Parenting has turned you into a camera-crazed paparazzo. Turn out million dollar shots of your kiddo with these tips from Rachel Beltzman of Rachel B. Photo Studio.
1. Catch the light in their eyes by having them look out a window or in the direction of the sun.
2. Focus on little things: Zooming in on dimples, hair curls, or toes captures their cuteness from a different perspective.
3. If there is more than one child, dress them in either all warm or all cool colors. For singletons, patterns really pop.
4. Be spontaneous. Don’t announce you’re taking pictures (candids are king) and make them laugh by telling knock-knock jokes or saying potty words (“poop” and “stinky” usually work).
Now snap to it.
Prefer a pro? Call 312-217-8495 or go to rachelbphotostudio.com to book a session with Rachel. Mention DailyCandy Kids and get 25 percent off your sitting fee through August 31.
Dine Without Whine
What: Licensed babysitters tend to your tot with games, movies, and a kids’ buffet while you eat peacefully next door.
Why: Keep the nuggets in sight on date night.
When: Thru Sept. 3. Thurs., 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Seasons Restaurant, 120 E. Delaware Pl., at Michigan Ave. Reservations (required) at 312-649-2349.
Big Toy Express Sale
What: The hidden Bucktown gem knocks 10-25 percent off the prices of everything in-store.
Why: Step 2 Sand & Water tables, play kitchens, and minigolf games, to name a few.
When: Thru Aug. 9. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 2319 N. Damen Ave., at Lister Ave. (773-687-9080).
Model Builders Workshop
What: Work side by side with professional Lego builders to construct models of the Sears, er, Willis Tower, zoo animals, footballs, and more.
Why: Put their little hands to work.
When: Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Legoland Discovery Center, Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Rd., at Higgins Rd., Schaumburg (847-592-9700).