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What To Wear Wednesday! - Helping you dress your best for your upcoming Fall Photo Experience!

What To Wear Wednesday! - Helping you dress your best for your upcoming Fall Photo Experience!

What to wear Wednesday!

Fall is here! And with fall comes fall family sessions! Time to round up your kids, try to find something to wear, and then load up on the bribes...err...treats for smiles and good attitudes. We know everyone stresses over what to wear. We get it. We've been there, done that. But what if we told you you DON'T have to stress OR buy a whole new wardrobe for your whole family! WHAT? Yea you heard that right. We have always been on some sort of a budget, and have learned to use what we have and purchase what we need to create beautiful images that we display our walls for years. So never fear! We have good news for you! For the next few weeks we will be sharing what we've learned over the years to help you look your best for your upcoming Family Portrait Session. We are calling our new mini series "What to Wear Wednesday!" Because, you know, alliteration always makes all the things awesomer. ;-)

Wear what FITS and what you feel great in! 

Do you have a favorite dress, shirt, or pair of pants that you love over anything else? You know the one. That dress that makes you feel like a supermodel, or that shirt that makes you feel classy and beautiful? If so, WEAR it! We all have that part of our bodies that we aren’t in love with. So wear something that you feel most comfortable in! Don’t be afraid to show off the parts you love! Likewise, don't wear something that is too tight or too loose. Baggy shirts tend to add width and bulk which aren't always flattering on camera. If something is too tight it can look “uncomfortable” as you try and look “natural” during your photo shoot.


Here are a few more helpful tips to make you and your family look absolutely amazing on portrait day...

* Skinny jeans are flattering on most women, even the curvy ones! Pair them with cute heels or wedges, and your legs look a mile long. 

* Maxi dresses are flattering on every body type. Keep that in mind while shopping! Maxi dresses are usually a slam dunk for shoots, and they’re so versatile. Add a belt or a statement necklace for extra flair!

* Another great tip is to take a friend along shopping with you. They can see you from every angle when trying on clothes and can sometimes see you better than you can see yourself. If he/she tells you it looks great, believe them! Sometimes we can be our own worst critics.

*Kid Tip: Buy your kiddos clothes that fit them now, as opposed to something they might "grow into." They will look better and feel more comfortable, which is huge for kids! Also, try and make sure they love what you picked out, because grumpy kids can make your shoot more stressful for everyone.

We hope this helps get you started! Remember start with what you HAVE and then build around that. Whenever we do family shoots I grab one thing I love and then move to the next closet and find what works with it. It's best to always start with you as the parents because your clothes are bigger and usually a bit more expensive. Chances are you already have something that you love and that you feel great in. Then move to the kids' closets and start finding complimentary pieces! Easy, right?!

We'll be back next week with a few more tips. Our goal is to be there for our clients and to help them have a stress free family portrait experience this year! 

If you don't want to wait to read all of our tips then sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page, or book a session now, and we will send you our entire Family Portrait Style Guide filled with examples and all the tips you need to have your family looking stunning for your family photo experience! 

The Wouters Family - A fun in the sun family session in Dana Point

The Wouters Family - A fun in the sun family session in Dana Point

Dear Blog... We are sorry we have neglected you for a MONTH. It's not you, it was us. We were having too much fun playing at the beach, being lazy and eating too many cookies. We knew we needed some family time. Time to regroup. Time to refresh our minds and our souls. So we took it. And it was awesome. We are so thankful for time together to make memories, to think, to pray and to get ready for the fall! It's going to be a great rest of the year filled with new experiences, new joys, new trials and, thanks to our month off, we are pumped and ready!

 But enough about that, we want you to feast your eyes on this beautiful family! We might be biased about these guys because, well, we've known them for 10 YEARS, but we think the Wouters are pretty awesome. When we first met them we were all young married couples learning the ropes of marriage and adulting. Shortly after we met, both Sherri and I bonded over pregnancy, coffee and eventually babies. Then as the years went on, we had more kids, life got crazy, we didn't hang out as much but we always stayed close. Now that we live closer, our kids are growing up together, we drink wine together, we workout together and we cannot imagine it any other way! In fact thats how we planned their session! They wanted something different, something fun, so we packed up and went to the beach! Their whole family embraced us and allowed us to join in on their vacation and it was awesome. 

We had a blast finding new places, laughing and getting honked at! Yeah, jumping into the middle of a busy intersection to get the shot wasn't the brightest thing Megan has ever done but hey we got the shot! Although we learned that next year we should do the photo shoot at the BEGINNING of the week so we're not all sunburned and tired! 

Thank you guys for a fun week, for allowing us to capture you and your family, and for letting us be a part of your tribe! We couldn't imagine life without you! 


Olivia's 2016 Dance Recital

Olivia's 2016 Dance Recital

We all have pictures in our heads that we will never be able to erase. Sometimes it's good, other times it's bad. We all look back at certain moments in our lives that shaped us. Moments we cherish forever because things were "just right." This past week we had the opportunity to file away a few of those precious moments in our minds.

Our one and only daughter Olivia had her dance recital this past Saturday, and despite a few minor mishaps, which we will gladly share in a minute, it was a truly memorable experience. We sat in the audience with tears in our eyes to celebrate all the hard work she put into learning ballet over the last year or so.

Truth be told, it wasn't all glitter and princess sparkles that day. We spent most of Thursday night and Friday dealing with Olivia being sick and exhausted. We had nightmarish visions of Olivia walking out on stage and projectile vomiting all over it. Thankfully, our worst fears were never realized and she made it through her entire performance without redecorating the auditorium in regurgitated breakfast foods. Dodged that bullet. Whew!

The next little "hiccup" we encountered was the fact that the tickets we purchased were for seats that didn't actually exist. We had mistakenly purchased "wheelchair access" space (thankfully we weren't the only ones who made this little boo boo) when we purchased our tickets online. So we showed up, sat in some seats we thought were ours, because who sells tickets for seats that aren't really there?! Then were told not so politely by a guy who looked like an "extra-large" version of Colonel Sanders that we were in his seat. I was about to tell him we would give up his seat for a bucket of fried chicken and a few biscuits, but decided that probably wouldn't go over too well. Instead, I got up and found an usher to help us find our seats. Score one point for keeping calm under pressure, although I'm still wondering if we could have gotten a free 10-piece out of this whole ordeal. Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20. Either way, the usher helped us find our real, non-existent seats and was very polite in procuring a couple of folding chairs to put where our invisible seats were supposed to be located. After much wandering, question-asking, and fried chicken dreaming, we were seated and ready for the show!

And what a show it was! Olivia looked absolutely stunning that day. We will never be able to get her beautiful face, or her magical performance out of our minds for as long as we live. She danced with style and grace, and (in our extremely impartial opinion) was the most beautiful girl on stage that day. She is growing so fast and we can't help but wonder how many more of these "burned in your memory forever" moments we have left. We know that we are going to wake up one day, and she will be grown and gone. A beautiful, gracious, kind woman who knows how to fill any situation with life and joy. She really is full of passion and joy and is undeniably one of the most radiant human beings we have ever met. She keeps us grounded and forces us to remember daily that life is too short to always be worried about always following all the rules and doing everything perfectly. Her wild and free spirit is exactly what we need sometimes, and we pray everyday that she keeps that spirit for the rest of her life. We also pray that maybe a little bit of her will rub off on us too, and that we would enjoy everyday with as much passion, joy, and unbridled abandon as she does. We love you Olivia and we are so proud of you and who you have become!