This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Bella’s Dress: Tulle Dress

Bella’s tights: Red Holiday Tights

Jordan’s pants: Suspender pants

Jordan’s Top: Button-Front Plaid Flannel Bodysuit

I get asked this question a LOT: how do you take such great pictures of your kids!?  Well, sometimes “luck” has a lot to do with it. Photo sessions with kids can be so unpredictable. Some days they’re perfect angels and other days little devils. I’m no expert photographer but I’ve mastered few tricks since I started blogging three years ago. By the way, this past weekend we’d our first family photo session with baby Jordan so these tips work on babies too! 

Jordan’s top: Turtleneck Bodysuit

Jordan’s pants: Straight Jeans 

Bribing Works! 

I hate to admit it but this is my go-to trick 🙂 As a rule, I never use food or shopping as a bribe. Instead I promise my toddler an experience as a reward for her cooperation during a shoot. In the past I’ve rewarded her with a sleepover at grandma’s (she gets to stay up), a trip to the city on the train (which she loves) and a trip tot the waterpark. And at our last photo shoot last week I promised to take her to see the zoo lights and santa at his workshop. The trick to this working is to reveal the bribe right when the photo shoot starts so they’re excited enough to cooperate. 

Bella’s shoes: OshKosh Velvet Mouse Flats

Play Dress Up!

My daughter is a little fashionista and she likes to express herself through her style. So dressing her up in fun outfits that fits her personality gets her excited about taking photos. I noticed that when I let my daughter wear that pink tutu or that unicorn headband she loves so much, the smiles come freely and naturally. Luckily, I can count on OshKosh to help me take care of the dressing up part because we both LOVE this brand! From winter layering to summer splashing to active playing, they’ve kids fashion covered. What I love most about OshKosh is that they launch fun new styles each season, allowing me to update their wardrobes at prices I can afford. 

And now that baby Jordan has joined his sister in the photo shoots, I’m sure the fun (and stress) will double. When I was planning this photoshoot, I was a little nervous shopping for a boy because I’ve been a girl mom for so long. I worried that I won’t find outfits that are stylish yet comfortable for him, but once again OshKosh came through. For a formal look, I found the cutest dress pants with suspenders and classic Button-Front plaid flannel bodysuit. And for the casual look, I got this stylish skinny jeans and festive Turtleneck bodysuit. And how cute is this pom pom snowman hat!? I mean, who knew boys’ fashion can be so much fun? Thanks to OshKosh, our first, family-of-four holiday photoshoot was a success! 

Timing is everything!

Timing is probably the most important factor of a successful shoot with kids. Needless to say, don’t attempt to photographer your kids when they’re tired, grumpy or hungry! It’s not fun for them or you. Best time to schedule it is when they’re rest, well-fed, and in playful mood. This time is usually after a nap and/or after a snack. You’ll be so much happier with the outcome if you schedule the session around THEIR schedule.

Capture them in their element 

My daughter hates it when I keep saying “Say cheese!” She’ll usually give me a few forced smiles before checking out completely. So I’m constantly looking for creative ways of keeping her upbeat and engaged. The thing that works is asking her questions that she enjoys responding to: questions about her grandparents, her favorite cousin, or the superhero she saw in the movies. This usually gets her chatting and I’m able to get enough genuine shots. Getting her singing and dancing works wonders too! For babies,  playing “Peek-A-Boo!” and hiding your face behind the camera usually will get the smiling for a little while. Older siblings are also perfect for entertaining babies while shooting. Last week I got few smiley shots of baby Jordan while Bella was singing and tickling him 🙂

Snap, Snap, Snap!

Ahhh, gotta love the digital age! This is one of the biggest “secrets” to getting great images. Because there’s really no limit to how many pictures you can take because you can always delete what you don’t like later. So don’t be afraid to take as many shots during a session and pick your favorites when you’re done. Even if you take 50 shots and end up with 5 great shots, it’s still worth it!

I hope these tips help you capture photos of your kids. Ultimately though, if you’re enjoying the photoshoot, your kids will too. So don’t be afraid to have a little fun and experiment with different tricks. By the way, same tips apply to adults too 🙂 

Anyway! I’m grateful for brands like OshKosh for keeping  in mind not only quality and comfort but style and affordability too in kids fashion. There’s a huge storewide and online sale going on right now so be sure to check out the website. You can also locate your nearest store here. Even better, you can use these coupon codes to save an extra 20% off your order of $40+.  In store: 037264 | Online: OKBG3418

How are you spending the holidays this year? What are you looking forward to in 2018? Please leave your comments below!