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Taking a Family Photo

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Family photos allow you to cherish a memory of your family dressed their best. With a few minutes and a little bit of planning, you’ll have a keepsake to remember not only important events, but how quickly your children grew.

family photo

1. Get the kids in special portrait outfits. Your children change a lot every year. Last year’s girls’ dresses or boy’s suit won’t work! Show them off in new styles, so everyone can see just how much they’ve grown up. Grandma and grandpa will appreciate the effort, and so will you, a few years down the road.

2. Say cheese! Those two words might get some smiles, but they don’t guarantee a great family photo. Even amateur photographers can get a group to take a beautiful picture, with a few goofy tricks.

Young children know how to smile, but they have a hard time putting on an expression on cue. So make it genuine, with the help of the photographer’s antics. Do a chicken dance, make some outrageous noises, or imitate the voice of their favorite cartoon. Do whatever you have to ensure some genuine smiles for your portrait.

3. Pick a time of day when your kids will be most likely to cooperate. You’ll always get a better picture before a nap, rather than after. Don’t try to rush taking a photograph if you’re late to your destination. You can always take the picture once you arrive. If the people in the picture feel stressed or anxious, it’ll show in the picture.

4. Natural lighting looks better in photographs, so take your picture outside. There is a time of day photographers refer to as the “golden hour,” shortly before dusk, when the sunlight has just started to soften. This is a great time to take pictures, and guarantees squint-free faces.

5. Take a little time to compose your portrait. You don’t have to organize your subjects strictly by height, but if you have members of the group much taller than others, try to disperse them evenly throughout the group.

You want your children to look stylish and happy, but putting too much pressure on perfection will create unnecessary stress. Pick the setting carefully, try to get the best light possible, make sure everyone is in the best mood possible – but other than that, don’t try to control too much. Kids will be kids. If you can capture them being themselves, you’ll have a photograph you’ll treasure much more than a stiff, formal portrait.

Photo Contest Winners

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

It was so fun seeing all the cute photos that were entered in the contest. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who submitted a photo.  The winners photos are featured in our home page banners!

The grand prize winner of the $75 gift card is Triin, with her little one in the Hannah Dress.

The runner up winner of the $25 gift card is Kristy, were her boys in our dress shirt and tie 26.


Styling Tiffany Espensen for the Kids Choice Awards

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Last week I received an intriguing phone call from Melinda at Womentorz.  A young actress named Tiffany Espensen (now appearing in the movie Hop) needed a dress for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.  Is this something I could help with?  Of course!  That evening I met with Tiffany and her mom, Robin (and her grandma!)  on the set of her new Nickelodeon show “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures”.  She tried on six dresses and looked fabulous in all of them.  We spent an hour being girly and looking through dresses and getting ideas of which would fit her style the best.  This family is so nice and they were very easy to work with.

The next day I came back to the set during rehearsal with the final selections: the April Dress and the Trinity Dress.  The only decision left was which dress to wear to the Friday pre awards party and which she would wear down the Orange carpet to the Awards show.  Tiffany invited me to have lunch with her family (which I tell you was much better than the Lean Cuisine I was planning on eating back at the office) and a tour of the stage.  How fun is that!  This looks like it will be another great Nickelodeon show for kids with some laughs for parents as well.

Here is Tiffany trying on the dresses.

The Pre Party Dress

The Awards Show Dress













And here is Tiffany on the Orange carpet with the cast.

Cast of Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures at the 24th Annual Nickalodeon Kids Choice Awards

Tiffany at the 24th Annual Kids Choice Awards

This was truly a fun experience and I look forward to working with Tiffany again in the future.  You can catch up with all her tweets or find her on facebook.  I suspect we will see a lot more of this talented young actress in the near future!

And one last picture, me and Tiffany!

Another Satisfied Puddles Customer

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

A Young Puddles Customer

The Hannah Dress

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Adding Dress Up Soon!

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Our Little Ones in Puddle’s Dresses

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

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