My son lookin' "fresh to death". Hat: @wee_delights Shirt: @tribeisalive Pants: @ledgerslegs Shoes: @converse
You want to get noticed? You want to be featured on kids fashion feature sites like @hipkidfashion? Are you wondering what the secret is? Well, it's really quite simple. Take a good photograph.
No, really. That's really the key.
Yes, your child's outfit needs to be "hip" for a feature. Yes, you have to put forth some effort. Every feature site is different, but we tend to like outfits the have at least two (2) shop/store tags. No, you don't need to buy everything from an Instagram shop for a feature. BUT, we DO love supporting small business and "mama-made" items. So think of it like a bonus if your son or daughter is clad in entirely small business items.
So, what's this about a photograph? Well, think about it. Your child could be wearing the CUTEST, most hip outfit anyone's ever seen, but the problem is, the photograph isn't clear or well lit. In other words, I can't see the outfit. If I can't see it, then it can't be featured. I think you catch my drift.
Now I'm sure you're thinking, "well, what does that mean? Do I need to run out and buy an expensive camera to be featured?" No. No, you don't. I've seen some really amazing photos taken with just an iPhone camera. So here are some tips to help make those photos just a tad better.
Go outside. Take your child outside and let them play. Natural light is the best kind of light. Just make sure that the light isn't BEHIND your child.
Brighten your photos by editing them in Instagram before posting. Once you hit edit, there's an option that reads "Brightness." Just slide the scale to the right. There's also a "sharpness" button, which I find helpful. Just these two edit clicks can make a big difference in your photos.
Don't cut off limbs and try to really capture the whole outfit. I can't tell you how many times I see a photo and half of the child's body is outside the frame or a hand is chopped off, etc. That photo probably isn't getting featured. All you have to do is take a step backwards. Move back and more of your child will fit inside the photograph. Pretty simple, huh?
Don't make your child who's 4 look like they're 21. Now, this is where people may have different views. I, personally, set a rule for our page. No bellies. I don't want to see a child's midriff. I just won't feature it. I'm saying this upfront because it could literally be the best outfit and best photo in the world, but we won't be featuring it. Everyone's got a limit and this is mine. This rule also goes for children with makeup on and just inappropriate dress for a child.
So, now that you've gotten just a bit of insight on what we are looking for when we feature photos, tag those well lit, bright, sharp and well styled photos with #hipkidfashion !! We would love to feature all of your kids!
AJ rocking his outfit for the camera Hat: @noxxaz Shirt: @mamasaidtees Jeans: @alldukedup Shoes: @converse