Do you feel needed?

Maybe even a little too needed!? 


Silver lining: Doing things with your child, and for your child, make some of the best images from a family session. I loved this expecting mama's comment that her lovely toddler probably wondered what got in to his parents. For him, our photoshoot felt like the best playdate ever. No doubt everyone took a nap that afternoon.

Tip: Make note of a game you play with your child that you know they love. Tell your photographer ahead of time so they can incorporate it into the session.

Two for the price of one - at least until pre-school!

Newborn twins, they embody paradox. When one is asleep, the other is awake. When one is happy, the other is cranky. But when they both decide they are finally snuggly and satisfactorily fed, there's nothing sweeter on the planet.

On a fashion note, the classic aden + anais muslin swaddles are really lovely and photograph well. For twins, especially of the same gender, it works to have similar items, like these plaid diaper covers, with just a small variation.

For parents, I'm a big fan of neutral tones in lighter shades. Dad came out in a button down and cardigan, but noted he was dressed as if he was going to the office. Once he got into his regular hoodie, he felt more like himself and it made a cozy spot for the babies to lounge in.

Moral of the story, dress like yourself, even if you're just born.

I can't resist a Before and After photo...

I'm okay with scruffy, bad attitudes, high energy personalities or introspective, shy small people. It's the range of kids' emotions that's so wonderful. These guys polished up, showed off their moves and ran the gamut from mischievous and playful, to gorgeous and sweet. The studio shoot doesn't have to be a place of blah and Sears portraits. Let your fun flag fly!
p.s. kudos to their mom for some great wardrobe styling.

I'm not always right...

Just when I lay down some edict on what you should not wear, some kid comes along to prove me wrong. Overalls are being taken off the do not wear list - as long as you can rock them like J does here. On a baby, I found the bib always rose up over their chin.

The plain truth is the whole family pulls together a great look. Colors that tie in with each other, good textures, shapes and patterns. It feels authentic to their personal style, and that's what matters most.

Great wardrobe options for an active toddler

A pretty new walker with all the right wardrobe choices. Floral and light-hearted patterns add a pop of color or brightness when she wants to stand out from her background. A few pairs of bottoms because you know she'll get the first ones dirty within 5 minutes. The texture of mom's shirt and necklace tie in with her daughter's outfits, and dad looks casually pulled together in a soft linen shirt. Plus it's perfect for snuggling against when you need a moment of downtime.

Three tips for picking baby clothes for your photo session

Great wardrobe choices make a better photo. There's no denying it. It's the first question we get asked. 

1 Color - Pick one that looks good on your baby, sounds obvious right? Pale babies will look  better in softer colors. More olive babies can get away with brighter hues. Every baby looks good in white or their birthday suits.

2 Patterns - yes, they are okay. In fact a floral print is one of my favorite, pretty choices for little girls. Or think sailor striped shirts or collarless shirts on boys. Just don't do anything big and bold that will overwhelm the subject and pull the eye away from the face.

3 Fit - No baby wedgies, no baggy onesies. A good fitting onesie or outfit is imperative. Try it on a week before the shoot to make sure it's a good fit. For dresses and shirts notice if it lays well if your baby is lying, sitting, moving? Is it unwrinkled, do you have matching bottoms so the diaper isn't peeking out the bottom of the dress? Does shirt ride up on your baby boys face?

These gals do it right. Their clothes only play a supporting role and they are the stars. Even when it's a brighter color, the pattern echoes the background texture and pulls the elements together.

You can always send us photos of your planned outfits before shoot day.