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Happy Texas State Wildflower Day! Family Portraits with Bluebonnets

April 24th is the official Texas State Wildflower Day!

Here are some bluebonnets trivia if you’re ever on Jeopardy!

  • Did you know that as the bluebonnet ages one of the top petals turns purple-red? Some of them shrivel (probably because of the heat!) before getting the purple-red tip. So I guess if you see that claim yourself lucky?

  • Some main species of bluebonnets ONLY GROW in Texas! That’s something that Texans can sure be proud of!

  • There are NO laws against picking bluebonnets in Texas according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, but there are laws against damaging or destroying government property. This could include picking bluebonnets on the side of the road. It’s just common curtesy to be nice and save the bluebonnets for everyone to enjoy!

One of my favorite spots in North Dallas to photograph bluebonnets is the JCPenny’s headquarters. That’s my go-to-place this time of year and it didn’t disappoint.

When families show up who’ve followed my style guide it is THE BEST THING EVER. This family’s style was on point! I love how Jennifer, the mom, referenced it and I noticed when her family showed up in the most perfectly styled outfits. I love her navy jumpsuit and the layering of some of her kid’s clothes. Jamie (the dad!) did a great job keeping it clean looking but casual at the same time.

——-what’s my style guide??? After booking, I mail each family a detailed 20-page magazine that goes into detail about what to expect, what to bring, what to wear, where to shop, how to hire for hair and make-up. The addition for this year was suggestions of how to style your session to fit in your home. What products look best in your home, how to pick clothes based off of your home colors, etc.

The below gallery would make the perfect addition to a large wall. It is great because it incorporates a variety of different groupings of family members. Just remember in your home to always try to style your photos with plants. The added touch of the plant on the coffee table and beside the couch is a great example. Especially with these very spring like photos! It’s an added bonus of having plants in your home near your photos.

Family portraits in Plano Texas with perfect spring outfits

While I don’t sell ready made configurations of gallery walls, this configuration is very versatile. Parents love it because they can get a large family and sibling photo and spotlight individual kids in the smaller frames. The rest of the spaces can be filled with mom and dad photos, another sibling photo, and another family photo. It makes it visually interesting when the large products are filled with posed shots and then the coordinating smaller products of the same family groupings are filled with casual shots (or vice versa!).

The best compliment is that there are just “too many” good photos! yah! So a large wall gallery like this can accommodate for you to put all that you love up on your wall to love and appreciation the ones closest in your life even more.

One last design tip about this specific gallery is that it also looks very nice on the wall going up the staircase, just slightly rearranged. The only thing I would change would be to make the mom and dad photo a tad larger for the end to balance the upwards design.

plano texas family wall gallery with bluebonnet family photos

Jennifer and I were also talking about down the road when she wants to update family photos these framed photos will look nice dispersed around the house in different groupings.

Location: JCPenny’s Headquarters Spring season

A Happy Birthday Photo Shoot

A little girl turning 1 is a big deal!

It always makes me really happy when families document their family’s growth when the oldest child is not the baby anymore.

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I LOVED Justin and Michell’s answer to the question
Q: What is one thing you said you’d never do before you became a parent?
A: Give in as easily and give over the phone in public.

Doesn’t life seem so idyllic before you become parents about parenthood? You don’t really dream about the tantrums that your kids will throw in the restaurant or the few minutes you just need to get something done and are willing to let them do anything.

But through it all we love our kids! Taking photos help us remember that they are the most important people in our lives. Seeing our photos in our house help us love and appreciate them more by reminding us to do that! AND….after the years when they don’t live in your house anymore, you’ll have a tangible photo legacy to hand down to your kids so that they can remember their childhood.

Location: Prairie Creek Park in Richardson, Texas

Places to eat with playgrounds!

I highly recommend coming up with a fun family treat to do after your family photos. The questions is, what could the treat be?

If you’re looking to grab something to eat after your session then you might need to consider these places around the Dallas area that offer dining for you and a play area for your kids! That’s a win-win. Your kids are probably going to want to run around and get some energy out, you’re probably are NOT going to want to cook, and you look FABULOUS…so cozy up in these places with a cold drink and let the kids play!

