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We are super thrilled to have the fabulous Jean Smith of Jean Smith Photography guest posting for us today! She is highlighting what to wear for newborn sessions. I just ADORE her newborn work…

Here’s what she has to say…

It took me a long time to get in a groove with newborn sessions. My newborn sessions used to be a combination of forced poses, crying babies, and a lot of frustration on my part. I almost wanted to give up when I had a “light bulb moment.” I realized that my niche is not posing babies perfectly. My niche is capturing the baby naturally, along with the relationships and interaction with family members.  So, I started shooting how I loved to shoot and newborns became one of my favorite types of sessions.


With the exit of solid backdrops and formal poses, solid white or black shirts and jeans on family members no longer worked with my lifestyle look. I wanted a soft and natural feel with the focus on Baby, but with Mom and Dad being an important part of the image.

So what should Mom and Dad wear to look natural, and still compliment the baby and image?

What about siblings?

And what about Baby?

Let’s start with Mom and Dad, since they are the most important “props” baby may have. First and foremost, we want Mom to feel beautiful and flattered…as she did JUST have a baby (and we all know how we feel right after we had a baby). I suggest short or long sleeves to flatter, or perhaps a cover up (like a cardigan sweater). Light colored, solid tops are soft and still flattering to Mom. I LOVE when Mom opts for a long dress…preferable solid, or with just a light pattern. It adds such a softness and whimsy to the images with a newborn baby. Dad can wear a solid shirt complimentary to mom’s color of shirt. A subtle pattern on dad’s shirt is also cute, and adds interest…like a striped button down shirt.


If siblings will be in the images, it is best to go with siblings in solid, neutral colors (ex: oatmeal, white, grey), so that the focus can still be on the baby.

And for Baby? I prefer the baby to be naked for at least some of the session. It is one time in his/her life that it is ok to be nude, and it is just SO. DANG. CUTE. It is also fun to get a variety of images by using scarves (or other wraps), thin blankets, or diaper covers on the baby. By dressing family members in solid, neutral colors, you can put the focus on Baby by swaddling him/her in a colorful wrap, or maybe a cute, lightly patterned blanket. I educate parents NOT to use newborn outfits, as they are usually too big and tend to drown the baby and cover their face when holding or posing him/her. However, if the baby has a special outfit from Grandma, friend, or someone else special, then by all means, take a few shots! If parents want an outfit for the baby, then solid and snug fitting outfits look best on newborns.

Oh, and bare feet are the BEST :) Newborn sessions can be simple, or they can be fashionable. Both are beautiful. It just depends on the style and look the parents are going for. Just remember…simple, solid, and neutral work best for newborn sessions and help keep the mood soft with the focus on the baby. Mom: Dress (Old Navy $25), Cardigan (Target $24.99) Dad: Shirt (Old Navy $22.50), Pants (Old Navy $29.50) Boy: Shirt (Old Navy $16.94), Shorts (Old Navy $19.94) Baby: Hat and Diaper Cover (J Crochet Shop on Etsy $24.99) Girl: Dress (Old Navy $19.94)

I am thrilled to be posting this for Wardrobe Wednesday…a fabulous site dedicated to helping photographers and clients choose clothing that will look amazing in photos. You can find more ideas and inspiration from them every Wednesday HERE.

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – Crawler Covers Giveaway


This week, Morgan spotlights an awesome retailer for those of you with little ones. I LOVE these leggings. How perfect would they be for a first birthday cake smash session? If you’re one of my clients on the schedule who has one coming up, be sure to enter to win a pair!

Here’s what new mom Morgan has to say:

My son may only be 13 days old, but I’m already thinking about how to dress him (A) in a way that makes changing a diaper as easy as possible, and (B) in a way that makes impromptu photos just a little bit cuter.

A few years ago I stumbled upon BabyLegs, a company that makes stylish leggings that cover a kid’s legs without covering the diaper. I wondered if there might be a local business producing something similar. Via Etsy (isn’t the whole world on Etsy now?), I discovered a mom making something she calls “Crawler Covers.” And turns out, she lives in my neighborhood!

You’ve got a chance to win some free crawler covers … more on that in a moment. First, I want to introduce Laurie Williams of Crawler Covers & More. I asked her to briefly describe what she does, and why. Here’s my little Q&A with Laurie …

How did your business begin?

My business began on a whim. I started making the leg warmers for my daughter, who was 18 months old at the time. A few friends inquired about them and suggested I start selling them. I was pleasantly surprised that the business took off and has lasted the past 5 years. I love my job and all my amazing customers.

Why do you like crawler covers?

I like them because they are so versatile. Not only can babies wear them to protect their knees when crawling, older children can wear them for dance class, soccer, and can be worn as arm warmers for chilly mornings.

Do you do custom orders? What sizes do you sell? Do they fit newborns, or are they better for children a bit older?

