Photo Shoots on the Cheap

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Not sure what kind of photos to include in your photo book gifts?? Here are some of our favorite FUN (and very frugal) photo shoot ideas to get you started!

Emily and I love to create chalk drawings and then interact with them for fun (and very frugal) photo props, plus they promote lots of great imaginative play too!! Here she is catching a star with her net while soaring high above a set of tall buildings… this photo is action-packed!


This “space walk” had Emily jumping and laughing for a very long time! Great active fun!!


A bed sheet, some paper, and a bit of string made this photo shoot lots of fun (and super cheap) too!


Sticky notes on a wall can be great fun too — especially when combined with a big colorful bucket!!


Emily and Clara had SO much FUN with this simple photo idea holding up letters to spell out their names! Later, we made labels with them which would work well for Summer camps!


Another FUN photo prop for Summer are butterflies made from tissue paper and pipe cleaners! Super-simple, right?? Don’t forget your butterfly net!

Have fun!!

And don’t forget to visit your local Kodak Kiosk to take advantage of their BOGO on 8″ x 10″ photo books. Hurry! Offer is good until June 19th! There are more than 100,000 Kodak Picture Kiosks around the world — to find the one nearest you, click here. A big thank you to Kodak for sponsoring this post.


  1. Dear Valerie,

    I may have … accidentally parked my car on top of that city and shooting star. Sorry about the mayhem!


  2. You have such talented kiddos…flying, catching shooting stars…just amazing… ;0)

  3. I always enjoy these photo shoots that you post =)

  4. What fun and silly photos!! Love them.
    Are you familiar with Jan Von Holleben’s Dreams of Flying photography series? Might give even more inspiration- and I bet your girls would like them as much as we like your pics with your girls! here’s the link to the series- when I saw your pics I immediately thought of his!

    • I have not heard of this series!!! Thank you so much for passing it along — they are amazing!! 🙂

  5. Love these pictures. Too bad that my folks here don’t want to be in the picture that much ;-(

  6. Very cute ideas. I really like the clouds & sky 1 & the names pics.

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! Gorgeous ideas, So creative, and just looks like SO much fun!!

  8. I love this fotos!
    I pined it en my pinterest board!