretend we aren’t lame.  But we may have a little bit of fun before that happens- which will probably include a hockey game, and some nachos.  We are pulling out all the stops … read on–>

How to take pictures of the Christmas tree with your iphone


This time of year, everyone is taking pictures of their Christmas tree.  Some of us are using a DSLR.  Others are using their smartphones.  You may think it’s not possible to get a really great picture of your tree with your iphone, but I am here to tell you- you CAN!!  There are some things you can do to turn those phone pictures into something you are super proud of, and might even choose to … read on–>

20+ perfect Christmas picture props

Christmas props

I am especially excited to be sharing this post with you.  Christmas is my favorite time of year, and there is no shortage of cute props that anyone can add to their families pictures.  Of course, I am all for you handing the responsibility over to a professional photographer to capture your family’s moments.  Whether or not you’re a fan of having your picture taken, your family will appreciate seeing you in them too!  Whether … read on–>

stocking stuffers the mamarazzi will obsess over

These are great stocking stuffers for the photographer in your family. I got your back, mamarazzi!

Stockings are my absolute favorite thing to open on Christmas morning.  All those thoughtful little gifts packaged into one super fun place.  I like to think I put a lot of time and effort into the gifts that go into my kids’ and my DH’s stocking.  Sometimes, it can take a lot of work to come up with new ideas every year.  Since I happen to be CEO of the mamarazzi in this house, I … read on–>

DIY Christmas party photo booth

Photo booths are so much fun! You can easily make your own and add even more fun to your Christmas party!

***********This shop, DIY Christmas photo booth, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CreateWithCommand #CollectiveBias This time of year is my favorite!  I love all the hustle and bustle, and the get-togethers.  There really isn’t anything better than being surrounded by the people you love.  This year when you plan your Christmas party, add a little more fun to your party with a diy photo booth.  It … read on–>

10 tips for taking your own newborn pictures

If you're going to try yo take your own newborn pictures, you definitely want to check out these tips

Newborns are my favorite.  I love everything about them.  I would be remiss to suggest you should skip the professional photographer, and take your newborn pictures yourself.  Not only is it a fleeting time that absolutely deserves to be captured, but new moms are often tired, and too overwhelmed to capture their own newborns on camera.  That said, not everyone chooses to go that route, and I completely respect that.  I have learned a thing … read on–>

50 Christmas props for your newborn pictures

Newborn babies, and Christmas props, it doesn't get much cuter than that! Make sure you are prepared for your newborn's photo session with this list of props.

Hi again!  Nearly 3 years ago, we welcomed our little Christmas baby into our family.  She was due on Christmas Day.  Thankfully, she was born a couple of weeks early.  I have to say, it was so much fun looking at all of the Christmas props for newborns that year.  I thought it was special to be able to add something into pictures that showcased the time of year that she was born.  If you’re … read on–>

choosing what to wear for fall pictures


Being a mother to four of my very own wild things, and a professional family photographer means this is the busiest time of year for our family. Everyone is trying to get their pictures in during peak fall colors, and in time to get those Christmas cards out. The number one question I get when scheduling sessions is, “What should we wear?”. There is always a fear of being too matchy, or not matchy enough. What … read on–>

photographing your children’s artwork

There is absolutely no way I could keep every art project my kids bring home. This is such a great way to document this stuff. Now I don't have to feel bad when I throw stuff away after a few days.

When wild thing #1 was a toddler, and then a preschooler, and then a kindergartner, and older, and older, I thought I would be able to file all of his art work.  Silly mommy that I was purchased an accordion folder, and started shoving those priceless pieces right into the folder.  Then he came home with something that didn’t fit in there, and I was totally screwed.  What the heck was I supposed to do … read on–>