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At certain moments—on a trip, on a holiday, or during those first weeks of parenthood, for example—have you ever wished you were a National Geographic photographer? In this unique guide, Joel Sartore takes the mystery out of photographing kids with a hilarious tour through his own family albums.

Sartore's photographs delight and inspire, from the first moments a newborn enters the house to the color and chaos of Halloween parades, from visits with family and friends to fireworks on the Fourth of July. Easy-to-follow tips and instructions make the creative process simple, helping parents approach photography in a whole new way.

Unlike similar guides, Photographing Your Family is lavishly illustrated to show the many ways to make pictures, how Sartore captured these images specifically, and the philosophies a world-class photographer brings to his work at home—with emphasis on the contributions that relatives, friends, and pets can make to the story that is family. Digital photographers will appreciate tips on editing techniques, album innovations, archiving methods, and printing. Sartore's charisma and humor make learning a pure delight.


  • Softcover
  • 192 pages; 120 color photographs
  • 7 1/2" x 9 3/4"
  • © 2008

Author Info

Joel Sartore has spent the last 14 years on assignment for National Geographic magazine and has also worked for Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated. His books include Nebraska, Face to Face with Grizzlies, and, in collaboration with Douglas Chadwick, The Company We Keep. He has been featured on NPR and CBS Sunday Morning, and was recently the subject of the PBS documentary, At Close Range.

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This is a wonderful reference book.

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    Comments about Photographing Your Family:

    This book has a lot of information on how to take better photographs. But more to the point, it reviews basics that one needs to remind oneself of, when taking photographs. It covers the basics but then mentions ideas that can improve one's pictures to a higher level. Easy to read.

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