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BABY & KIDS

Dress up the Imagination

February 16, 2017

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Growing up, we found ourselves tucked away in our playroom, using our imagination and costumes to whisk us away to fantasy land. Well, today we find ourselves wishing we could hop in that time machine we made out of a box and crayons and go back to our childhood. It isn’t just Halloween where dress up costumes come in handy, every day can be a new story for your little one. Help them write their story with these ADORABLE costumes! (And BTW, you are going to want to scroll all the way down to the bottom of this post, WARNING: CUTENESS OVERLOAD AHEAD!!!)

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Shop all of these heart melting looks on our website, Mud-Pie.com. Photographing your cuties in these costumes?? We want to see it! Follow us on social media @mudpiegift and use #mudpiegift and you never know, your sweet pea may end up on our channel!

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BABY & KIDS

10 Tips for Capturing Holiday Photos

November 18, 2015

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! To many that means sweet treats, holiday decor, whimsical music, gifts with over-sized bows and everything jolly, but to me it means an opportunity to enjoy a side passion of mine. Most of you know me as Mud Pie’s Baby Designer, but I have a hidden talent aside from designing over-the-top Christmas outfits…that’s right, I LOVE taking photos. From portraits of friends and family to places and lifestyle shots, I am always looking to capture moments that turn to memories. And what better time of the year to do just that?

One of my favorite purchases – well besides my princess poodle, Olive – was my camera lens, a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L. It has brought a recollection of the best moments throughout the past years.

It’s the season to gather your family, and dress your kids up in a delightful outfits (even if they “don’t wanna”) for that perfect holiday photo. The digital world has turned this event into a hot trend. With that being said, I want to share my passion, and 10 tips for capturing holiday photos!

1.    FIND A CALM AND RELAXED ENVIRONMENT
Keep the room comfortable.  Kids get easily distracted when they are in a space they aren’t familiar with, so pick a comfortable spot.  Make sure the location is kid friendly—put away anything you think a kid could get into!
2.    HAPPY KIDS = HAPPY YOU
Make sure to schedule the shoot during your kid’s happiest time. It’s not a good idea to schedule a photo shoot with a stranger during nap or eating time.   Make sure the child is well rested and has a full belly.  This seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised to see how many people end up scheduling the shoot during nap time and then complain when it doesn’t work out.
3.    COME PREPARED WITH SURPRISES
I have a small checklist I go over before I leave for a baby shoot. These items are MUSTS when photographing kids.  Always, always, always bring bubbles… the kids love them!  I also ask the parents to have their favorite toys handy- just in case.  I hate to say it, but bribery works.  Come with a stash of cookies or lollipops… it works every time.
4.    HAVE AN ASSISTANT
Bring a friend or ask the mom to have someone on stand-by to help out.  Although we want mom there for the breakdowns, it’s not always a good idea to have her there during the shoot.  If a kid gets nervous they will cling to mom.  It’s best to start in a room away from the camera and then distract the kid from their mom.
5.    CHOOSE YOUR OUTFIT WISELY
It’s important to choose a cute outfit but nothing that outshines the kid.  Here are some of my favorites Holiday outfits from Mud Pie!

Mud Pie Kids Outfit

Christmas Car Footed One-Piece | Santa Tunic & Legging | Christmas Longall | Ribbon Tree Tunic & Legging
Reindeer Jumper & Tights | Tunic & Fur Legging SetSanta Tutu One-Piece

6.    DON’T HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS
They are kids. They won’t always act the way you think they will.  It’s okay. Better luck next time.
7.    PICK GOOD LIGHTING
Natural lighting is the best.   If possible, choose a spot with a large window where a lot of natural light comes in or take the shoot outside.  I prefer when it’s cloudy, so everyone is not squinting and eye colors pop.  If you happen to schedule the shoot on a cloudy day the pictures will turn out even better.
8.    MAKE THEM SHINE
Don’t forget PROPS!  Although the kids are cute by themselves, props add a little dimension to the shoots.  Here are some of my favorite holiday props from Mud Pie.

Mud Pie Props

Pom Pom Hat and Reindeer Hat are Sold Out.  A similar option is below.

Striped Glitter Dot Leggings | Cookies For Santa
Santa Stocking & Hat Set | Holiday Daddy & Me Bowtie Set | Red Organza/Grosgrain Bow  | Knit Tree Hat

10.    PICK SOME GOOD JAMS
Kids love to dance, clap and sing along.  I  make sure to always bring my iPad and a speaker to all my kids shoots.  Some of the songs that get the kids smiling are… Uptown Funk, Call Me Maybe and Shake It Off.
10.    BE PATIENT
Some shoots take one hour some four.  Be patient. It will pay off!

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Good Luck and HAVE FUN!

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FASHION

behind the scenes

October 29, 2014

At the Pie, you never know what your day will look like. Take this past Friday for instance – I was asked to step in and photo direct for our upcoming Spring 2015 Fashion catalog. The photo shoot took place on location in Downtown Atlanta. We had a great day filled with beautiful shots – we even snuck on top of a building for a gorgeous rooftop shoot! Enjoy the behind the scenes photos below and stay tuned for our new Spring 2015 Fashion product – will be available at www.mud-pie.com.

 

 

Mud Pie behind the scenes roof top

rooftop photo shoot!

 

Mud Pie behind the scenes Bridal

final edit of our bridal robes – hitting stores in Spring 2015!

 

Mud Pie behind the scenes Atlanta

pretty skyline view from our roof top location

 

Mud Pie behind the scenes rooftop

 

Mud Pie behind the scenes poncho

 

Mud Pie Behind the  Scenes street

 

Mud Pie behind the scenes proof

 

Katie Sig