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Mamarazzi: Every Mom's Guide to Photographing Kids

ISBN: 978-0-470-76910-2
288 pages
April 2011
Mamarazzi: Every Mom
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!

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Introduction.

Take One: Roll Out the Red Carpet!

Chapter 1: Get Ready Get Set.

The Star.

The Lights!

The Set.

The Show.

Inside Scoop from Photography Superstars (Rebecca Worple).

Chapter 2: Get the Picture.

Fill the Frame.

Get Down, Get Down.

Remember the Rule … of Thirds.

Find your Focus.

Shoot 'Em Up.

Consider the Color.

Decent Exposure.

Inside Scoop from Photography Superstars (Joyce Smith).

Take Two: Lights!

Chapter 3: Natural Beauty.

Catchlight Clues.

Watch Your Back.

Shed Some Light on It.

Find Direction.

Silhouettes.

Top/ Bottom Lighting.

Inside Scoop from Photography Superstars (Marla Carter).

Chapter 4: Control Freak.

Bounce Back.

Spread the Love.

Flash Mob.

You've Got It.

Inside Scoop from Photography Superstars (Tara Whitney).

Take Three: Camera!

Chapter 5: Shopping Spree.

The Mega Misunderstanding.

Steady Does It.

Find Junior with Face Finder.

On the Move.

Wait for It.

The Little Guys.

The Big Guns.

Choose your Weapon.

The Canon vs. Nikon Rivalry.

Inside Scoop from Photography Superstars (Lena Hyde).

Chapter 6: Camera Crew.

Need for (Shutter) Speed.

Aper-what?

ISO.

The Triangle.

Get out of the (Little Green) Box.

Feed the Meter.

Cheat Sheet.

Quality Control.

Best Bling (Stacy Wasmuth).

Chapter 7: Compose and Create.

Composition.

Creativity.

Inside Scoop from Photography Superstars (Audrey Woulard).

Take Four: (Inter)Action!

Chapter 8: Ages and Stages.

Ready-to-Pop Culture.

A Star is Born.

Tot-arazzi.

The Backpack Set.

Tweeny Boppers.

Inside Scoop from Photography Superstars (Carrie Sandoval).

Chapter 9: What to Wear.

Style Basics.

Clothing Guidelines.

Go Easy on Dad.

Keep your Eye on the Prize.

Inside Scoop from Photography Superstars (Laura Siebert).

Chapter 10: No Cheese Please.

The Thing on My Head.

No Peeking.

The Silly Song.

The Competition.

The Group Effort.

The Last Resort(s).

Inside Scoop from Photography Superstars (Rebecca Mudrick).

Inside Scoop from Photography Superstars (Gillian Gauthier).

Chapter 11: Milestones and Memories.

Vacation Photos.

Special Events.

Momentous Milestones.

Pet-ography.

Inside Scoop from Photography Superstars (Amy Smith).

Wrap: The After Party!

Chapter 12: Finishing Touches.

Choices, choices.

Calibration.

Work It Out.

Color Blind.

Proceed with Caution.

Inside Scoop from Photography Superstars (Sherry Petersik).

Chapter 13: Show It Off.

The Fine Print.

A World Wide Wonder.

Wall Flower.

Décor Diva.

Inside Scoop from Photography Superstars(Kelle Hampton).

Chapter 14: Hired Help.

Step Away from the Camera, Ma'am.

Be Choosey.

Find a Keeper.

Invest in Quality Memories.

Go for It.

A Note on US Copyright.

Index.

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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 bluecandyphotography.com.
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May 24, 2011
MAMARAZZI: Every Mom’s Guide to Photographing Kids

The old saying "never work with animals or children" is the first thing that comes to mind for many mothers when it comes time to wrangling up the kids and capturing a memorable photo.  While photographing children can be frustrating, it can also be quite rewarding.  Done right, it can result in photographs that will last forever and really capture the spirit of the moment. Thanks to the accessibility of digital photography, there’s a new breed of photographer that just can’t put the camera down when their kids are around: the mamarazzi.  Stacy Wasmuth, a card carrying mamarazzo, exposes all of the professional secrets for getting great photos of kids in her new book, MAMARAZZI: Every Mom’s Guide to Photographing Kids (Wiley; May 2011; $29.99; 9780470769102).  Packed with beautiful examples and written in a down-to-earth style from one mom to another, this book helps moms everywhere take better photos.

Chronicling childhood in photos is meaningful, fun, and sometimes, exhausting.   Luckily, this book reveals the techniques professionals use to not only capture childhood memories, but the singular nature of a child’s personality. MAMARAZZI teaches mothers to photograph children with the style, clarity, color, and beauty seen in professional photographs.  This fun guide combines humor with solid know-how to show mothers 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. Coverage includes:

  • Techniques for capturing genuine expressions instead of staged smiles
  • Tips for photographing every age from toddlers to teens
  • Photography basics including composition, lighting, exposure, focus, and white balance
  • Camera settings and lenses, plus techniques to use with any type of camera
  • Why the experience matters more than the perfect shot
  • Creating effects with different lighting techniques
  • How to pick ideal locations for taking pictures
  • Simple editing tips to make photos even better 

For any mom who can’t get enough shots of her children, but wants to get better, more artistic photographs, MAMARAZZI is the book to turn to for answers.  Mixing information, inspiration, and fun for women who want to take better photographs of the children in their lives, moms can now charge up their camera batteries and start reading.

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 bluecandyphotography.com. 

About Wiley

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