BOND

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Photoshoots with the girls can be a real challenge. On the flip side it’s become a little bit of an activity we’ve bonded over. Now when it’s a good day Maddie strikes a pose but mostly she just shakes her but because she’s hilarious.

A few months back, I shared tips on how we go about our style shoots with kids on the LOT801 blog. If you missed it, here they are with an added tip!

Timing – Often I get asked how on earth do you find the time?!. After all, Gemma still naps twice a day. My best answer is on the weekends, once the kids have had their breakfast and before Gemma has her morning nap. So we’ve literally got a 1 hour window during the day. It works as the kids are truly most happiest during this time. Which leads to my next point.

Make it about them – And us! Generally I’ll get the girls dressed and say ok let’s go to the park or coffee shop. They love a play and they also love a babychino. On the way to our destination we’ll make a quick pit stop and take the photographs. Easy!

Keep it real – I googled a few celebrity paparazzi shots and showed them to my husband so he got a sense of what I was after. I figured if husby photographed us while the babes and I went about our business, the kids wouldn’t feel the pressure of posing and we’d get fun and natural style photographs. Some of it is semi staged so you might catch us running in circles around the same spot. The kids absolutely love running so it’s all good.

Don’t stress – Some days just aren’t made for taking pictures and then there’s the weather. If we really have to do a style shoot on a day like this, we just somehow make it work in the comfort of our own home. Whether it’s on our bed, the couch, the studio or our garden. The beauty of this is, it can be done any time of the day as long as there’s enough light.

Have fun – it’s a great opportunity to bond with the kids so play with them, laugh with them, tickle them and treat them for being awesome.

Patience – Last but not least take about 200 images. I’m not kidding! Kids move a lot and if you want sharp images you need to be quick and prepared to take a load of images.

Auto timer – It was only last year that I discovered the auto time on my phone and camera. Although weird at first it’s great when the husband isn’t around. I simply set the camera on a trip pod and pose with an attempt to make it look as natural as possible. The great thing about this last tip is Maddie loves to be the one that presses the button. She loves it so much we keeps wanting to take more photos.

Thanks for dropping in for a quick read and if you have any more tips please share.

Sovanny x

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I’m wearing: Bella tee from Lylah with Love | Sunglasses from the LB brand | Thrifted jeans and 90’s vintage blazer | Everything else old
Maddie is wearing: Dress from Howi Clothing | Everything else old
Gemma is wearing: Dress by Dudes and Dolls | Everything else old

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