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Alright so I have to say…..OHMYGOSH. This really was the first time I had photographed all the kids at one time where they all had to be dressed and ready…don’t forget that includes two teething twins. Getting everyone ready was easy enough. I got each kid dressed and my husband cared for the babies…the screaming babies. The panic was starting to set in, how in the world am I ever going to get all of these kids to cooperate for oh lets say…2 hours worth of photos? Well the key is my husband. I shoot and he jumps and makes crazy noises behind me for the babies and cracks funny jokes for the big kids. Oh and the other key…a trip to Target to buy Pokémon cards and candy for Kaitlin.
For the location I chose this great farm that lets you rent it for the whole day for $50. There are so many different backdrops and setting that it’s really was a one stop shop photo shoot. I brought so much stuff as far as props and blankets (best and most needed prop ever), water and food, but when we got there we couldn’t bring our car back to the main area…like we had in the past. We had to park about a mile away from where I really wanted to shoot. So just imagine my husband carrying two babies in car seats, me a bin of props, my camera equipment, food, drinks (baby weight) and three other little people running about, petting animals and finding little BB pellets all over the place, which Charles insisted on collecting and would spill out of his pocket during every shot.
For me the easiest thing to do is start by taking individual shots of each child then just a few kids together and then the group shots. Also know that I use my camera and my iPhone. Sometimes I honestly get a better shot with that little thing than my big professional camera. I usually start with Finn, he is easy, you say chin down, smile, and shoot. Finn doesn’t love having his picture taken hence the pouty look he always give (little does he know I LOVE IT) He told me that he wasn’t going to do the shoot today because he had his own money and he would just buy his Pokémon cards with that when I took the other kids to the store…haha doesn’t work that way, part of the reward is being driven there too 😉 Kaitlin is a great help and likes to plan shots out for me. “Hey mom try this or wouldn’t this be a great shot” and they usually are. Charles is probably the hardest to photograph but the easiest at the same time. Charles will do whatever I say but for the life of him can’t seem to keep his eyes open because of the sun. If you have blue eyed kids you know what I am talking about. So I have them close their eyes, I count to three and then shoot about 20 pictures in a matter of five seconds. Finn likes to pull the “I cant open my eyes” stuff too oven at 6:30 when there is no sun.
After all of the pictures have been taken and the kids have been told what to do for two hours…I let them do what they wanted and I snapped away. They explored, they held chickens, they got splinters, they laid in not so clean grass, they chased ducks, and they walked away saying wow that was kind of fun. Finn looked up at me and said, “mommy I don’t like the picture part but I like the all together part, can we do it again next week but forget to bring your camera.”
Gosh I love them…
Plan the shoot out…look on Pinterest for posing ideas and props
Have food and drinks on hand…even if you are just in your front yard
Plan out the shoot, singles first and then group shots
Always say chin down….kids faces high up in the air drive me nuts
See if the kids have an ideas for pictures…this always gets my kids.
Let them have free time to do what they want to do….but keep taking pictures
Have a helper and stay calm
just a little iPhone love…