What to wear Wednesday: texture

Texture might be your secret weapon when it comes to what to wear. It creates a great dimension to your photos AND dresses things up a bit! If you’ve read my style guide you know I’m a big fan of dressing up for photos!

Let me help you get some ideas of clothing texture for your fall family photos!

Faux fur vest with concealed button at top $17.99

I also have gotten request to share the shirt that I wore for my new headshots taken by Hope Taylor. This is a great texture piece that can be paired with a lot of different bottoms.
Floral Laced Off-the Shoulder Top $35

I would also squeal with delight and think your photo shoot is from heaven if you arrived in this skirt! Wouldn’t you also feel like such a princess?

Women’s Long Tutu Tulle Skirt A Line Floor Length Skirts $45

 

That’s it for today! Next I’m planning on posting some awesome floral dress and tie options.  AND STAY TUNED FOR MY AMAZING MAGAZINE VERSION OF MY STYLE GUIDE!!!

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James and Erin 10th Anniversary Session

I’m so excited to share this 10th anniversary session! James and Erin never had wedding photos so these were 4 kids late long overdue! Their session was gifted by their friends (also my brother and his awesome wife – hi guys!) who have lived all around the world with them for the military.


couple anniversary session

couple in field

I also LOVE the Charlotte Russe dress Erin bought for the session.  It’s the perfect color and length and I can really tell she read my style guide.  SPOILER ALERT: my NEW UPDATED style MAGAZINE is coming really soon – ahhhh!

10 years! Wahoo! Congratulations James and Erin!

Thank you guys SO much! It was really fun to get to know you both! My memories of the eclipse (coolest thing ever!!!) will always be paired with having a great portrait session with you! When you see these photos in your house I hope that it will increase your appreciation for each other and your kids will see how much you love each other.

 

 

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What to wear Wednesdays: What’s in the fall

Life is sort of back to normal around here and that means WHAT TO WEAR WEDNESDAYS is BACK!

I already mentioned (even though it totally doesn’t feel like Fall is around the corner here in North Dallas) I’m going to be talking about what to wear to your fall sessions. I’m super super excited to announce that my October is fully booked for session but I do have a few spots left as of today for November.

If you’d like to schedule a session in November you can totally get your photos back in time to order Holiday Cards, prints, or products for yourself or family members.  I’m loving this heirloom locket necklace – it would make a great gift!

Ok back to What to Wear…. here are some things that are in style for the fall (according to Elle Magazine guide – because I am not that cool to make these things up)…

  • The color red
  • Couch floral patterns (also called micro florals)
  • Deconstructed shirts (think cold shoulder)
  • High collars
  • Long skirts or dresses
  • Thick belts

That’s a lot to work with!

 

I’ve found 2 awesome red dresses that I think would look great on camera for your fall session:

Venus Cold Shoulder Dress
Venue Pleated Flare Dress

Charlotte Russe Floral Mesh Maxi Skirt $26– I think this is a great option to use the colors that I usually recommend and try to have a little bit of the fall colors

Floral Ruffle-Trim Wrap Skirt $29 

Floral Tulle Overlay Skirt $27

Floral Midi Wrap Skirt $15

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What to wear Wednesday: Keeping in thrifty!

I’m sure you’ve heard of poshmark! Super great to get some awesome deals.  It’s a GREAT place to find an awesome outfit for your FALL photos! I’m transitioning today in talking all about fall photos!

I’m loving the color yellow for fall photos.  (That’s what I’m planning on wearing for our fall photos..stay tuned!!)

Look at this awesome Nordstom’s Boho Fringe Kimono with a tad of yellow in it! It also complies with my style guide to choose lighter colors for portraits.  AND GUYS…..it’s $8!!! Whatttt???? That’s just drop everything you’re doing and head over there to get it NOW! Yikes!!!

This is from an awesome stylist Brittany Thomas.  You should check her shop out and come back to check out as she updates it regularly.

This is my first (probably of MANY!) announcement that I’m working with her and a bunch of other local vendors on an awesome wedding styled shoot coming your way in late September.

And one more mention about Fall Photos – If you’re hoping for an October weekend session then contact me now, lickety-split!  I have just 1 spot left (October 29th!) – is it going to go to you?? Time would be either at 7:30am or 6:15pm.  (I go into the why about these times in my style guide that also comes with booking a session with me! It’ll help you also with MORE what to wear!)

 

Thanks for reading my what to wear Wednesdays!

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Holden & Avery

I was SO looking forward to this photo shoot! I hadn’t seen Avery since she was super tiny and didn’t know what she looked liked.  As she got out of the car all I saw was this gorgeousness…

THE HAIR!!! Goodness gracious that is one beautiful head of hair!!! In all my 10 years of photographing people I think she gets the award for BEST HAIR!!! A-MAZING!!! It was that kind of hair you just can’t help yourself run your fingers through someone else hair (a little creepy but hey she’s 2!).

 

I had plans to photograph them and their momma on this gorgeous old truss bridge. The amazing outfit that I had ordered for this shoot did NOT arrive!!! It was so so so so very sad.  I was looking forward to this outfit for WEEKS! But when life gives you lemons make some lemonade or something magical.  And so we did.  Instead of the bridge (we will just save that for later!) we danced and played in the grass and ferns.

I think he learned this from his dad – who had his FIRST day as a FIREFIGHTER TODAY!!!

Sweet sibling love… for 5 seconds. 

THIS photo is why I LOVE LOVE LOVE photographing kids.  You get these GREAT raw expressions that adults don’t give and they’re SO beautiful!!!

 

So special! I really hope that despite the lack of the amazing mom outfit (ohhhh still so sad!) that this mini-shoot made a Mom and a Dad (and other family!) truly APPRECIATE these two.  That’s what photos do! Help you freeze time and appreciate them in the good and hard moments:)

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What to wear Wednesdays: What we wore!

Just a disclaimer – I totally don’t have it all together clothing wise! Most of the time I regrettably sport the workout clothes because I’ve found I get so grumpy in this Texas heat if I am outside with my kids NOT wearing exercise clothes.  I don’t even want to move! Lately I’ve been trying my hardest to step up my game (and still play with my kids!) I am on the road towards being a recovering habitual yoga pant wearer.  

But anyway…it was SO MUCH FUN picking out our outfits for our family photo session! It definitely took several trips to different stores (and returns!) but I REALLY love the way the colors and textures turned out.  Big thanks to my photographer friend Konnor Stringham (from Konnor Quest Photography) who photographed us! I also love the location – the Carrollton greenbelt.  I love all the different greens, layers of grass, and a few wild flowers.

Something that I found was super helpful in picking out my kids outfits from Once Upon A Child.  They sort by COLOR! How awesome is that if you already know generally what color you want? I definitely stuck with the lighter colors because it pops more light on faces – and it’s all about the faces, right?  My kids’ faces are so so so cute!

I also found it really helpful to not bring my husband but a friend shopping (shout out to you Jess!). I couldn’t decide between the gold skirt and the blue chiffon skirt so I totally cheated on the one outfit rule, but changed lightening fast while the kids and my husband were being photographed.  It was such a quick change – I just pulled the blue skirt on over the gold then unzipped the gold and VIOLA! I think I did this simultaneously making monkey noises for the kids to have fun!

Thanks again Konnor! We LOVE THEM!!!

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