Family photoshoots are more about the quality time spent together than the photos themselves, although they can give a lot of joy as well. These photoshoots usually involve large, toothy grins, hugs, and flattering lighting.
Yet, this doesn’t have to always be the case, as it turns out, some people have a different idea of a family photoshoot, especially during the festive Halloween season.
A few weeks ago, photographer and labor and delivery nurse Tiffany Renfroe, from Dothan, Alabama, shared the photos of the daddy-daughter shoot she gave her husband and their little girl on Facebook, and it perfectly showed their strong bond.
“Daniel and I are very sarcastic, as people, as parents. Life is too short to take everything so seriously. Our babies (Kaiden-10, Gibson-5, Oakley-11 months) are our world.
We are active parents that would rather be doing things with them or giving them experiences over gifts or money, although they still are spoiled. Our kids go everywhere with us and are included in everything we do (we live away from family due to jobs).”
Her husband, Daniel, is a Contracted Blackhawk Technical inspector and has always loved classic horror movies. He and their daughter Kaiden started watching The Walking Dead, waiting day by day for the next season.
They also watch a lot of classic horror movies, and even their son Gibson joins them.
Tiffany maintains that their children know that the people and things on the screen aren’t real, so they are not scared.
“They sit there picking out different artistic stuff and laughing at the ridiculous props, makeup, and costumes used in the old classics! It wasn’t hurting them, making them scared, so whatever. It’s us. My kids are sweet and loving, do great in school, are nonviolent, love others, and that’s all that matters to us as parents.”
After Tiffany took her baby Oakley to visit family in Oregon, her best friend took some pictures of them. When they got home, her husband said that he would like to have a daddy and daughter shoot.
“So my mind went to thinking. In the meantime, I had been tagged in some horror-themed pictures, saying it was right up my alley. Daniel gets tagged in every Michael Myers video on the net because he wears his mask all the time being funny. I wanted something original, something unique.
Then, after a few good draft beers, it came to me, the light flickered in my head! I would combine the ideas that Daniel loves and Kaiden loves, and do a zombie shoot.”
In a week she put everything together, location and ideas, and a day before the shoot, they found the perfect place.
“The day of, Kaiden and myself, started doing Daniel’s makeup first, he sat propped up against the wall right next to Oakley’s toys, we hoped she would just play while we worked on this. But just like a curious 11-month-old she was, she was right up in our business!”
“So I would do some of Daniel’s, then smudge a little on her, do a little more of his and smudge again on hers, brushes on him brushes on her, she was even attempting to help with the makeup brushes! Her sister would tickle her with the “dirt brush”.
It was a game for her! About a 2-hour game. It took patience but was fun. There was no getting her to stay still like many online people have wondered how I did, I worked in her world and made it fun, you know, the tricks moms know how to pull when they need or want things done.”
Daniel went above and beyond with the theatrics by also wearing zombie-esque makeup on his face. To further push the horror-themed shoot, they chose in a wooded area in front of a wooden shed.
In some photos, Oakley is walking through the woods where she appeared to be by herself.
Tiffany used pieces of edible cake to look like red intestines and placed them across the man’s stomach to give him the appearance of being already dead.
Daniel later dressed as Michael Myers from the horror film Halloween and was pictured carrying the zombie-looking Oakley away through the woods.
Tiffany posted the photoshoot on social media on Oct.23, and it quickly went viral, garnering over 153,000 shares.
She later added more context to the images for people, as some were concerned because it looked like Oakley was wearing creepy contacts to additionally push her zombie costume:
‘No babies were harmed in this process. No contacts were used, eyes were edited. (although it makes me giggle because trying to picture putting contacts on an 11th-month-old is hilarious when I can’t even wrangle her to change a diaper some days).’
‘No babies were scared in this process, our children are used to the mask (Daddy wears it to bed practically), they are used to dressing up, and Oakley is no different, although she is intrigued by everything she is not scared. If anything, she was mad I wouldn’t give her all the gut goodies.’
Tiffany says that it was a great family time together. Kaiden and Gibson helped behind the scene, they snacked on the props, laughing and giggling at the faces Daniel and Oakley were making.
They all enjoyed the wildlife and the woods, as well as riding down country roads on their side by side.
Tiffany encourages other parents to try to spend such time with their children as well:
“Children need our time, they need us, they need laughs, giggles, hugs, and adventure. That is what they will remember. They aren’t going to remember eating cake and berries off of some fake intestines.”
She admits receiving both, positive and negative comments, with the positives greatly outweighing the negatives.
“I am so humbled for the reaction and support from the people who stand behind me, defending me as a person, not even really knowing me. Thank you for all the support and interest in my photoshoot”
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