How to do a Little Mermaid Photoshoot with your child
My 4-year-old daughter once said she wanted to be a mermaid, so I bought her a mermaid swimsuit and I decided to do a Little Mermaid-themed photoshoot for her. We had so much fun, and the photos turned out amazing!
For those who are interested, here are some tips on how to do a Little Mermaid photoshoot with your own little one:
- Plan your location. You’ll need a place that has water, so a beach or pool is ideal. If you don’t have access to either of those, you could also use a bathtub or a kiddie pool.
- Get the right props. You’ll need a mermaid tail, maybe a crown, and maybe some seashells, rocks, toy tortoise, fish, corals, seaweed and other sea animals and plants. You can find these items at most party stores or Hobby Lobby.
- Dress your child in a mermaid costume. This is the most important–You can buy a costume, or you can make your own. If you’re making your own, be sure to use fabric that is light and flowy.
- Find a professional photographer (hint, hint). If you’re not comfortable taking the photos yourself, you can hire a professional photographer. This is especially helpful if you want to get professional-quality photos.
- Have fun! The most important thing is to have fun and let your child’s imagination run wild.
I would also like to add:
- If you don’t have any strobes or Speedlight, choose a time of day when the light is good. Early morning or late afternoon are ideal times for photoshoots, as the light is soft and flattering.
- Prepare snacks and drinks. You’ll want to keep your child hydrated and well-fed, especially if you’re shooting outdoors.
- Bring helper(s). Ask your little mermaid’s father/mother/older siblings/grandparents/favorite person… to help entertain or keep them content during the photoshoot
- Be patient. It may take some time to get the perfect shot. Be patient with your child and let them explore their surroundings.
- LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Have A Backup Plan. If it rains or the weather is too cold, if you don’t have access to a pool or bathtub or beach, if you don’t want to spend money on those props that you may only use once….You’ll need a Backup Plan, You could always wait till you have all these things to do the photoshoot, or, you can do what I did–use photoshop.
I hope these tips help you plan a successful Little Mermaid photoshoot for your little one. With a little planning and effort, you can create memories that will last a lifetime.
Some of the photos from my daughter’s photoshoot:
My daughter had so much fun at her photoshoot, and I’m so glad we were able to capture these memories. If you’re thinking about doing a Little Mermaid photoshoot for your child, I highly recommend it! I also have a behind the scene clip on my YouTube channel if you are interested : https://youtu.be/b9hF8IFxpXo