Learning how to really take pictures of our kids

photosanityI take a lot of pictures of my kids. Some of them end up in the digital abyss crying to be turned into scrapbooks and canvases on my wall. But then there are plenty that I look at and think hm. That should have turned out better.

Now, there’s a way to make sure that happens.
[don’t miss an awesome giveaway and a great discount after the jump]

Photographer Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick has come up with a brilliant solution for a parent’s busy life: Photosanity.
It is a twelve week online workshop that covers all of the fundamentals
of proper picture taking, organizing and backing up photos.

You’ll find assignments and projects meant to motivate you, and give you
feedback on your journey. Alethea also provides endless support in the
form of a Facebook group. The 12 week live fall workshop is starting this coming Tuesday, September 13.

I talked to Alethea to get a sense of some of the great tips she’ll be teaching those of us who just want decent pictures of our offspring. (I sure need

1.  I spend most picture taking opportunities trying to coax one of my
brood to “just look at the camera” only to find that I took the shot
directly into the sunlight. Fail. Alethea says “get out of the sun!”

2. How
many of us take this great candid shot of our children, only to
discover all of the clutter behind them? That picture is so not going on
Facebook. Alethea reminded me just to move the clutter before the
click. I can handle that. 

If you want more, consider taking her workshop. Photosanity is the way
that school is supposed to be: doing stuff you love without worrying
about passing exams and orals. Bring your own apple, though. –Eva

Special Discount: 20% off the Instant Photosanity or Instant Photosanity Premium Workshop with code COOLMOM20 through 7/7/12.

Congratulations to Devi K! She won the Photosanity workshop giveaway. 

Eva Glettner is a lover of street art and skateboarding, the blogger behind Skate Mamas, and a former contributor to Cool Mom Picks


  • Reply September 11, 2011


    Love your website!

  • Reply June 25, 2012


    I won the workshop above… and it was amazing! It got me back into photography, composition, light, editing, etc. I had always loved my camera, but inspiration from taking the workshop has actually led me to a photography business (up and coming)… I highly recommend the course… the camaraderie and support through the facebook page really helped with my success in the workshop!

  • Reply June 25, 2012

    Kelley Bruso

    Photosanity is so awesome! Like many new moms, I couldn’t stop snapping pictures of my baby. I loved taking pictures but it wasn’t until Photosanity that I actually got organized and started to do something with them.The webinar format fit into my schedule perfectly as a working mom, and the advice was inspiring and easy to implement. I’d highly recommend it it to any parent who can’t stop taking pictures of their kid (because they really do grow up so fast!) and wants to improve their ability behind the camera and document their child’s life through photography.

  • Reply June 25, 2012


    I’ve taken Alethea’s Intro and Advanced workshops and have gotten SO much out of them. My photos are so much better and I feel like I have a much better handle on how to organize and display the pictures. I highly recommend this workshop, especially if you own a DSLR camera and want to get out of the “auto” setting!

  • Reply June 25, 2012

    Catherine K

    Changed. My. Life.
    If you have kids and you love photos…take this workshop.
    It’s the perfect amount of info for the busy parent to absorb, touches on all the relevant topics for parents, and will change the way you take pictures.
    Even if you only take iPhone photos (love em!) it’ll help you take photos that people will notice being different from an ordinary snapshot.
    Or if you haven’t been taking ANY photos and thinking to yourself, I really should take a couple photos now & then to remember these precious times. Do it now! This workshop will motivate you for sure.
    Or if you take way too many photos and are overwhelmed by your overflowing hard drive and don’t know how to organize them, properly back them up, or need help sharing them in a meaningful way with friends & family…take the workshop.
    See how this workshop works for all types? :)
    It’s definitely not something you’ll regret. My only regret is that I didn’t take the workshop earlier (my son is almost 4).
    The growing Photosanity community is really great too. I’m constantly inspired & motivated by the other members.
    Hopefully my little review helps someone change their life for the better too.

  • Reply June 26, 2012


    I’ve taken all Alethea’s workshops last year. It is really an amazing experience that teaches you not only how to take better pictures but how to appreciate smaller moments in life and make lasting memories of precious fleeting moments. It also taught me how to edit and organize my pictures. I am finally almost done with the first photobook of my kids – something I would not have thought of before this workshop. The Photosanity community is really amazing – you get to see other people’s pictures and Alethea’s comments. Everybody is very supportive and inspiring.

  • Reply June 26, 2012

    elizabeth katz

    I LOVED the photosanity workshop. I felt like i had a decent handle on taking/managing/organizing the millions of photos i was taking of my kids, but the online workshop revolutionized the way i think about the photos. It reminded me how meaningful they are to me, helped me think about how best to showcase them helped me become more efficient about managing/editing…ultimately making the entire photography experience (from click to sharing) enjoyable rather than a time-suck. I definitely recommend the workshop!

  • Reply June 26, 2012

    Melissa Clough

    I credit Alethea 100% with making my pictures SO much better and also allowing me to gain control of the organization of my photos. It has been great to really document my son’s life for our family and for friends and family who aren’t close to us and would otherwise miss out on so much of his life! She has a great way of making you feel like great photography is accessible and possible for all of us. She is very available for help and answering questions and makes her classes interesting and very worthwhile. Definitely worth the investment!

  • Reply June 27, 2012

    Mama Durso

    I LOVED this workshop. I have two little boys (9mo and 2 at the time I took this workshop) and even though I was really busy with them, I managed to keep up with the material. Even if I missed a week (which, let’s face it, is going to happen) I would just make it up when I could. I still got the feedback I wanted and still learned from Alethea and her associated photographer mentors.

    If you want to take better pictures of your kids, TAKE THIS WORKSHOP!!! It has changed the way I photograph my kids and the way I think about documenting our life. Seriously. And it’s at a pace that any busy parent can handle.

  • Reply July 1, 2012


    The Photosanity workshop is amazing! I am a super ameteur photographer and I learned so much from the intro and the more photosanity workshops. I appreciated Alethea’s recommendations about photo gear as well as her input regarding the photos I took. It was great that she could relate to us as parents and work around our mommy schedules. Loved it!

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