How to Take the Cutest Photos of Your Kids

·Senior Photo Editor

One of the most beautiful ways parents can create memories is by photographing their kids — but not everyone is a natural behind the lens. That's why Yahoo Parenting reached out to Cleveland-based photographer and mother-of-two Maria Manco. "It's really important to keep photography light and fun with kids," Manco tells Yahoo Parenting. "Be involved, play, ask questions, be silly." Most important: "It’s OK if you can't photograph this exact moment — try to burn it into your heart instead, and know there will always be more moments to capture." Here are six of her most beautiful personal family shots and how you can emulate them — even with a smartphone.

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