April 6, 2015

Photo Shoot Tips for Kids at Home

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I've been taking photos of my children at home for a few years now. I don't have a DSLR camera, but I can still take a decent picture of my kids at home. Today I'm sharing five tips for a photo shoot at home. Though I prefer outdoor pictures, sometimes you have to stay inside.

Spring is here, so it's getting to be time to put away the sweaters and knee-high socks...or at least once it warms up. Spring and Easter mean new clothes for the children, so this is a great time to take some pictures of the kids in their favorite outfits. #ImagineSpring

1. Move it.

If you are working indoors, choose a room with a large window and large wall without windows. Move the furniture out of the way.

2. Open it.

Whatever windows you do have, take advantage of them. You want to use natural lighting and avoid using the flash. Pull back the curtains as much as possible. If the curtains are not lined you can even tie a loose knot in them if you have no other way to hold them back. (Yes, we took spring pictures in late March as snow was falling outside.) 

3. Cover it.

Cover that flooring. Most carpet, tile, and wood floors would be a distraction in a photo. A white sheet works well to keep the focus upon the subject. Don't try to keep the sheet flat...it won't stay flat. 

4. Prop it.

Kids love to be silly. Let the kids choose a prop to hold in some of the pictures, especially early on or if they are young. It sets the mood so they know that the photo shoot is a fun activity.

The other props to keep in mind are the children's clothes. Whether you want denim overalls, a formal Easter outfit, or something for everyday wear, OshKosh B'Gosh has spring fashion for children. For those parents who want to match or coordinate outfits, Osh Kosh B'Gosh has sizes newborn through size 12. That means my three and eight-year-olds have matching outfits!

5. Have fun.

Let the kids lead the way for fun. Sometimes the kids even do their own thing and create their own poses.

A Good Picture

When all is done, hopefully, you'll have at least one good picture.
Since this post is sponsored by Osh Kosh B'Gosh, I want to share a bit more about my shopping experience with you.


Shopping at our local Osh Kosh B'Gosh outlet store (find a store here) and using a 25% off coupon, we bought 11 pieces of fashionable spring clothing for just over $100. The girls chose matching skirts and shirts for church or play, plus matching shorts to wear under their polka-dotted skirts. They each chose an additional coordinating skirt to go with the jeweled shirts. My son chose a button down shirt and shorts for church, plus a pair of camouflage shorts for play.

If you are interested, you can check out OshKosh B'Gosh on Facebook and Twitter. Use this coupon for your own savings.

What's your favorite piece of clothing for spring?

~ Annette
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6 comments:

  1. Good ideas - you got some cute ones! I should use the coupon - I love their jammies!

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  2. What great ideas! I loved this post! :)

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  3. Great ideas! My kids do not want to let me take pictures of them lol

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  4. I really struggle with indoor photo shoots. Though now I feel encouraged to try again. I think I will be tempted to paint my best wall to get a better background. What is the purpose of the sheet on the floor?

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    1. The sheet hides the flooring...so it's not a distraction in the photo. I'll edit the post to explain that better. :)

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  5. These are great ideas! I'm the worst about lining the boys up on the couch, and taking a picture. I'm going to move furniture and cover the floor next time, though! :)

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