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Last week I shared that BigW had sent me a $100 gift card to buy Aidan some new clothes (keep reading for the chance to win one for yourself!) and that we had gone out and picked up two spunky, affordable outfits that will see him into the cooler months ahead. What I didn’t tell you was that the best part of all was yet to come! BigW had organised for Rachel Devine, a commercial children’s photographer to meet us at a special location for a mini photoshoot with Aidan wearing his new digs.
Being a photographer myself I never actually got around to organising official family portraits, I just used a tripod and a remote. I have so many talented contacts but orchestrating the “event” involved sorting outfits, convincing Steve to wear his, getting haircuts, being hormone-pimple-free and arriving to a location on time, often in Northern Sydney was just way too much effort not to mention it would take a fairly large chunk out of my budget. Having most of that stress taken out of the process made it so much fun and best of all Aidan had a blast and didn’t kick up a fuss, not even once.
The drive from our place to Manly took just over an hour but the weather was brilliant, the sun shone brightly and it was quite warm even though we were right by the water. That didn’t phase my little man as we switched his outfits, juggling pairs of shoes and fiddling with belts. He loved Rachel thanks to her super smiley face and a few pep-talks leading up to the shoot. I’d taken along a few props and I’m so glad I did as they kept him entertained and they added a bit of extra interest to the photos.
Aidan wore a mix of his own pieces with the things we got from BigW, I didn’t want him looking like he just walked out of a catalogue. Aidan and I spent the day before laying some of his favourite belts, hats and shoes on his floor. He picked out his favourites this is what we came up with. I was a bit disappointed that it was too warm to wear the funky beanie and the hoodies we’d chosen but that can’t be helped, it was more important that he was comfortable. In the end he was wearing hardly anything at all!
The shoot flew by and from the few shots Rachel showed me on the back of the camera I knew Aidan had done a super awesome job but it made waiting for the finished images absolute torture! I am extremely happy with them all and can’t get over how grown up he looks! It was also interesting to see how he looks through someone else’s eyes too, that was kind of cool. The clothes got a good work out and Aidan didn’t complain once or try to adjust them which was a good sign. As you can see the colours came up great, even after a few washes they’ve stayed the same and are still just as soft.
Now it’s your turn to kit out your little one (maybe even spoil yourself) as BigW is giving away a $100 Gift Card to one lucky reader! To enter all you have to do is answer this question:
“What is your child’s favourite thing to wear?”
Please note: The prize is x1 $100 Big W voucher which will be awarded to the most original and creative response. The winner will be chosen and delivered by Nuffnang. The giveaway will open from the 15 February 2011 and close at 5pm AEDST on 29 February 2012. One entry per person. Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you directly if you are a winner. Winner will be announced in the comments section of this post. Please refer to Term & Conditions.