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I Heart Faces {Sun Flare}

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Ohhhhhh I LOOOOOVE a good sun flare! This week’s challenge at I Heart Faces is sun flare and I knew the shot I wanted to use. It is a recent image from a wedding I photographed. Just look how happy Daddy and Daughter are in that moment.  You can truly tell she’s still his little girl…

To see some more awesome sun flare shots, check out I Heart Faces!

I Heart Faces {Head Shoulders Knees & Toes…Anything But a Face}

Monday, February 28th, 2011

This week’s challenge at I Heart Faces is “Anything But A Face”. Woot!

This image has very special meaning to our family.  It is a photo from the summer of 2009.  It is of my daughter Emma’s hand and her Great Grandma Emma’s hand. Emma was named after Great Grandma, who has since left us (she was 98!).

She may be gone, but she’ll always be in our hearts!

Stay tuned for some catch up posts this week!


Wardrobe Wednesday {one-stop shopping at J.Crew}

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

This week’s Wardrobe Wednesday {where fashion meets photography} post is from yours truly!

I LOVE fun and colorful and different…don’t get me wrong. BUT not always does “one size fit all” and sometimes clean and classic is the way to go.  I was very pleasantly surprised when I visited J.Crew‘s site and found a children’s line called “crewcuts” (hello? how cute is THAT?).  I love shopping for my kidlets and I found quite a few cute items I’d gladly purchase for them.  Then I started to look around and thought, hey, I could totally put together an awesome ensemble for Wardrobe Wednesday! And so I did.

I put together a look that would suit a family, since I am primarily a family portrait  photographer.  As usual, I started with the young girl’s outfit and branched out from there.  J.Crew has this awesome feature called “Looks We Love”. You just browse through those and there are complete outfits already put together FOR YOU! I have a confession to make: the girl’s outfit from this post is completely from the “Looks We Love” session. *hangs head in shame* I just loved it so much…you can see why I borrowed the look. ;) I would love feedback on the entire family ensemble…what do YOU think?

As always, these are only suggestions and guidelines. I enjoy providing one stop shopping because it is convenient and easier than looking 10 million different places. However, the price tag can add up so I chose basics like jeans (everybody has a pair of jeans!) and jean jackets to add to the look. You don’t have to go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe for your custom photo session…look at home first and then add on! Have fun with it and don’t forget to add accessories…details count!!


Everything is from J.Crew!


  • Amie Dress in agate: $69.50
  • Nolita White Demin Jacket: $98.00
  • Julienne Leather Heels:  $69.99
  • Shaky Pearl Necklace:  $75.00


  • Sunwashed Flannel Shirt inDakota Plaid $59.50
  • Relaxed Fit Jean in Dark Worn Wash:  $69.99
  • Converse Low Profile Jack Purcell Sneakers:  $65.00


  • Girls’ Teacake Dress-Mauve Morning:  $45.00
  • Boys’ Levi’s Trucker Jacket:  $78.00
  • Girls’ Soleil Stripe Leggings:  $24.50
  • Girls’ Stardip Ballet Flat:  $55.00
  • Girls’ Trillion Headband:  $9.50


  • Boys’ Solid Pinpoint Oxford Shirt:  $29.50
  • Boys’ Stripe Silk Tie:  $22.50
  • Boys’ Straight Fit Jean in Wrinkle Rinse Wash:  $45.00
  • Kids’ Sperry Top-Sider Striper Slip-Ons:  $42.00

Hmmmm…I think I’ll go for a post a day this week…yes, I think I will!

until next time…


I Heart Faces {RED}

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Well, here goes nothin’!

I LOVE I Heart Faces, and promised myself I would enter one of their competitions one of these years…and I guess THIS is the year! This week’s challenge is RED. As soon as I read the theme, I immediately KNEW which image to choose!  This image may look familiar to you…it’s in my galleries, and on my blog. I just LOVE it. Too bad it’s not of my own daughter, or it’d be huge on my wall!

This will be a busy week for blog posts and I’m so excited to get back into blogging!! Stay tuned!!

Wardrobe Wednesday {rock ‘n out}

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

What’s that you say? It’s rock ‘n roll? Well I like rock ‘n out better…and that’s just what Rebecca of Rebecca Keeling Studios did with this week’s compilation! LOVE IT! If anybody out there wants to pick up these outfits and rock out a session with me, I’d love it!