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The Lot
http://www.thelotdallas.com/

Try the lakewood lemonade and fish tacos while you send the kids out to the sandy playground for hours of entertainment.

Location:
7530 E Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75214


Hat Creek
http://hatcreekburgers.com
Very allergy friendly! (and bonus every Tuesday kids are half off from 5pm and on!)

Try the sombrero burger (you can make it skinny with no bun and lettuce wrap) with an ice cold beer on tap.

2 locations in DFW:
8185 Walnut Hill Ln, Suite 1400 Dallas, TX 75231

3321 South Custer Road McKinney, TX 75070


Communion Coffee
http://www.communioncooperative.com
There is an old bus, some faux grass and a chalk wall that keeps kids entertained for hours.

Try the avocado deviled eggs!

Location:
514 Lockwood Dr #1, Richardson, TX 75080


Arepa
https://www.arepatx.com

There is a small dining area that has a huge chalk wall, kid sized tables and a variety of things to entertain little hands while parents can eat their sandwiches, and finish their meal with a popsicle cocktail.

Try the pulled pork or portobello mushroom arepa

Location:
5940 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75230


Nico’s Cocina
http://www.nicoscocina.com/

Nico’s has a large patio area with a playground. It can get crowded in the spring and fall on the playground but there is always seating outside available.

Try: Cowboys Enchiladas and a frozen margarita

Location:
3065 N. Josey Ln. #24 Carrollton, Tx 75007


La Vista
http://www.lavistacocina.com/

Our favorite! We have very fun memories here. In fact, as you’re reading this there is a good chance we are here. Say hi! It has an outside covered eating area and an outside playground that seems to have new playground equipment every time we go! Watch the sunset if you haven’t missed it by now.

Try: The brisket tacos and the frozen margaritas are the best.

Location:
1012 W Hebron Pkwy W #100, Carrollton, TX 75010


Heritage Pizza and Tap Room
http://www.heritagepizza.com/

Has an outside playground that is shared with Another Broken Egg Cafe.

Try: the goat and fig pizza and something on their extensive drink menu! I’ve heard on Tuesdays, if you bring a board game kid’s eat free!

Location:
3750 Plano Pkwy Suite 600, The Colony, TX 75056


The Magic Time Machine

https://www.magictimemachine.com/

So this doesn’t technically have a playground, but your kids won’t notice with the fun decorations and costumed servers (such as Superman, Jack Sparrow, and Peter Pan)

Try: sharing the rack of ribs

Location:
5003 Beltline Road Dallas, TX 75254


The String Bean'

http://thestringbean.com/

Try: Pecan toasted Tilapia and their ice cream!

Location:
1310 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

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2018 Holiday Card Designs

It’s that time of year again!

HOLIDAY CARDS!

Here are the options for holiday cards for 2018. These designs are fully customizable. You can change the orientation of the photos, what the text says, background colors, ect. You may also mix and match front and backs.

Or you can feel overwhelmed by all the different options and just choose a design!

Cards are printed on pearl cardstock paper.
Round or square corners
5x7 size with envelopes
Set of 25 $45
or included with the purchase of a wall gallery

Locations: Nature

Before I talk anything about location, I want to also stress that as much as you might worry about location and clothing, your photo session is about the time that you spent with your family and making memories. 

Did you miss my urban locations post? Check it out here! 

On my urban location post I talked about "What goes into choose the perfect location".  It might not be what you think, so I'd go and check that out.  

One of the first things that I'm going to discuss with you in our pre-session planning meeting is where you want your photos to live.  This is the biggest factor in deciding where your photo session should take place. 

If you want a gallery wall in your living room and the color scheme is brown and green then I'd suggest going for a nature location. You also need to look at the art that is already hanging in your space.  If you have mostly nature locations for your photo shoots already hanging up, then I'd also suggest sticking with an nature location. I can advise during our planning meeting.

 

This is a real example of a family of mine. They chose a nature location and I think it pairs really nicely with the decor going on around it!

