Posts tagged spring
Happy Birthday Milo!

This kid! Milo is almost 2! Isn’t his outfit so perfect? I LOVE IT! I had to work pretty hard at getting this guy to smile for me – but it was totally worth it – so sweet! He was such a great model and listener.  Courtney and Jenn are going to look back on these photos even when he’s just a few months older and marvel at how much he’s grown! Even through the challenges of raising kids – photographs (especially having the photos on display in your houses) help us appreciate our family members.  Everyone needs a little more appreciation in our lives, right?

 

I love love love ideas for family photo sessions.  The are super sweet and cute AND the biggest advantage is that they keep the littles entertained, involved in doing something, and not focused on taking photos but having fun.  I love getting playing and walking photos to accomplish this, but when you have a theme the shoot has more possibilities for different sets of photographs.  Courtney, Jenn, and Milo had a really cute tea party! Set with a tiered tray, cups and saucers, adorable teacup, and yummy munchies. (Psst! Check out the bottom of this post for different ideas for your family’s themed photo shoot!)

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I love showing outtakes from shoots.  Parenting is so like this…”you guys stand over here and look really snugly and cute…Milo you sit over here right next to me and I’m going to take some photos while you get a break…” 1 minute later…he totally walks in the shot! I love this image though because it is so real!

Their cute tea party details! Milo said he was serving coffee..not tea.  

Also because I always like to comment on a good set of outfit choices – here it is! It looks so effortless but I know that much thought was given into colors and what kind of outfits – it’s so great! Way to go guys! 

Location: Carrollton, Texas; AW Perry Homestead Museum

Different ideas for your family’s themed photo shoot:
-Milk and cookies splurge
-Watermelon feast
-Bucket bubble bath
-Baseball field family game
-Family field day events
-Family Olympics
-Joint canvas painting and paint fight
-Pajama party
-Lemonade stand
-Camping themed

The Reidys

The first time I ever heard of Molly was when my son came home from school and we looked at a picture of all the kids in their class’ Lego creations.  If you know anything about our family we are SERIOUS Lego enthusiasts.  We totally judged the Lego creations and Molly’s was the best! Fast forward about two years and now Phoenix says Molly is his best friend.  I’m not sure how good Brian and Paula Lego creations are but they’ve become close friends too! We are so grateful for them!

On my 10 mile runs I’ve been scoping great spots around the Carrollton Greenbelt to take portraits at – here is one of them! So much green! It reminds me of the east coast spots that I had to take photos.  

Location: Carrollton Texas Greenbelt Furneaux and Cemetery Hill

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!

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

Pretty Blue Eyes

I am a sucker for blue eyes.  It all started with my husband – beautiful blue eyes.  Then both of my kids got them and now I’m kinda partial.

When we lived in China most times it was the first (or second!) thing the locals pointed out in my kids.  Many people said that they had never seen a blue-eyed in person.  The second thing (if you’re interested) was how white my son’s skin was!

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Look at little Mason’s eyes! It works even better because of the choice of color for his shirt.  LOVE this! Such a cute little guy! I also think this photo is sweet because they decided to have their photo shoot at their house.  It will bring special memories of this place for years to come.  Don’t ever rule out your house as a location possibility!

You might have heard me say it before but I think that getting photos of you and your family help you appreciate the people in your life more.  When we look at photos of our family together all the craziness of the day melts away and we slow down and appreciate the time and the people more. Everyone could use a little more of that in their life, right?

Boyea Spring Session

 

Spring is in the air! And so are the Texas blue bonnets.  One of the best things about my job is seeing little ones grow up before the camera! I photographed little Caleb when he was a newborn and again at 4 months and now he’s such a big guy at 8 months! Hair and all! 

Every mom needs a photo like this with each of their kids.  Everything about this photo is so beautiful!! 

Usually monogrammed clothing pieces bunch up and the initials are really hard to read in photographs-
but these were so great! 

Location: AW Perry Homestead Museum in Carrollton

What to wear to your mini-sessions: the men

So you tell your significant other you’ve just scheduled a mini-session with me for spring photos…and he totally rolls his eyes, right? It’s ok! I’m here to help! After booking you’ll receive my complimentary style guide that’ll help you have the right tools to ease his eye rolls. 

