Themed Photo Shoot

What You Need:

  • Camera
  • Props of your choice (optional)
  • Large white sheet (optional)
  • Photo printer or access to a place that prints photos
  • Snacks and drinks (for all the friends you invite over)

What You Do:

  1. Brainstorm themes for your photo shoot with your child. Here are a few to get you started:
    • Vampires (perhaps use leftover Halloween paint to spice it up)
    • Wild west, complete with cowboy hats and jeans
    • "Great Gatsby”, a 1920s flapper theme
    • Color theme (perhaps school colors), where everyone dresses in the same color(s)
  2. Encourage your friends to bring their own costumes with them, but it's a nice touch to have a few extra accessories on hand for your friends to play with and try on.
  3. On the day of the photo shoot, gather everyone together. For best light, try shooting outside. If you have a white sheet, you can hang it up as a backdrop for a more professional look.
  4. Once everyone is in place, start taking pictures! Encourage everyone to have fun with it, trying different poses and action shots.
  5. Rotate photographers among your friends or get a parent or sibling to help out in order to make sure everyone is included in the shoot.
  6. When the shoot is done, upload the photos to your computer, edit them, and print them out or take them to a photo printing shop.
  7. Don’t show anyone the photos until the end of the year, and then give them as parting gifts to all of your friends. Have everyone sign each others' photos and write a short message to remember them by.

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