Hi, I'm Jess.
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After many years of doing what I do, I've decided I need to add one more kind of shoot to my repertoire, because I would quite literally do these every day for free if I could. I ADORE taking pictures of children in their homes, eating food and then taking tubs to wash the messy food off. I wrote a whole blog post about it, with more pictures. You can read the full blog post here.
Lots of photographers do entire "cake smash" photoshoots in their studios, but studio setups are not my thing. I just like messy babies. If that's going to happen around when your baby turns one year old, great, we can do this with a messy birthday cupcake. Or really, we can do it anytime. Popsicles outdoors, dripping and messy, then a "tub" = spraying your child with a hose? Fabulous. Whatever you want to do - I just need a messy kiddo for 10 minutes and then a wet one for 10 more minutes.
If you decide to book one of these Get Messy, Take a Bath Minishoots, I will come to your house and do this as a minishoot for 20-30 minutes for $250.
Let's get messy right away. You can invite a friend over and stick him or her in a high chair too... or have big brother or big sister be part of it... the only rule is they have to be willing to be messy.
Lots of times I find people like to do these kind of photoshoots sometime between the ages of 9 months and 18 months, when their babies are still enjoying their high chair but are sturdy enough to sit up unaided in a tub. That being said, I am happy to do these minishoots with any age child.
But there will be no dressing up, ok? No nice clothes at all. And no posing for the camera. Faces will be smeared with mess, and we'll like it.
And then, after about 10 minutes of eating something messy (cake, spaghetti with red sauce... anything...), let's get cleaned up.
Because tubs are the best place ever. We'll put a little bit of water in the bottom of the tub, toss some tub toys (or just kitchen spoons and measuring cups, whatever's fun) in there too, and get cleaned up. We can also do this in the kitchen sink - those kind of photos are fantastic as well, and what's more fun than playing in the sink?
Because I wouldn't want you to say I left you with a messy baby.
Bath pictures are just divine, guys. But I have to leave after just ten more minutes of those, because honestly I could take pictures of your children in the bath all day, but we don't really need that.
You can hang it in the bathroom or the kitchen and it'll make you smile forever.
1) No fancy clothes. You're getting messy. Clothes are extraneous. Bare bellies or clothes you don't mind getting covered in food are best.
2) No posing. Nobody looking at the camera, k?
3) The first 10 minutes we'll be eating something messy (provided by you - whatever you think your little person will enjoy - doesn't need to be a cake to smash, could be avocado and blueberries, whatever) and getting completely covered in it.
4) The second 10 minutes will be our getting clean pictures. Usually in the tub, but sometimes in the sink. Also could be with a hose in the backyard, whatever's fun.
And you are going to ADORE these shots, trust me. And you get to choose an 8x10 metal print at the end, what's better than that?
Also, if you'd like to purchase all the digital files after this minishoot, you can do that - they're available for the minishoot digital negatives rate of all of the JPGs for $500 or you can choose to order just a handful of your favorite images for $75 for each JPG.
Let's have some messy faced/bathtime fun!