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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

little mermaids photoshoot before and after photoshop

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