Vacation Photo Project for Kids

Vacation Photo Project for Kids: Great way to get pictures off your camera!

Did you take a family vacation this summer? How many photos do you have on your phone RIGHT NOW? If you’re like me, you have thousands from throughout the year. As part of the Capturing Childhood initiative, we’ve chatted about: 3½ Ways to ROCK Family Vacation Photography How-to Capture Family Photos that Will Melt Your [...]

Capturing Childhood: First Day of School Photos

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School bells are ringing! Whether your little one is starting kindergarten this year or they’re simply getting back into the swing of things, Melissa & Doug believes the first day of school is something to be celebrated. Our Blog Ambassador, Zina Harrington, is over at Let’s Lasso the Moon this week sharing tips on ensuring you [...]

What is your child’s favorite toy?

How to capture portraits of children at play and their beloved favorites

Throughout our Capturing Childhood series we’ve focused on documenting priceless family moments but most of our tips have been about the people. Today I want to stop and consider the details. With Mother’s Day this weekend, I encourage you to stop and consider the objects that you will want to remember from your childrens’ playtime. Someday [...]

Tips for Getting Mom in Photos

{Capturing Childhood} Tips & tricks for everyday parents *Great collection of ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and chances are if I asked you what you really wanted …. besides the quiet time to yourself to do simple things like go to the bathroom, take a shower or say, sleep past 7 am …. you would probably say a nice photo of you and your children [...]

Let’s play ‘Fashion Show!’

Capturing sweet portraits of childhood by playing "Fashion Show" | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

“Smile! Say Cheese! Pretty Please look at Mommy’s camera?!?” If you spend any time capturing your children you will eventually hit that wall where the kids absolutely refuse to cooperate with your photo sessions. The camera suddenly becomes their most dreaded object and they want to look anywhere but there. I have a secret trick I [...]

Capturing Special Relationships

Capturing Precious Moments & Relationships

Do you have professional portraits of your family? When I was a kid, annual portraits were a way to document your family. My father also took occasional photos throughout the year with his point-and-shoot camera, but only on special occasions. The cost of film and developing photos once limited family photography. Digital cameras opened the [...]

April Showers Bring … PUDDLE JUMPING

Capturing Spring Puddle Jumping *great tips

April showers bring … yes, yes, we know … May flowers. They also present the opportunity to say YES to puddle jumping. Below are 5 photography tips for capturing the joy of springtime puddle jumping. It had been raining for days. DAYS. The minute the sun peaked out, the kids rushed out of the house and [...]

Simple Tips for Capturing Candid Family Moments

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Sure, we all love having great photos to hang on the wall and the nice family photo we send with our holiday cards each year, but the true power of photography lies in capturing a specific moment in time. The ability to preserve a memory, evoke an emotion, remember the past. And we all know [...]

4 tips for capturing birthdays

Capturing Childhood: How to capture a birthday | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

Birthdays are a highlight of our year. My mom always made them extra special growing up and I’ve carried on her simple traditions: coordinating gift wrap, fresh flowers, a pretty cake, balloons, and lots of pictures. But even simple traditions take a bit of effort so I love to capture those thoughtful details of our [...]