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Emma and Elmo have a tea party

I’m currently taking yet another amazing Clickin Mom’s class called “Lifestyle Photography with Kids” and thought I’d share one of my first assignments. I’ve been wanting to take this class ever since I first joined CM, and I’m pinching myself that not only did I get into this sold out session, but I’m taking it with a bunch of my photographer friends from my very first intro class. The idea behind lifestyle photography is to tell the story of people as they are, as opposed to posing them in a contrived setting. It’s similar to documentary photography, but you have the freedom to control your environment a bit by moving things into good light and removing distractions. This style of photography works particularly well for small children as it’s nearly impossible to get them to do anything except whatever it is they want to be doing at that moment, anyway. :)

For my first story telling assignment, I decided to throw a little tea party for Emma and her BFF, Elmo. Notice how my idea of this tea party was a kettle, two cups, and a sugar bowl. Emma quickly had other ideas…

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Within about 2 minutes all the cups, a pan, utensils, a yogurt container, and a balance ball pump had joined in on the fun. We only bring out the balance ball pump for our fanciest tea parties. 😉


“Drink your damn tea, Elmo!” :)





Uh oh, I think she poisoned Elmo.

I have sooo much shooting to do this weekend for the next assignment, but I’m really looking forward to it… so many fun new techniques to try out! Also, if you haven’t gotten on the CM bandwagon, I can’t recommend their classes more highly. This is my 3rd workshop in 7 months, and I have another one starting at the end of April. I might be addicted. :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!!


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  • Sarah March 15, 2013, 11:42 am

    I love the last caption. Poor Elmo.

    • Sarah March 15, 2013, 11:43 am

      And the photos, too, of course!

  • Sarah April 2, 2013, 4:21 pm

    Hi Allie – I’m a first time expecting mom and I’ve always debated taking the plunge to a DSLR camera. With little one 5 months away, I’m feeling the urge to finally do it and fit in a class before his arrival! Would the shooting 101 class be good for a complete beginner? And I guess without a baby yet, my dogs will be in lots of photos!

    • allie April 8, 2013, 8:15 pm

      Yes!! It will be perfect. You’ll be SO SO SO glad you took it before the baby arrives. And congrats! :)