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we get so many emails about what is the best (and most affordable) digital SLR for parents wanting to take better pictures of their children.

we recommend starting out with a canon rebel (the newest version is the t4i) save yourself $60 and purchase the body only.  then invest that money into a better lens.  one that we suggest is the 50mm 1.8.  at around $100 it can’t be beat.  yes, it’s a “fixed” lens meaning YOU are the zoom.



kit lenses (the ones that generally come with the camera) are not our favorite.  the reason being that the aperture only stops down to a 3.5.  with a lower aperture (such as that of the 50mm 1.8 lens) is that you are able to take photos in lower light settings.  also, the aperture helps to create that pretty blur that we all know and love.

keep in mind there is a learning curve with a digital SLR.  and if you’re going to make the investment shouldn’t you know all there is to know about shooting in different settings?

this is the reason we started mamarazzi of tulsa.  we saw so many moms with great cameras who didn’t know how to use them.  don’t live in the tulsa area?  consider buying our workbook that contains everything that we teach in our 4 hour workshop.

this week i am going to share how i get out from behind the camera.  i am in very few pictures these days.  but, with the help of a tripod and a camera remote i was able to get in the shot.

here’s how i did it:  i had my family sit on the bed while i set up my camera on the tripod.  i adjusted my settings and focus on them and took a test shot.  i then set my camera remote to take the photo two seconds after i pressed the camera remote button…and hopped in the frame.

ps — i love the shot of them jumping on the bed.  even though they are blurry it captures them in all of their toddlerhood.  busy, busy, busy.


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i store all of my favorite prints from each year in large image box.  a few years ago i realized aside from my personal blog book that i print each year that i don’t print many photos.  and if something ever happened to my DVD backups that my children wouldn’t have access to their childhood photos.

plus, i love to thumb through them every so often and remember the fun times we’ve had.  this image box stores roughly 800 prints….and i print roughly 800 images from each year.  can you imagine how many albums i would have if i stored my photos the way my parents did?  i’d have shelves full of them!

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