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What to wear Wednesday - Final Edition!

What to wear Wednesday - Final Edition!

Check it peeps...our last what to wear Wednesday is happening! By now you all should be pros! Everyone should be able to dress to impress without any of the stress! (We get a little carried away with the rhymes sometimes.) So far we've talked about, wearing what fits, colors, layers, and then last week we talked about maternity and newborns! We have thrown a lot of information at you but hopefully you were able to just take away a few golden nuggets of photography fashion wisdom and use them to help you plan your next session! 

Today we want to talk about dressing in the colors of your house as well as making your child's personality shine! The most important part of putting together your child’s wardrobe is allowing their personality to come through in what they’re wearing. If your daughter has a favorite pair of boots, let her wear them (at least in a few pictures). Our daughter Olivia is a shoe girl, she loves her cowboy boots, her tall brown boots, her light up shoes, and her "high heels." (She might have a slight addiction...) When it comes time for photos she always has an option (not to mention an opinion) and we love it!  If your son has a favorite stuffed animal that he NEEDS, let him bring it. We can throw it in to a few photos then have his stuffed friend help me "take" the photo so we get a few with just him!  If your child loves to wear hats and sunglasses, bring them! Whatever little "everyday" items that make your child who they are just add to the feeling of fun and normalcy during your shoot. Of course, we all want our children to look perfect and put together for their photos. I’m not saying don't try, let them choose clothes that don't match, or choose clothes plastered characters and logos. Seriously, Mickey Mouse is famous enough...he doesn't need any more publicity. What we're saying is to let your kids have a little bit of say when planning what they want to wear. And remember, it's ok to say “YES!” when they want to bring their favorite things along. We want to capture those, too! Trust us...you'll forget about the blankey or the favorite doll one day and you'll be glad to have a photo or two to help your remember! Not only that, but it helps them feel comfortable and secure...both things that make for great pictures!

Finally, we want our clients to start thinking ahead when it comes to photo shoots. We want them to put some thought into what you want to do with your photos after you get them. When you print them up to put all over you house are the colors going to match your decor? Your wall color? That centerpiece on your mantel? Is your house mainly blues? Greens? Reds? Use that to your advantage when dressing for your shoot and wear colors that compliment! IF you wore brown, but your house is mostly yellows, that might clash and make your house look like a moldy old banana. Just sayin'...no one wants moldy banana house. So put a little extra time into your next photography session and pick out colors that you will want to display in your house. This is your families art work. You've invested money and time. It only makes sense to show off that investment to everyone who walks in your door. 

This family told us their house is all blue and green and they are huge Seahawks fans (we won't fault them for that...well maybe a little...), so they picked out blue shirts, we went to a green area and now when they hang those prints it will match their colors, their personality, and their style. It's a match made in heaven! 

We hope you loved our little series, we actually have all this information in a little booklet and we would love to send it to you! When you sign up for our newsletter we will send it to you for free, so just ask! Also, please never hesitate to send us photos of what your thinking, ask questions, or get opinions! We are here for you and we LOVE to help! 

That's it for today! Happy shopping and see you at your family session! 

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #12

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #12

Another week is in the books and we are here to deliver another Fri-yay weekly recap for your reading pleasure! We are settling into fall out here in the desert and are enjoying the slow change in the seasons. School is in full swing for the kids and fall sports have started. We are also gearing up for a super fun and exciting Fall portrait season and we can't wait to share a few fun changes to our business with you all soon! In the meantime though, it's Friday and, for us, that means we take a few minutes to look back at the week that was and share a little bit about ourselves!

This week was the beginning of our fall sport season and our oldest son Eli started soccer practice this week. Every time we do recreational sports in our community, we feel like we are checking off some sort of box on the "typical American family" checklist. Sometimes we even contemplate eating apple pie whilst also drinking Budweiser and having a hot dog while attending these "all-American" events, but we don't want to overdo it. Kidding aside, we love getting out in our community, meeting our neighbors, and just making new friends. In this age of social media and globalization, it is refreshing sometimes to get out and meet the people who live in the same neighborhoods that you do. 

NOT a picture of soccer practice because well parents of the year. But his little face makes up for it... <3

NOT a picture of soccer practice because well parents of the year. But his little face makes up for it... <3

We also took the boys to get hair cuts this week for the first time in like a century. For real though, their hair was starting to look like a cross between a wet cat had a fight with a bunch of octopus tentacles and then they made up and decided to make a home on top of our kid's heads. We'd show you before and after pictures but they're seriously too graphic. This is a family establishment after all. You can understand our excitement when we found a local barber shop and evicted the octopus and wet cat that resided on top of their heads and made them look totally handsome again! Eli is always such a joyful child... can we say pre-teen???

Finally, fall family portrait season is in full swing around here and we are here to encourage all of you to get in front of the camera this year (especially you moms!) and take pictures with your family. Life is so fleeting and preserving the moments we have together in photographs is something that is near and dear to our hearts. We also want to encourage all of you to PRINT those pictures and HANG 'EM UP! They aren't doing anyone any good tucked away in some black hole on your hard drive. We would love to help you get in front of the camera and get some photographs of you and and your family this fall! And we'd also love to sit down with you and help you get some of those photos up and displayed in your home where they belong. We firmly believe that every family has a story worth telling. Let us help you tell yours.

Have a safe and happy weekend!

 

The First Day...

The First Day...

We never thought this day would come. But it's here. And we're still not sure how to handle it. Today we packed backpacks full of lunch boxes, crayons, pencil boxes, and love notes from Mom, and we dropped off the big kids for their first day at a real school...like with buses, teachers, cafeterias, and homework. You see, up until today we had home-schooled our kids. It was something that started as a necessity and became a way of life for us. We loved it and it was perfect for us for the beginning season of their educational journey. But it became clear about a couple months ago that the season we loved so much was coming to end. We know that God has big plans for all of us this year. He put them into a great school, with GREAT teachers, and we are so thankful that one of Olivia's best friends is in her class! We are 100% sure that this is were we are all supposed to be and we know they will do great!

We felt a bit like parents of kindergartner's today...you know...all teary eyed and kind of a blubbery mess. We know we looked a bit strange dropping off our 4th grader while we did our best not to ugly cry in front of his teacher (and potential new friends). Most other parents have had a few years of practice doing this stuff, so forgive us if we're a bit new at this. You'll be glad to know we kept it together though, and we got out of there without using a whole box of tissues!

So here's to the first day of school! We are officially parents of a 1st and 4th grader and we know these two will love it and knock their socks off! We pray they will be kind, brave, and, most of all, will love others! Mama will be here crying in her coffee waiting patiently for three o'clock to roll around! 

P.S. - Not to be outdone, Titus wanted a sign like the big kids, so we printed out a Preschool one. He still has a few more years until we are officially ready to let all of them grow up!