School pictures are on the horizon an you may be thinking, “Why does it matter what my kid wears for their pictures?” It might matter more than you think!

Let me be vulnerable with you for a moment and share some of my old school pictures.  Do you have any of these? Photos of yourself as a child that you wonder, “What was I thinking?” Or, better yet, “What was my mom thinking letting me out of the house in that?”  They’re a mess of bad outfits, bad backgrounds and, even worse, bad hair choices.

If you’d like to keep this from happening to your child, these tips may help you keep them from enduring the same problem when they get older, and help create a really classic school portrait.

On picture day you should avoid clothes that have neon colors, large logos, hoodies or anything bulky around the neck, athletic fabrics, items with too much pattern (hello crazy flower shirt with matching scrunchie), and the colors orange or brown.

Not only should you avoid certain types of clothes, but consider hair choices too. Keep it natural. Avoid cutting your child’s hair in the few days before pictures take place. If they need a haircut, consider having it cut one to two weeks before picture day. That way it’s neither too short, nor too long. Don’t style their hair differently than they would normally wear it, otherwise it could be distracting and take away from what you’re really trying to capture (um, can you say big bangs?!)

If your male child is old enough to be shaving, then have them shave their face that morning.  Stubble does not photograph well.  They’ll thank you later! If your female child is old enough to wear makeup, make sure that stays natural too. And if jewelry and hair accessories need to be worn, keep those simple as well. Again, we’re focusing on who your child is, not their new shade of lipstick or giant hair bow.

Ok, so what should my child wear?  Look for items with bright, bold colors.  Preferably in earth tones.  Keep it simple and classic. Look for styles that stand the test of time.  Things that they might already have in their closet that just look good on them!

If you’re looking for some great places to shop for clothes, some of my favorite retailers are Target, H&M, Old Navy and Gap. These places typically have great clothes at great prices. You can check out my “Schools – What To Wear” board on Pinterest as a great starting point for ideas.

Oh, and if you have multiple children being photographed, maybe think about coordinating colors. Especially if you’re going to be hanging their photos together on the wall.  Just think of some colors that look great together and then go through their closet to see what they have.  Super simple and easy!

Rest assured, I’m going to do my best to make sure your child looks good no matter what they’re wearing. But, the bottom line is, when your child feels comfortable in what they’re wearing, then they feel comfortable being themselves in front of my lens. School portrait day can be great, when we’re focused on who your child is and not what they’re wearing!

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What an exciting summer we’ve had! Well, it seemed exciting toward the end at least. We honestly didn’t do much since I was huge preggers, but sometimes rest is best.

We were expecting “baby bunny” to arrive later this August, but low and behold my water broke very early one morning the end of July! Cecelia Lousie, or Cece as we’re calling her, was born July 25th, just shy of four weeks early. It was quite a shock, but she’s  healthy and is doing really well. She fits into our family beautifully and the kids, as well and daddy and myself, just adore her.

 

Needless to say, I’m going to need some time to rest after this one. BUT, I’m offering a $50 discount on the collection of your choice to those who book their fall/early winter sessions by this Sunday, August 13th. I’ll begin shooting again the first weekend in October and every weekend there after. Just head on over to my website to book your session.  And please, tell your friends!  Share this information with them so they can book too. I love and appreciate your referrals!

What a sincere privilege it was to be able to work with Emma on her senior portraits. Emma has been a yearbook student of mine for the last few years. She is a dedicated and hard worker. I could always count on her to meet deadlines and encourage fellow staff members. She has a truly has a heart of gold! I’m going to miss working with her next year, as I stay home with our new baby, but I’m confident that she will continue on this path of success during her last year of high school.

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My how time flies!  Certain things have a way of making you feel older than you really are (ahem…or maybe you’re in denial about it…that, I am).  Most of the time it’s your kids getting older and they reach certain milestones in life.  I can say that I’m feeling a little older today, but not because of my own child, but because of this beautiful young lady!  Seems like I’ve known Sophie forever!  I’ll always remember her as the sweet and quiet little girl who would be in her mom’s classroom after school.  One that was never afraid to play with our kids in the halls of the high school while we attended a sporting event my husband was at.  Even more recently, she’s become a wonderful babysitter for our children, on that off chance the hubby and I get to go out.  And now, here she is, in her senior year of high school!

I had the pleasure of taking Sophie’s sister’s senior photos several years ago, so I was over the moon thrilled when I was asked to take hers!  Both Sophie, and her sister Shelby, are seniors this year.  We commemorated the occasion by taking some photos of the two of them together.  We also tried desperately to get a good shot of the girls and their mom, Leslie, with my Instax camera!  Boy, I have some learning to do with that thing!  While the weather threatened us for a bit in the beginning, by the end of our time together the skies opened up and we ended up finishing our time with the most beautiful light.  A light that I can’t help but feel resembles the warmth and kindness that exudes from Sophie herself 🙂

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Are you ready to keep up with the Jones’?!  This family is very near and dear to my heart as we have known them for quite a long time!  I used to babysit their oldest when he was just a baby and I’ve had the honor of photographing their growing family since!  Our families enjoyed several years of small group together and Libby and I are often texting about our chickens (and children).  It’s been so much fun to see their family grow and even more fun to get to walk together with them through this journey of family life.  I cannot image what it must be like to have a family full of boys!  But I imagine it’s both crazy and beautiful at the same time!  Take a peek at our time together!

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