Activity: A photo shoot with your pets

August 22, 2012 in activities,guinea pigs

For two weeks I’ve been covering creativity and your kids. Now I get to share some of the projects we’ve tackled around here. I told the girls that one day this summer we would have a photo shoot with their pets, complete with props.  The day finally came.

I photograph things for the memories. Photography is not my hobby. So our standards are not high. Perhaps that made letting the girls use the camera and edit the pictures easier? We giggled our way through posing the beloved guinea pigs with different hats and props (the pigs were very cooperative). 

To edit the photos,  the girls had fun using one of our favorite, free web sites(you don’t even have to register) called PicMonkey. It is a super intuitive photo editing site. On my blog, I use it to resize images, to add “Pruning Princesses” in the corners, and to make simple edits. The girls like the more exotic special effects like the frames, the text, the odd color variations like Polaroid.  We didn’t use the the slimming effect or the airbrushing or the makeup, but the girls love taking photos of people they know and adding their own makeup. 

I highly recommend letting your kids try a pet photo shoot. It was super fun, ate up a whole afternoon and gave me a way to let my girls know that I think their favorite rodents are special too. (Note: We have a charming parrot too, but he won’t less us dress him up!) The girls are still trying to decide if they want to make a collage poster or a photo book out of their images. 

Drumroll…Guinea Pig photo shoot staring Astro and Nibbles and my girls.


guinea pig in costume

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Ms. Adams August 22, 2012 at 11:37 am

I love pic monkey too. Great site!


Pam August 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm

These are just adorable!! My daughter also did photo shoots with her guinea pigs. They were so much fun. (I love PicMonkey!)


Anna August 25, 2012 at 3:02 am

These are adorable! What a great idea mama! Looks like a great memory builder for sure. Visiting from studio JRU


Jennifer @ Studio JRU August 25, 2012 at 3:12 am

Oh my goodness… that is so cute! What a fun idea to do photo shoots with your pets like that. I can just image the giggles! 🙂


thebizymama August 25, 2012 at 11:52 am

Those are too cute! And good for you for taking on pets. I barely have time for my two boys, let alone any critters!


Melissa August 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

What fun! I haven’t let my daughter loose with a camera in awhile … so thanks for the inspiration! I love seeing the world through her point of view. I never thought about us using picmonkey together to have even more fun with the photos! Thanks so much for sharing! (Stopping by from SITS)


Jenni C's August 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm

well, my daughter is sold on the idea…and wants to know when we are going to do it…popping over from Studio JRU.


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