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I know it probably seems early to be thinking about Valentine’s Day, but planning is in order if you want to have things ready. Believe it or not, it’s only a few weeks away! And how cute would this be to personalize your children’s cards for their friends at school? Adorable, right? Well, here’s some outfit inspiration from Shannon!

Here’s what she has to say:

Happy 2012 to everybody! The new year will bring fun and exciting things to Wardrobe Wednesday and we can’t wait to share them with you!

Not to rush things, but I’ve noticed a lot of photographers booking Valentine’s Day shoots.  And guess what? It’s really not that far away!  So when planning this week’s installment, I figured what the heck, why not compile some ideas for styling a cute Valentine’s session? And so I did.

Really popular and CUTE right now are ties and tie shirts for boys. LOVE LOVE them. You can find them a lot of different places, but I found the most variety on Etsy. Have I mentioned how much I love Etsy? It’s such a great one stop shopping place online, so you can shop in the comfort of your own home. Bonus. I actually found everything you see in this post on Etsy, so I could stick with my one stop shopping theme! You can thank me later. :)   Also somewhat popular for boys right now are suspenders. They are SO cute on little guys and add such an adorable touch to photos. LOVE THEM. Throw in a fedora, and you’ve got your look for your little guy.


Tutus and petti skirts have been pretty fashionable for girls for a few years. They are just too cute, especially for a Valentine’s shoot. Again, very easy to find on Etsy. I found the “rag tutu” skirt and fell in love w/ it! I’ll be purchasing one of these for my little girl. I love the look of it! Throw in some cute hair accessories and/or some leg warmers, and there is your girl’s look.

The following are a few of my own photos I took almost three years ago when I was first starting out in photography, I had this vision to dress my little girl up, along with her little friend, and just snap away. They are still some of my favorite images today! I ran to Target, and picked up an adorable t shirt and some woman’s knee socks. I cut the knee socks off at the ankle to make some cute leg warmers for the girls! I special ordered my daughter’s shirt and tutu, and I had the other tutu as a photo prop. I found an adorable knit hat and bow and there you have it. One cute session!


There are SO many darling clothes out there for you to dress your kids in for a fun Valentine’s Day shoot…head on over to Etsy…I dare you not to get sucked in!


SHOPPING LIST – (all items found on


Petite Peanut on Etsy: Little Guy Necktie Tie-Heart Throb Valentine’s Collection (4-6 years) $15.95

Antsy Pants on Etsy: Valentine’s Day Boys Grey and Red Tie Onesie or Shirt with Suspenders (size NB to 12 years) $18.00

We Choose Joy on Etsy: Valentine’s Day (Design Your Set)–Beanie, Tie, Bodysuit, Leg Warmers (Sizes 3-18 months) $42.50
Modastyles on Etsy: Children Fedora $20.00
Me and Matilda on Etsy: Suspenders Mens or Boys and Bowtie Set-Black and White Ghingham (ANY COLOR or PRINT) $45.99
Sophie’s Boutique on Etsy: Love Onesie (up to 18 months) $19.95
Caroline’s Boutique on Etsy: I Love Pink Tutu (newborn to age 5) $25.00
Delilah Kaye on Etsy: Rag Tutu Valentine Shabby Chic Skirt and Shirt Outfit (Toddler 3T) $40.00
Bella’s Bowtique on Etsy: Valentine’s Day Headband Babies Toddlers Girls Pink Red White with Pearls Silk Rosette Flower $10.99
Short and Sweet Peas on Etsy: Leg Warmers $28.00 (for four pair)

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – Bring on the Bling


This week Rebecca shares some party-perfect looks just in time for New Year’s Eve! Here’s what she has to say:

The holidays are here, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, and while you probably don’t have a portrait session scheduled for your party wear, there are sure to be plenty of photos being snapped and maybe even some fun photo booth opportunities, so you want to look your best!  I think the most fabulous part of New Year’s Eve is the chance to get all dolled up in sparkles and fun things that we don’t normally get to wear.  The trick to wearing “bling” (and not looking like a mirrored disco ball) is to do it a little at a time.  Choose one item of clothing that you want to highlight, a cute tank or a mini skirt, and then choose simple and classic items to go along with them for a knockout party look.  If you have a few holiday parties on your social calendar this year, buy pieces that you can mix and match for several different looks.  Jackets such as these shown here can be worn with dress pants, skirts, dresses, and jeans.  Fancy heels look super cute with both dressy clothes or with this beautiful off the shoulder sweater and jeans.  Mix in some sparkly accessories and you’ve got the perfect outfit for just about any get together.