I’m not sure if my inspiration this week came from our very own fabulous logo colors or if I needed some cheering up as I listened to the rain outside of my window last night, but either way, I think it made for a great wardrobe collaboration! Although many of us are still firmly planted in cold winter temperatures, it won’t be long before it starts warming up outside and we get back to doing what we love best…having outdoor portrait sessions with our favorite clients! Spring makes me think of many things, including rain and rubber boots, which naturally pairs these fabulous black, white, and gray neutrals together with a pop of yellow. This week, I wanted to do something a little rock & roll, a little wild and crazy and FUN!! While it wouldn’t work for everyone, this wardrobe combination is geared toward a young family in an urban environment. It is just begging to find some back alley grit juxtaposed with rambunctious laughter and soft kisses. Some of my favorite items from today’s wardrobe are mom’s jeans, which are super stylish but have a classic rise. I adore mom’s jacket. By dressing in layers, not only do we look fabulous, but we are also able to conceal any spots where we may be a little self-conscious. Don’t forget to accessorize dad! This Fossil watch is awesome…a little edgy and definitely very masculine. And what’s not to love about these skully rain boots or the adorable floral fabric headband? But I have to say, my most favorite part has to be the color combination with the neutrals and one strong pop of color. So, even if this particular color combination is not necessarily your choice, you get an idea of how to pull together a wardrobe with any neutral palette and a pop of gorgeous color. Cute, fun, and different…and that’s what makes your portrait session personal for your family.
Where to find the goods:
Buckle BKE Drew Classic Rise Stretch Jean | $70
Buckle Daytrip Perforated Jacket | $65
Buckle Hurley Full Boar T-Shirt | $29
Banana Republic Corgie Open-Toe Zipper Bootie | $140 Primadina Pearl Fan Earrings | $165 Blu Bijoux Grecian Bangles | $45
Boden Rugby Shirt | $22
Gap Whiskered Dark Wash Boot Jeans | $20
Gymboree Skull Rain Boots | $25
Buckle BKE Carter Jean | $70
Old Navy Twill Military Jacket | $50
Buckle Volcom V-Neck T-Shirt | $32
Banana Republic Adidas Campas II Grey Suede Sneaker | $60
Buckle Fossil Wide Band Watch | $85
Gap Glamour Graphic T-Shirt | $20
Gap Alternate Tier Skirt | $20
Old Navy Girls Lace-Trim Leggings | $9
Journeys Kidz Converse Lo Athletic Shoe in Buttercup | $30
Made By Lori Etsy Store featuring the Yellow Flower Fabric Headband | $10 {}
Give me a call if you want a rockin’ session from SJD Photography!


Until next time,

Melissa Davis Designs {Wardrobe Wednesday Surprise Shower Giveaway}

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Yesterday, our little Wardrobe Wednesday {where fashion meets photography} group surprised one of our contributors, Kelly, of Kelly V. Photography, with an online baby shower! We are going to have a week-long celebration with featured vendors and gifts for Kelly AND our readers! Today’s guest is Melissa Davis, of Melissa Davis Designs. I LOOOOVE me some Melissa Davis Designs, and what better gift for an expecting photographer, than a set of boy birth announcements (of her choice) and a $50.00 credit to choose anything else in her store! Kelly can use these gifts to design her own birth announcements, scrapbook or make albums! Melissa is also giving an AWESOME gift to our readers. Read below for more info!

Hey there! I’m Melissa…Mom of two very gorgeous kiddos (Zach 8yrs & Alissa 6yrs) and wife to my, what you could call, high school sweet heart. The hubby and I met on a blind date almost 13 years ago (yep, some times blind dates DO work), dated for 3 years, got married and started popping out kids! After my baby girl was born in 2004, I became interested in photography because I kept seeing SO many gorgeous images of friends babies and I wanted to KNOW how to do that! I started taking pictures with my little point and shoot camera and six months later when the hubby realized I was serious about photography, I got my first dSLR!

A couple years into my photography business, I wanted to give my clients some examples of wall displays so they’d have some good ideas of how to hang images in their homes. Good ideas = better orders right?! So I spent a long time making my very first set of templates…my Wall Display templates! That’s when something clicked in me! After hours (and I’ll spare you HOW many hours it took me) trying to make this ONE set, I wanted to do this for OTHER photographers so they didn’t HAVE TO! After sessions, uploading, proofing, emails, driving, phone calls…who wants to spend the time making their own templates?!

Que Melissa Davis Designs! I offer fun and unique templates that are customizable so you can change colors, text and move things around. My store is stocked with everything from birth announcements and holiday cards to albums and senior stuff! And with a long list of wonderful request I get from my customers, I’m always adding new sets and always open for ideas (you can send your ideas to at any time and I’ll add them to my ever growing master “list” of things to make)!

