Eliza is officially a model. One of our friends works for U. S. Toys and asked if Eliza could model for some Constructive Playthings catalogs. We’ve got a little cover girl. Pretty darn cool.

She’s used to modeling for Nerd Nest, so this wasn’t that big of a leap for her. Also, Jake and I are like her paparazzi. But this was way cooler than all of that, because there was a warehouse full of toys.

All photos by Chris Vleisides.

Eliza Models for CP

We are so getting some of these puppets.

Eliza Models for CP
Eliza Models for CP

Eliza Models for CP

Eliza Models for CP

Eliza Models for CP

Here are some things I learned during E’s photoshoot that might be useful tips for photographing your kids, even in casual settings.

-For children with long hair: bring bobby pins or barrettes. Eliza’s hair gets in her eyes, which was a pain when she needed to be looking certain angles. Luckily someone had one. A brush probably isn’t a bad idea either.

-Snacks are essential. Eliza was loosing steam towards the end and got a little grumpy. A few crackers or some string cheese would have gone a long way, I think.

-Give the kids some say. Eliza is bossy (she definitely has a type A oldest child personality), so they had the idea of letting her pick out some toys to shoot with. Even if they don’t end up using those photos, Eliza felt like her voice was being heard and that made her happier to do the things that weren’t her ideas.

-Take a million photos. We do this anyway, but they did it even more. One hundred photos of the same thing and there would be one perfect one. In the age of digital cameras, it pays to take as many shots as possible in order to capture one that’s pure magic.

-Let your kid be themselves. We live in a world where unhealthy body images fill the media and low self esteem and self worth is commonplace. Your kid doesn’t need that from you too. So don’t make negative comments about their appearance or try to perfect clothing or hairstyles. Relax and emphasize that they are naturally beautiful just the way they are.