This feels very awkward to me since I just started my photography business only four months ago, but I’ve recently received few emails with questions so to help me manage that better, I will be posting and answering these questions on my blog so others can see my answers as well and I don’t need to reply on same topic twice. I am by no means an expert and I dont’t think I am all that, but I will share how I approach things and my experience with you and you be the judge if you agree/disagree. I also hope this will help my clients get to know me better and understand my approach to photoshoots, etc. I will try to answer all questions if possible.
You daughter is so cute and very photogenic. Where do you find all those cute clothes for her? – Amber
Well, thank you Amber, I too think she is very cute. I adore her. As far as the clothing goes, I spend a lot of money (investment) on her clothes. My husband will agree with the fact that I do spend a lot of money on her clothing but will certainly disagree that it’s an investment. I try really hard to buy stuff only on sale. My favorite store by far is GAP. Their style just speaks to me. They are very fashion forward and modern. Sometimes I wish I could fit into her clothes myself. What I love about GAP the most is that they always have a clearance rack. After you add an additional % off on top of that clearance rack, it’s a SCORE. Also, GAP outlet stores have so much to offer, check them out.
My second favorite is Etsy. It’s pretty popular, you’ve probably heard about Etsy. People are selling their own goods so a lot of times items are very unique. That’s where I used to buy all those cute headbands for Kiki. Now, she doesn’t let me put a headband on her so I buy her costumes like Red Riding Hood you could have seen on a recent picture. We play dress up.
Lastly, I want to mention my online stores I often turn to. These are what people refer to as ‘daily deal’ sites. I check them almost every day and when I see a good deal, I go for it. Here are the ones that have ‘Kids’ section.
I hope this helps and thanks for asking.
Love your blog. Can you please share some tips on how you get the kids to cooperate with the camera? – Trish
This is really becoming a challenge for me with my daughter. She is 16 months old so her attention lasts about 2 seconds, really! Good old days when I could sit her down and she wouldn’t move. I am partially kidding, I love her every step of the way. She is now a lot faster so I am making sure my shutter speed is high enough to keep up with her. I also make a lot of noises. Cows, lions, chickens, donkeys, you name it, I’ve done it. Another big thing is bribing them. Lollipops, cookies, anything edible will work to get them to settle down. Food makes a great prop too. Recently, I had her play and eat the cherries and the photos turned out very cute. Games are also great props. When I scan those websites I mentioned above in Amber’s question, I also look for games that I can use as props in my photoshoots. I hope this helps. Have a loud voice, directive and be fun because kids are fun.
I plan to answer these questions every Wednesday on here so keep checking for that. I will call this ‘Let’s hear what Jovana says on Wednesdays’ or if you have a better idea what I should call it, let me know.