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WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – Senior Guy Style

02/01/2012

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

CLASSIC CASUAL

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

“GQ”

Suit – Express (although any tailored suit will do)

Striped Tie – Express $39.90

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WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – Forever Friends

01/25/2012

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.

SHOPPING LIST

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

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – Neutrals

01/19/2012

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:

Woman:

Leather Headpiece – Etsy – $48.00 http://www.etsy.com/listing/55501045/cream-flower-headband-leather-cream?ref=sr_gallery_6&sref=&ga_search_query=cream+flower+headband&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

ELLE Embellished Halter Top – Kohls – $18.00 http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/tops_shirts/halter_tops/PRD~948844/ELLE+Embellished+Halter+Top.jsp

Dana Buchman Open-Front Crochet Cardigan – Kohls – $44.99 http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/sweaters/view_allsweaters/PRD~931325/Dana+Buchman+OpenFront+Crochet+Cardigan.jsp

LC Lauren Conrad Slim Bootcut Jeans – Kohls – $31.99 http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/jeans/bootcut/PRD~902871/LC+Lauren+Conrad+Slim+Bootcut+Jeans.jsp

Jellypop Preston Flat – DSW – $39.95 http://www.dsw.com/shoe/jellypop+preston+flat?prodId=236523&category=cat20068 Man:

SONOMAlife + style® Plaid Flannel Casual Button-Front Shirt – Kohls – $22.99 http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/mens/shirts_polos/flannels_shirt_jackets/PRD~834105/SONOMA+life+++style+Plaid+Flannel+Casual+ButtonFront+Shirt.jsp

SONOMA life + style Bootcut Jeans – Kohls – $54.00 http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/mens/jeans/bootcut/PRD~334188/SONOMA+life+++style+Bootcut+Jeans.jsp

Timberland Men’s Earthkeepers Chukka Boot – DSW – $79.95 http://www.dsw.com/shoe/timberland+men%27s+earthkeepers+chukka+boot?prodId=208664&category=cat20236

Little Girl: Robeez Kendall Mini Shoez (Infant/Toddler)    $30.99 http://www.zappos.com/robeez-kendall-mini-shoez-infant-toddler-espresso

Cecilia Crinkle Dress – Tea Collection – $24.50 http://www.teacollection.com/product/1F13204/girls-dresses-cecilia-crinkle-dress.html#mushroom

Flores Pequeñas Leggings – Tea Collection – $17.50 http://www.teacollection.com/product/1F12305/girls-leggings-flores-peque-as-leggings.html#mole

Long Sleeve Purity Tee – Tea Collection – $22.50 http://www.teacollection.com/product/1F32001/boys-and-girls-t-shirts-long-sleeve-purity-tee.html#oatmeal heather

Cream flower hair clip  – Etsy – $28.00 http://www.etsy.com/listing/55720848/cream-flower-hair-clip-fascinator

Boy:

Ernesto Stripe Tee – Tea Collection – $24.50 http://www.teacollection.com/product/1F22002/boys-t-shirts-ernesto-stripe-tee.html#moss

Daytripper Jeans – Tea Collection – $34.50 http://www.teacollection.com/product/1F23301/boys-pants-daytripper-jeans.html#bio-stone wash

Herringbone slip-ons – GapKids – $9.99

http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=74351&vid=1&pid=850384&scid=850384002

Vintage Page Boy Hat – Etsy Vintage Listings –  $20

http://www.etsy.com/listing/90301909/dorfman-pacific-tweed-paper-boy-or-page?ref=sr_gallery_1&sref=&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=boys+hat&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_ship_to=US&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_page=1&ga_search

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – VALENTINE’S DAY

01/04/2012

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 Etsy.com)

BOY

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
GIRL
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

12/21/2011

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: Overstock.com | $65

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – Holiday Photobooth

11/30/2011

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!

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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?

IT WAS SUPER FUN, RIGHT?!

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: http://www.etsy.com/listing/82314675/nature-inspired-paper-garland-holiday

Stick prop set, $35 (discount code below!): http://www.etsy.com/listing/81787640/best-photobooth-prop-photo-booth-props

Naughty & Nice signs, $13: http://www.etsy.com/listing/85575719/photo-prop-naughty-and-nice-photo-prop

Scarf, $10.99: http://www.amazon.com/Soft-Knit-Striped-Scarf-White/dp/B001LA4U86

 

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!): http://ppfb.bigcartel.com/product/wood-mat-1475-designer-faux-floor-mats-rugs

Christmas pennant banner, Etsy seller Funkyshique, $28 (discount code below!): http://www.etsy.com/listing/86523453/christmas-mini-glittered-burlap?ref=pr_shop

Mistletoe, $9.99: http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/products/1302_2149_2043_2095-24363-christmas_mistletoe_hanging_acrylic_faceted_kissing_ball.html?utm_source=googlep&utm_medium=gpfeed&utm_campaign=gpfeed

Chamberstick, $32: http://www.morrellmetalsmiths.com/store/p/57-Elevated-Chamberstick.html

Top hat, $8.99: http://www.costumesupercenter.com/hats+wigs+masks/hats+top+hat+derby/49001-durashape-top-hat-adult.html?code=googlebase&mr:trackingCode=4B69D6CD-1DB5-DE11-AC14-002219318F67&mr:referralID=NA

Pipe, Amazon, $5.11: http://www.amazon.com/Sanda-Brand-Durable-Tobacco-Smoking/dp/B004W7PGOW

Scarf, Old Navy, $15.94: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=887778062&tid=onfr1r&redirect=true

Fur shawl, $89.99: http://www.weddingbedazzle.com/servlet/the-7070/wedding-evening-wrap-cape/Detail

Pearls, $16: http://www.amazon.com/Classic-24-Faux-Pearl-Necklace/dp/B000PKPCYY

 

 

 

WARDROBE WEDNESDAY – Making it Simple

11/23/2011

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

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

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

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

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