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Snapshots are the keys to your memories, but as we all know, they are not that easy to get. Just when you snap the picture, someone turns his head, blinks or freezes into a fake smile. So how to create those precious memories? Here are a few simple ideas to get you started.

- Shoot candid. The pictures that are not posed are the most priceless. Just hang back and let the situation unfold in front of you, camera at the ready. Once the kids are involved with what they are doing, the will forget you are there, opening you up for the perfect shot.
- Get in close. Get down on their level and as close as you can without disturbing them. The closer you are the more personality will show in the pictures.
- Don't be stingy. Don't count on the one perfect picture. Take an entire roll. Shoot some posed, some candid, some stills, some with motion. If it looks like it will be a good picture, take it, if not, take it anyway. Professional photographers take rolls and rolls of film to get that one perfect shot, why expect anything different from yourself?

These pointers should get you started, and don't forget the basic rules that apply to all activities done with kids, make sure no one is hungry, thirsty or tired before you get started, and if you or the kids aren't in a good mood, just hang it up and try again another day.