Tips for Capturing Those Amazing Family Moments - Divine Lifestyle

Tips for Capturing Those Amazing Family Moments


We all want to do it, right?  I am talking about capturing those amazing family moments. You know the ones that we will put on our Christmas cards. Or have framed in the house. The ones that we will send to grandparents or post on social media.

I love when I get a perfect moment on camera. I mean I really get excited. I love capturing moments but after having children, I quickly came to realize that the moments kind of capture you. I never wanted to be that mom that made her kids stand around posing for pictures so I could have….well lots of posed pictures.

Don't get me wrong, I do love posed pictures on occasion. However, the photographs I truly cherish are all candid shots. They were shots taken in the moment and many times they were captured as a bonus rather than a requirement. Those candid shots make the most amazing family moments.


Annabella at the Pool Jumping in

1. Let everyone loose to have fun.

I sat poolside one day reading a magazine and just letting the kids play. I picked up my camera as soon as I heard “Cannonball!!!” The results were fabulous.


2. It doesn't always have to be about smiles.

My daughter was missing her brother when I snapped the above picture. It is one of my favorite pictures of her.

Laurel at the Pool

3. Say “give me your biggest smile.”

I always a love a big cheesy grin and will happily takes lots of pictures.


4. Encourage everyone to be silly.

I always take a silly shot every time we take family pictures. After a few poses kids get tired. I also ALWAYS grab the camera when one of my kids says, “Take of picture of me, Mom.” This was one of those moments with my kids and their cousins.

Go jump in a lake Kids Swimming

5. Pose them sometimes or ask them to put their arms around each other.

Get everyone to come together every once in a while for a good, old fashioned “smile for the camera” picture.


6. Sometimes just snap away and see what you get.

This picture above is a picture that I took when my two girls were playing in the rain. While it is a little out of focus, I love the look on my daughter's face as she is dripping in rainwater.  I was actually taking pictures of a craft that I was working on in the carport and was camera ready so this was perfect.

We are thrilled to have put together such a fun box this month. With the them being “Capture the Moment” we wanted to share some of our favorite photography tools to help you in your memory making and picture taking.


My Life Digital Photo Album  About a Mom (@aboutamom)

This pocket-size album is small enough to toss in your bag and have with you all the time. Enjoy and share your vacation photos anytime.

Smash Book Style Journal  A Nut in a Nutshell (@blueviolet)

Capture your family travel adventures as you’re experiencing them! Live it up, jot it down, smash it in, and your favorite travel memories will turn into a forever keepsake.

Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens Dear Crissy – @crissy

It’s not always convenient to have a big camera with you, but with the multiple lenses of the Olloclip, you’ll still be able to take incredible vacation photos easily using your smartphone.

Sharper Image Telescoping Selfie Arm The Divine Miss Mommy – @stacieinatlanta

No matter where you are, you can take selfies without having to extend and contort your arm to do it.

XCSource Bluetooth Remote and Mini-Tripod The Rebel Chick – @therebelchick

Everyone can be in the photo! Place your smartphone on the tripod, set the timer and click!

#AlamoDriveHappy Capture the Moment Instagram Giveaway


I am excited to be able to give you the chance to win one of our carefully curated Alamo Drive Happy travel boxes. You wouldn't believe how long it takes us to come up with the perfect box for you guys. This is really a fun thing to do.

We are doing things a little different on this giveaway. The giveaway will take place entirely on Instagram and here is how you can enter:

1. You must follow me on Instagram (@StacieinAtlanta)

2. Post a family travel photo on Instagram with brief description of what it is (at least a sentence or two). Make certain that your picture on Instagram has the hashtag #AlamoDriveHappy plus tags me @StacieinAtlanta so I can see it.

3. You can post a new photo once each day but don't forget to follow me, tag me, and use the hashtag.

Three simple steps and you are entered to win! I cannot wait to see what you share with us but make certain to leave your Instagram handle in the comments so I can check out your Instagram feed and follow you back.

RULES: Giveaway ends 11:59 pm ET, July 11, 2014. No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, Eighteen (18) years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. One lucky winner will be chosen using One entry per household and IP address. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Cheating will not be tolerated, and entries will be verified for accuracy. I will email the winner and they will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email, or a new winner will be chosen.


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Happy Travels!



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  1. That is a cool prize! We travel a lot and actually have a road trip planned for next weekend up to New Hampshire.

  2. What awesome moments you captured! Such beautiful pictures!

  3. The picture of your daughter missing her brother conveys so much emotion and literally made me pause and look again. Beautiful picture, I guess it’s true a picture says 1,000 words!

  4. Letting them loose to have fun and encouraging silliness are my favorite tips! Those are important to making memories.

  5. Great pics….this is a very neat contest. Entering!

  6. All of those photos are absolutely beautiful!

  7. These are all great suggestions. As a mother of an autistic child, who refuses to make eye contact 9 out of 10 times, I have had to learn to just snap away and hope for the best!

  8. It’s an awesome prize! I have a few smash books – they are so fun!

  9. Thanks for the guide on making memories. I keep forgetting that I even stopped printing pictures of my son. ,I have many albums from when he was younger but very little updated except wheat is on the computer. I have these great moments and they need to be printed out!
    thanks for the reminder,Mitch

  10. I love that picture of your daughter too. Sometimes I get so caught up with keeping up with my itinerary that I forget some of this sometimes.

  11. Amazing prize! We don’t travel often or far if we do! These photos were great you captured some great moments!

  12. I love the pick of your daughter missing her brother. What a great photo. I am so bad about taking pictures when we are out doing something fun. I definitely need to do a better job recording our memories.

  13. These pictures are all really great.Thank you for the tips.

  14. This is a fun contest. Alamo is a great company too, very reliable and convenient w/their car rentals!

  15. Pam

    I loved all of your tips for taking good photos. I tend to forget a lot of these and never really get a natural photo. The contest sounds like a lot of fun.

  16. Ann Bacciaglia

    Fantastic photos! You really captured the moods and expressions. Thanks for sharing the lovely kids with us. They look so happy.

  17. I also love candid shots, when they’re truly candid. My husband sometimes likes those fake candid shots and to me they’re just fake.

  18. The picture of her missing her brother is a great shot. She looks so thoughtful and pensive in it.

  19. fancygrlnancy (Nancy Partin)

    Those are some great shots. You will have great memories to look back on.

  20. Nice giveaway! I love candid shots from vacation. My favorite from 2 years ago is my son and husband walking in the sand.

  21. I love the pics you got! So important to remember just to capture those moments, even if they’re not what you “pictured”

  22. i love the snap away tip. I have to get my camera out more often though

  23. Candid photos are the best! Great tips for a fun summer!!

  24. ellen beck

    You always take such beautifu pics and I follow all the other bloggers too. Unfortunately I dont do instagram, I can follow people and see and comment but I cant upload as I dont have a device that allows it. Maybe I can borrow something this is a great contest.

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