This is a real example of a family of mine. They chose a nature location and I think it pairs really nicely with the decor going on around it!

A few nature locations in the DFW area

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the most popular places to photograph in the DFW area.  I don't photograph at the typical locations because I think it's REALLY weird to be around a lot of other people who are taking photos. I think there are some better places around town that can get you the same effect. But if your heart is really set on a specific place that gets a lot of photography traffic, I'd suggest scheduling the session for the middle of the week in the morning. 

 

Your portrait session includes travel time anywhere in the Dallas area. If you’d like to go somewhere outside the city, I’m up for the adventure! Travel fees may apply for outside the area at .57/mile both ways.

I’d love to make your perfect location work! I’ve traveled to far away beaches, New Hampshire, and even Seattle. If you’d like me to meet you in a destination outside of Dallas for your portrait session where I don’t already have plans to visit, just let us know and I can get you a custom quote.

 

Places I'd like to photograph: 

Rock Ledge Park (Grapevine)

Lewisville Lake Environmental Area

Addison Circle Park

Stephens Green Park in Frisco

Oak Point Park in Plano

Lakeside Park in Highland Park

Little Elm Beach

 

 

 

4 Mistakes when hanging wall art

As much as your photos deserve to be hung on your wall, they also deserve to be hung with great placement.  I don't know about you, but when something looks a little funny on a wall, I just can't stop starring, and not in a good "I love that" way. If a room has been irritating you, chances are it might have something to do with the placement of the wall hangings. 

But fear not! Here are some common mistakes laid out so that "now you know!"

For years (even decades!) the normal size was 8x10. If you could see 8x10s on most walls before nailing it in, you'd definitely for sure know that it's way too small.


You probably think you don't want those peanut butter fingers touching your art. I get it.  But hanging your art too high looks like it's floating in an abyss in your room.  Shoot for roughly five to eight inches between the bottom of your furniture and the bottom of your art piece.  Think of it as an art gallery - stand back and look at your piece of wall art.  If you have to strain your neck up to look at the art, it's too high.  


I've already talked about the lonely 8x10s (See mistake #1).  But this rule can be paired with the piece of furniture you're putting next to the piece of art.  Is the piece of furniture large? Then pair is with a large piece of art. Is it a small end table? Then pair it with a smaller piece of art.  


You may think that you have to put them further apart because you want to fill out the space.  This can actually make your space look smaller.  This makes it look like your art pieces hate each other.  This rule applies if you're hanging two pieces up to infinity.  Make sure there is no more than three inches separating them.  


So now you know! Does this leave you just overwhelmed? Look at this great video about creating a great wall gallery. 

Locations: Urban

Location, location, location

Before I talk anything about location, I want to also stress that as much as you might worry about location and clothing, your photo session is about the time that you spent with your family and making memories. 

 

What goes into deciding on a location? 

First things first I think you should think about locations in two different categories. 
Urban or Nature. 
This will help you narrow down the options a bit. 
Not all locations fall into these two categories but I think it's a good starting point. 

Next I want you to think about what suites your family the best. For your whole life you've lived in Plano and never had photos taken downtown, that would be a great option to consider.
Or if your family enjoys bike rides through
Andy Brown East Park in Coppell that might be a good fit. 

Lastly, I want you to think about the space you want your photos to live. 
If you want a gallery wall in your living room and the color scheme is brown and green then I'd suggest going for a nature location. You also need to look at the art that is already hanging in your space.  If you have mostly urban locations for your photo shoots already hanging up, then I'd also suggest sticking with an urban location. I can advise during our planning meeting.

This location fits this space very nicely. The colors are grey, white, and navy and not only do those colors pair nicely with an urban location but BONUS tip is that those colors are repeated in the family's clothing! (more about that later!) Location: Downtown Lewisville

This location fits this space very nicely. The colors are grey, white, and navy and not only do those colors pair nicely with an urban location but BONUS tip is that those colors are repeated in the family's clothing! (more about that later!)
Location: Downtown Lewisville

A few urban locations in the DFW area

Urban places I want to photograph: 

George's Coffee and Provisions in Coppell
The Lumen Room Red in Dallas

Trinity grove on the Margaret Hunt Bridge
Fort Worth Stock Yards
Grapevine Train Depot
The Canals at Los Colinas in Irving
Fountain Place in Dallas
UTD in Richardson
A great find on Airbnb!

