This little blogging hobby of mine puts my kids in front of a professional photographer probably more than many others. A couple weeks ago, Peanut and I had the opportunity to participate in a collaborative photo shoot with multiple photographers, bloggers and their littles.
My dress, necklace, bracelet and Peanut’s wooden camera were provided for use in this shoot by Frances Vintage (one of my favorite boutiques ever).
The event went seamlessly, from my perspective, but that was because of a lot of prep – especially for the organizer (the amazing Bre who created Catch Me at Luxe) – but also on the part of the photographers and us blogging mommas. (Full list of participants and sponsors at the end of the post!)
This was my first collaborative shoot, but having done a few shoots with my family already, I have found that prep is the key to a good shoot, so I wanted to share a few tips from the momma perspective on getting through a photo shoot with kids. (Some of these tips may also apply to traveling with kids, or parenting in general!)
Surviving a Photo Shoot with Kids
Make a list
You’ll want to have a list of the items you want for the shoot (wardrobe, props, etc.) and a list of the shots you want (and which props you want in which shots). This will help keep you organized the day of the shoot (we had an 8 a.m. check-in time!) and make sure you don’t forget an important photo.
I typically try to find coordinating outfits, rather than matching. In this case, I knew I would be wearing a dress with pops of yellow, so I found a yellow striped dress for Peanut. I always have a spare change of clothes for the girls, too, in case of emergency and in this case it worked well having a back-up because her orange dress worked better against the yellow chairs than yellow-on-yellow.
Not only do props make for more interesting photos, they help keep kids from getting bored. I like to have a mix of props available – some things we use in our every day lives (my laptop, a cup of coffee, Peanut’s books or a stuffed animal) and some things that are a special treat for her (a steamed milk, a lollipop, a new toy). Ever since she first ate solid foods, Peanut shakes me down for snacks every time we leave the house (and sometimes even at the house), so I usually incorporate snacks into photo props for her because it keeps her from complaining that she’s hungry. For this shoot, we brought some props with us and others were provided.
Prep Your Kids
My girls don’t do well when I spring things on them, even if it’s something fun. So, I let them know a day or more ahead of the shoot what we’re doing, what to expect, who will be there, what kind of photos we’ll be taking, etc.
Roll with it
Kids are wild cards. But sometimes they do something unexpected that makes for a great photo. On this day, Peanut picked a flower that I had asked her not to. But the photos of her with the flower are so great!
Bring only one kid
Ok, so, if you have more than one kid this isn’t always possible. And there are definitely times I want photos with both my girls together, or of the whole family. But from time to time I like to get them one-on-one in a shoot with me, and it’s great to get that individual time and make those memories together.
Trust the Photographer
You obviously want a photographer that will get the shots you asked for. But sometimes they see something you don’t. Go along with a request – even if it sounds crazy or feels awkward. Walk slow, drag your feet, jump, fake laugh – whatever it is, just play along. More often than not, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results. I couldn’t be more happy with the way these turned out!
Overall, this event provided a great opportunity to see and meet other bloggers, find new photographers to work with, and get a little one-on-one time with Peanut. She has so much personality in a tiny little package and the photographers captured it really well. I am so glad to have all of these images of her and I together!
Behind The Scenes:
Founder & Coordination: Her Hashtag Life
Event Space: Mini Social
Brand Sponsor: Bumkins
Swag Bag Sponsors:
“I am a Creative” Swag Bags: AdLipps
Arizona Art Print: LahontanLetterworks
Kids Cups: Nuby
Chocolate Chip Cookies: Megs Cookie Crate
Workout DVD: Sara Haley Fit
“Have Fun Little One” Patches: Mila James
Calendars: Rifle Paper Co
Deodorant: Schmidts Naturals
Camera & Cactus Cookies: Sweet Frost Bakery
Hexagon Tiles: Pink by Peach
Confetti Bags, Dream Chaser Print, & Event Shirts: Her Hashtag Life