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What to Wear Wednesday 2nd Edition!

What to Wear Wednesday 2nd Edition!

What to Wear Wednesday is back! This is the second installment of our blog mini series where we help you dress your best without the stress. If you missed the first installment you can find it here. Today we want to talk about coordinating your colors. We've made it our mission to banish the matchy-matchy trend!! Seriously though, the days of khaki or denim pants with all white or black shirts are gone. They have gone the way of fanny packs and shoulder pads. I mean, really. Just don't go there people. So with that said, don’t be afraid to mix it up and add some color! Like we said last week, start with one outfit, dress, or accessory and build around it. If your daughter has a favorite multi-colored dress, pull out colors from it and use them as your guide to pick other complimentary colors.

Here are a few more helpful tips to help you coordinate those colors to make you and your family really pop on camera... 

*Choose 2-3 main colors and and maybe throw in 1 other little splash of color to build your outfits. 

*Steer clear of fluorescents, as they tend to look strange through the camera. Use primary colors or pastels instead. Blue (navy, royal), gold, Yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick) or turquoise are great alternatives. 

*Keep skin colors in mind. If your family has lighter skin tones they might look better in darker colors like navy or maroon. Darker skin tones tend to look great in lighter colors! Turquoise or another pastel could be your best friend.

*The key to coordinating multiple outfits is not to be too “matchy-matchy.” That’s the technical term, in case you were wondering. ;-) The family below picked purple, off white, and various shades of denim. Every member of their family represents at least a couple of those complimentary colors. No one is wearing the exact same outfit but it totally works! The color really brings out their personalities too. I can tell you these girls are all different and their outfits match them PERFECTLY!

*Be careful when mixing patterns and prints. You do not want the clothes to be too distracting and take away from your beautiful faces!  Avoid shirts with big logos, graphics, characters, or labels. It’s distracting and takes away from the real focus...which is YOU! 

*We want to see your families' personality come out in your photos!  So remember no all white or all black! Have we mentioned you should throw in a splash of color?! Color, color, color...ok...we think you get the point...color... ;-) So don't be afraid to change it up and have fun! You'll look great, feel fabulous, and you'll have some amazing photos to show off on your wall!

Landon 9 months

Landon 9 months

When we started these milestone mini's last November, I remember thinking that it was going to take forever to get to his first birthday. But now I'm shaking my head trying to figure out where this year went and how it can be that in a couple months almost a year has gone by. It seems like just yesterday that we did his 6 month photos and his 3 month photos. I think it's safe to say that this little chunk has a special spot in my heart and I am going to miss him and his Mama when he "graduates" out of my milestone mini sessions! This month I wanted to try something fun and different so we filled up the sink, poured in some bubbles and let him have at it! It was so much fun to watch him, he splashed and tasted and then tried to climb out ;) Happy 9 months little man, I can't wait to watch you smash cake and learn to walk!  

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #11

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #11

Can we get an Amen for Fall and this amazing weather?! In case you didn't know, we are full-fledged Arizonans nowadays, so as counter-intuitive as it may seem, when the weather dips below triple digits, all of us Arizona kids break out our hoodies and act like it's cold. We know, we know...we sound semi-ridiculous to the rest of the country. But when you're used to sweating from every pore in your entire body for four months straight, it's nice to have a little reprieve and wake up to a morning of mid-sixties temps in September. Granted, we know that by lunch time our pores will start working overtime again and we will feel the cold rush of dollar bills blowing out our air vents as our A/C kicks on...again. But when you wake up and its 66 degrees, it's nice to know that the end of the face-melting heat is in sight and we begin to remember why we moved to this beautiful state in the first place! All that to say, this beautiful weather has knocked us out of our four-month-long heat stroke/coma/hibernation/delirium and we're ready to kick off Fall with another installment of our Fri-yay Weekly Recap!

This week we took a trip to Home Depot because Megan got the urge to decorate something...which just sorta happens sometimes. I think it's in her DNA or something and every once in a while she will start uncontrollably muttering things like "color coordination" or "beautification" or other Pinteresty-type stuff and we will all know it's time to pile into the minivan and head to the big orange home improvement emporium. This week her barely incomprehensible mutterings included the word "succulents." So off we went like Bilbo and the dwarves to the Lonely Mountain of Home Depot in search of a great treasure hoard of succulents. Thankfully we didn't find any dragons along the way, although it is getting close to Halloween in Retail Land so we might have found one if we looked, but we did find loads of succulents to appease Megan's cravings! After living in the Arizona desert for a full 10 years we are here to say we have fully embraced our Arizona home and all the spiny plant life that comes along with it! As we all trekked back home, I think Megan muttered something about wanting to bring that "Arizona swag to our home decor game" or something like that. She says the weirdest things sometimes. Ok ok, she didn't say it like that exactly, but you get the gist. ;-) We think the end result turned out pretty cute and awesome despite the fact that she may or may not speak a little strangely sometimes.

Also this week, we commemorated an important event in our nation's history. This week marked the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on The World Trade Center, The Pentagon, and United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. We had the honor of photographing an event to honor those who lost their lives during that tragic day and to celebrate our first responders and military service members who put their lives on the line everyday to keep our nation safe. During the event, a replica of the Ground Zero Cross that was found a few days after the attacks at The World Trade Center, was erected and dedicated to remember the tragic events of 15 years ago. We are thankful every single day that we get to live in a country so full of people who are willing to sacrifice so much for our country. It made us stop and reflect on the nature of freedom and how precious it really is. Despite what we may see on the news everyday, we are so grateful to live in this country and we were honored to be asked to photograph such an important event.

Now that Fall is here and the lazy days of summer are over, we are back to blogging our little hearts out! So if you missed the beautiful newborn session we did with baby Dash and his beautiful, amazing family, you can check it out here

Also, in preparation for our busy Fall Family Portrait season, we started a nifty blog post mini series called "What to Wear Wednesday" to give you all some helpful tips on what to wear for your upcoming family portraits!

Happy Fri-yay everyone! Enjoy the cooler weather and have a safe and blessed weekend!