I sell the leg warmers in 2 sizes. The itty bitty size is for newborns up to 12 months of age. The toddler size fits most up to the age of 8. The toddler size will fit newborns, and will scrunch up on their legs until they fully grow into them.


Want to nab six FREE pairs of Crawler Covers for your very own? You have three chances to win. Here’s how:

Entry 1: Go to Morgan’s blog post HERE and leave a comment saying why you want to win.

Entry 2: Like the Wardrobe Wednesday and Crawler Covers Facebook pages, return to Morgan’s post and leave a separate comment saying you did so.

Entry 3: Head over to the Crawler Covers Etsy shop and do a little pre-shopping. Leave another comment on Morgan’s post with a link to the pair you most have your eyes on.

Please note that only separate comments will be counted as individual entries. If you leave all your information in one comment, it will only be counted as one entry. Comments left on my blog will not count as entries — only those made on Morgan’s post. The winner will be chosen via on Monday, April 16th at 9:00 AM EST.

* This contest is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook. ** Crawler Cover photos by Blossom Portraiture Art, Jill Serrano Photography, Jennifer Cusimano and Blink Photography.

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – Military Couples and Families


Last week a Wardrobe Wednesday fan posted a note asking for advice on pairing outfits with military ACUs (Army Combat Uniforms). To help us out, we decided to enlist military wife and photographer Rachel of Rachel Brenke Photography. She brought her unique perspective and came up with outfits for a couple as well as an entire family. They did a fantastic job!

Thank you so much, Rachel!


As a military spouse, working intimately with clients who are going through deployments/homecomings can be really emotional. Getting ready for a homecoming or deployment session is completely different than one of family portraits that are done yearly. There’s always the real possibility this may be their last; at the very least, this is one of the things that will help the family get through the rough separation. Being in a military community, the majority of my clients are military, even if they prefer to shoot not in uniform.  My biggest goal with getting ready for a session — especially one that is during or before a deployment — is to ensure that they have FUN because you are essentially taking up their limited time together and want to make it more than a session. Make it a memory. Of course the goal is for ALL clients to feel this, but with military it just seems to have that air of privilege that you get to be the one to document.

I chose the colors for the styled outfits because they are reminiscent of the yellow and blues that are often associated with the United States Military and flag. I avoided reds because red is not flattering on many individuals. The use of cooler tones helped tie this patriotic theme together, but also is more flattering for most body types and skin tones.


outfit ideas for a military photo shoot
outfits to match military green uniforms



Army Couple:

Dress – Old Navy– $35.00 Shoes – Target – $29.99 Necklace – Old Navy – $16.94 Bracelet – Old Navy – $10.94

Army Family:

Mom top – Old Navy – $18 Mom capris – Old Navy – $29.94 Mom sandals – Target – $14.99 Boys shirt – Target – 10.99 Boys Jeans – Crazy 8 – $19.95 Boys shoes – Target – $19.99 Girls Dress – Target – $17.99 Girls sandals – Payless – $9.99

Rachel Brenke Photography is a Texas-based Wedding & Senior Photographer, as well as a business consultant for photographers. She offers online and in-person workshops for all levels of photographers to aid in establishing and growing of their business.

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – One Family Lots Of Boys


Last week, we had a special request from a mom who has a photo session with FIVE boys, one girl, and a hubby to round out a happy family of eight. It’s not an easy task to put together a wardrobe with so many kiddos, so we thought we would try to help. As I commonly like to suggest, I started with the 11-year-old daughter, and gave her an outfit with multiple colors with which to coordinate. Following the blues and yellows scheme, I added in five boy shirts choosing a different color for each. With all of these shirts, the boys can wear either khakis or blue jeans. Mix in a couple of outfits for mom and dad, and you have a family that makes mom look like she has everything under control!

It’s not easy to always find everything in one store, so the best advice I can give in this situation is to go for colors that are trending for the season. Follow that rule, and you should have multiple choices at various stores.

Shopping List –

Girl’s skinny jeans –|77905

Girl’s Shirt –

Girl’s Shoe –|78085&sa=1

Boy’s 5 mos Striped Polo –

Boy’s 5 yrs Navy Polo –

Boy’s 6 yrs shirt –|77885

Boy’s Navy Button-Up Shirt –|83270

Boy’s 7 yrs Yellow Polo –|77885

Boy’s 5 mos Jeans –

Boy’s 5 yrs Khakis –

Mom’s Shirt –

Mom’s Pants –

Mom’s Shoe –

Dad’s Shirt –|78744&sa=1

Dad’s T-Shirt –|78744

Dad’s Pants –|71050





We’re getting really close to the end of the school year here in Texas, and there’s still quite a few Seniors who decided to wait until it got a little warmer to do their Senior portraits. Erica has compiled some great looks for this awesome spring weather we are expecting to soon arrive.

