New Book, 'MAMARAZZI: Every Mom’s Guide to Photographing Kids', Published by Wiley

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Packed with beautiful examples and written in a down-to-earth style from one mom to another, this book helps moms everywhere take better photos

Mamarazzi [mah-muh-raht-tsee] (noun, plural): Mothers who doggedly pursue opportunities to take, share and display photographs of their children.

MAMARAZZI: Every Mom’s Guide to Photographing Kids

The old saying "never work with animals or children" is the first thing that comes to mind for many mothers when it comes time to wrangling up the kids and capturing a memorable photo. While photographing children can be frustrating, it can also be quite rewarding. Done right, it can result in photographs that will last forever and really capture the spirit of the moment. Thanks to the accessibility of digital photography, there’s a new breed of photographer that just can’t put the camera down when their kids are around: the mamarazzi. Stacy Wasmuth, a card carrying mamarazzo, exposes all of the professional secrets for getting great photos of kids in her new book, MAMARAZZI: Every Mom’s Guide to Photographing Kids (Wiley; May 2011; $29.99; 9780470769102). Packed with beautiful examples and written in a down-to-earth style from one mom to another, this book helps moms everywhere take better photos.

Chronicling childhood in photos is meaningful, fun, and sometimes, exhausting. Luckily, this book reveals the techniques professionals use to not only capture childhood memories, but the singular nature of a child’s personality. MAMARAZZI teaches mothers to photograph children with the style, clarity, color, and beauty seen in professional photographs. This fun guide combines humor with solid know-how to show mothers how to compose shots, handle cameras from basic compacts to advanced dSLRs, take portraits or candids, create prints that impress, and even work with kids. Coverage includes:

  •     Techniques for capturing genuine expressions instead of staged smiles
  •     Tips for photographing every age from toddlers to teens
  •     Photography basics including composition, lighting, exposure, focus, and white balance
  •     Camera settings and lenses, plus techniques to use with any type of camera
  •     Why the experience matters more than the perfect shot
  •     Creating effects with different lighting techniques
  •     How to pick ideal locations for taking pictures
  •     Simple editing tips to make photos even better

For any mom who can’t get enough shots of her children, but wants to get better, more artistic photographs, MAMARAZZI is the book to turn to for answers. Mixing information, inspiration, and fun for women who want to take better photographs of the children in their lives, moms can now charge up their camera batteries and start reading.

About the Author:
Stacy Wasmuth is a professional photographer and a mamarazzo who freely admits that photographing her own children may be her most challenging assignment. Stacy's client list includes celebrities as well as many not quite famous, but equally fabulous families and children. View her work at

About Wiley:
Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace.

Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and Web sites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's Web site can be accessed at The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.


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