I am still pumped about being on the “favorites” list over at I Heart Faces…so I decided to enter another challenge! This week’s challenge is white. I so love this photo of this little boy and his mama on her wedding day at the beach. I love how little boys love their mamas!
Archive: August, 2011
I can’t believe it’s back to school time already! My little ones have been back for a week already. I know it’s so cliche’ but where does the time go?? In love with this post from Lindsay of Lindsay Horn Photography. She gives some wardrobe advice along with some props you can use if you are photographing some back to school sessions OR if your little one will be part of those sessions. Read on!
Well, it’s that time of year! The summer festivities are winding down, you’ve been shopping for both new school wardrobes and supplies, and you will be sending your kiddos back to school any day now, if not already. This is a great time of year to make a tradition out of getting your children’s portraits taken. Yes, they will be getting pictures from a school photographer soon, but those don’t even come close to capturing your child’s personality as they embark on another year of their journey to adulthood. I’ve noticed many photographers offering Back to School Mini Sessions, so I thought a post featuring a nostalgic take on back to school portraits would be helpful.
I wanted to give this wardrobe a throwback “old school” vibe, and the Children’s Place had some great classic looks already put together! I noticed many stores had already-assembled outfits for you to browse, and that can be a great resource if you are short on time or sleep-deprived from caring for a newborn per se. Both outfits have a great mix of textures and layers, and as we’ve shown time and time again, you can never go wrong with blues. If this isn’t your style, the sky is the limit. This is really about capturing your child at this specific moment, so let their personality dictate what direction you go. I’m sure you already have some great options available from your back to school shopping.
You can create a really cute styled session around this theme using some great vintage finds. The antique school desk below was purchased at an auction by the owner for $5. If you aren’t up for perusing auctions, garage sales, or antique stores, Ebay had a surprising number of these for sale, just be prepared to pay hefty shipping costs. Of course, Etsy is a great place to shop for all things vintage and shabby chic – that’s where I found the great globe, chalkboards, and books. The seller of the books actually sells different sets arranged by color scheme, so you could really go crazy coordinating! Apples a-plenty can be found at your local grocer.
Are you planning some fun back to school pics for your kiddos? Head on over and share them on our WW Page, we’d love to see what you came up with!
Boys outfit – Children’s Place
Girls outfit – Children’s Place
Need some visuals regarding how to put the family’s wardrobe together? Then this post is for you! Kelly of Kelly V. Photography explains and shows you just how to do it!
One of the things we always talk about is how to adapt these Wardrobe Wednesday posts to fit your own portrait session. Particularly with the family outfit suggestions, we try to illustrate that when done correctly, your outfits should work together as a group, but also well in pairs and individually.
It’s one thing to say “You can put this together, subtract this, or add this,” but I’m a visual girl, so I thought I’d show you!
I recently had a portrait session where my client e-mailed me photos she took of her own clothes to get my feedback as part of her pre-session consultation. Most of these items are basic wardrobe staples that you can find at your favorite clothing retailer, if not in your closet already. For these reasons I’m not going to concentrate on where to shop as much as illustrate how well the pairings work and why.
Michele sent me the image of her daughter’s dress on the right, which she said was purchased at Forever 21, and the following four photos:
She had checked out previous Wardrobe Wednesday posts and knew to pull colors from the dress for the rest of the family, so she was off to a great start! I suggested the outfit on the left for her son because the light blue vest in the outfit on the right was too close a shade to Dad’s button down.
The only problem it posed was that three people would be in khakis, which would be a little too similar, so I suggested she wear a white skirt. She worried it would get it dirty while sitting on the ground — definitely a valid point — and asked if her husband could wear jean shorts. That would be a little too casual in my opinion, so we settled on a denim skirt for her, and that was the missing piece! They looked incredible!
Okay, so because they did such a great job, lets pull them into smaller groupings and you can see how all of the outfits still work even in pairs or individually.
And, even better? Look at how great the different images look together, too! Which makes for an awesome wall display. And isn’t that the whole point of a portrait session? So you can warm up your home with incredible images and even better memories!
A HUGE thank you to all of you who participated in SJD Photography’s latest contest! Up for grabs is a FREE session or a disc of all images from a past session. In order to participate, you had to suggest Shannon J. Dodge Photography’s fan page to your friends, and have them “like” it and post your name on the wall. There were so many names being thrown around on that page, I had a hard time keeping up at one point!
The winner of the contest, with over 120 votes is BRANDI LAWREY! We had another participant come fairly close, but in the end, Brandi had the most! Congratulations, Brandi, you have won a FREE session! Please email me for details!
And to those of you who did not win, but made a valid effort, I am happy to offer you $50. off your booked session and a FREE 8×10 if you book your session in the next 48 hours! Please email me for details and to book your session!
And now for some end of summer SAVINGS!
Please email or call me if you’d like to order the full high resolution CD of your past 2010/2011 session for only $295.00! This is a HUGE savings of the regularly priced disc of $1,200.00. For those of you who would like prints instead, they are all 30% off! Hurry because this promotion ends next Wednesday, August 17th, 2011!
Stay tuned for this week’s Wardrobe Wednesday post…
We recently had some requests to put together some compilations that apply to the curvier crowd. I am included in that crowd, so I was happy to hear that one of our awesome contributors, Jennifer, of Minor Impressions Photography, was going to highlight the subject! Here’s what she has to say!
Here at Wardrobe Wednesday, our main goal is to show our clients (and yours) they have more options for their photo sessions than just the same old jeans and black or white shirt. We’ve been doing this for over a year now, and I have to admit, that while I wholeheartedly support the outfits we post, sometimes my first thought is, “yeah, that dress is rockin’, but I bet I couldn’t even fit my pinky toe in it!” That’s the pessimistic side of me. The optimistic side of me LOVES the outfit, goes straight to the store, tries it on, and is quite ticked off at my fabulous WW ladies because that gorgeous outfit on my size 14-16 body looks NOTHING like it did on the size 4 model. So, after a few requests from some of our readers, I decided to put together another plus-size ensemble.
One of the best features for any plus-size outfit is a wide belt or cinched-in fabric just below the bust. In the dress shown, the belt gives your body a more defined hourglass shape, and the empire waist on the paisley shirt lengthens the body’s appearance. Find a well-fitted, supportive, strapless bra if you choose to stay sleeveless, or use a coordinating cardigan if you decide not to show off your arms. Bring a camisole or tank top to throw on underneath the cardigan, along with a pair of blue jeans when you want a more casual look.
While it is not often suggested to wear horizontal stripes if you are self-conscious about your size, the black vest over the striped-shirt gives the illusion of a much smaller frame. In all cases, wear heels, when possible, to elongate your legs, and be sure to include a few accessories to add the special touch.
As with any other body type, there are some important things you should remember if you’re shopping in the plus-size section:
- Make sure the clothes fit. Keep in mind that if the shirt or dress is tight when you’re standing up, then there’s a big possibility that you’re going to be highly uncomfortable when we ask you to sit down. On the same note, don’t try to hide everything under an outfit that is two sizes too big for you. It WILL make you look bigger!
- Slim your body using shapewear. There are great tank tops and strapless body suits that help you obtain a sleek silhouette by enhancing the natural curves of your body. Again, you want to make sure you get the correct size. If you can’t breathe when you try it on, try the next size up so you’re not gasping for air during your session.
- Wear something that shows off what you love, and conceals the parts you’re not too crazy about. If you don’t like your arms, don’t wear a sleeveless shirt or find a cardigan to complement that cute tank top you love. If you don’t like your legs, don’t wear short shorts.
The most important thing to remember is to be comfortable, have fun, and let your personality shine through!