Having a holiday engagement session?  These casual party looks would be SO cute in an urban setting.  Now, I know a few of these items are a bit more expensive than most people normally spend on clothing, especially the Hugo Boss suit…my boyfriend would look at me like I had three heads if I asked him to buy that suit.  The suit IS ridiculously beautiful however,  I was more going for the look to show how well it coordinates with the colors of her outfit and to show another option versus the plain old black suit and tie.  There are many less expensive options out there, just look for a similar style and that beautiful brown color.  The most important thing about getting ready for holiday parties is to have fun!  Don’t put on the same ‘ole thing you wear every year.  Even if you just buy one new piece, make it a statement piece and…bring on the bling!


Where to get the goods

{Casual Party: Him} Vest: Buckle | $90 Shirt: Buckle | $100 Jeans: Buckle | $65 Shoes: Buckle | $65 Fedora: Buckle | $25 Belt: Buckle | $35 Scarf: Dillards | $16

{Casual Party: Her} Jacket: White House Black Market | $60 Tank: White House Black Market | $78 Jeans: White House Black Market | $88 Shoes: White House Black Market |$56 Earrings: White House Black Market | $38

{Formal Soiree: Her} Sweater: White House Black Market | $40 Jacket: White House Black Market | $188 Skirt: White House Black Market | $168 Shoes: Guess | $35 Earrings: White House Black Market | $34 Clutch: White House Black Market | $30

{Formal Soiree: Him} Suit: Hugo Boss | $1150 Shoes: Piperlime | $98 Pocket Watch: | $65

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – Holiday Photobooth


Wow – what a great post we have this week from Kelly of Kelly V. Photography! If you’re trying to come up with a fun or unique twist to your holiday photos – or party! – consider a photobooth. And don’t miss out on the awesome vendor discounts at the bottom – good until Christmas!


I am officially in the Christmas spirit! With the smell of pine in the house, “Jingle Bells” blaring on my computer speakers and colorful lights twinkling outside, it was impossible not to get a little festive while putting together my Wardrobe Wednesday post this week.

I know we usually assist clients with portrait session outfit suggestions, but this time I’m switching things up a bit and offering suggestions for photographers! And, lets face it, inevitably it all amounts to awesome images for people’s homes, and that’s what we’re all about.

SO … with all the hustle and bustle of the season, I decided to come up with a unique Christmas photo session idea that would let clients just kick back and have some FUN. Couples, adults, kids — you name it. Then it hit me: A Christmas Photobooth!

This would be perfect in a studio setting with images from the waist up — you know, just like what you’d get in a mall photobooth. Remember feeding a few bucks into the machine, cramming inside with your BFF in junior high and making silly faces while showing off those kickin’ braces, bug eyes and pig noses?


Well, you do the math: Photobooth setup in your studio + awesome Christmas props = SUPER FUN HOLIDAY PICTURES!

Don’t have a studio? No sweat. Find a spot in front of some pine trees or a big red barn with a pretty wreath. A small bench for people to squeeze their butts next to each other is all you really need.

NOT a photographer? This would make for a great addition to that holiday party you’re throwing in a few weeks. Just put together a few props, have your guests grab whatever strikes their fancy, instruct them to pile on the couch, then take a few pictures! E-mail the photos to everyone the next day or post them and tag people on Facebook, and I guarantee you’ll have a new annual tradition. (Not to mention you’ll be heralded as a creative genius!)

When I was brainstorming prop ideas, I quickly realized that the options are endless. The great part of having so many choices is that photographers can really stay true to your style and brand. If your images are bright and colorful and your logo is trendy and mod, opt for a fun photobooth setup with silly paper props. On the other hand, if your photos are softer and your branding a little more vintage, consider a Victorian Christmas look with a top hat and pipe for the guys (think Scrooge) and a faux fur shawl for the ladies.

