Tips for planning your family photography session.
It is a rare occasion that I can actually have a shoot with my girls, so I wanted this shoot to be amazing! I wanted a location with tall grass with romantic feel.
I had found through one of my wedding vendors, Elite Rentals, the boho and feminine whicker chair. That was where I started and knew I wanted a wardrobe based around that. I was thinking a gold, rose gold, and dusty rose for the color palette. Soft. Sweet. Feminine. Pulling together outfits for 5 ladies takes some thought and time. Luckily the girls had a Monday off so we had the day to shop. We first went to Nordstrom rack and found Delaney’s dusty rose dress. Then we went to the mall to try and hunt down the other missing pieces. First stop to try to not break the bank was forever 21. We did find several things there that we bought. I will buy certain pieces if I think that they could work, knowing that I could always return what didn’t work. We did use from there the shirt Avery is wearing, along with the skirt that I had found the previous week-end at a consignment store. Free people is at the top of my budget, but I knew they would definitely have the right look for what I was going for. This is where we found Ella’s dress. One of the last stops was Altered State, which I thought I would find something there for Grace, and I would up finding my dress! Which really did tie it all together. Luckily, a client had just worn Grace’s outfit for her family shoot, so we borrowed that from her. It was a little different than what I had originally thought, but I LOVE how it all blends together. I would love to help you with your wardrobe selection as well! It makes such a big difference putting some thought into what you are going to wear for your family’s photography session. Check out more on the website to plan your session- click here!
I had just done a wedding stylized shoot with Jason’s Creations the day before, so I still had all the wedding flowers. They added that extra special touch! Again- soft, sweet and feminine. They really paired up well with the tall grass.
The day of the shoot, the girls were doing tic toc videos and we all really enjoyed spending that time together. These memories are just priceless! I am so glad that a fellow wedding photographer, Elina Levy, was able to take some pictures of all of us and me with each one of the girls. I have so many of just the girls, but I do not have nearly enough of me with them. I am usually always behind the camera!
I have these displayed and up in my home, and on a daily basis they remind me to cherish the time that I have with them. By printing and displaying in a wall grouping that allows all of us to see them. They are not just buried on a hard drive somewhere. They focus on all the happy times we have together. I am super proud of my girls, I want them to know that! What better way to show them by making our art hanging on our walls the most precious thing of all- THEM! Seeing them also puts thing into perspective… as a portrait, wedding and events photographer there is always something I can be doing for my business. I look at these and they remind me why I work so hard, and why I need to not reply to emails sometimes and just be in the moment with them!
I also included my holiday card so you can see the end result:) with the tall grass, and a beach vibe.
Ten tips for wardrobe selection are and planning your family session:
3. Bring accessories and props! Hats, belts, earrings, socks, jewelry, jackets can be added to tie in or add a pop of color. Sports equipment, a kite, your dog, balloons, fresh flowers, books, cute teddy bear or anything you can possibly think of that tells the story of you. This isn’t required, but it sure is tons of fun! Just remember dogs add an extra element to the shoot so you might not get as many images to choose from. Depending on how crazy the dog is! Toddlers in dresses should wear a diaper cover.
4. . Some great places I love to shop are H&M, Zara, Urban Outfitter, J. Crew, Anthropologie, Forever 21, Nordstroms, Target, Gap, Ralph Lauren Polo and Banana Republic.
5. Wear cute shoes – yes guys even you! I LOVE cute shoes and I love to photograph them. Bright colored flats, fun boots-cowboy, combat, or classic tall boots or some awesome converse are all great!