Beyond Snapshots (Paperback)

How to Take That Fancy DSLR Camera Off "Auto" and Photograph Your Life Like a Pro

By Rachel Devine, Peta Mazey, Tara Austen Weaver

Amphoto Books, 9780817435806, 240pp.

Publication Date: March 20, 2012



Ready to Capture Your Story with Beautiful Photos?
Let professional photographers Rachel Devine and Peta Mazey show you how to use that fancy DSLR to photograph the story of your life, from falling in love and having a baby, to the everyday moments that are no less precious. You ll learn:
Common beginner mistakes and how to avoid them
How to take portraits of your children, friends, pets even yourself
How to capture light to make your photos more dramatic
How to make colors pop, eyes sparkle, and skin tones more realistic
How to capture the uniqueness and wonder of your family, friends, and world
After all, why trust your memories to regular snapshots when with just a little knowledge, you can create beautiful photographs?
Be inspired to see the beauty around you, every day.

About the Author

Rachel Devine is a professional children s and lifestyle photographer, award-winning blogger, and superstar on Flickr, where her photos have earned more than ten millionviews. Her images have appeared in publications such as "People," "Parenting," "Popular Photography," and the book "Photojojo." Clients include General Mills, Fox Studios, phil&teds, and Target. While you will often find Rachel traveling the world with her camera and family in tow, she calls Melbourne, Australia, home. Visit Rachel at

Peta Mazey counts herself lucky to have a job that takes her around the world shooting photographs and meeting awesome people. When she s not roaming the globe, she calls Wellington, New Zealand, home, where she lives with her family and the cutest little dog around, Ruby. She takes photos of adorable kids and happy families and shoots campaigns for commercial and editorial clients, including Bobux International, Cherry on Top, and Free Range Baby. Her photos have appeared in "My Child," "Studio Bambini," and "Oh Baby "magazines, and the blog "Style Me Pretty." You can find her work on Flickr, her Facebook fanpage, and at"