When you (and him!) look back on your photos you won’t even remember how he whispered under his breath when you told him about getting photos done.  What you’ll see are AWESOME photos of you and your family that you’ll love for all of time.  They won’t just look awesome, you’ll have a GREAT experience on the shoot to change his experience of having photos taken.  Promise.  

I really think having family photos help you love and appreciate your family even more.  We all need a little more of that in our lives, right? 

Did you see my tips about what women should wear to your spring sessionAnd kids

The most important tip for you guy is TAILORED! Tailored pants will make him look like a hot stud. Because it’ll be spring (and super hot in Texas already) you can have him wear a tailored short sleeve shirt.  If your husband is anything like mine, he gets super grumpy when he’s hot.  So just leave the grumpiness at home and have him wear a tailored short sleeve dress shirt (plain colored or very light pattern).  If he doesn’t have a tailored short sleeved one, go for a long sleeved one.  Tailored is just that important.  You can find affordable examples from H&M, Target, and Old Navy.  

Next time you walk by a JCrew store you’ll see the models have several layers on at a time.  This looks really awesome.  Tell him he’s going to look like a hot stud if he does this.  OR – tell him you want him to try this look so that you can see IF he can look better than the models – guys LOVE competition! 

Read these tips here that I provided earlier about how to style your guy.

So only if he will wears a sports coat can these shirts be successfully pulled off.  You also have to look at any other pattern that you have going on in your family’s clothing choices.  But I think these are stylish examples of what your man can wear.  Pair them with tailored (SLIM) pants and brown closed toes dress shoes to look like a hot stud.  Remember – photo sessions are totally ok to beg and borrow clothes and accessories from friends.  

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.  

What to wear to your family portrait mini-session

I wanted to give some spring tips for those of you doing the mini-sessions.  (By the way there are only a few spots left! Sign up before they’re all gone!).  Before I wrote a detailed post for women about what women should wear and you should definitely check it out.  I also provide a detailed style guide when you book a session that give you recommendations for clothing for everyone, location and time of day info, what to bring to your session, and what to expect.  I love this tulle skirt from Charlotte Russe! Tulle texture looks AMAZING in camera.  It provides some different options for posing because it’ll move with you.  And when else will you ever get a chance to wear a tulle skirt?! Best excuse ever…this one is only $27! It totally depends on what you feel most comfortable for top options.  I could never pull off a top like they have in the picture, but you might be able to! Just do whatever you feel best! I love the below top options too.  They also have full sleeved versions of the top if you feel self conscious about your arms.  You’ll definitely need a pair of nude heels to go with this one.  A portrait session is a perfect time to beg and borrow from friends! Something like the heels below will be perfect! Also from CR for $30. I really really believe that you’ll look SO SUPER awesome if you’ll follow my style guide tips! 

One more time – there are only a few mini-sessions spots left! I’m scheduling them anytime before May! 

Skirt: Tulle Full Midi Skirt $26.99
Blouse: Zip-Front Top $21.99
Shoes: Satin Pointed Heel Pumps $30.99

Flippen Park in Dallas

I think I referred to Flippen Park as “wedding heaven”. It’s so so so so so so…so so so so so so beautiful! I love the way the photos turned out from John and Stephanie’s wedding.  It is such a beautiful location for the flowers, gazebo and then the fountain pool! There are 30 year old trees and the street that is on both sides have gorgeous Dallas houses.  

Location: Flippen Park.  Recommended for weddings, bridal portraits, and family photos

Jack, Jules, and Bianca + awesome (simple!) new location

I had been driving by this certain field off of March Lane for some time eyeing it for a portrait session.  I thought that it was private but when I saw that it’s actually owned by the city I was so excited! It’s the perfect simple field for a mini-session.  A great spot for kids who aren’t super mobile.  I had my extra help that day (my son, Phoenix) who was helping get sweet smiles from the kids.  Jack and Jules (baby) gave great feedback to Phoenix’s funny dances and noises.  Bianca was a little more harder to please, but in the end that smile was worth gold! I was extra glad I had his help that day because I had bent down in a HUMONGOUS red ant hill and they were quickly climbing up my jeans.   Luckily I didn’t have to strip (that was going to be plan B) but brushed them off with some baby blankets! A session I’ll never forget – it’s like that session I had where all of us where chased by bees! I also won’t forget this session because the two older kids LOVE throw up sounds so I was basically making throw up sounds the entire time! 

Location: Marsh Lane field near Oak Creek Park