I hear from parents like you all the time about the frustrations you have with your photos. I also hear you wonder if you have what it takes to take better photos of your kids. You wonder whether you have the skills, the talent, the time, or the right equipment.

I'm here to tell you - don't worry. You don't have to be a creative genius, or the next undiscovered Picasso of children's photography.

You're not trying to go professional or win awards.

You're simply trying to take better photos of your kids, so you can better capture everything that you love about them, and all the moments that make them who they are yet feel like they're passing too quickly.

Here's all you need if you want to take better photos of your kids:

  1. You need to love spending time with your kids... not all the time, because let's face it, who does, but a lot of the time, however much of it you have.

  2. You need to have some sort of camera (duh) but it's ok if it's just a camera phone. No really, it is.

  3. You need to enjoy taking photos of your kids, even if you're frustrated with the results. You need to want amazing photos of them that celebrate everything that is good about parenting (and rewards everything that is hard about it).

  4. That's it - there is no number 4!

If you have the love and you have the desire, that's all you need.

Do this now

Today's mini-assignment is very simple and will help you put aside any hang-ups and frustrations. Instead you will draw from your emotions as a parent:

  1. Think about what you most want to remember about your kids right now.

  2. Take a photo of it.

Yes, that really is it. Don't worry about anything else. Don't worry about whether the photo is in focus or about the composition or whether it's a "good" photo. Focus on simple documentation and snap away until you get it.

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