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Gear for the Dad Hell-Bent on Photographing the Family

Documenting family life won’t be easy, but this gear will equip you for the challenge.


Capturing great family photos and videos takes patience (waiting for the shot, waiting for the kids to cooperate), a good eye for natural, engaging opportunities, and the right equipment. To take on the wilds of parenthood, gear up with the photo and video goods below, prep some dad jokes to lighten the mood, and embark on the family-photo safari prepared.

Sony HDR-AS50R Action Cam with Live-View Remote

With the Sony Action Cam you can capture the antics camcorder-style, or strap it straight onto your kid to capture the tomfoolery firsthand.

Buy Now: $348

MeFOTO Sidekick 360 Plus

Love shooting the kids with your smartphone? Keep it rock-steady with this adjustable tripod mount, which can also serve as a stand in a pinch.

Buy Now: $35


Flashes are tricky, but setting up your own little light stand will let you better compose your shot. Lumecube features adjustable output ranges, from hints of light to blinding blasts, making it versatile and apt for all kinds of still and motion shooting.

Buy Now: $80

Sirui T-O25X

This lightweight, compact tripod should travel with you everywhere. It comes with a carbon-fiber build and an included ball-head.

Buy Now: $220

Holdfast Gear Camera Swagg

If you’re going to go full photo-geek on your family, you might as well double fist your wide-angle and telephoto rigs with this two-camera strap.

Buy Now: $155

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