Being a photographer parent is sometimes complicated. On the one hand, yes, I do get lots of nice photos of my kids, particularly of candid moments. And it’s easy to frame nice prints or make books and videos whenever the muse strikes. On the other hand, they are so over me and my camera following them around. They mostly ignore it. Photos of them actually smiling and looking into my lens are rare.
So, when my 5-year-old daughter suggested we do a photo shoot FOR FUN over her Christmas break, I was all-in. First, it was my turn. She got out her little camera, chose my outfit and hairstyle, and posed me by the Christmas tree, by the stockings, and on the staircase. Then, a little later on, it was her turn. She let me pick her outfit, which is unusual, but she added the hat and jewelry and decided when to wear her sweater. I chose an urban location, but she insisted on a field as well. And she was such an amazing little model.
Caroline has looked through these photos and agreed that I could share them online. And if you’ve ever met this girl, you won’t be surprised to hear that she also has a number of tips for anyone planning to do a portrait session, which are as follows (ahem):
1. You should always pack two lenses in case you want to change the way you look.
2. Always let kids pick the places they want to go, unless it’s someplace you don’t agree.
3. Make sure you bring something for the kids to wear or hold in the pictures.
4. The kids can pick how they want to stand or what kind of smile they do.
5. Make sure that your child is wearing the right clothes for the weather.
Not bad, right? Caroline Gibbs, now booking for the year 2031.
And for those of you who are into kid’s fashion, Caroline’s blue dress is from Alice and Ames, courtesy of a beloved Aunt. The rest is from our used kids’ clothes store, except for the necklace, which is a magic fairy crystal stone and was given to her by Juniper, Izabella, and Roseanna, our backyard fairies.
I’ll be sharing my favorite personal photos of 2016 here shortly. If you’re interested in getting portraits like this done for your child, click here and let me know. Warmer months tend to book quickly with wedding work and travel, so don’t wait!