Another fun thing about Melissa Davis Designs is that I have these GREAT surprise 75% off sales once a month! You never know when they are coming, so it’s important to be signed up for my emails updates ( or if you love Facebook as much as me, I also update my sales (and pretty much everything else) on my fan page (

So there you have it…That’s me and my little business in a nut shell! I’m really happy to extend a great offer to all of you Wardrobe Wednesday fans! Use the code “WWfeb”(after paypal brings you back to my site for check out) for $10.00 off your order (through the end of Feb). ALSO one lucky winner will get a $100.00 coupon code to my store!! Make sure you “like” Wardrobe Wednesday {where fashion meets photography} on facebook, “like” ME on facebook, and comment on this post! Contest ends Friday 2.11.2011 at noon (EST)!!

Super awesome giveaway, huh? Thanks so much Melissa, and congratulations again Kelly!

Wardrobe Wednesday {Valentines Day}

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is just about a month away?!?! Some photographers are putting together special Valentine’s Day mini shoots and people JUMP at the chance! Looking for some cute ideas for your kids?!?! Well, Jennifer Minor of Minor Impressions Photography put together an adorable compilation full of ideas! If you’re looking for other ideas? Just visit our Wardrobe Wednesday {where fashion meets photography} page on Facebook! And now, here’s Jenn!

Ok, I admit, I haven’t even taken down my Christmas tree yet! I know, I need to get with it because before I know it, I’m going to get a note in my daughter’s folder giving me all the fun info for her class Valentine’s Day party. It’s hard to believe it’s only a month away.

If you’re a little more prepared than I am, you still have time to plan an adorably unique photo shoot to make some cards that all of your kiddo’s friends will be excited to show off. The great thing about Valentine pictures is that they can get away with being very casual. Since these are cards that will be given to their friends, let them show their personality. You can make a simple t-shirt dressier with a tulle skirt or a little more casual with a jean skirt and leggings. Let your son show his wild side for all the girls, or how tamed and put-together he is.

This is also the perfect time to find some adorable props to add. Instead of buying real roses with the thorns, you can find a bouquet of fake roses at a craft store, and all of the other items are easily found at Wal-mart or your local grocery store. Most kids will love the opportunity to eat chocolate or lick lollipops while being photographed, and the younger kiddos will find it hard to resist squeezing a new teddy bear!

Girl Outfit & Accessories – Gap

Boy Outfit – The Children’s Place

All props can be found at Wal-Mart, but these were found on the web.

Lollipops -Melville Store
Teddy Bear – Target
Chocolates – Sees
Rose Bouquet – Wal-Mart

So cute!

Stay tuned to my blog…I have big announcements coming VERY SOON!


Wardrobe Wednesday {couples session}

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

It’s been a while since we, at Wardrobe Wednesday, have featured compilations for couples. Do you have an engagement session approaching? Or perhaps just want some professional images of you and your sweetie?!?! Erica May has the solution! Take it away, Erica!

This week I choose to put a few outfits together for a couple’s session. I really wanted to pull in some classic fall/winter colors and give couples some layering options. Although, most of these items are a little pricey I think most of us would be able to find the jeans, shoes, and possibly blazers from our own closets (or a friend’s). I love the option during a session to throw on or take off another layer to really mix up the looks. These bold and rich colors photograph well and look beautiful in color or black and white. Always spring for a nice new pair of dark jeans for your man as well if his jeans are starting to look a little too worn. You definitely don’t need to have two different outfits for your couple’s session but if it is in the budget and it is ok with your photographer it can really give a whole new look to your portraits (it is also good if you are on the fence about what to wear!). This is also a nice time to touch up your make-up, fix your hair, and re-group (the guys always enjoy the break too). The second outfit I put together is a more care-free almost spring-like look. It would be great to throw on for a few more pictures at the end of your session to really change it up (if it is not too freezing!).

WOMANOutfit 1
Silky cascade ruffle blouse – Gap – $44.99
Perfect boot jeans (dark wash) – Gap- $69.50
Ambition Women’s Army Green Military Inspired Jacket – – $35.99
LifeStride Unity Bootie – DSW – $49.95

MANOutfit 1
Three-button topcoat – Banana Republic - $275.00
Silk/cashmere v-neck sweater – Banana Republic – $59.99
Timberland Earthkeepers City Plain Toe – Piperlime - $80.99
WOMANOutfit 2
BR Monogram Clara jacket – Banana Republic – $99.99 (optional)
Monogram ruched goddess dress -Banana Republic – $89.99

MANOutfit 2
The new classic polo – Indian earth – $29.99 – Gap
The vintage khaki – Chino Tar – $49.50 – Gap

I hope some of you have found this post useful! LOTS OF CHANGES in the works right now! New Year, NEW site, NEW blog, NEW collections and pricing and lots of other NEW things for SJD Photography! Stay tuned, I am working diligently on these changes!!!


