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Fun for the kids: Photography

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Just about anyone can bring a smile to a child's face, but capturing that gorgeous grin on-camera can be tricky.

Stacy Larsen is a mother of four - a dental assistant for 10 years before she decided photographing babies was a better fit.

"I started taking pictures of my kids," she said. "I would actually just put black and white film in a little film camera."

She's made a career of it - even owns her own studio in Hyde Park. But says often times, it's her kids

"My 4-year-old will take my iPhone and take pictures with the iPhone," she said.

She says it's a great way for kids to have some fun - and you might be surprised what you get.

"Even kids taking pictures of other kids or siblings," she said. "They are down on their level already so they are getting a different perspective."

And other moms have found the same.  Shannon Drawbaugh has two children, and she too has found a career in photography.

"I just didn't want to miss any moments," she said. "I didn't want to miss any of the faces, and I didn't want to forget it."

She's big on taking kids to the park and getting a few actions shots, but she said many times her 7-year-old daughter Emma will be reaching for the camera.

"They get tired of me taking pictures of them all the time, so they are always saying I want to take a picture of you," she said.

For a mom looking for a fun activity with the kids, it can be the perfect play date.

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