by admin on January 3, 2010

What’s this ‘beyond snapshots’ thing about you ask?

Got yourself a fancy camera, but sometimes feel like you actually bought a REALLY expensive point and shoot because you just use it on auto?

Rachel gets so many emails and comments asking how she takes such great photos of her own kids on a consistent basis and Peta gets asked all the time how she gets such amazing colors and light in every shot.  We both get asked how we connect with children and come up with our ideas.  We are not magicians and we don’t have tricks up our sleeves that regular people can’t do on their own.  We want to show people what we do in a way that will prove they can do it themselves.  Rachel shoots Nikon and Peta shoots Canon.  Rachel is on PC and Peta is Mac.  Rachel has what on some days feels like 29 children and Peta has none.  Rachel has been shooting for years (and years and years) and Peta is newer to the scene . We believe our differences are what make us work so well as a team, but the one thing that is most important here we have in common, we love what we do.  We are ready to answer the one question we both get asked most often,  ”How do I go beyond snapshots and take my camera off auto?”   Since we are both self taught, we have gone through the often disappointing and occasionally humorous learning process of trial and error.  We feel like we can save a lot of people the same trip or at least shorten the trip and make it a bit more beautiful.

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Alexandra January 9, 2010 at 2:58 am

so super excited for the new site!

emilie spencer January 9, 2010 at 9:11 am

omgoodness…this takes the cake…what more could someone like me ask for!

Megan January 9, 2010 at 10:24 am

I am so excited about this new blog! It is everything I have been searching for and then some. Two amazing photogs, who are ready and willing to share their knowledge….what more could you ask for!

Holly January 9, 2010 at 11:30 am

I can hardly wait to look at the info you guys put out. Thank you!

Mel :) January 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm

So exciting! Thanks! :)

Jules January 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Rach and Peta – New site looks fantastic! Well done!

Siobhan January 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Congratulations to you both – this site looks fabulous – I am so looking forward to learning more from you both. Thank you both for sharing.

kim January 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Awesome Awesome Awesome:)

Laura January 10, 2010 at 10:08 am

I am very much looking forward to your insight!!!!

Lauren Hammond January 10, 2010 at 1:06 pm

super excited..like breathless! AWESOME TIMES!

Emily January 10, 2010 at 7:56 pm

What a fantastic idea. I too am very excited about your website as I just got my first dSLR for Christmas.

Judith January 11, 2010 at 1:13 am

so excited of this new blog, and I am a big fan, thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your knowledge. Awesome!

Julie January 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

This is great! Looking forward to reading the new blog!

Sabrina January 11, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Marking this as a favorite! I look forward to visiting often and learning from the both of you! Super excited!

an-gee-la January 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm

This is FANTASTIC! The design, the articles, the entire package… Congratulations!
It’s going to be big. Very big.

Marcee January 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I cannot wait to be a part of this journey:)

Anna January 12, 2010 at 11:41 am


Natalie Barnes January 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm

So excited about the new site and can’t wait to continue reading as it grows.

Natalia January 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

this is such a great idea girls….you’ll be a fantastic team and its gonna be HUGE! Best of luck in your new venture together :)

Ginger B January 12, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I think I might like it here!

kerith January 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm

What a team! Oh the things we will learn! Thank you, really.

mikifoto January 13, 2010 at 11:56 pm

huge fans of both of you! this is going to be awesome. can’t wait to learn :)

merryheart2 January 14, 2010 at 4:24 am

LOvE your blog.
so glad i found it…via Tara Whtneys twitter.

angie January 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

EEEEEK! I just bought your actions Peta and I am smitten!

Wendy Tienken January 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

What a wonderful site! Thanks for sharing all your knowledge with us…

Mark Loader January 17, 2010 at 1:01 am

Hi, ladies…I help out at a friend’s photography class where women make up as much as 70% of the participants. Something is happening here! This is more than a great site, this is important…I’ll be recommending this site to others often. Go, Sesame!

mammagute January 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm

i am so excited. I have 3 kids and have been taking pictures for 6 years. This is exactly what i need. INSPIRATION!!!!!!! thank you so much ladies.

Roger January 19, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Nice info you have here great pics!! Hope to learn some stuff here!

PS. I like Rachel because she uses Nikon and has a PC!! LOL

Louise :) January 23, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Hello Ladies,
what a great idea to got up and running, Im sure its taken many a late night putting this incredible site together.
I cant wait to learn and see more, in the years to come

One question I cant sem to find is where are you both based? Rach your an Aussie (wont hold it against you as Im half too) and Peta your from nz? Where are you both now?

Im now headed back onto your blog to continue having a look through some more work!!

Thanks, Louise

rachel January 25, 2010 at 10:52 am

So glad that everyone is enjoying the site!

Louise, I am actually an American living in Melbourne with my Aussie husband and 3 dual citizenship kids. Peta is based out of Wellington, NZ. We both travel to the states for shoots and will for our workshops as well!

Michelle January 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Yay – love the site.

Jodi February 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm


jen@odbt February 19, 2010 at 12:25 am

Just found your site and am so excited! Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to read through your blog.

sümeyye February 27, 2010 at 5:38 am

hi..! i can’t speak or write english well. but i want say that what i think about you are a super team peta and rachel! i watch your life from Turkey.. i like your photos very much..i think that you are the best photographer (about children) on flickr.. good luck! bless you.
ithink that every people on the world speak with different language.. but photograph speak with same language all of us! i love you rachel,gemma,clover,kieran and peta!

Penelope March 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Very Inspirational!
Well done xx

Lauren @IsabellaPrdcts March 12, 2010 at 3:12 am

What a beautifully crafted site! Great tips and phenomenal and inspiring pics. Thanks.

Sandra G. April 22, 2010 at 5:15 am

I live in Huntington Beach, California U.S.A. and came across your website yesterday while searching for advise on what Nikon or Canon SLR camera to purchase to take better pictures of my 5 year old twins in action and where to go to learn how to take great pictures. Then, last night I’m watching HGTV and see Rachel on House Hunters International! That was you moving from Los Angeles to Melbourne, right? My relatively new Canon Power Shot SD8990 is not doing the trick but I’m terrified of stepping up as I have very little knowledge of how to use 90% of the features on this basic/easy camera! I’m so excited to follow your blog and learn from both of you! Now I’d better hurry up and figure out what camera to purchase. Thanks! Sandra

rachel April 22, 2010 at 9:16 pm

yep, that was me! we are working on a “what camera” post…

Valentina May 23, 2010 at 10:23 pm

i love the site

Michelle King August 3, 2010 at 10:22 am

can’t wait to read your “what camera” post…

antha November 26, 2010 at 5:28 am

WOW!This is honestly the most helpful website I have found! I commented on Rachel’s blog for some advice for first-time photographers, but then I found this site you two put together! Thanks so much!
Also really excited for the book. Can’t wait till it comes out!
Thanks again, Rachel and Peta!

Kristen Duke Photography September 3, 2011 at 6:20 am

I love when anyone contributes to taking the camera off of auto! Great job;)

Lily September 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I just read your book, and I’m so inspired! I took my dSLR camera off “auto” today for the first time, and I think my pictures are going to be so much better. Thank you!!

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