Here’s what she has to say:

A few weeks ago we featured some new senior fashions for guys, so I decided we needed to highlight some of the new senior fashions for girls too! April is my busiest month for seniors and I love all the spring looks! Whenever I need some new ideas for senior fashion, I love browsing through the latest Lookbook from RucheRuche is one of my favorite fashion stores for young women. They have so many awesome outfits, dresses, shoes, jewelry, and more! Their vintage style is so in right now, and their patterns and textures are unique and fun. I am a fan of one-stop shopping, so all of the outfits seen below come from Ruche. Don’t forget the accessories – they have some awesome headbands and jewelry, too!

Shopping Guide:

All fashions from Ruche!

glowing sensation beaded necklace – $24.99

happiness is a virtue dress – $44.99

shared moment floral dress – $44.99

fresh mint polka dot shorts – $32.99

love bouquet tee – $32.99

hey there leather heels by Seychelles – $99.99

sunshine stroll bow flats – $28.99

hello dolly cowboy boots  – $96.99

keely mint flower hair clip by Petit Plume – $19.99

sweet melodies leather ring by Nakamol – $17.99

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – Easter Egg-stravaganza


Once again, Rebecca Keeling has assembled an adorable collection of outfits and props for a photo shoot. Her latest target: Easter! She also introduced me to two stores I hadn’t been familiar with — Wooden Soldier and CWDkids.

If you’d like to see the easter outfits we put together last year, check out this post from last year!



Believe it or not, Easter is just around the corner.  I’m sure lots of you are planning, planning, and planning some more for Easter family sessions, mini sessions, sibling sessions, or just trying to figure out how to get your kiddos looking great for church on Easter Sunday!  Here’s a little bit of bunny inspiration, from totally matching outfits, to coordinating colors, right down to bright, personalized Easter tee shirts.  Whatever your style, you’re sure to find something to get your Easter creativity flowing.  I’ve even thrown in a few ideas for styling a cute Easter portrait session with some fun props, whether it’s in your own backyard or with your favorite professional photographer.  So, “hop” to it, and capture those sweet memories of your babies while they are still little!  Happy Spring!



Where to shop:

Carrot Cuties: Wooden Soldier

Born Kids Little Flower Sandal: Zappos

Musical Peter Rabbit: Wooden Soldier

Turquoise Ruffle Dress & Headband: CWDKids

Flower Sandals: CWDKids

Boys White Shorts: CWDKids

Boys Turquoise Polo: CWDKids

Peter Rabbit Easter Garland: Chasing Fireflies

Peter Rabbit Cake Stand: Chasing Fireflies

Pink Polka Dots Monogrammed Bucket: Chasing Fireflies

The Tale Of Peter Rabbit book: Chasing Fireflies

Bunny Basket Tea Set: Chasing Fireflies

Personalized Bright Eggs Tee: Chasing Fireflies

Pink Polka Dot Sneakers: Chasing Fireflies

Girls Smocked Flower Dress: Gymboree

Bunny Flower Two Piece Set: Gymboree

Flower Crochet Cardigan: Gymboree

Flower Crib Shoe: Gymboree

Seersucker Hat: Gymboree

Stripe Necktie: Gymboree

Diamond Sweater Vest: Gymboree

Roll Cuff Gingham Shirt: Gymboree

Belted Linen Blend Shorts: Gymboree

Boat Shoe: Gymboree

He Said. She Said. Photography Workshop Giveaway


If you are a photographer; whether a pro, an amateur, a momtog or you just plain love taking pictures, then you KNOW how much goes into this craft. We’ve all spent a LOT of long hours learning how to use our camera, shoot in manual, finding the light, perfecting our white balance etc, etc. Not to mention the business portion of photography! It’s enough to make your head spin. Attending workshops and conferences is a MUST, if you want to get it together and be successful enough to rise above the crowd. As you may or may not know, one of our Wardrobe Wednesday members, Shannon Dodge, is a Florida girl and is great friends with the uber-talented husband and wife team, Jean and Travis Smith. AND we are SO excited that Wardrobe Wednesday is helping Jean and Travis give away ONE FREE SEAT to their upcoming Naples, Florida workshop!!!

An $1,100.00 value!  {HELLO!!!}

This is an amazing opportunity to learn everything they know: natural light, off camera flash, posing, creativity, post processing, and all things business.

So, how do you win, you ask?!?  It’s simple.  Just head on over to Shannon’s blog, read all of the detailed info, and enter the contest!  Done and done.  You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity!



Lindsay of Lindsay Horn Photography ROCKS the high school seniors, so she should know a bit about senior style. :)  This week she’s decided to highlight senior GUYS!

This week I decided to focus on an often overlooked group: the senior guys. Just because killer senior portraits aren’t always on the top of their to-do list doesn’t mean that they don’t want to look great too. I’ve pulled a few different looks together for guys of all types using many of our tried and true guidelines – textures, layers, and of course, an accessory too.

