Weekend Ideas: A DIY, Fun Family Picnic Photo Shoot
Glam-o-Mamas reader Elizabeth Limchu has a fun idea on how to spend your weekends with your family and friends: A DIY, picnic-themed photo shoot! Here’s how Elizabeth did this with her family — and made some memories along the way, too.
This shoot was the brainchild of my friend, Ricky Marzan. He was the one who came up with the outdoor picnic shoot. Manuel Chua came up with the peg for the setup and the props. I came with a car load of props. We were aiming for a vintage shabby chic kind of look. And I think we achieved that.
We are a group of friends; the photographers are the real rock stars. Our photographer friends, Manuel Chua, Ricky Marzan and Denison Tan are the guys who did my daughter Rori’s 1st photo shoot. And like a cool concert, we also had guest artists — photogpraphers Marc Frederick Ching and Carlson Ngo.
I also called on friends to help for the props, too. I am a shopper, so what better way to fuel my shopping urges than to shop for a conceptualized shoot? My friends, Cora Chua and Cymbelly Marzan are the most supportive and fun friends to hang out with, laugh out loud with while preparing for the shoot. And of course the star of the shoot! The kids! We all pitched in haha! We have the most wonderful kids! No one cried or misbehaved. They just kept on smiling and eating!
Some of the stuff I had to get from the mall; a few weeks before the shoot, I spotted the coolest trunks. But the rest of the stuff was brought either by us or our friends, from our respective homes. The vintage lamps are actually the lamps in my daughter’s room. The fabrics that we used were, of course, from our store, ERC Textile Boutique.
The paper lanterns were the ones we used during my daughter’s 1st birthday. The native stuff like baskets were from Divisoria. (I am, after all a Divisoria Mama! We really have everything at arm’s reach here!) The popcorn maker, vintage bike and super cute parasol were brought by the Chua family. The Marzan family brought the colorful food.
Throughout the planning stage, we couldn’t decide whether to do it in the early morning or in the late afternoon. Early morning would mean sleepy kids and rushing to prepare the props to get things ready for a shoot that shouldn’t run too long to avoid the heat of the noontime sun. Since it was also raining sporadically during the week, they had to check the weather forecast for that day. Since it said it was less likely to rain in the afternoon, we scheduled the shoot in the afternoon.
Here are photos from the actual shoot. With a little DIY and resourceful tools, we were able to come up with a pretty good set of shots!
These are what good memories are made of. Good friends having a good time, with good food and having keepsakes of the times we had so much fun. We are planning to make more shoots in the future!
**A version of this post originally appeared in Elizabeth Limchu’s blog at Divisoria Mama. If you want your own DIY-style photo shoot, you may also text this talented group of moms and dads! For inquiries, text or call 09173250315.
September 25, 2012 by Guest Writer