Wardrobe Wednesday {PAJAMAS!!!}

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

This week’s Wardrobe Wednesday is brought to you by ME!!

Is there anything better than your child all clean and dressed in their cozy pajamas? Well…okay maybe a few things. But for me, this ranks way up there! I’ve always thought it would be fun to do a PJ session with some kids in bed. I’ve done plenty of sessions and none of them have been in PJs. I decided it was time, so I dressed my kids in their new Christmas PJs and shot away! They had so much fun jumping on the bed, laughing and rolling around. AND the images are so cozy and natural. I simply LOVE IT.

Recently, I’ve discovered Hanna Andersson. They carry such cute and colorful things for children and adults. They have a huge variety and often run great sales. The best part? Their clothing is WELL MADE. To me, this is a mega BONUS. This past summer, I bought my kids some PJs from their organic cotton line (these PJs are fitted and NOT flame retardant which was important to me). They are soft, comfortable, warm, and best of all, they REALLY hold up after many washes! SUPER durable. I bought them 2 sizes too big so my kids will have them for another year or so (you can just roll up the cuffs on the arms and legs).

Check out the cute variety of pajamas they carry. Adult pajamas to baby pajamas! They even have family looks so you can coordinate or match with the entire family. Don’t forget the details! Hanna Andersson carrie adorable plush animals, blankets, sleep sacks, and other bedtime related items. Their slippers are to die for! Remember all of the details that make your custom photos special!

NOTE: they are having a huge sale right now so some items may not be available at this time!

**all items are from Hanna Andersson
Organic Cotton Long Johns
Fleecy Friends Slipper Boots
Dreamy Nightgowns
White/Red Snowflakes Print
Short Johns in Organic Cotton
Navy/Heather Gray
Night Night Baby Sleepers in Pure Organic Cotton
Life on the Farm Print
Crossover Long Johns in Organic Cotton
Pink Multi
Slipper Booties
Pink Garden (appear to be sold out…also come in brown)
Jellycat Cordy Roy Cat
Truffle Sheep

There will be LOTS of big changes with SJD Photography in the upcoming year…I can’t wait to share them all with you! Stay tuned and MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY HOLIDAYS to everybody!!!

Wardrobe Wednesday {on a budget}

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

PERFECT timing for this Wardrobe Wednesday post from Jennifer of Minor Impressions Photography! Times are tough AND it’s the holidays. Not many of us can afford to purchase great custom photography AND the perfect outfits. So here’s one solution…i’ll let Jennifer take it away!

“I have to admit, every time I do my post for Wardrobe Wednesday, I go to different stores looking for the cute outfits and accessories with hardly a care about looking at the price tag on each item. It sure is fun (and easy) to “cyber shop” when you know that bill really isn’t going to hit your pocket book. But, let’s be reasonable here, good custom photography doesn’t come cheap and times are tough for many of us lately especially if we have kids. So, I was given a challenge to find a great ensemble for family portraits that comes only from the most-known discount store, Wal-Mart.

While conducting my search, I found that one of the best things about Wal-Mart apparel is that many times they come in sets or with coordinating accessories. For example, check out the Toddler Girl’s top. Not only does it come with the shirt, but it also has a blazer and scarf to match. All of this for only $10. YES, I said $10. Ok, I’ll admit, this is on clearance, but when this was regular price, it was only $12; it doesn’t get much better than that! I even found hair accessories that had multiple pieces so not only could the toddler girl use the bow, but the teenage girl could use the clips as well! I’ve listed a few important points below to help you save money on your fabulous wardrobe so your budget can be put more toward purchasing those fabulous portraits!!

1. Plan ahead. Pick out the one item you really want everything else to coordinate with and watch your Sunday ads. Go to your stores to check out items and watch for them to go on sale.
2. Purchase items that have a coordinating accessory. Many times this can save you at least $10 for an outfit.
3. Don’t worry about purchasing new jeans. If they don’t have spots and look good, why spend $15-$30 for a new pair?
4. Use accessories you already have at home. I know it’s fun to go out and splurge for a new wardrobe for pictures, and if you have the money for it, great, but if you are having to be a little more conscious about where your pennies are going, then it doesn’t hurt to reuse some of “last year’s” accessories.
5. Check out your local thrift stores. Often times, you can find some funky clothes, a great hat, scarf, and especially cool jewelry.
6. Borrow from a friend. There’s no shame in asking a friend to borrow their fun jacket, fancy boots, or that perfect set of earrings. Besides, it’s an awesome compliment that you would want them in your special pictures.

You can find all of these awesome items at!”

I hope this gives all of you some great ideas for low priced outfits for your custom photography session!


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