This sweet family moved to Colorado from Texas recently, and we had so much fun capturing this new season of life for them! Enjoy these photos at one of my favorite places, Standley Lake – in Westminster!
David & Nicole and their two adorable boys, Colton and Peter, braved the drizzly and cloudy afternoon for some family photos at the lake the other day! All of this rain we’ve been getting has made everything SO GREEN, and I am just loving it. And… I can’t get over these sweet faces!
You may remember this precious family from this session at Chautauqua Park – they’ve been blessed with a brand new baby, little Lucas, and I was privileged to be able to go meet him and grab some photos in their new home! Jess and Isaac are such fun, chill parents and I know Kaleb and Lucas are going to grow up to be best friends! Oh and also, newborns…you know? Just so tiny and precious and their little noses and fingers and toes! Never gets old!
About a year and a half ago, I attended a class with Rebecca and Tim and we happened to sit at the same table. I found out that they are some of the most genuine, loving people and was so happy when they reached out to me to take their family photos last year! And then a couple of weeks ago, they contacted me again as they are moving out of state (sad face) and wanted some photos to commemorate their many special family times along the river in Littleton, Colorado. Of course I was over the moon, and in addition to spending some time with them I got to discover one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL places that I didn’t even know existed! Tim and Rebecca’s four girls are an absolute joy to be around as well, and would you just look at those gorgeous smiles.
Enjoy these photos! And Littleton friends, if you need photos, I know just the spot 😉
Since we are in the middle of family session time, I thought I would put together a little outfit guide for you all! These are just a few tips and tricks that I have learned along the way and that I pass on to my families or engaged couples before a session, including some examples at the end of outfit ideas for each season!
#1: DRESS TO FEEL GOOD! I always advise my clients to dress comfortably in something they feel good in! We all have thouse outfits that we feel “eh” about, and those other outfits that we know we pull off well. I have found that in my own experience, when I feel good, I’ll like the photos much better than if I’m feeling “eh”! In other words, if the floral shirt goes well with your husband’s outfit but you feel frumpy in it, and you really like the look and feel of the navy dress…well, go for the navy dress and make your husband change. 😉
#2: CHOOSE COLORS CAREFULLY! I also encourage 4-5 colors that compliment one another, including mostly subdued colors with perhaps one accent color (for example: white, navy, light denim, and rose and/or green for accents). If you go too bright, bold and neon, the colors will likely clash with the background and your skin tones.
#3: PRINTS + TEXTURES ARE YOUR FRIENDS! Contrary to popular belief, stripes and florals can go in the same photo together! In fact, I suggest families to have a couple of solid colors and at least two different textures or prints (i.e. florals, stripes, polka dots, hat, jacket, etc etc).
#4: COORDINATE- DON’T MATCH! I feel very passionately about this one- probably because I am one of 7 siblings and expressing individuality is very important to me. 😉 Giving each member of the family a different outfit not only looks better in a photo, but allows the photo to have more depth of expression. Stay away from the classic denim & white and move toward using entire palettes to style your session!
#5: PLAN IN ADVANCE! Nothing is more stressful than going outfit shopping the day of your session. When you book, be thinking of what you want to wear, and if you have questions, you know how to reach me!
#6 CONSIDER YOUR HOME DECOR! These photos will likely (hopefully!) be plastered all over your house…ok, well, some of them will probably be printed and put on display in your house at least. 😉 When you are choosing your outfits, think of the colors of your walls and general decor and how you can use the outfits to further accent your home.
#7 LOCATION + SEASON! The location and season of your session make all the difference in the kind of outfit you should consider! For example, if you are wanting photos in front of a barn, using burgundy as an accent color won’t work too well. If it’s lucious and green in the springtime, stay away from a style that uses too much green.
And finally, as promised, here are some examples of palettes and outfits to consider during different seasons of the year.
I hope this was helpful for you all! Leave me a comment with your thoughts or ideas that I might have missed. Happy weekending!