family photo tips

By Lily of Lily Glass Photography. Catch her Mother’s Day Special right here!
Preparing for In-Home Family Portrait Sessions / How to Take a Family Portrait and Actually Enjoy It 

Family photos. Just the mention of it can cause your heart to race and your mind to spin. We all want lovely images of our family laughing and playing peacefully together, but is it really possible to get those pictures without threatening “stand still or no ice cream” through gritted teeth? As someone who gets to capture these moments, I assure you, it is. And my favorite place to photograph a family is in their home. Lily Glass Photography - Family Photo TipsI know what you’re thinking: it’s hard enough to get the entire family ready by a certain time not to mention clean my house! But it’s within that space that your love has grown. Where the hard work is done. Where you argue and makeup and teach and gently guide and snuggle and wipe noses. It’s the everyday love that I want to remember as a mother and so as a photographer, it is hands down my favorite thing to document for other families. So today I’ll be sharing a few tips to keep in mind when having portraits taken inside your home while maybe even enjoying the process. Lily Glass Photography - Family Photo Tips1. Dress mom first. Choose something comfortable that makes you feel confident. Then coordinate the little one’s outfits and lastly dad. Keep things casual like it’s a day in your home and try to avoid that matchy-matchy look.

2. Embrace the chaos. At some point a bed is going to be ruffled and the lego bin tipped over. Let it happen. Heck, be the one to make it happen! People live here, remember?Lily Glass Photography - Family Photo Tips
3. Let go of “cheese.” Remember that the point of this session is to capture your love-filled daily life. The more the kiddos forget that there is a camera nearby, the more genuine the final images will be. So tickle and chase away but resist the urge to say “look at the camera!”Lily Glass Photography - Family Photo Tips
4. Trust your photographer. I know that when I ask you to sit on the couch the only thing you’re thinking about is that dying plant in the corner. I see it. And I chose this spot because the light is extra magical. Choose a photographer that is experienced in this kind of portraiture and you’ll feel more relaxed in the confidence that they want to capture your family in it’s best light (quite literally).Lily Glass Photography - Family Photo Tips
5. Have a few activities in your back pocket. Nothing over the top — a run through the sprinkler in the backyard or a few minutes baking together in the kitchen can add variety to your photos and document some of your favorite family activities.
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Thanks so much, Lily! Aren’t these great tips?
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International Arrivals : art supplies for kids

Here at Small Fry we love to keep you in the loop on all the latest and greatest for your kiddos so when we were introduced to International Arrivals we couldn’t hold back! This post isn’t sponsored just our true love of good supplies that spark imagination in our littles minds! Everything is beautifully made and the branding is flawless so it looks incredible scattered across your counters 😉Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 5.31.29 PM

The whole site is gorgeous so you’ll want to take a look – but here are some of our favorites.

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Seriously Fine Felt Tip Markers // White/Black Graph Paper // Color In Paper // Chunkies Paint Sticks // Oil Pastel Twisty Stix // Neon Chalkables // Dino Eraser // Eiffel Tower Eraser // The Ink Works Pens

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lotions & potions

Okay, how cute is this new line of skin and body care from giggle!? giggle always nails it with their clothing and toys and so with every new product launch we are all just slow clapping from the sidelines. These are all free of fragrances, dyes, parabens, phthalates, made in the USA and no animal testing! Clapping continues.Giggle's Lotions & Potions Shampoo and Body Wash & Bubble Bath — the bubble bath is already gone. HUGE hit!Giggle's Lotions & PotionsBaby Bottle Wash – Lolly is still loving her bottle and this is great for quick rinses!Giggle's Lotions & Potions Insect Repellent — so excited to use this this Summer! Is there anything worse than standard repellent? Smells awful and like a bunch of chemicals. This one smells awesome!Giggle's Lotions & Potions Lotions and Wonder Balm. We have a few Small Fry boys with SUPER sensitive skin and the balm is heaven sent!Giggle's Lotions & PotionsAlso they have lots not pictured: Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45, Diaper Rash Cream, Toy & High Chair Cleaner, Room & Linen Spray.

Congrats to our friends at giggle for another slam dunk product launch!!

 

Tosan [giveaway!]

It may be Mother’s Day weekend but we have a fun giveaway today to help you get ready for Father’s Day! Since we already did lots of spoiling for moms, we’re HAPPY to shift the focus. Last month we had our husbands interviewed by the Modern Dad and you can see that their support is why we’re able to do what we do (interview here!). The balance a good dad provides to a family is unmatched so while you’re getting pampered this weekend, you can enter to win this amazing backpack for your guy for next month’s Father’s Day!Tosan Giveaway

This backpack by Tosan in in pre-order mode and will ship June 1st just in time! You would never guess it was for adventuring with kids but the features inside say differently. It converts from pack to tote, has three internal pockets and a detachable pouch. Really, it just looks rad, right? Our guys would love to wear this, and knowing its stashed with pacifiers and cheerios is our little swoon-worthy secret.unnamed

http://tosanknowsbest.com/products/pre-sale-tosan-convertible-adventure-pack

So enter below! You’ll also win a Pop + Tot tee set which our boys have been wearing around the clock and think it’s SO cool to match with dad. http://tosanknowsbest.com/products/pre-sale-tosan-convertible-adventure-packGood luck! Also if you want to pre-order your own backpack you can find the page here.
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summer style prep

We’re back with Zappos and this time getting ready for whatever Summer throws at us! It’s always so funny to see how different our picks are for the same purposes with these monthly challenges, here’s what we all couldn’t order fast enough in preparation for these warmer school-free months!

JENNA:

I found this fit a few months ago and had to have it in white! The holes are perfectly placed and the fit is so wonderful. For sure worth the investment!Summer Style

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EMILY:

Shopping is no longer fun at 32 weeks pregnant! I think it shows, yes? 😉Summer StyleBut I will always enjoy buying new shoes. The mule trend is alive and well and I looked through pages it seemed on Zappos and had the hardest time deciding! It was between these awesome Dolce Vitas, and these Steve Madden’s. I don’t own a single pair of gray shoes and these seemed like a great versatile option! I love that the suede extends up and around the heel a little bit for a nice surprise in design. Once I’m back into jeans I can’t wait to wear these with a dark rinse high-waisted pair (Is it weird high waists is what I miss wearing most?)Summer StyleAlso spotted this rad ring from French Connection. Everyone seems afraid of it like it’s going to puncture them, but it’s all on this elastic and it has a lot of give. Super cool piece that people love to comment on!Summer Style

NICOLE:

So ready for Summer and adventuring! I always love Zappos for activewear and even got the boys set up this time around! We’re ready for a hike, a soccer game, kite flying. Whatever it may be!Summer Style

Sunny rocking this Nike hat // Dash is in this one // They are also all about soccer lately and have been wearing these jerseys  and shorts\ daily Dash in black and Sunny in white. Of course they need the Adidas slides which I love because they’re so easy for them to get on and off all by themselves.//  Sunny’s sneakers which can be dressed up or down  for play or even church!

 

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I’ve been loving jogging lately so had to scoop up these shorts + jacket! I’ve had these awesome abstract print Nikes and love that they don’t scream run/work-out!

 

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