HOW TO CREATE A PHOTOSHOOT WITH YOUR KID(S) WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND

mom and daughter in gingham dress holding hands
mom and daughter in gingham dress on the beach

SHOP MY LOOK:


SHOP KINSLEY’S LOOK:

A MOTHER-DAUGHTER PHOTOSHOOT

A few months ago, Kinsley and I had a mother and daughter photoshoot. I love to shoot with my daughter! She has this amazing dynamic about her, when she’s in front of a camera. Yes I’m proud and you can say I’m biased. But I’m not just saying that, because she’s my little girl . She is a natural…..checkout the photos! (She got it from her mama!)

All boasting aside, documenting these precious moments meant a lot to me. She’s growing up so fast these days, I’m hoping I can capture as much as I can, as if time stood still. So I create a fun photoshoot together every now and then. Just me and my girl!

Keep in mind, I have every ounce of good intentions, when it comes to a taking photos with Kinsley. However, organizing anything with children involved, can be a monumental task. Trying to have them cooperate with you, whilst a melt down can end up being a long day FOR EVERYONE. In any case, we might even lose our damn mind.

My eight year old still whines about being hungry, bored or tired. Their short tension span and crankiness, can ruin those perfect photos you paid mounds of money for. So, parents….PREPARATION is key (and then let the photographer handle the rest).

mom and daughter in gingham dress on the beach

TIPS ON HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS WITH YOUR KID(S):

  • Lighting: Find the best time for soft lighting. Usually in the morning or when the sun is close to setting. Don’t want to blind those little eyes.
  • Rest + Fed: Make sure the kid(s) is fed, peed and napped. Bring snacks just in case the shoot runs into a meal time. This will give you a few more shots.
  • Potty: Make sure there is easy access to a bathroom. Last thing you want is an “accident” and the whole entire shoot is OVER!
  • Outfits: Get all the outfits ironed out, so you’re not making them try it on the day of. Usually everything is chaotic while you’re trying to get ready yourself. Bring a spare outfit just in case.
  • Patience: No matter how old a child is, it’s hard to not lose your shit when they’re acting up or refuse to smile for a shot. Trust me. I lost it for a moment during our shoot.
  • Bribery: When all things fail, bribery never does. I told Kinsley we’d go for ice cream afterwards. Works like a charm!
  • 30 minutes or less: Our shoot turned out to be more than an hour. That was a big mistake. We shot at a park, so she wanted to play on the monkey bars. And I knew then, I “lost” her. That was the end of the shoot. Keep it short and sweet.
  • Photographer: Find a photographer that is great with kids. That helps a lot! Uncle Jason (our photographer) already knows Kinsley, so we were good on that part!
  • DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN!
mom and daughter in gingham dress playing
mom and daughter in gingham dress playing

All in all, no matter how much trouble it takes to get the family together for anything, we parents know the journey getting there can be overwhelming. However, the results are so worthwhile. Then you look back and laugh at all the stupid shit you do for your kids. And you have pictures to prove it!

Hope these tips will help you on your next family photoshoot. Good luck and god speed!

XX, E.

Photography by Jason Tang

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