The Wendel Family (one of my family reps!)

I very very very randomly met Amanda almost a year ago! Every time I photograph their family it is so easy peasy.  They always dress great, are up for anything, and have really good attitudes. 

What more could I ask for? 

We also went off-roading this time which gives them major points. 

I feel like Amanda gets me in the fashion way for photos (she's way more fashionable than I'll ever be!) and Eric totally understands when I crush on light.  I also bonded with Cade over his new play room and all his firetrucks and jeep toys! 

(Which gallery below do you like the best below?) I love providing a variety of gallery options for people to get to know them during our pre-session planning meeting. It's a personality thing - do you like random, square, symmetrical, circle? 

Cade is two and you can't ask a lot out of those "type of people", haha! We played some fun games that he probably didn't think were games at all, but got him moving instead of asking him to sit in front of the camera and CHEESE (by the way that word is on the photographers top 10 hated words).  Another word that's on the list for me? Pics. ugh. I'm so snobby! :) 

He barely sat still for more than 45 seconds, and that is enough.  That is why having a professional photograph who knows the tricks for kids and has a fast shutter is totally worth it! Don't get me wrong, some phone cameras are really good in the right light, but they're missing the fast shutter that a pro camera can provide.  

This is one of my families in my family rep program! Have you heard about the program yet? If you've ever thought of a family session with me...this is a NO BRAINER.  You get a TON of freebies, discounts, rewards, perks, VIP access, 3 photo sessions in a year and the AWESOME heirloom locket for FREE!! Applications have been rolling in but won't be official until September (my birthday!).  

If you can't wait and want to apply NOW you totally can here: 

Location: Little Elm, Texas

School Photo Re-Take Day FAQs

If you missed the announcement here it is! For this spring I'm hosting an exclusive re-take day for any of you who had a bad experience with school photos this last year, especially if you hated them so much you didn't buy them! 

If you've been here awhile you know that I'm all about creating a photo legacy for your family. So if you didn't like your kid's school photos and didn't buy them, well that isn't a photo legacy.  I want to be apart of creating something that you love AND to give your kid's confidence in their school photos - because they don't have to be bad!!! 

I'm getting a few FAQ's about the April 29 sessions...

1) What ages are your photographing? 
I photograph from Mother's Day Out Programs (including babies!) to High School.

2) What photos will you be taking? 
For me, the looking at the camera smiling photo is what parent's want most of all.  You probably will get the option to select more than one photo. I usually take up to 5 photos of each kids. I can also take sibling photos! This is what makes having a school boutique business awesome - I can do what I want! So this will also be an option for viewing afterwards as well. 

3) What should my child wear? 
If your child wears a uniform to school and you want them photographed in that, bring that AND also bring another quick outfit.  My general clothing suggestion is to dress in light, neutral, and freshly ironed clothing.  

4) What time will the mini-sessions be offered? 
They will start at 2:30pm and be scheduled incrementally after that.  You should allow up to 15 minutes for each child to be photographed - this will be plenty of time. 

5) Where will the mini-sessions be offered? 
They will be photographed outside (who said school photos had to be inside?!) with a natural backdrop and then I will also use a white photography seamless background.  Once you sign up for a spot the exact address will be given to you.  It will take place near Hebron and Josey intersection in Carrollton. 

6) What is the cost of the session? 
Best news - there is no sitting fee! If you do say you are coming, please please please show up.  After your photos you can see them and decide if you want to purchase any of my collections or a la carte prints.  Collections start at $39 and include the digital downloads.  All prints are mounted for framing, except wallets (that would be weird) or if you for some reason do not want to frame the photos.  

School Photo Re-take Day

If your kid’s school photos don’t look like this, if they didn’t end up on your wall but in a drawer then {LISTEN UP!!}.

