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What to Wear for your Family Photo Session

Category: Portraits | September 21st, 2016

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Rule #1: Coordinate—but don’t be matchy/matchy
If you’re preparing for your family photo session make sure your outfits complement one another. Choose a consistent color palette (which does not mean the same color). If someone is wearing a bold pattern, dress the rest of the group in more solids, but be sure each carries one or more colors from the “star” outfit for consistency.

Rule #2: Accessorize!
Scarves, hats, bows, bands…it all adds a fun twist to an otherwise “standard” look. Accessories are also a great place to coordinate looks. For example, if Mom is wearing a bright pattern with lavender, pink and gray, little brother can rock a pair a gray sneakers while Dad can choose a lavender vest and big sis can rock a pink headband.

PottingerPhotoSharonWoodsfallfamilyportrait-8590Rule #3: Try for Texture
Layers and textures and can really add depth to your photos. Look for clothes and accessories with rich, simple detailing—embroidery, fancy lace, ribbons, etc—or layer pieces to add dimension and texture. Texture is especially important if you want a lot of black and white shots, which naturally need more visual depth and detail than color images. Also, because you’ll want to keep the pace going during your session, layering is a great way to make quick, convenient outfit changes—pull off the sweater, slip on the vest and you’ve got a whole new look!

Rule #4: Dress Kids for Comfort & Movement
Kids naturally run, skip, dance and jump around during photo sessions—they’re kids! To avoid unnecessary aggravation, let them be comfortable in the clothes and opt for apparel that accentuates their natural energy. Skirts, fedoras, scarves, and knit sweaters allow for natural movement, so when the kids start getting wild, their clothes will look even better.

Rule #5: Be Timeless
You’ll have these pictures for generations—don’t date yourself! Choose classic, timeless pieces, or even vintage apparel and accessories. Opt for the latest trends and you may feel otherwise about that amazing outfit in a few years (or even a few months) from now.

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Happy First Anniversary to Susan and Wally

Category: Favorites | September 21st, 2016

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Congratulations to Susan and Wally on their one year anniversary! Their wedding a year ago was such an incredible day. Their celebration was at TPC River’s Bend and was full of great moments. My favorite part of the day had to be when the five daughters toasted and sang their very own lyrics to songs about the couple’s story. Changing the Jack and Diane song, the Brady Bunch theme song – to many songs in between – this was a pitch perfect surprise and so thoughtful. To see more of their photos be sure to check out their blog post.
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Hope Indiana

Category: Portraits | September 21st, 2016

dsc_9147I just had to share one quick favorite from Paige’s senior session last night. We found so much inspiration in the little town of Hope, Indiana where her father grew up. A big thank you to the little girls who lived in the house for letting us photograph their flower and a white picket fence! What a great name for a city for a senior session!