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February 2008

10 years
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Happy Birthday, Leap Year Babies

We’re not sure why, but Leap Year intrigues us so.

Well, mostly it’s the fact that all of the babies born today won’t get to celebrate their actual birthdays again until 2012. We at Snap wonder if there are any parents out there who deny their children birthday gifts and parties on this technicality. That’s what we’d do if we had children, leaving them to seek consolation from…

10 years
ago

 

Shoot Like a Pro: How to Get Great Shots of Kids

The cover story in our March issue is a guide to the best stuff for kids, parents, and moms-to-be. We provide a field guide to birds and critters to take along with you on your next hike, advice from Chicago’s reigning baby-sleep specialist, and even a taste test of birthday cakes from the city’s top-tier bakeries.

With all of these new adventures to capture in photographs, your usual blurry, dark, red-eye-filled photos just won’t do. Photographer Katrina Wittkamp shares some tips on how take fabulous pictures of kids…

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Ominous News

Snap is officially scared. According to Chicago Tribune’s Theater Loop blog, American Girl Place will be closing its basement theater show in September “to find new entertaining experiences for our guests” that won’t include live performers.

This can only mean one thing: puppet shows…

10 years
ago

 

Hallmark Holiday

Brittney’s pick: Valentine’s Day can be too mushy sometimes. I love this shot by Flickr user Ankylosaur. The single heart and stark black-and-white trees are at once heartwarmingly cute and desolately chilling. They perfectly encapsulate the moods of both lovebirds and the lovelorn on this day.

Esther’s pick: I can’t imagine anyone would ever buy such a demonic-looking stuffed animal for his/her loved one. Myself? Chocolates in a heart-shaped suede box from a buddy who probably would have bought the scary bear below had he seen it first…

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Guess the Item

We’re taking you all the way back to elementary school this morning.

Remember those Scholastic book order forms from which you’d procure the latest copies of The Hardy Boys and The Baby-Sitters Club? Remember the feature on the back of the form where you had to look at a detail photo and guess the item? Try this one.

“Surely it’s a juicy, delicious, giant nectarine reminiscent of a lazy summer afternoon,” you think to yourself. Well, you’d be wrong…

10 years
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Our Girl’s All Growns Up

… and speaking at an Apple store near you!

Photo Editor Brittney Blair will host a photography discussion on Monday, February 11th at 7 p.m., as part of the Apple store Aperture Pro-Workshop series. She will discuss best ways to break into photography, how to catch a photo editor’s attention, and steps to landing your dream assignment…

10 years
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Happy Super Tuesday

One of the more genius uses of Flickr we’ve encountered: a presidential candidate sets up an account and, over the course of the year, steadily posts almost 15,000 photos shot at various events by thousands of users across the country. That candidate? Barack Obama. The wide range of photos includes your run-of-the-mill crowd shots, insightful behind-the-scenes peeks into campaign life, and quite a few downright artsy photographic dedications. We had hoped to find the same from the other candidates—but no dice…

10 years
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Snow Day

In honor of school closings all across the area today, a babysitting suggestion from the brilliant Saverio Truglia (flickr alias: The Dark Slide). According to Truglia, the Ace Hardware brand of duct tape works best for all of your child-rearing and furniture-building needs…

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