Have a fun photo shoot
This week, we are are having fun and making memories. We are setting up a full fledged photo shoot. If you are a parent, you probably already take about a billion photos a day, especially in the age of cell phones. If you aren’t a parent then you probably take selfies and group pics with your friends, family, cats, etc. So long story short, this probably doesn’t seem like anything new. But when I say have a photo shoot. I mean have a photo shoot!
Here’s why we’re doing it
Having a photo shoot was one activity I know I wanted to include in this challenge because quite frankly I hate being in pictures. Especially pictures that other people take. But, I also hate the idea of looking back on these days and realizing I didn’t have any nice pictures of me and my kiddo together. I so want my little man to look back on old pictures and see silly pictures, nice pictures and candid pictures.
Making it a priority to have a photo shoot together gives us the opportunity to have a nice posed picture together without all the work of hiring a photographer all the time. Don’t get me wrong like once a year family photos are a must. Totally worth hiring a photographer for that!
Tips for a DIY Photo Shoot
- Equipment: Okay, so you don’t need much to set up a nice little photo shoot for you and your little ones. I went to Walmart and found a cheap tripod with a bluetooth remote for the camera on my cell phone. If you don’t have that, pretty much all phone cameras and point and shoot cameras have timers you can set. It’s as easy as that.
- Backdrop: Simple is best, in my opinion anyways, choose a place without a lot of clutter. Better yet, head to the backyard where you get the best lighting for photos, sun!
- Posing: Set yourself and the kiddo/kiddos/whoever up in a comfortable way. I just had my little guy sit on a blanket and then I adjusted myself in such a way that was, ya know, flattering for me. Kids are always cute so it’s okay to make them adjust in order to make you look awesome.
- Take a lot of pictures: If there is one thing I learned during my time at the newspaper before my little guy was born its that you can never take too many photos, especially when you don’t have to worry about actual film anymore. So just snap away. A lot of times I will actually take a burst of photos so that way if we have a good pose going but someone blinks, it will take a few photos in a row and just maybe one of them will turn out. The last thing you want to do is find out you only took a couple of pics and NONE of the turned out.
- Have fun: Since it’s a DIY photo shoot, there is no need to feel self conscious or feel to stiff or posed. Be silly. Laugh. Move around.
Let’s see your photo shoots
So, if you decide to head out and set up a DIY photo shoot remember these 5 tips. And you can try different things for whatever ages your kids are. Here are some fun ideas to try with older kids:
- Bust out the paper and crayons and have your kids design a backdrop for the photo shoot.
- Let everyone pick out their own outfits, or for even more fun, let the kids pick out the other ones’ outfits
- Plan a theme for the photo shoot. For example: Do you all like Disney? Bring out some Disney toys.
- Design some silly props. Use pipe cleaners to make goofy glasses. Use construction paper and markers to make funny signs.
Most importantly, have fun, and if you do head out for a photo shoot this week, let’s see some of your pics!