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Our Fall Family Photos: What we wore/What to wear Wednesdays

We went to Wimberly to celebrate my husband’s 30th birthday! The place that his parents rented out was AMAZING. It’s also a wedding venue so naturally it was breathtaking.  At the very last minute I announced we were all doing family photos! I (naturally) went to Express to buy the a floral tie for Thomas that I mentioned just a few weeks ago as an awesome accessory for guys.

I do have to brag that he and his dad both reacted strongly against the tie but then they both commented how nice it was (yes! Fist pumps!!)
And also a huge thank you to his dad and mom for taking the photos and for entertaining our kids to have them actually look at the camera! I can’t wait to get these huge up on my family wall! 

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the tulle skirt and hope that it convinces you to wear one to your session! It’s so flowly it looks great on camera. And here’s another tip – my shirt was super tight in all the wrong places – bouquet of flowers fixed that problem right away! Who knew flowers could make you look 10 pounds lighter? 

Location: Sacred Passage Chapel in Wimberly, Texas

Styled Shoot: Lavender Ridge Farms

Here’s some wedding inspiration for you today! I teamed up with some awesome people to make this happen! There are many great details to get  you thinking how to style your own wedding.  For this shoot we all came together to provide you with details that are eco-friendly.

Style Designer: Brittany Baxley (the queen of thrift and everything beautiful!) IG @pinthrift
Cake: Lakeview Bakery of Rowlett IG @lakeviewbakeryrowlett
Flowers: Annamarie IG @abundantflowershop
Make up: Jennifer Peterson on Facebook at Lip Locked Smooches
Bride: Amanda Wendel IG @mrsamandawendel
Venue: Lavender Ridge Farms on Facebook at Lavender Ridge Farms in Gainsville, Texas
Photographer: Kaitlin Roten IG @Kaitlinroten

Brittany gathered the details from her expertise at thrifting. 
Some of the details came from the Canton Trade Days

Napkins were tied together using blood grass blades. 

My favorite details came from the flowers. They were a show stopper – even amidst a beautiful butterfly garden at Lavender Ridge Farms.  Annamarie from abundant flower shop blew my mind. Here are the details…

Bridal Bouquet:

Kale & Magnolia Leaves & Forage for any additional greens/textures based on season and what grows natively.

Centerpieces:
Mason Jars with Jewels – Use any type of jar and pick up necklaces or bracelets from thrift stores or from friends and family etc.

Clear milk jars dipped in gold – Any jar or glassware dipped in any color paint to match the theme. Fresh Dill from garden or purchase from grocery store in produce.

Succulent planter – office wire baskets spray painted any color, succulent plants planted in ziploc bag liners, use moss to line and cover the bag. Succulents can be later replanted at home.

Purple Jew – hanging potted plant, remove hanger and set in any home decor basket (make sure soil is dry so no drainage). Optional – add sticks from willow trees

The wedding dress was rented from Rent the Runway
A great choice to have a beautiful dress for your wedding, not spend a ton of money (it was under $200) and be able to be eco-friendly.  

The food was provided from Lavender Ridge Farms’ menu. With Lavender Honey Chicken Salad and the Salad Trio. 

The beautiful cake! It is a naked, white cake with buttercream frosting.  Beautiful peonies cascading down the side. 

These are photos from the bride and groom’s engagement session. 
They are printed on recycled photo paper and hung on this thrifted merry-go-round found at the Canton Trade Days.

Gathered flowers were picked to add some accents on the drink table!

 

Thank you to all for the help! HUGE SUCCESS and so beautiful!!! 

What to Wear Wednesdays: Ties for Guys

If you’ve been keeping up with what’s in fashion for this fall then you’ll know these two things…

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I wanted to give you some options for ties for the men if your life.  I’m SO happy that skinny ties are still in – I’m sure in a a decade or so we’ll all be flocking to the thrift stores to get our hands on the wider ties…but for now definitely stick with the skinnier ties.

If you haven’t seen my general guide for what to wear for the guys then check it out here!

These are definitely not feminine! They’re look awesome with a great outfit on the lady.
I’m imagining a tulle skirt paired with this.  I’d love that.

Core Skinny Tie $20
Black Skinny Tie $20

What to wear Wednesdays: Rent the Runway

Personally this week I’ve been on CLOUD 9! It’s been such a productive hustle over here.  Before I got started in my own business I would watch the hours click by on the clock just waiting for my last art class of the day to go home so that I could go home.  And I definitely lived for the holidays.  But now? I work every single day.  I totally wouldn’t change it though because I LOVE IT! It definitely has it’s perks….but not going lie, it also has it’s disadvantages.  Being an entrepreneur is often lonesome and really really fearful!

