what to wear? | spring

Are you putting off your little one’s or family pictures because of the weather?  Maybe it’s because you’re waiting to lose those last few pounds or get a base tan.  Or…. is it because you don’t know what to wear?  Maybe you don’t even know where to begin with putting together outfits for your family.  Let me help! If you want assistance, I would be more than happy to aid in that.  Or, start here.  If you choose within this color palette, you can’t go wrong.

Mom, always choose your outfit first.  Then work down through the kiddos and add your husband last.  Trust me!  It works best and in the end you will love your images because you feel good about yourself.  Don’t put it off any longer!

If you want to wear bright colors, please reserve those for your accessories.  Lighter colors are always best for you to shine.  And don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns.  Mixing patterns and colors can make or break your images.   Again, if it’s a struggle for you, please shoot me some of what you might be thinking and I will be more than happy to help.

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ruby

Yesterday Ruby turned three!  I know she’s just a dog, not a real child, but she’s the only toddler I have anymore so I thought it would be fun to take a few pictures with her like people do with their babies.  You know, I think she enjoys the attention.

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neither cold nor wind…

All I wanted was a short session with my kids because it has been five years since I last took their pictures as siblings.  Every year I do a family session and individuals but not always siblings.  So I thought, “Perfect!  They will all be home for Easter so why not do one then?”

The last couple of weeks we have had some very beautiful days off and on.  Temps in the 60’s and 70’s.  Everyone knows that Easter weekend is supposed to be sunny and warm.  Right?  Well, not this weekend.  I had planned these pictures for yesterday and it was really my only chance but the weather was less that ideal.  Initially it was cloudy and felt quite cold but then the sun came out and warmed things up every-so-slightly.  Still, with 20 mph winds, the high 30’s seemed a lot colder.  I almost called it off in a fit of frustration.  But I’m so glad I didn’t because though I only got a handful of shots, they turned out as beautifully as I had hoped.

Of course, we had to drive 10 miles out of town to a friend’s house in hopes of finding some reprieve from the wind, which we did.  Funny, once the wind was blocked it was actually quite beautiful.  And then we woke up to a couple of inches of snow this morning.  I guess there is always something positive you can find even in the cool, windy days.

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more memories ahead

When you are thinking you have a just a few years left with your baby and are trying to hold on to every moment possible, don’t let him go to the junior/senior prom as a sophomore.  😦  It’s just another one of those first lasts, you know?  Oh, sure, I enjoyed it and I loved seeing him put on a tux (or suit for that matter) for the first time in his life.  He looked like such a man.  Maybe that’s what got me the most.  But I have him for 2 1/2 more years and I’m going to hang on to every, last second.  I might even let him go to the prom again when he’s a junior and a senior.  😉

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ansley | children’s documentary photographer

Even the very happiest of babies are no match for sore, teething gums.  But this sweet little did her very best in spite of it.  She tried her hardest to enjoy her big day and managed to squeeze in a few smiles for the camera.   But don’t you dare ask her to smash her cake.  She just wasn’t having it.  That’s okay, sweet girl, it’s your party and you can cry if you want to.

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hadley christmas | holiday lifestyle photographer

These kids!  I genuinely look forward to every single session I do with them and their parents.  But the ones with just the kiddos are always so much fun.  There is always an edible treat involved in some way.  I remember the first ones I did with them several years ago that involved a sweet tent made by their mama and a whole lot of candy.  Such adorable pictures.  Every photo shoot should involve sugar (and kitties).  Don’t you think so?

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brooke | lifestyle photographer

This sweet girl came into my life 13 years ago.  A beautiful baby girl who is growing into a beautiful young lady.   Sadly, I only get to see her once a year, but I take that opportunity now that she’s older to spend a bit of quality time with her.  Yes, that involves taking pictures, but that’s when I can usually get most teens to open up to me.  There’s nothing like having a camera in your face (sometimes literally) to make you let down your guard.  Thank you for humoring me every year Brookie!  I love you!

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