In the process, I came across some awesometastic vendors and lined up a few discounts for you! Check out the details and links at the very end.

But if you’re kicking yourself because you’ve spent your prop budget for the year, don’t fret! I’m sure you could put together a very festive combination using things in your Christmas stash. Off the top of my head, I know I have numerous Santa hats, some pretty mistletoe and a Rudolf nose and antler headband in my house. And who doesn’t have ornaments and lights to hang in the background? You could also wrap a present or two. Or even go to a craft store and scoop up some big snowflakes or some DIY construction paper at very little cost. Seriously, the options are endless!

Just don’t forget to encourage your clients (or family and friends) to ham it up. Have kids pose behind an empty frame and make silly faces. Ask a couple to hold up some mistletoe above them for a perfect profile kiss. Or how funny would a baby be wearing a Santa beard?

So there you go! Check out my two very different prop compilations below and get inspired! Then gather up some stuff, offer a few mini session spots and bust a gut.



For this option, suggest that your clients wear brightly colored sweaters and bring a bunch of scarves and gloves. In this case, I think everyone in solid matching reds or greens would be hilarious. You could even encourage ugly Christmas sweaters and REALLY have some fun!

Where to shop:

Paper garland, $10:

Stick prop set, $35 (discount code below!):

Naughty & Nice signs, $13:

Scarf, $10.99:


In this case, suggest that your clients all wear white tops so the props can shine. Or, if they really want to go all-out, adult guys would be perfect in a white dress shirt and red tie. Ladies could wear a holiday dress — something they would put on for a Christmas party. Then you can complete the look with your faux fur shawl and pearls. Long gloves or a fur hand muff would work in this setup, too!

Where to shop:

Wood backdrop, Photo Prop Floors and Backdrops, $150 (discount code below!):

Christmas pennant banner, Etsy seller Funkyshique, $28 (discount code below!):

Mistletoe, $9.99:

Chamberstick, $32:

Top hat, $8.99:

Pipe, Amazon, $5.11:

Scarf, Old Navy, $15.94:

Fur shawl, $89.99:

Pearls, $16:






It’s the time of year when everything I was planning to do six months ago has crept up on me, and panic is setting in as I realize it will be impossible to get it all done. I’ve begun to evaluate my priorities and while my own family pictures thankfully made the cut, I am finding I don’t have much time to plan our wardrobe.

Fortunately, I’ve collected multiple catalogs from some vendors I love and I came across my Hanna Andersson catalog which includes not only children’s clothing but outfits for mom and dad as well. I went straight to their website to pick out some things, and immediately clicked on the Family link that shows some great coordinated outfits. While it was very tempting to just purchase everything in the picture and check the task off my list, I only used this as a starting point. We have spoken many times about not putting everyone in the same color or making sure that all the kids aren’t in the same outfits. The same stands true for putting all family members in the same pattern or fabric. While I loved that Hanna Andersson offered a cardigan for mom and a vest and button-down shirt for the boy that could have completely matched the ensemble, I felt it was necessary to add some solids in to break up the patterns. As an added bonus, mom and dad or brother and sister can take some pictures just the two of them and still look fantastically coordinated!


Shopping List

Shirt – Hanna Andersson – $24
Jeans – Hanna Andersson – $30
Shoes – Hanna Andersson – $54

Dress – Hanna Andersson – $33
Boots – Hanna Andersson – $68
Headband – Etsy – Mia’s Bow Boutique – $8

Dress – Target – $34.99
Boots – Target – $79.99
Necklace – Target – $12.99

Shirt – Hanna Andersson – $58
Jeans – Target – $22.00
Shoes – Target – $34.99



Loving this rustic-inspired wardrobe compilation from Erica! These outfits are perfect for a wilderness theme as Erica points out.

Here’s what she has to say:


This week I chose to do a rustic/wilderness family session theme. Nothing says “home” to me like some warm, cozy flannel! Not only will you be stylish, but your family will also be nice and warm in these layers and fabrics.