But like I said this week has been awesome!!!! My highlights have been getting my new style guide hot off the press, launching my first and awesome Family Rep Program, AND (this one is SO BIG!!) two VERY well known photographers recognizing my photography work – I literally squealed and did a happy dance – actually I’m still doing that.

I also was REALLY excited because a few weeks ago I wrote about how red was the new color for Fall 2017. Then this popped over into my inbox….

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Have you heard of rent the runway? If you’ve read my style guide (which all my client get upon booking!) then you know that I LOVE IT! It’s a great way to not spend a ton of money on gorgeous runway looking dresses to look like a BILLION dollars for your photo session. And look at that red dress?! You can find just the right red dress for you right here! 

I’d love to see this dress paired with a crimson tie for your guy, floral with crimson hues dress for your little girl, and deep red suspenders and bow tie from London Jae Apparel

 

That’s it for now! If you’d like to read other “what to wear” ideas go to the top and just search “what to wear”. See you next week!

Update (amazing!) style guide is here!

It’s here!!! I’ve been planning this out for about a year now and I’m so excited to release my magazine style guide! There is even NEW information! This is one of the changes that I’m making to Kaitlin Roten Photography.  This is one of the first changes and more can be expected after the first of the year….the anticipation!

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One more thing before you go – have you heard about my Family Rep Program? If you’ve ever thought about booking a family session with me this is a NO BRAINER! It’s the same cost as a family session BUT you get HUGE BONUSES! Complimentary mini-shoots, styled shoots, and an heirloom locket of a favorite family photo from your experience with me.  Hop on over to the page to read and apply for it – applications are due in ONE WEEK!!!

Here’s a sneak peak of my style guide! 19 pages of helpful information you get when you book a session with me.  It will help you know what to expect, what to bring, and what most people spend the majority of their time on WHAT TO WEAR! 

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!

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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

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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?

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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!!!

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!

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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

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!!!

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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!

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!!!

What to wear Wednesday’s – cold shoulder dress for your little girl
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Back again for What to Wear Wednesday’s! If you missed my last post be sure to check it out for your little dapper boys…this week is all about the sweet little girls in your lives.

Just so you know, all my clients when booking receive my exclusive style guide that helps them choose time of day, location, tricks and tips, and clothing suggestions. Today’s suggestion comes straight from my recommendation of putting your little girls in dresses for your photo experience. If you haven’t checked out my previous posts about this check here and here or to see all search “what to wear” in the search tab in the upper right.

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Meet Donna Van Pham from Arlington, Texas.
Designer and creator of baby and children clothing specifically highlighting her adorable and stylish “cold shoulder” little girl dresses. All custom made.
Currently the blush floral and red and white are in 2T and READY to be shipped to YOU! (I’m talking to you!!)
Her store also has little girl choker dresses as well as shift dresses. Her prices are awesome! They are as much (or less!) as you would pay in a store but they’re custom made! Any first order with sydneyjadeco will get 10% off. Please DM her for code.
Donna says she’s “living my dream and tackling one thing at at time. I grew up wearing and watching my mom making handmade clothes for all eight of us siblings. And now here I am making clothes for my daughter and I hope that you all love my creation.”

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When you look your best you act your best.
This style never goes out of style.

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Having professional photographs taken is an enjoyable experience that produces tangible memories. Documenting this time helps retain memories for all those involved. Time flies by too fast to forget the little feet and little hands that occupied all of your time. Even after the session when you hang these photos you see and feel how you felt about each other in that moment. It helps you appreciate those in your family, everyone needs a little more appreciation in their lives!
Partnering with SydneyJadeco to help your little girl look super sweet and fashionable for your photo experience. Looking their best will help them retain their memories and help them to act their best (along with my other techniques!) during their session.

So head over to her etsy shop and support a small business AND have your little girl look stunning in your photos!

And just look at this awesome dress that would be PERFECT for a little girl birthday sessions?

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What to wear Wednesdays: For the little gentlemen

Today I’m partnering with London Jae Apparel from Ft. Worth.  She has an etsy shop that sells these cute little boy suspenders and bow-ties.   These will definitely help your little ones to look super studly for your photo experience!

How is style important family photos?

Having professional photographs taken is an enjoyable experiences that produces tangible memories.  Documenting this time helps retain memories for all those involved.  Time flies by too fast to forget the little feet and little hands that occupied all of your time.  Even after the session when you hang these photos you see and feel how you felt about each other during in that moment.  It helps you appreciate those in your family, everyone needs a little more appreciation in their lives!

Looking their best will help them retain their memories and help them to act their best (along with my other techniques!) during their photo session.

London Jae Apparel is owned by Synthia Davis who is a mom, designer, and stylist.