School Photo Wall Design

Why are you buying something that is sub-par?

Wouldn’t you rather buy school photos of your kids that you actually LOVE? That’s like throwing your money away...and that’s just bonkers!

Don’t you want your kids to have a great school portrait experience that can boost their confidence by how awesome it makes them look and feel?

If you didn’t do it right the first time...or the last 13 times {I’M HERE FOR YOU!}.

I’m launching my exclusive spring mini sessions so we can just say no to bad school photos...it’s like a re-take day.

And you get to see my new 2018 student products- don’t they look lovely?

{April 29!} School Photo Re-Take day, without the cheesy poses, weird backgrounds, or props that aren’t focused on your kids! And what’s great is...there isn’t a session fee! It’s just like school photos, come, I’ll photograph them, you see and like them, then buy.

School photos with frame
Professional frame options
Cohen Reinartz – Family Rep Program

So it’s a rule that you have to think your baby is the most adorable baby ever.  There is no pretending here – Cohen really is so adorable.  When my son, Phoenix was about this age, a lady stopped me in a coffee shop and said (very genuinely!) “I really think you have the most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen!” I loved that and still remember almost 7 years later.  I’m pretty sure that when Kevin and Jessica are in public with Cohen people say the same things.  He is just so beautiful and sweet! 

Photo of Baby in Texas

I love photographing kids as they grow up!
It’s so great to see how much they’ve changed physically but also to see their personalities to come out! 

If you missed his sweet puppy and dinosaur newborn photos SEE THEM HERE! 

Photo Gallery Wall Design

I’ve recently discovered that I love what babies do with their arms.
They are really great at arm/hand models. 
Babies usually just put their hands and arms in the perfect spots to create a spontaneous photo…you know when they’re not chewing on their hands.  

Thank you, guys!!! I am looking forward to photographing the whole family next month! I love having you apart of my Family Rep Program! 

Location: Friends of Furneaux creek in Carrollton, Texas off of the Blue Trail.  

Baby Photo Pose
Friday Introductions
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Hi! I’m so glad you stopped by. I wanted to introduce myself for those of you who are new around here.  I’m the owner and photographer behind Kaitlin Roten Photography.  That’s me, you’ll probably see me with black thick-rimmed glasses, but I’m self-conscious about them so I don’t usually wear them in photos  

Here are some things you’ll need to know behind the camera: 


1. I’m a photographer but I’m also a mom to two blue eyed kids who let me take their photos so graciously. I also might bribe them with mini-marshmallows

2. While pretty photos are really nice (and I do hope you think my images are beautiful!) I think that the photographs of you and your family, when hung up on your wall,  help you love and appreciate those in your life better. Those are the tangible things we will pass down to our kids – so here’s to making prints, not files.  

3. Right now I’m trying to eat spinach at every single meal…it’s going well so far.  I also love Kombucha.  I’m not really sure why people call me crunchy  But I really don’t think I am.  

The Baxter’s Christmas Session

I’m nervous about sharing Christmas sessions because of the anticipation of sharing for Christmas cards – but when Carrie shared over her social media I knew that I could too! I love repeating photographing families! Last year this little girl was much harder to get her to look decently happy for her photos – this year….completely different! It’s so fun watching kids grow up in front of my camera! So many cute family photos to share with friends and family I can’t wait to see which one they choose! 

Having photos on our walls help us remember sharing fun experiences with each other. 
They also help you remember to love and appreciation those who matter most in your lives. 
When you’re having a tough day, you inevitably walk by a portrait of each other and it acts a reminder to appreciate each other.  

Location: Downtown Prosper, Texas

Premier School Photos

Another plug for premier school photos.  Are you tired of buying those awful school portraits at school? Check these out!

Sibling photos? Yes, Please!

These guys are so cute!

Another reason I’d like to plug for the premier school portraits (if you missed my other reason I shared go here) taking photos of kids outside rather than inside (like regular school pictures) helps them relax more for a more genuine smile. That’s what you want, right?!

