my super secret tricks to getting your new favorite picture of your kids {The Woodlands, TX, family photographer}

Hey, friends! I’m not a big Mother’s Day celebrator (probably because I get extra special treatment every day), but I’ll take any excuse I can get to con my kids into taking pics for me. So, it was the end of the day on MD, and I asked them if they would do one teeny-tiny Mother’s Day gift for me and take one picture. I’m pretty sure there were loads of eyerolls behind my back. Once I told them we’d do it on the trampoline, they immediately agreed.

These little rascally rabbits think it is HI-LAR-I-OUS when I get on the trampoline and have to get right back off after two jumps, because I’ve just peed my pants. Of course their big dumb heads are the reason for said peeing, but I let it slide.

I’ll really let it slide, because this is the end result, and I AM IN LOVE. This is on my phone as my wallpaper, and I fall in love all over again every time I pick up my phone.

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So, here’s how I did it.

1. Trampoline. If you don’t have one, chances are good there’s one in your neighborhood, and your kids know where it is. Or come use ours. I cannot guarantee more than two jumps from me, though.

2. Let your daughter wear a strapless shirt of yours–or one of your skirts she’s decided to make into a strapless dress. Have your son wear shorts with no shirt, and then let them play with the sprinkler on the trampoline when you’re done. Some people refer to this as bribery; I just call it being the coolest mom on the block until someone gets hurt.
3. Now that you’ve got your killer shot, take some silly ones. Remember, the more fun you make it, the more likely they’ll be willing to participate in the future.


Tell the boy to give you his best Blue Steele.


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And here’s why it works:

1. It gives you a cool black backdrop.

2. The catchlights are from the sky overhead, so they look super bright and cool.

kids on tramp blog post outside3. You can start swaying and bouncing and make them giggle and get those coveted real laughs and smiles.

(Prior removal of your daughter’s front tooth is not a requirement but highly encouraged for extra cuteness.)

I hope this helps you or gives you an idea for your next shoot with your littles. And if that’s something you’d rather outsource, you can always call me. :)

Love, Andrea or 508.768.5808


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