“I  have always been interested in women’s fashion however raising 2 boys has sparked a passion for styling boys. Nine years ago my efforts to style London Jae often let me empty handed and discouraged. It seemed as though finding fashionable clothing for boys at an affordable price was virtually impossible. From that experience, London Jae Apparel was born. I love running London Jae Apparel yet my greatest job will always be mom to London & Knightley!”

She suggest wearing the vintage inspired suspenders  for all the dressy occasions, they also look perfect with a t-shirt and denim and her LJA oxford shoes. Her kids always get lots of compliments! I’d love to see my clients in these!

Ok and guys GUESS WHAT?!!! London and Jae Apparel is so generous to offer a DISCOUNT CODE!!! If you head over to her Etsy shop you can be apart of an exclusive 10% off deal! Just enter “KAITLIN10” to receive the discount code! THANK YOU SO MUCH to London Jae Apparel for this!

I’d also like to point of the super affordable prices of her items in her shop already! $8.75-18.99 depending on size and style.

Time to schedule your senior shoots

School is almost out here and summer is about to start! Now is the time to schedule your senior shoots! Summer is a great time to knock these out so that you aren’t scrambling in the fall to get these done. My summer is filling up fast so better to get on the schedule! Senior sessions are for 2 hours, 2 locations, multiple clothing changes, digital images, professional printing options, and my style guide (as always!).  The style guide will help you decide what to wear and where to have your session.  My clients tell me they absolutely LOVE the guide and it has helped them plan every detail of their shoot.  The senior sessions are priced at $310.  You can also get the whole family together to add to the senior session for a family photo…bonus! Or you can have your best friend come along for the last 20 minutes!

Read More What to wear Wednesdays: Color choice

If you missed my last “what to wear Wednesdays: slight casual engagement session” check it out here.  I also have several other clothing suggestion posts for guys for spring portraitsfamily sessions, and the ladies for their spring sessions.

When I first started doing photography (nearly 10 years ago – whhhatttt???) I mostly suggested choosing the coloring of clothing you felt most comfortable in.  I always remember my grandma and mom saying that I look best in bright colors so for me I often leaned toward choosing brighter colors for photos.  I also am that person who chooses a paint sample and goes for the paint on the brighter bolder side! As I’ve been photographing throughout the years now, I recommend choosing softer more neutral colors for your outfit choice.  In my professional opinion, light colors compliment the skin better and compliment golden hour colors from the sun better (which is when I suggest scheduling your portrait session).  It also takes the attention away from what you’re wearing and puts it on your face!  And from a technical perspective it allows the sun to light up your face making for a brighter and crispier photo!

So for today’s images I wanted to show you the difference between choosing a bold color for clothing verses a more subtle color.  I recently did preschool photos (it was such a good experience too!) and like I always do I gave the parents some clothing suggestions.  The suggestions included choosing more subtle colors.  The first time around the sweetest little girl wore a beautiful dress and then for re-takes she wore a light pink dress. The differences in the photos are AWESOME! Her parents both agreed that the light dress suited for photo much better. (By the way I totally asked if I could share this story!)

Isn’t she SO cute???? The first photo is totally a great photo (if I do say so myself!) but I think the second photo takes the attention away from her outfit and puts it on her cute little face! I can see the second photo displayed in their house for many many years:)

 

I also give all my clients a very detailed “How to Style your Portrait Session” guide when you book.  It goes over this and much more!

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What to Wear Wednesdays: Slightly Casual Engagement Session

Here’s another plug for my style guide that I provide my clients to help them make the hard decisions for their photo shoot.  Today’s “what to wear” is for an engagement session but really could be extended for a mom and dad on a family portrait session.  I’ve kept the colors light because I think lighter colors compliment the skin better and l think these colors compliment golden hour colors from the sun better.

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I usually recommend a longer dress for the ladies because long, full-length, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos. Especially when juxtaposed with nature, like open fields, forest, or beaches.  I LOVE this mint color – it’s really popular right now and I think it compliments a variety of different skin tones. It’s also a casual dress which is what I hear from a lot of clients that they’re looking for.  This material looks like it would be fairly airy in this Texas heat! This would look nice with a pair of strappy sandals or if you wanted to get a few shots with your cowgirl boots standing in tall grass that’d look great too.

I love this shirt for it’s color (and how it compliments the dress color) and for it’s material.  You can pull off several different looks with this shirt by having the sleeves down or rolled up slightly.  You can also bring along a sport coat to throw on for a quick shot to make your photos look slightly different.

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Long fitted pants are the most sophisticated and most masculine and help draw attention away from legs and feet and place the attention on the face. Loose and baggy pants make legs look actually bigger than they are.  I always recommend fitted pants.  These khakis are a great match for the shirt and chances are you might already  have a pair like this.  If you don’t, adding them to your wardrobe won’t be hard because they will get a lot of use out of them.  Finish this look off by wearing a pair of brown closed toed shoes.

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