For the dad’s outfit, I went with several layers starting with a warm cable-knit sweater which you can top off with a flannel lined jacket. Pair these with some dark jeans and some rugged boots and dad is set and comfortable. For mom’s outfit, I wanted flannel but feminine, so I paired a fitted flannel shirt with a textured cardigan and a studded belt for a feminine touch. Add skinny jeans and these fabulous new CHEAP boots from Old Navy and mom will definitely get the attention she deserves. Not the skinny jean type? Don’t worry,  boot-cut jeans and some ankle boots would also look great!

I recently discovered H&M since they opened one in Dallas, and I am in LOVE with their kids’ line! You can’t order online yet but if you are lucky enough to have store near you, get in there and check it out! The kids’ outfits both have multiple layers to keep them warm but are youthful and fun. Add some accessories like scarves and hats and you will have something fun to personalize their individual shots with and add some variety.

Want to add a little staging? Have your photo shoot done at a Christmas tree farm or maybe around a campfire while you make s’mores and drink hot chocolate! =)


Shopping Guide:


Cardigan:     Shine Cable Ruched Cardigan     $59.95      Eddie Bauer 

Shirt:    Cozy Flannel Shirt      $59.95     Eddie Bauer 

Jeans:    Essential Slim Jeans   $19.99    Eddie Bauer

Belt:      Skinny Studded Belt    $39.95   Eddie Bauer

Boots:   Women’s Faux-Leather Riding Boots     $35     Old Navy



Outer Shirt: Cabela’s Flannel-Lined Stonewash Canvas Shirt     $44.99     Cabelas


Sweater: Cabela’s Outfitter Series Kingston 1/4-Zip Sweater      $39.99     Cabelas

Jeans: Relaxed Fit Flannel-Lined Jeans      $59.99       Eddie Bauer 

Boots:    Cabela’s GORE-TEX® Tempest™ Chukka     $69.99    Cabelas



Pants:     $19.95     H&M 

Sweater:  Cable-knit Sweater    $24.95     H&M

Shirt:  Flannel Shirt     $24.99    H&M

Boots:   H&M

Hat:  $7.99  Target



Sweater:     $29.95      H&M

Jeans: Girls Dark-Wash Super Skinny Jeans    $19.50    Old Navy

Boots: Girls Faux-Fur Wedge Boots     $27      Old Navy



A couple of weeks ago Shannon responded to a Wardrobe Wednesday fan request for a little bit of red! Here’s what she had to say:

It is the busiest time of the year for most portrait photographers! Many families want to have their memories captured, especially for the holiday season. This week I asked our fans on the Wardrobe Wednesday facebook page what they would like to see, and hands down, the biggest request was for a colder weather, wintry look with red incorporated.  I am all too happy to oblige, since we rarely get to dress in warm clothing here in south Florida, so it’s so much fun to put together cool weather ensembles! The red was a bonus, since it’s my favorite color.

This week I chose to feature Next again since I have had THREE families recently purchase their outfits from there for their sessions. THREE! I figured I better check this site out more in depth and I was not disappointed. It didn’t take me very long to search for, and put together, an awesome family ensemble for this week’s theme.

As always, I started with the girl’s outfit and branched out from there. Don’t be afraid to combine blacks and browns, and stripes with other patterns. It’s all about how you do it (or rather how you don’t overdo it!). I initially found the little girl’s red coat and thought about what I could layer it over. Then I found the leopard print hat and fell in love!  So now I was on the hunt for a dress with black and/or brown in it.  This dress I found could not have been more perfect! Throw in some tights and adorable patent leather boots and you’ve got one stylish diva! Next, I focused on Mom’s outfit. I thought the cream, cable knit dress over leggings or tights would be adorable. But a cream dress over gray leggings with no color? BORING. So I added in some pops of color with the red animal print scarf, and berry zip detail ankle boots. And now…I want this outfit! Once I had the girls squared away, it was easy throwing the guys together. The little boy was easy once I found the Blue Toggle Cardigan–so cute! I wanted the boy to have some red as well, so I layered a red striped sweater underneath the blue cardigan. Throw on some cute boots, and you’ve got one adorable outfit for your boy. For the Dad, I chose some jeans, because lets face it, they go with anything! And most men have at least one pair of jeans they like to wear, so essentially this could be eliminated from the shopping list. I found the open neck sweater and thought it coordinated nicely with everything else.

