i should be mopping the floor: Choosing Clothing for Family Photos

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Choosing Clothing for Family Photos

Buh-Bye, khaki & white. See ya later, shades of denim.
And sayonara, matchy-matchy.

Pulling family photos together is not always the easiest, but sometimes the above choices are. Making a few deliberate decisions about color choices can help your photos to stand out in a wonderful and different way.

This year, we had our wonderful friend and amazingly talented, Faith Essary of Urban Star Photography take our photos. She had a great location just outside of Austin that had a little bit of urban and a little bit of nature. It was perfect. And it's spring...so, bright colors it was!

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First came my outfit. Let's face it, girls...I am not buying a photo if I'm not happy about the way I look in it. I mean the kids could both look amazing, but if I look off...not gonna happen. If momma ain't happy....

I had a crummy cancer situation in 2010 (cancer-free now...PTL!), but it left me very overweight (working on it, though). Not ideal for photos, but I had a photographer who understood my "issues" and promised to "keep me covered as much as possible". So, I layered on up...a plain blue t-shirt in a color that worked well for me. The pieces that pulled the whole thing together....my fabric pin and colorful necklace.


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Taking the colors from my pin & necklace, I was able to pull everyone else's clothes from them. I put the boys in small-print patterns and left D & I in solids to avoid too much pattern. And there you have it. The neutral backgrounds worked great for our palette.

I can't wait to get all the prints I ordered from Faith back! I even splurged and ordered a mantle print!


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(the blur on this one is MY fault...I used a screen shot in a hurry)


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Here's hoping for lots of fabulous spring photos for all of your families, too!

If you live in the Austin, Texas area, you'll have to give my friend, Faith, a ring-ching-a-ding. She's wonderful to work with. After a 2 1/2 hour shoot, my kids were still in good moods!











7 comments:

  1. I'm sorry about the cancer (glad thats over!) and about the weight. I struggle with my weight too and I avoid pictures. I would really like to have a cute family picture taken but never attempt it because it seems impossible with my 5 unwilling kids and my own weight/pictures issues. But yours look great so maybe I will be brave and attempt it one of these days!
    Emily @ Remarkable Home

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  2. Those photos turned out great! I know what you mean about not looking good in a photo, even if everyone else looks great, if I DON'T- well, it's not a keeper, lol. You look beautiful in these - and happy- that's so much more important than weight. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  4. Aw, you guys look great! Your photographer friend is very talented! And I think the idea of choosing your own outfit and then figuring out the rest of the family based on your choice is so smart.
    I love your colorful accessories, and I totally layer short sleeved shirts on top of long sleeved shirts all the time! I like that slightly funky look. =) You guys radiate joy.

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  5. Your family is precious!! I'm so sorry about your struggle with cancer but praise God you are now cancer-free! You look absolutely gorgeous in these pictures. I love them all!

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  6. Wow--everyone looks great! I avoid pictures like the plague, but am re-thinking thanks to this--thanks!

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