So if you’re interested in having portraits like this instead of the really terrible ones you’re use to listen up! I’ll be sharing what you can do next week!

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

Premier School Portraits

For about a hot second I worked for a well known school photo company a long long time ago.  I would come home and cry it was so terrible.  I never thought I would actually be back in the school business. BUT!!! Here I am! It is WAY different than what it was when I first started because it’s the way I want to do it.  Regular school photos are just so so so terrible.  Why do people still buy them? I felt so happy last year when I checked “please do not photograph my child” on my son’s spring photo form.  He also equally enjoyed sweatpants that day.  So I’m ramping up my school portraits and I’d like to call it “premier school portraits” to really set it apart from what parents and kids are use to.

Sibling photos? Yes, please!

There are many many reasons I think this type of portraits for school is better but one of the reasons I am going to share with you today is that it gives CONFIDENCE to the students! If you had school photos of you like this wouldn’t you LOVE them???

Vertical and horizontal – totally an option. 

Danielle Bridal

After a long day of work with a photo session at evening golden hour, I usually come home and crash but this time Danielle’s portraits were just too beautiful for me to give in to sleep. I stayed up WAY to late swooning over them, nothing 4 cups of coffee can’t fix the next day! From the moment I met Danielle (and Felix too!) they were the perfect couple that I dreamed about photographing! Isn’t Danielle’s sweet heart neckline amazing?! I also LOVE her hair and am so glad she had in down in her portraits.  In fact I loved her portraits so much that one is going on my new business cards and a huge canvas print for a new wedding venue open house.

Wedding dress from LuLu’s Bridal Boutique
Location: Vitruvian Park, Addison, Texas

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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MacElroy Spring Shoot

I have a spring shoot to share with you guys today and coral and blue, I love those colors! Reagan and Jackson are so cute and did such a great job considering we had our photo shoot at photographers geek term “golden” hour which also means toddler bedtime.  This time of year is hard scheduling shoots at dreamy light hours and around toddler sleeping time – but they did great! It probably helps that their mom is a Pediatric Sleep Expert – where was she 5 years ago when I needed help with my oldest???? I love these ones we took by the amphitheater.

Vitruvian Park is a really cool place to take photos.  I think I could have spent a good solid three hours going to the different spots that were really cool looking!

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Good job looking awesome!

I love the hat here as an added piece to his outfit!

Location: Vitruvian Park, Addison Texas

What to wear to your family mini-session: kids

Did you see my recommendation for what to wear to your mini-session? I laid out a solid outfit for you! It’s super great! You’ll look A-MAZING!!! I also will post about what your guy should wear..stay tuned.  

So then what do  you put your kids in? You’ll definitely look so super great if you follow my lead in what you’ll wear, so your kids need to follow suit as well.  I’d recommend going with the same foundations what I say for mom and dad.  Mom looks best in dresses (maxi in length if you have squirmy ones that you’ll have to chase after) or skirts — both with heels.  Dad looks most masculine in a tailored shirts and tailored pants.  Same goes with the kids! Here are some options for your kids! In my style guide (which I deliver after booking a session with me!) it will go into detail about all of this.  It will also help you with some ideas of how to prep the others in your house (husband and kids!) as to the importance of this event for you.  

An easy option for your little boys.  Go with khaki slim pants or slim jeans.  Also don’t skimp on the shoes for little boys.  Just like their dads, shoes will make or break the outfit.  Go with brown close toed dress shoes.  Remember – portrait sessions are totally ok to beg and borrow from friends.  You’ll also want to bribe them into putting a tad bit of gel or wax into their hair.  

For your little girls for the safer bet I’d go with a skirt that looked a little like mom’s.  This color goes really well with your skirt that I picked for you and the creamier colors will look awesome! 

If you’re feeling a little more bolder I think you could do this for your little girl! I LOVE it! I’d definitely recommend cream colored leggings underneath.  But it’s super fun – especially if you have a spunky girl like me  I’d definitely pair this top with a light pink top – nothing too dramatic! A cute pair of brown booties will complete the look.