Capturing Childhood

{Capturing Childhood} Tips & tricks for everyday parents *Great collection of ideas
Be honest…
Do you have toys sprinkled all over your living room floor right now? Or maybe a sippy cup of (now warm) milk lying on its side near the edge of your coffee table? {Yeah, I thought so.}

Well, there will be a day — that will come sooner than you think — when your little one will stop asking if you’d like to eat another wooden cookie, and when pacifiers and potty arguments will become a distant memory…

Her must-have bedtime “lovey” will be carelessly left at home when she heads off to her first sleepover. His nighttime “story and snuggle” will evolve from you reading him picture books to him reading himself chapter books — with the door CLOSED.

The simple moments of childhood are fleeting.
Embrace the ordinary.

In 2014, go beyond simply capturing birthdays, holidays, and special occasions… Capture childhood!

To help you with this, Melissa & Doug is collaborating with creative parents to provide you the ultimate family photography resource. So stay tuned every Thursday through March, when The Playtime Press will give you the inside scoop from three top-rated blogger moms on their favorite photography tips & tricks for capturing childhood.

In this special photography series, our Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassadors will share their practical advice on how to:

  • Get the Most Out of Your Camera
  • Beautifully Document the Details of Childhood
  • Appreciate Simple Moments with Instagram
  • …and more!

So, let’s meet these snappin’ mamas. Your companions in this photography series will be:

Tiffany Dahle of Peanut Blossom Tiffany Dahle of Peanut Blossom
Tiffany has been a photographer at heart all of her life. She is a professional food photographer, but over the years, her personal focus has always been to keep a visual journal of the special moments she and her husband share with their kids.

Join her Thursdays on The Playtime Press as she shares tips and tricks on: using milestone photos to document your little one’s growth, being a stellar runway fashion photographer when your child plays dress-up, creating personalized Valentines using photos, and taking beautiful portraits of your child’s favorite “lovey” or toys.

Connect with Tiffany online
Follow her at @tiffdahle on Instagram
Pinterest | Google+ | Facebook | Sulia | Twitter | Blog
See all Blog Ambassador posts by Tiffany

Zina Harrington of Let's Lasso the MoonZina Harrington of Let’s Lasso the Moon
Zina is an everyday mom still getting to know her DSLR camera. She became passionate about photography a few years ago when she realized it merged her three loves: art, technology, and family.

Join Zina during this series to learn: simple ah-ha tricks for instantly taking better family photos, unique ways to preserve or display your child’s art using photography, and how to capture memorable vacation shots.

Connect with Zina online
Follow her at @letslassothemoon on Instagram
Pinterest | Google+ | Facebook | Sulia | Twitter | Blog
See all Blog Ambassador posts by Zina

Stacy of Kids Stuff World

Stacy Teet of Kids Stuff World
Stacy has a knack for turning everyday details into stunning photos on Instagram. Each week on Kids Stuff World, she welcomes parents to come together and share photos of simple moments to help them enjoy the beauty of ordinary life.

Join Stacy and her family this winter and: be inspired by simple moments, capture love on your smartphone, and experiment with some creative photography apps.

Connect with Stacy online
Follow her at @stacyofksw on Instagram
Pinterest | Google+ | Facebook | Sulia | Twitter | Blog
See all Blog Ambassador posts by Stacy

Get Inspired
Follow Melissa & Doug on Instagram, or follow our special Capturing Childhood Pinterest board for ongoing ideas and inspiration from this series.

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As you follow along, we’d love to share some of your favorite moments throughout the next few weeks. Send any submissions to, through a Facebook message on our page, or if you’re sharing on Instagram, tag @melissaanddougtoys!

And remember…

A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.
{Edward Steichen}

Are you ready to GET CLICKING?


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