Back-to-School Photo Tips + the zulily Picture Day Contest! #zulilyPictureDay ~ Trendy Mom Reviews
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Friday, July 7, 2017

Back-to-School Photo Tips + the zulily Picture Day Contest! #zulilyPictureDay

Back-to-School season is just around the corner.  It's my favorite time of year to shop for trendy clothing and accessories for my children.  In today's post, the pros at zulily have shared photo tips for us to share with you.  We'll also tell you about the trendy #zulilyPictureDay contest where everyone scores a $10 off of $75+ coupon and has a chance to win trendy prizes.

Let's start with the tips. zulily’s studio department features 310 in-house photographers, stylists, make-up artists, photo editors and copywriters, all working to create custom creative imagery designed to accompany their fresh, daily assortment of 100 events (aka sales!). They’re photographing nearly 100 kids per week! And, when they photograph children’s merchandise, they engage our community and photograph children without modeling experience, be it an employee or customer’s daughter or son, toddler, baby, etc. so you can imagine all of the tips & tricks their teams know from interacting daily with families and children to capture the zulily spirit.

We all treasure our special "first day of school" photos.  I have photos of my son from his first day of "infant lab" when he was a baby, his first days of preschool, and every year of grade school so far. It's fun to compare his size each year! I'm sure that many of you take these photos and enjoy the memories too.  Try these tips to take the best photos:  

“Squish the Bug!” 
For young kids, standing still on set can be a challenge when there is so much to explore! To combat this, our photographers place a small piece of masking tape and place it precisely where we want the child to stand. When the time comes, we don’t demand the kid stands still, we just play a game! “Can you jump on the bug?” Works like a charm! 
Give your memories some context 
This is tip is for all ages! We think that the best photos tell a story. Use this opportunity to include objects that tell the story of life at the time the photo is being taken. Including things like a basketball, dance shoes, or your pet can give great context to the photo and provide a wonderful walk down memory lane years later! 
For mom & dad: facing the light source to fill your face with light 
More often than not, mom and dad are more used to being behind the camera than in front of it. We always encourage parents to keep their face towards the light source with their chins up – in doing so, their faces are filled with natural light and any light distortions are avoided. 
Acclimate your pet to their environment  
After choosing a great location for your shoot, give your pet a few minutes to get comfortable with the new setting and relax a little. This is especially important for locations your pet may not be familiar with. Let them get their sniffs out before beginning!

Score a zulily coupon and enter for a chance to win!
Nomination Period
What: The zulily Picture Day Contest where each person who submits a nomination receives a special $10 off on $75+ purchase during this limited time and one winning entry will receive a $500 shopping credit on
When: Now through July 16, 2017
How: All zulily fans are invited to submit their favorite school’s unique story in 100 words or less as to why zulily should outfit their school with back-to-school photos.
For You: Submit a #zulilyPictureDay nomination and receive a special $10 off on $75+ purchase during this limited time.
For the Winning School: On August 11, 2017, zulily will identify the eight lucky finalists and launch an interactive Facebook Live series highlighting each entrant’s unique school story. During the series, viewers have a chance to cast their vote and help select the winning entrant and school. The nominator with the winning entry will receive a $500 shopping credit on And, the winning school of which the entry is about will receive a zulily Studio team visit, during which professional photographers will bring to life what we do every day! Plus a few surprises for students & teachers!
Thanks again to zulily for providing the trendy BTS photography tips and the details for the zulily Picture Day Contest!  

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