I am very happy with the end result. Not only will these outfits keep a family warm during their outdoor photoshoot, but the color combo is also warm and inviting. From start to finish, this look took me about 2 hours to put together because I found it all in one place AND online at!


Brown Hiking Lace Boots
Stripe Crew Neck Jumper-Dark Red
Blue Toggle Cardigan
Pull on Trousers-Khaki


Red Animal Print Scarf
Berry Zip Detail Ankle Boots
Cable Dress-neutral
Full Length Leggings-Gray


Black Leather Patent Boots
Leopard Print Hat
Red Hooded Coat
Camel Black Stripe Twofer
Black, Cream and Nude Tights-Three Pack (shown in black)-3 pack


Boot Fit Jeans
Open Button Neck Sweater-Khaki
Tan Desert Boot

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – Fall in Love with Outerwear


Oh my gosh, these are looks to steal! I love the outerwear combos Rebecca put together for this week.

Here’s what she has to say:

With temps dropping and snow falling, it’s time to start thinking about layering and outerwear for your outdoor sessions.  We are totally swamped with holiday sessions right now and with the colors of fall peeking out everywhere, outerwear is a MUST to plan for!  The great thing about outerwear is that it’s actually REALLY EASY!  I know, you are probably saying, “Yeah, right!!”  But honestly, once you choose one piece of outerwear for each of your family members, all you have to do it throw on some great jeans and you’re pretty much set!  Not only that, it’s something you’ll enjoy wearing for the rest of the season!  With the vibrant colors of fall, it’s even more important to work with the surrounding elements when choosing colors if you are having an outdoor session.  Earthy, deep tones typically work best and usually look great on all complexions.  Add some fabulous accessories and you are ready to get outside and have fun with your family!


Where to get the goods:


Dad: Cord Blazer | Old Navy | $50
Mom: Ruffle Trim Jacket | Coldwater Creek | $85
Girl: Bow Coat | Gymboree | $43
Boy: Stripe Half-Zip Sweater | Gymboree | $30

Dad: Wool-Blend Barn Jacket | Old Navy | $75
Mom: Long Utility Blazer | Coldwater Creek | $100
Girl: Brooks Brothers Melton Wool Cape | Nordstrom | $125
Boy: Wool Peacoat | Gap | $60

Dad: Plectrum Country Wool Blazer | Piperlime | $249
Mom: Wool-Blend Double Breasted Coat | Old Navy | $70
Girl: Corky & Company Plush Swing Coat | Nordstrom | $115
Boy: Fair Isle Half-Zip Sweater | Gymboree | $30

Dad: Argyle V-Neck Sweater | Old Navy | $20
Mom: Wool Military Jacket | Coldwater Creek | $130
Girl: Spotty Velvet Coat | Mini Boden | $98
Boy: Denim Jacket | Gap | $30

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – From Teens to Toddlers


This week, Lindsay makes portrait outfits simple for moms of multiples! Here’s what she has to say:

Coordinating outfits for a couple of kids can be daunting enough, but what about those families blessed with a whole bunch of kiddos?  Shopping for a larger number can quickly become overwhelming, especially when you have kids spanning all ages from teens to toddlers (that was my family growing up!).  Well, we’ve taken all of the guesswork out of the equation for you in this week’s Wardrobe Wednesday post.  I’ve highlighted a lovely fall wardrobe for up to 6 kids from babies to teens.  Don’t have 6 kids?  No problem!  Just mix and match the outfits you need to work for your particular family.

I started with the older girl’s top to set my color palette and went from there.  I fell in love with this shirt the moment I saw it at Tea Collection – it has great texture and a beautiful palette of colors for a fall shoot.  I used those colors as my base for picking the rest of the outfits, and I tried to mix up fabrics and layers to create a really natural “un-matchy” look.  I also make it a point to mix up types of clothing.  For example, I don’t want all of the girls in dresses or all of the boys in jeans and button-ups, even if they are different colors or patterns.  And thankfully for you moms of 6, everything here can be purchased online to spare you a trip to the store!



