Tea Party and Tutu

If you read my post, The Curse of the Professional Photographer, then you know why I don’t bring my camera with me when I go out and why I usually photograph my kids with my iPhone.  Sad, isn’t it?

Well, last night, I took my 3-year old monkey out for a real photoshoot.

It was an impromptu styled shoot that I threw together by grabbing things as I went out the door.  How’s that for planning?   😉

If you are a parent, you’ll know what I mean when I say that photographing my own kids is THE hardest to photograph!

With that said, I feel giddy about this shoot because it shows Ava’s personality really well.

This girl loves to dance, laughs really easily, and has a great imagination.  I am so in love with her.

How is a Styled Shoot different than a Lifestyle Shoot?

A styled shoot for children/families operates pretty much the same as a regular lifestyle session, except that there is set-up work involved.  The kids would be able to play as they normally would, but the “styled” part of it provides them with an activity, which brings everyone together AND gives your shoot a theme.


I am so inspired by styled shoots.  If you are a client with an upcoming shoot, please don’t hesitate to run ideas by me.  Together, we can come up with something that is fun and fitting to your group.

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  1. She is adorable!! The b/w ones and set up are just precious! 🙂 🙂

  2. Tiffany

    Thx for sharing the super cute photos of your little one in her tutu! Nowadays, it’s difficult to photograph my 4-year old without her making some really distorted smile or super fake “camera” smile. But when she’s laughing naturally I never have my camera around. It was so much easier photographing her when she was a toddler!? Guess I just need to have my camera around all the time; I must get back into more shooting this fall. If you’re interested, I have a composite of my two little girls on my website that has yet to be developed: http://www.mommymusicteacher.com. (This was done for a photography assignment last term.) Have a great week!

  3. Tiffany

    Btw, do you usually use your 85mm or do you use a longer zoom like a 70-200mm for your photos? Indoors I’m always just using my 24-70 or 50mm, but I’m thinking that for outdoor shots it may be nicer to use a longer lens. What’s your advice on this?

    • Hi Tiffany,

      The lenses I bring to a shoot depends on the subjects I’m shooting (ie, are they active/calm, how many people) and the location (ie, will it be low light or sunny/bright, is there enough space to move around). I typically prefer the look of images taken with a longer lens, like the 70-200/2.8 and 85/1.4, however, I can’t always use those for indoor shoots.

      For outdoor shoots, like you mentioned, I will use THE LONGEST lens I have with me! If I had to choose between a shorter lens and shooting where I am standing OR a longer lens and needing to trek further away from my subjects to get them in the frame, I will always choose the latter.

      What lenses you choose is totally up to you, your method of shooting and your artistic style. My advice is to take your lenses with you frequently and shoot the SAME subject with all of them to learn the pros and cons of each lens. That way, you will know your lenses soooo well that you’ll know which one will work best for the look/feel you are going for with that image.

      Hope that helps!