Sailing at Home. Building a set and photographing my daughter in my living room.

Sailing at Home. Building a set and photographing my daughter in my living room.

It’s there is something I’ve learned in life is to make the best out of every situation and to be creative no matter the circumstances and/or limitations. I have missed my clients incredibly. I have missed socializing and connecting to people in real life, away from our computers. But, I have also enjoyed my time at home with my kids. I always do my best to keep myself creative and inspire my kids to do the same.

So, a few weeks ago, we decided to make a stop at Spectacular Themes (if you don’t know who they are yet, I mention them in almost every single one of my post. It is a HUGE prop house I’m happy to have partnered with a couple of years ago). This prop house is one of the few places we have visited and we feel safe to go to. It’s usually only the owners and us in the place.

Whenever we go there I always ask my kids to go around and pick a theme and props for a photoshoot. I love to see what they come up with. This time they decided to go with a Sailing Theme.

If you follow me on social media you may have seen on my stories how this whole process goes. If you don’t follow me yet, please don’t miss all the fun and follow both of my Instagram accounts @gilmarsmith @gilmarsmithphotography.

We ended up packing our car with lots of sailing props, and then we built a set in the middle of my living room.

Here is how the set ended up looking like.

My brother sent this sailing dress to my daughter about a year ago and I got this cheap hat on amazon to finish the sailor look.

Whenever I am working with kids, I avoid at all costs asking them to “smile”. Instead, I try to bring out their imagination by either telling them a story that relates to the photoshoot theme we are doing or by encouraging them to play with props.

By letting them play free with little prompting I am able to capture their personalities and their candid expressions.

They also feel more comfortable and are able to enjoy the moment, which means they will be willing to be photographed more often.

I love kids’ curiosity and sense of wonder and it is what I enjoy portraying the most on my work.

All of these were shot with a Nikon Z7 and a 24-70mm f/4 lens. I Used an Elinchrom ELC-500 with a deep octa as the main light and an Elinchrom ELC-125 with a strip and grid as an overhead light.


2020 has been a testing year. We have to navigate these uncertain times with a positive mindset trying to find joy in everything around us. Photography has always been an incredible emotional outlet for me. Being able to do what I love lately has been cathartic, especially those times when I feel stressed, overwhelmed, and worried about everything that is going on in the world.

I love sharing that passion with my kids, and getting to share it with all of you!

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