The first look is a classic casual outfit – jeans with a plaid button up, with either a cool jacket or sweater layered over top.  I think an outfit like this would suit almost anyone and almost any location too, it’s very versatile. The second outfit is the GQ look.   I’m still waiting for a senior to come with a GQ wardrobe (hint, hint, guys!), but for the right guy it would really make the images stand out.  I can easily see a look like this paired in a modern or more industrial urban environment. The last look is for all of the hipsters out there.  I fell in love with the varsity-style cardigan, but really liked the look of the whole outfit.  Add a fedora for an extra touch!  I think this outfit would look great in an older vintage downtown area or a great coffee shop or cozy book store.  SHOPPING TIP: If you find an article of clothing that you love online, make sure to check out the different images available – retailers often show a full ensemble using the piece (like the cardigan) and it may give you ideas on putting together the rest of your outfit.

Shopping List


Red Plaid Shirt – Old Navy $24.50

Tan Jacket – Old Navy $65

Tan Sweater – Gap $59.99

Jeans – Old Navy $29.50

Shoes – Piperlime $64.99


Suit – Express (although any tailored suit will do)

Striped Tie – Express $39.90



I have two daughters who are fortunate enough to have the sweetest relationship with their best pal. We get together with them often and try to take as many pictures as possible. My oldest daughter has known her closest friend since she was two and they’ve been the best of friends for the past five years. It’s been so much fun capturing their bond over the years. The thought of their friendship inspired me for this week’s Wardrobe Wednesday.

How fun would it be for your daughter to have a photo session with her closest friend or friends! I know it’s tempting to put your girls in matching outfits, but this is an opportunity to show everyone how much they are alike while also letting their unique traits show through. While often overpriced (unless you use one of their frequently-offered 40% off coupons), Justice is a perfect place to find some outfits for your fun-loving gals. They always have vibrant, trendy pieces to coordinate and an abundance of fashionable accessories that can add to the session.

Having pictures done with a friend will allow your daughter to relax and show her true personality. The addition of accessories will give them some props to have fun with and talk about. Some of the best images are the candid shots of your girls telling secrets or comparing bracelets. They can be sassy with their hat and stylish with their purses. Add a “Best Friend” necklace and the smile they have on their face while trying to piece it together will be a priceless image to cherish for years.


All of the items found in this week’s Wardrobe Wednesday can be found at Justice.



I’m all about some well-styled neutrals! And Erica nailed it.

Here’s what she has to say:

I decided to get a little more simple for Wardrobe Wednesday this week. I love compilations with lots of color but I know that is not always for everyone. Lately, I have been loving photoshoots with lots of texture and layers and more of a monochromatic theme. No, I don’t mean everyone wears a tan T-shirt but monochromatic can be done and done right! This week I chose brown as my starting color. Brown is probably one of the easiest colors to go monochromatic. All of the shades of brown look wonderful together and different textures are easy to find.  This toned down outfit scheme would have the viewer oohing and awwing over the “soft”, “vintage” and “muted” feel. Also, this would be a great staring point if you did want to add in a little color. A few pops of a burgundy in there would spice up the whole feel. A few accessories like these awesome hand-made leather headpieces or a vintage newsboy hat (there are a ton of these listed on Etsy) will give the kids an individualized look for their solo portraits. Enjoy!

Aren’t those leather headpieces gorgeous?? Julia over at Leather Blossoms has graciously offered a 5% discount off anything in her shop for our readers! I absolutely love her beautiful headpieces! Go check her out!

Shopping Guide:


Leather Headpiece – Etsy – $48.00

ELLE Embellished Halter Top – Kohls – $18.00

Dana Buchman Open-Front Crochet Cardigan – Kohls – $44.99

LC Lauren Conrad Slim Bootcut Jeans – Kohls – $31.99

Jellypop Preston Flat – DSW – $39.95 Man:

SONOMAlife + style® Plaid Flannel Casual Button-Front Shirt – Kohls – $22.99

SONOMA life + style Bootcut Jeans – Kohls – $54.00

Timberland Men’s Earthkeepers Chukka Boot – DSW – $79.95

Little Girl: Robeez Kendall Mini Shoez (Infant/Toddler)    $30.99

Cecilia Crinkle Dress – Tea Collection – $24.50

Flores Pequeñas Leggings – Tea Collection – $17.50

Long Sleeve Purity Tee – Tea Collection – $22.50 heather

Cream flower hair clip  – Etsy – $28.00


Ernesto Stripe Tee – Tea Collection – $24.50

Daytripper Jeans – Tea Collection – $34.50 wash

Herringbone slip-ons – GapKids – $9.99

Vintage Page Boy Hat – Etsy Vintage Listings –  $20