These past few weeks I have been so sew Sew busy creating Easter dresses for the upcoming holiday, and along with all the sewing comes all the pictures. (the second most important part of my job….right up there with all the sewing, stitching, and embroidering)
You can’t have an online store without photos to prove just how awesome your product is, so every few weeks my kids and I do a quick photo session with a few of the dress styles to be featured in my shop! These sessions usually involve a lot of patience, some bribery, great lighting, some bribery, catching the perfect pose, some bribery, oh, and did I mention bribery? Most every shoot takes about 10-15 minutes of photography, and usually ends up with a Disney movie & popcorn or playing outside in the sprinklers.
Wondering how I happen to get a toddler and 1st grader to stand in one place for more than 5 seconds? Here is a list of our requirements;
1. they understand that immediately after the fun-photos, we’re going to watch a cartoon, play outside or paint…..anything that is kid-approved and fun-worthy.
2. snacks are always involved afterward….the messier the better.
3. No smiling. nope. we’re not allowed to smile while we’re taking photos…..or laugh. (this gets them every time…and in return I get the best for-real smiles and laughs; way WAY better than, “ok, look at the camera and smile! please! pleeeease……just one little teensy smile for mommy??”) (-if you’re resorting to begging for smiles, put the camera away and wait for another time. Your photo sessions will only end up in tears. On both sides.)
4. Last, but certainly not least, we celebrate the bloopers……
…because photo sessions with kids will ALWAYS involve goofy faces, weird smiles and sometimes, just too much funny to keep from laughing uncontrollably.
After all of these requirements are met, photos are successfully taken, and kids are playing-painting-watching-tv-eating-snacks-whatever-bribery-i’ve-promised, I sit down and pick out the photos that will be featured in my shop, https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewCreationsBoutique
(my favorite so far is the knee length white lace dress, the cutest dress ever!)