Thursday, July 13, 2017

#zulilyPictureDay Contest & First Day of School Photo Tips and Tricks
It's a little early to be talking about "Back-To-School" time.  Well, it may be early for some.  Others may be itching for that time to roll around.  However, here is something that will make going back to school a bit more exciting!

Zulily has launched a contest called #zulilyPictureDay.  From now until July 16, 2017, on and in the zulily app, everyone is invited to submit a unique story (100 words or less) about their favorite school and let zulily know why they should outfit their school with back-to-school photos. On August 11th, eight finalists will be featured in an interactive Facebook Live series that highlights each of the finalists' unique school stories. Viewers will have a chance to vote and help choose the winning school.

So, what's the prize if you win? A $500 shopping credit on! And your school will receive a zulily Studio team visit. The Studio team (including professional photographers) will show everyone what they do each day and they will have a few surprises for students and teachers.

Just for entering the #zulilyPictureDay contest, each person who submits a nomination will receive $10 off on a $75 for a limited time. 

Now for the photo tips we could all use.  These tips come from Jana Krinsky, Head Editorial Studio Manager of zulily.  She says:
For kids Kindergarten to 4th Grade

"Give your memories some context. Try posing them in a familiar setting with elements that define that time in your child's life. Use the photo as a way to tell a story to their future selves.

Squish the Bug! Sometimes it's hard for kids to understand why standing in one place for a photo is important. In our studio, we draw a little bug on a piece of masking tape and place that tape precisely where we want the child to stand. When the time comes, we don't demand the kid stands still, we just play a game! 'Can you jump on the bug?' 'Can you squish him?' Every time the model starts to wander off we say 'jump back to the bug,' 'Quick! Squish him before he gets away!'

Simon Says. Games are the best way to keep your kids involved and present during your photoshoot. Rather than ordering them to stand up straight and smile, play a game of Simon Says! Mix in fun commands with your desired poses so as not to give away your new trick… 'Simon says put your hands in your pocket!'"

Tips for Photographing Tweens

"Get them moving. Whether it’s a hair flip, throwing a football or flipping through a notebook, movement can capture the perfect candid (and what is more Instagram worthy than that?)

Give them something to do. A task. An Act. Three steps. Often times, standing still and smiling can get really old, really quick. For a more entertaining, enjoyable photoshoot introduce some sort of task and the photos will come effortlessly.

Big laughs, close crops.
More than capturing a moment, we want our pictures to capture the essence of our subject’s personality. Laughter is a beautiful way to bring out those genuine features and we recommend getting up close so you don’t miss a thing! "

This post was written in partnership with zulily.

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