September 18, 2022

My Secret Hack for Booking *Free* Photoshoots

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So I’m not going to lie, I definitely had a breakdown at this shoot. Trying to get two toddlers fed, dressed, and out the door on time is no walk in the park pun intended on a typical day so with the added pressure of doing a photoshoot in a new location when it’s 95 degrees outside (with no snacks and no help!) we were pretty much all either crying or screaming by the end of it. To say that I was pleasantly surprised by how cute the photos came out would be an understatement.

I’ve pretty much given up on the idea of taking photos of my girls on a daily basis. They’re just not into it. On top of that, finding those rare moments when they’re both dressed nicely, hair brushed, and not covered in oatmeal let alone standing still is not the hill I choose to die on. I have no idea how full-time family content creators do it. It’s giving mental breakdown.

At the same time, they grow so fast and are constantly changing in a way that is really only apparent when looking back at old photos and videos. So last year I decided to do seasonal photoshoots with the girls 3 – 4 times a year. That way there was just one day every few months where we could show up, look cute for thirty minutes, and leave the photo taking to the professionals.

And although the first few shoots came off without a hitch, my girls decided to turn up at this last one. Journi just absolutely refused to sit or stand still, her dress was on backwards and at various points, she decided to take off both her diaper and shoes. Joelle did not want to have anything to do with her sister and refused to touch or even look at her for most of the shoot. Eventually, she felt like she had enough of everybody and all the directions she was being given that she had a full-blown meltdown in the middle of the park.

Put lightly, it was an absolute sh*t show. But despite how everything seemed to spiral out of control, the photographer remained calm, patient, and professional. He assured me that the ‘action’ shots with the girls in motion would turn out to be some of the best ones and he was able to capture a few photos with both girls pre-meltdown. I was so happy with how the photos turned out and actually had a hard time choosing which ones I liked the best.

Ok, so tell us about this secret photoshoot hack.

Shoot allows you to book a free mini photo session with professional photographers in major cities throughout the U.S. It’s perfect for a variety of different types of photos: Family, Maternity, Engagement, Birthday, Graduations, Brand, Social Media, Travel etc.

It’s a female-led company on a mission to make professional photography more affordable and accessible, while also empowering local professional photographers.

They offer free 30-minute photo sessions at beautiful and convenient locations. After your session (in 3 -5 business days), you’ll receive a digital gallery of 40+ high-res, lightly edited photos. You only pay for the ones you love ($15 – $25 per photo depending on how many you order).

It’s a great way to get high-quality photos without a lot of fuss.

I personally use them to make cute photo books to give away as holiday gifts, I post them on my website and social media, and submit them to the girls’ talent agency to update their portfolio

Check out their website and the list of cities where you can book a shoot.

If you decide to book PLEASE use my link. For every shoot booked using my link, $20 will be donated to the Mamapreneur Program and allow me to provide free and low-cost services to other purpose-driven, mama-led, businesses and organizations.

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