Shopping List


Older Boy

Button Up Shirt – Old Navy $39.94

Jeans – Old Navy $29.50


Older Girl

Flower Top – Tea Collection $39.00

Skinny Jeans – Tea Collection $49.00


Younger Boy

Orange Shirt – Tea Collection $26.00

White Long-Sleeved Shirt – Tea Collection $26.00

Khaki Pants – Tea Collection $35.00


Younger Girl

Pink Tunic Top – Tea Collection $35.00

Patterned Leggings – Tea Collection $25.00


Baby Boy

Denim Overalls – Gap $30.00

Green Bodysuit – Gap $14.50


Baby Girl

Brown Dress – Gap $14.99 (sale)

White Footed Leggings – Gap $14.95

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – Family with Teens


Here in Texas, the outrageous heat is gradually making its exit, and we are starting to see a little bit of fall-like weather. For me, this always means that clients start calling to schedule their family session before the holidays get near. While us Wardrobe Wednesday ladies have been giving everyone advice for almost two years now, it can still seem so overwhelming to put together your entire family’s wardrobe, and  you can’t help but tinker with the idea of just doing one solid color. Add in a few older kiddos who are already highly opinionated with what they want to wear, and I’m sure you’re already stressed just thinking about it. That is why I chose to put together an ensemble consisting of mom, dad, and the possibility of a few hard-headed kiddos.

My first piece of advice is to decide which kid will be the most challenging when choosing his/her outfit. (I highly recommend that you don’t tell him/her why you chose them first!) J Once you’ve got the most difficult selection out of the way, start building everyone else’s outfits to complement it. If the first outfit you choose has a pattern with different colors, then choose solids to balance it all out. If it is one solid color, then the next outfit you select should have a few more colors, one being complementary to the first selection.

When teenagers are involved, keep in mind that your biggest challenge might not be about the colors, but rather the comfort, specifically theirs. While one daughter might love being in a dress every day, the other may be all about her jeans. You will have a lot less resistance if they can relax in their attire and allow their personalities to show a little while still trying to keep with a similar theme.

In the example below, I started my collection with, the more reserved, Girl # 2’s shirt. After adding Girl # 1’s dress, I was able to piece together the remaining outfits.



Dress –

Boots –

Necklace –

Girl #1

Dress –

Denim Jacket –

Boots –

Girl #2

Shirt –

Jeans –

Boots –


Shirt –

Jeans –

Boy # 1

Red Shirt –

Jeans –

Boy # 2

Shirt –

Jeans –

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – Chic Country Couples


I just love following up on requests on our fan page! And because I love being a Texan, I really love last week’s post! Erica May Photography did a great job with this tough request! Here’s what she had to say:

“We recently had someone post on our Wardrobe Wednesday facebook page requesting a couples session that features cowboy boots. Being from Texas, I was all over that =P. I wanted to put together something that was country but not over-the-top. The thing I LOVE about these outfits it all the layers. The warm tones, mix of textures, and small pop of color will add a lot of depth and interesting features to your images. I love the option to take off and on jackets, vests, hats, and jewelry so make sure to any or all of those items along. The more layers you have the more posing options your photographer will have.  I tried to make it an easy shopping trip with the majority of this ensemble being from one of my favorite stores Eddie Bauer. I could just live in their catalog and they have a great outlet section! =) Don’t forgot to bring a few things that are special to y’all (maybe a few books, a bottle of wine, etc..) and a quilt or sherpa blanket to snuggle up on. Enjoy!”



Trailhead Plaid Field Shirt – Eddie Bauer

Classic Fit Barely Boot Cut Jeans – Eddie Bauer

Legend Wash Blazer – Eddie Bauer

Justin Stampede Western Cowboy Boots  – Sheplers


Classic Fit Solid Washed Chambray Workshirt – Eddie Bauer

Carpenter Jeans – Eddie Bauer

Yukon Model Waxed Cotton Down Vest – Eddie Bauer

Mens Cowboy Boots – Sheplers