Five Creative Ideas For Your Kid’s Photoshoot

There can be a lot of pressure as a parent to capture the most perfect pictures of your kids. There are always relatives who want to have prints. Plus your kids grow and change so fast that it’s great to have some special pictures of them to look back on. But, it can be a bit of a challenge to get some really great photos. Especially ones that don’t just look like your everyday snaps. Here are five creative ideas to help you to capture some fantastic and memorable pictures of your kids.

mom and child posing in front of a mirror

#1 Mirrors

Mirrors are a great way to add extra dimensions and fascinating effects to pictures. They’re also an excellent item for encouraging your kids to pose and be playful. 

With a single large mirror, you can capture their smile while taking a picture from behind them. It will make for a fascinating image that captures the whole essence of your child. If you can set up two large mirrors, then you can create an infinite hall of kids: a terrifying proposition but a great picture and fun for your kiddo.

#2 Get Out Into Nature

There’s something special about being out in nature. It’s almost like it flips a switch in kids, and they become more relaxed and carefree. You can get some fantastic pictures of your kid interacting with nature, where you’ll get to capture a different side of them than you would in a more posed shot. This is why it’s an especially great option for taking more candid pictures.

If you have younger kids, you can set them up in their stroller and find something for them to look at. You can park them under a tree with dancing leaves and catch the look of wonder on their face. If you really want to make the picture pop, you can find a gorgeous and colorful stroller blanket. This will give your picture a neat and curated look, especially compared to using blankets.

Even if you go for a posed shot, using a natural backdrop can really elevate your picture. Just remember to keep the quality of the light in mind. Depending on the time of year, you might be able to catch the golden hour while your kids are awake. This is one hour before sunset or after sunrise. It’s the time of day when the light is at its best for taking pictures.

#3 Go 3D

Don’t worry we’re not suggesting that you go out and spend your life savings on a fancy camera or some expensive software. You can use LucidPix with your phone to bring an extra dimension to your pictures.

This amazing app can take your existing pictures and give them a 3D makeover. It uses some clever algorithms to add depth to flat images. If you don’t want to change the picture, you can opt to enhance it with 3D frames and banners. This is an excellent option if you already have some great photos, but you just want to give them an extra little something.

#4 Feature Their Favorites

Getting kids to cooperate with photoshoots can be challenging. One way to make it easier for all of you, and get some great pictures at the same time, is to use their favorite things as props in the pictures. Here are a few ideas.


You can put out a dish with their favorite candy, treat, or meal. Then snap away while they dive in. If it’s a surprise for them, you’ll be able to capture a whole range of joyous expressions as they realize what’s before them.


If your child has a favorite toy, snuggly blanket, or pillow, then there are two significant benefits to using it as a prop. Firstly they’ll be more relaxed and will play happily as you get some pictures. This will increase the chances of getting good pics. 

Secondly, a kid’s favorite toy can be transient. It can represent a stage in their life just as much as their appearance does. So it can really add something when you include that in your pictures of them.


There are two things you should never work with in a creative pursuit – kids and animals. But, where’s the fun in following the rules. Why not try and get some pictures of your child with their pet. If they have a special bond, then that’s something you’ll want to capture.

#5 Get Dressed Up

There are two options here. You might have an outfit in mind that you’d love your kid to wear for a photoshoot. If they’re old enough, they probably have a different opinion. You can do it your way or do it theirs. Or you can turn it into a fashion show and let them dress up however they want, as long as they try on your outfit as well.

Young Girl Dressed Up and Smiling

You’ll get some great, whimsical shots. I bet your favorite will end up being something totally different than you expected.

Author Bio: Cristin Howard runs Smart Parent Advice, a site that provides parenting advice for moms and dads. Cristin writes about all of the different ups and downs of parenting, provides solutions to common challenges, and reviews products that parents need to purchase.