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Why Bribery is OK During a Child’s Photography Session

New Orleans Family PhotographyPicture day can be a very, very stressful time if you have children. Finding the right outfit and a date that everyone is available on already causes you a headache. Once you have that down, though, everything is smooth sailing. You have prepared everything to be perfect, and then your worst nightmare happens – your child won’t cooperate. Even after you’ve coached him or her for the past two weeks and the entire car ride leading up to the session, your kiddo still just isn’t having it. You’ve tried all of the usual tricks and nothing is working. Sounds terrible, right?

Well, I’m here today to save you from this nightmare, and help you prevent this from even happening. Behold the power of bribery. I know some people frown upon this, however, they probably haven’t tried to get a two, six, and 10-year-old to sit in one position together, look at the camera, and smile. It’s no easy task! As a photographer, I’m going to give you the green light and tell you that it’s OK to bribe your kids for the sake of good photos.

We have a very limited amount of time to get all of the photos that you need, and I don’t want you to be stressed out or feel crunched for time because little Timmy is having a meltdown, is hiding behind his hands the entire session, or sticking his tongue out at me. So, I welcome bribery with arms wide open.

Every child is different when it comes to bribery. They all have different personalities and like different things. Some children are motivated by candy, others mommy time. You just have to find out what works best for your child.

Here are some suggestions that we’ve noticed have worked.

  • Beignets, candy or fruit snacks
  • Dinner at their favorite restaurant after the session
  • Later bedtime
  • That awesome toy they’ve been drooling over
  • Extra TV time
  • A sleepover with a friend
  • One-on-one time with Mom or Dad
  • Extended play time
  • They don’t have to eat their vegetables that night at dinner
  • They don’t have to do chores the next day
  • Give them back a privilege that’s been taken away the last time they were in trouble

While these aren’t the only options, we thought we’d give you a starting point to brainstorm your own ideas to help get your child to cooperate.


It has been such an honor to watch the Garrett triplet girls grow this past year. Visiting with this extraordinary family each month to capture the latest in the three baby’s milestones has led to some of my favorite photographs. From swimming in pink flamingo floaties at 3-months, to the adorable Frida Kahlos costumes at 7-months, there have been so many precious moments. With the big kids Oliver, Jack and Ellie always close at hand, our monthly photo sessions have evolved with the stages of the girls. One of my favorites is their 12-month photo shoot complete with three pink cakes and balloons. The family’s wood floor quickly became a trail of pink frosting as these active babies crawled through and around the cakes on their way to a new adventure. It’s an awesome responsibility to capture a baby’s first year, let alone three of them. This family is an inspiration in finding joy in the everyday and letting love surround a home. Thank you Vivienne, Wells, Georgie, Jack, Oliver and Ellie for letting me be your family photographer.

























Born just a few days after Mardi Gras 2018, newborn baby Charlie fits perfectly in a paper mache Carnival flower created by local artisan Brian Bush. Welcoming baby number 3 is a piece of cake for big brothers James and Everett. Everett is so sweet and caring to his newest baby brother Charlie and James is right at his side completely fascinated with this new wiggly being. It’s been an honor to capture each of these three boys as newborns over the years and even better to see them grow in to caring and lovely young boys. Welcome to the world Charlie!

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Penny and Lawson celebrated their 10th and 8th birthdays with their annual Mardi Gras birthday party held as the Krewe of Thoth paraded in fronted of their house. Despite a few minutes of heavy rain, the party was as joyous and lively as always with a wide arrange of very tasty king cakes, festive decorations, and complimentary umbrellas well used by big and small guests. It’s always such a pleasure to photograph these girls and their lovely extended family. My favorite moment this year was when Penny blew out their birthday candle before everyone sang them Happy Birthday. Her face is priceless. Dad quickly relit the candle. Happy Birthday girls!

  • Renee - February 23, 2018 - 1:47 pm

    Have loved the photographs of these adorable girls as they celebrate their birthdays. You have done a great job through the years capturing these growing girls. Thanks for sharing.

  • admin - February 26, 2018 - 8:38 am

    Thanks so much Renee!

All Dogs Welcome

After watching the Krewe of Barkus march this Mardi Gras, I was inspired to look back at some of my favorite doggie family portraits over the years. Although some of these sweet puppies are no longer with us, it’s clear that growing up next to a warm fuzzy animal who gives you unconditional love has a huge impact on your children.

Here at Twirl Photography, I am a big fan of your furry family members! Often your four-legged friend is a founding family member and documenting their relationship to your children is a wonderful memory to pass on. I am always pleased to add them into our sessions!

Here are a few of my favorite memories of pets, although I seem to be missing my feline friends. Please call.

Also, if you are planning on bringing a pet to your session, here are some things you should remember to bring to ensure everything goes smoothly:

  1. A leash. This will help you keep your pet near to you and where you want him or her for photos. (They aren’t just for dogs, you know.) Be sure to bring a thinner leash, as they are easier to hide or edit out if necessary.
  2. A friend. Having someone come with you specifically to take care of your pet is ideal. This will help so that your pet is not running around all over the place or alone in the car, should you wish to take some photos without Fido.
  3. Treats are great bribery for your animal. It will help keep your pet still and focused on the camera.
  4. A favorite toy. The noisier the better. This is also a great tool to help keep your pet’s attention on me. We can also use it for a fun game and get some fun interaction shots.


What happens when you have two older brothers who like to build lego buildings? You become Super Baby! Ellington is full of personality which will serve him well when brothers Prescott and Sullivan lead him through a many adventure in life. It is such an honor to photograph Ellington’s first year milestones for one of my favorite families in New Orleans. At 3-months-old I am already smitten with Ellington’s big smile!


11-MONTHS-OLD. Oh my goodness, these little girls are full of personality, giggles, the occasional drama and standing! Vivienne, Wells and Georgie never disappoint during our monthly photo session to document their first year. Adding a little Mardi Gras magic into the mix and a kitchen sink bath made this one of my favorite sessions to date. And I am now convinced we all need our own pink unicorn to jump on.



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