Capture Photos That #BringIt

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on October 4, 2014

With the back-to-school season upon us, don’t miss the opportunity to capture the perfect shot of the winning touchdown, the last second field goal or the fourth quarter huddle. Whether you are attending your child’s Pop Warner tournament or your teen’s Homecoming Football game, be sure to photograph and videotape every moment with high quality.

Capture the Perfect Shot #BringIt © bigandt / Dollar Photo Club

The seasons of blurry action shots and over-exposed kick-offs are in the past. Sports fans can #bringit by capturing higher quality images and video of every game this season. To help you make this happen, I’d like to share a few tips and tricks courtesy of Canon’s Digital Learning Center, to help #bringit for sporting events:

  • When you first arrive to the game, be sure to find the spot with the best lighting; stand in front of the light in order to capture the clearest shot.
  • Set your camera’s shooting mode to an automatic high shutter speed to ensure that you catch the perfect shot of your team.
  • Don’t be afraid to shoot from a different angle. Try standing at the top of the bleachers, on the highest hill or from standing low on the sideline in order to capture a variety of shots.
  • Telephoto zoom lenses allow for optimal photo-documenting sport events and athletes at a distance.


5 Tips For Photographing Your Kiddos On Your Mobile Phone

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 21, 2012

I love taking pictures of my kiddos. While they sleep. While they play. When they laugh. When they cry. When they’re busy. When they’re bored. While they just are.

My DSLR is big and bulky. And, with fabulous cameras built in to mobile phones these days, little point and shoots are all but obsolete. But, are you making the most of your mobile phone’s camera?

Photo taken using the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone and edited with Fhotoroom

Here are 5 tips for taking great photos of your kids on your mobile phone:

1. Keep still, but don’t expect your kiddos to. Take candid shots. Don’t try to pose your kids or make them smile. Just photograph your kiddos as they sleep, play, and be.

2. Get close. I love pictures of my babies’ faces consuming the whole frame. These photos, whether taken on my Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone or my DSLR, are the ones that get blown up and framed. Photos of tiny feet and hands are precious, and the close-up of your toddlers spaghetti covered face are priceless.

3. Just keep snapping. Taking lots of shots will guarantee that one great shot. Experiment with the angle of the shot and images within the frame. Sometimes the flower, straw, or balloon should be the focus while your kiddo is just enjoying the “prop”.

4. Make sure the kiddos are well lit. Lighting is to photography as location is to Real Estate. Avoid shadows and harsh lighting, but don’t worry too much about it. The coloring can be manipulated once the photo has been taken.

5. Remember – you can edit later. There are some great Windows Phone photo editing apps that you can use to put the finishing touches on your images, even after your kiddos are fast asleep. I like to quickly add captions and crop my images with Apict. I add filters, get rid of red eyes, adjust white balance, and add effects with Fhotoroom. And Sophie Cam is a MUST have app for snapping and sharing your photos across all of your social media outlets.

What are some of YOUR tips and tricks for taking great pictures of your kids with your Windows Phone? Perhaps YOU have a favorite photo app… Inquiring minds want to know!

I have been compensated as a Windows Phone Blogger.
This is post 3 of 3. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

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by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 2, 2012

The new lens that I ordered for my Canon SLR just arrived today. I thought I was excited to begin taking pictures again. But, I wasn’t nearly as excited as Julia was! She took pictures made photographs all afternoon!

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
 Ansel Adams


“Beauty can be seen in all things,
seeing and composing the beauty is what separates
the snapshot from the photograph.”

Matt Hardy

Julia sees beauty in all things. She sees it in the trees, in the clouds, in the butterfly that flitters by her face. But, mostly she sees beauty in the people around her. These people – her family and friends – are what she desires to capture for all to see.

She is eager to make photographs of the people she loves and, because of that, she captures beauty.


Travel Photography: Kid Edition #TMOM #KidTough

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 3, 2011

As a mom I love to take photos of my kiddos. As a blogger it’s almost a requirement! Julia has come to love taking photos and will grab my phone, camera or Flip any time she can. She always thinks about how she can turn our outings in to a blog post, just like her mommy!

Well, as most of you know, Ray and I love to take the kiddos on a road trip each year to San Diego. One of our favorite places down there is the San Diego Zoo. You can bet that Julia and I are on the lookout for any chance to grab a good shot. But, as you know, trying to take photos of kiddos is a challenge, especially when there is just so much demanding their attention. You know, like gorillas and such! Honestly, I just love those candid shots – shots that capture their wonderment and enthusiasm.

There was one trip to the zoo, in particular, that we will always remember. This trip is etched in to our memories for a lot of reason, but also because of the slideshow that I created. I created a montage using all of our snapshots and even some video clips that the twins took.

Take a look ::

Have you ever handed your digital camera or video cam over to your kiddos when on vacation? What do they take pictures of?

I am being compensated by for this post and my participation as a panelist at the Twitter party. All opinions and experiences expressed, however, are my own.


SheyB Camera Strap $15!

January 21, 2011

If you’ve got a SLR camera, you certainly want your camera strap to reflect your creative personality. Boy, do I have a deal for you! GroopDealz is showcasing the wonderful SheyB Camera Strap for $15 + $3 shipping. SWEET! “You’re not boring, why should your camera be?“ Choose from the 3 straps below for $15! […]

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Baby Belly Pictures

May 11, 2010

With this being my sixth pregnancy, I am sad to say that only once have I had professional photos taken of my baby belly. I was pregnant with Julia and I remember it being very cold outside. Getting the perfect shot was a bit uncomfortable, but we got it! I would very much like to […]

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Capture Life

January 8, 2010

Do y’all remember when I decided to buy a digital SLR camera and learn how to take “beautiful photos”? Well, it was then that I knew I wanted to capture life – my children’s lives. Well, I bought my camera – a Canon Rebel XSi – and have been taking pictures, but I don’t really […]

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Photography Tips

May 25, 2008

So, I was browsing around on the GoodyBlog the other day and found the post about Parents Magazine Cover Model Search. The first thing I thought was, I have the cutest kids in America… I better ask my mom to take some pictures so we can enter! Then I thought, Well, maybe I can take […]

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Beautiful Photos

May 13, 2008

I’m sure you all saw that gorgeous picture of Julia that I posted on her birthday, right? If not, you can see it here. I wish I could say that I took the picture, but I didn’t. I don’t think my camera is capable of taking a picture of that quality. I have decided that […]

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