Photo Booth Ideas & tips for taking pictures with kids

Photo Booth Ideas and tips on taking fun pictures with kids

This post along with the kids’ clothes is brought to you by Carter’s.

I’m not going to lie, it’s HARD to take pictures of wiggly kids.  In fact if I was being completely honest with you all, I was sweating trying to capture some of these fun photos. Remember I’m a 43 year old mom of young kids, so sweat or hot flashes are bound to happen.  The thing is, most of us live for having fun, we all want to capture life with laughter & joy and try our best to savor all the good times along the way.  I tend to go through spurts taking pictures, but I really try to take a lot of pictures of my kids.   In fact that’s the main reason I started this blog was to document our days as a family.  Because we all know those days can go by in minutes.

Photo Booth Ideas with kids

But when you have young kids, you have to be strategic without them knowing it when taking pictures.  In fact almost every “posed” picture I’ve taken I have someone crying or not very happy.  But taking true candids, or pictures with props – well, then they’re all game for a fun time ahead.

Get kids involved in the process of picture taking

Excluding the holidays, of course I’ll always suggest having the kids in comfortable clothes, or clothes they personally like.  My oldest loves to dress up, so dress up clothes is something he would love.  The other two, not so much.  So if you dress them in something they like or that’s comfortable for them, that’s one less worry off of you.  Which is another reason why I adore Carter’s clothes.  Because they always offer something for every occasion.  Since fall is in full swing, you can get a cute cardigan to match your little one’s dresses to keep them warm and cozy and add a fun pop of contrasting color for photos and for play.  And every little guy needs a holiday wardrobe to have him looking picture perfect! Layer his look with rugby shirts, graphic tees, sweater knit cardigans, knit vests and corduroy pants.   When we’re shopping at Carter’s, I always let my kids pick out of a few of their own outfits or shirts because you can never go wrong when shopping at Carter’s.

Fun Photo Booth Ideas with kids in mind

I always let them talk to each other or about they’re props when I’m taking their picture.  Yes, I guess I have trained them a little, because they know to look at me, but I do welcome conversation between them.   Because more giggles will happen if they can talk to one another & be themselves.  I NEVER asked them to say the word “Cheese.”  I just try as much as I can to let them be.  I know many would probably disagree with me on this, but if you’re outside or in a well lighted room I use my AUTO setting.  Yes, I said AUTO but only with my 50mm lens.  It does wonders for capturing wiggly kids.  You’ll see lots of advice on how to take photos using still objects online, but when it comes to wiggle worms its a whole new story!

Fun Photo Booth Ideas with young kids in mind

I also bribe my kids with sugar.  I cannot tell a lie.  😉  But it’s got to be at the end & hopefully coordinate with your photo props or the season.  It really does wonders for about 10 minutes.  😉  The other thing is I do love a solid background if you are taking photo booth pictures.  I love the contrast of a solid background with fun bright clothes.  It makes for a fun photo.

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Last & not least you have to learn to go with the flow of your kids’ direction.  Things are going to happen, they’re going to get off center from where you want them to be, they’re (or at least my kids) are going to mess up the props before you can even take a picture, but try not to lose your cool.   Because that will disrupt the flow & ease of taking natural pictures.  I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been upset that something happened or they weren’t centered.  Looking back that should be the least of my worries.  I just want to capture them being happy and full of life.  It really does make all the difference in a great looking picture.
Since we are about to be in “major picture taking season” ~ Carter’s Holiday Shop is live!  Find everything you need for the holidays! Find dress up styles, holiday outfits, holiday PJs & accessories to capture the wonder of the season.


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  1. says

    You know my kids are now 24 & 27 but back in the day we use to go to the Carter’s outlet and buy them clothes. They were comfortable for the kids to wear and reasonably priced so if they did what kids do, and soiled them, rip them or stain them, it wasn’t a big deal. After all kids will be kids. I can see your kids have a lot of spunk and are so adorable. Great pics and I love the moveable one. I’ll have to check out that site at the bottom of the page.

    Oh and by the way, I gifted much of our Carter’s to my sister who had her kids after me. They held up great, even those that did get soiled. That’s where a good detergent comes in handy.

    Hope your kids have a fun Halloween!

  2. says

    I love the idea of using a photo booth at bigger events! Photographers can capture a ton of moments, but these booths help to show the fun and crazy side of everyone. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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