5 Do’s And Don’ts For Fall Family Photos

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, that’s right FALL. I absolutely love fall. It is definitely my favorite season. The leaves start to change (only sometimes in Texas), I get to wear boots, sweaters, and sometime scarves, and not to mention the colors that fall brings. Have I mentioned I love fall? LOL Well, with fall also comes Fall Family Photos. It is definitely the most popular time to take those coveted family photos right before Christmas, however, the question still remains. What do I wear?! I have laid out the Do’s and Don’ts of Fall Family Photos for you below.

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Do: Mix patterns and colors

Don’t: Put everyone in a pattern

Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. The family above nailed it! They started out with a color scheme of navy and red and chose pieces that fit within those parameters and ultimately gave their family photo some interest by not being afraid to mix their patterns.

DO: Match

Don’t: Wear all the same color

I love a good photo where the clothes aren’t a distraction and you look at the people vs what they are wearing. That being said, your outfits should all go together, but not be too matchy matchy. The family below did an excellent job in wearing a variety of colors, but still making it look good. Grown-Family-Photo-Austin-Family-Photographer

Do: Wear Layers

Don’t: All wear The same “Layer”

Give your photos some dimension and interest by wearing layers. This family below has the perfect layered look for this brisk fall day. They have added a scarf, boots, jacket, eternity scarf, sweaters, etc. They look amazing, and all I want to do is look at them!

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Do: Create a color palette

Don’t: All wear the same color

This family’s color palette is definitely grey and maroon, and I LOVE it! They did awesome in choosing what to wear and if you notice the colors they chose pop right off the photo creating a interesting family photo they get to cherish forever.

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Do: Add pops of color

Don’t: wear Too Many Distracting colors

When choosing your outfits don’t forget that extra pop of color to make your photos really stand out. I love a good neutral, but when it comes to photos, bring out that color so your family shines! However, I would not put everyone in a “pop” color as it could be a bit distracting. The family below nailed it by putting the wife in the pop of color, and pulling it all together through the little girl’s dress. LOVE!

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Precious Baby Boy Newborn Session ~ Baby Maxwell ~ Austin, Texas

I was so glad to  meet the Shepherd family and their sweet baby boy Maxwell. They are genuinely such nice people and so easy going. And, I can’t say enough good things about sweet Maxwell. He was such a good baby and slept beautifully and was very calm when he was awake. Except for that one time he got hungry lol. He is such a cutie pie and below are some of my favorites from his session.

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6 Tips To Help You Prepare For Your Family Photo Session

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1. Eat a good meal before your session.

Make sure your family, and yourself is well fed on the day of your photo shoot. I know I can get a little cranky when I’m hungry so I can only imagine how our little ones feel when they are hungry. If you know your little ones can’t make it through the entire session the please bring a snack for in between shots.

2. Get plenty of rest.

It’s best if you and your family are well rested in preparation for your photo shoot. This not only allows you to look your best, but it also helps the kiddos be on their best behavior and in a good mood. Speaking from my own personal experience with my own children, Sleepy Kids = Moody Kids 🙂 Depending on the time of day your session is will also depend on if your child, or you, needs to take a nap. Sleep is good and makes for great photos!

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3. Real Smiles are the best.

I love love love a genuine smile. Nothing can compare to it. Therefore, let’s leave the “cheese” at home. I know there’s a strong tendency to say it, but please don’t. All it ends up doing is giving a forced smile look in your photos, and we do NOT want that. Candid is the way to go. You can thank me later 😉

4. leave yourself plenty of time to prepare for your session.

I suggest laying out your clothes the day before your session, including shoes and accessories. Start getting ready with plenty of time before you have to leave, and inform everyone of what you are about to do so they aren’t surprised when they get there. The more prepared you are, the less stressed you will be for your photos.

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5. Coordinate your clothes without being matchy matchy.

Choose your clothes for you and your family, by first picking out colors that you like. Then move onto colors that you look best in. Because come on, you are going to have to look at these babies forever. Next, don’t put everyone in the same color. Having multiple colors gives the photo interest and gives it that extra pop it needs. Keep in mind that everything needs to go together, not necessarily match perfectly.

6. Choose the best time of day for your family

Typically the best time of the day for photographers is the first 2 hours after sunrise and the 2 hours right before sunset. Or, if it’s cloudy then any time of day is good because we don’t have to worry about shadows. Now, for you it’s totally different because you have to worry about bed times, nap times, cranky times, hungry times, etc. I totally get it. So, please if your children aren’t morning people then don’t schedule your session for first thing in the morning. You better believe you will never see my family schedule an early morning session. The photographer may get some death stares lol But, in all seriousness, you know your family best so schedule the best time for you and your little ones.

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Sweet Baby Peyton’s Newborn Session in Dripping Springs, TX

Last month I had the pleasure of photographing a friend’s sweet newborn. Her and my hubs went to high school together and I was ecstatic when she asked me to do her newborn session for her. He is such a good little baby and Fran and Lance are wonderful parents to their sweet baby boy. The session went really well and after a few feedings for the little guy he settled right down and I got some great shots of him and their new family. Thanks again for asking me to take them for you and I hope to get the chance to take many more of that growing baby boy. Here are my favorites from their session.

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Thanks again Fran and Lance and baby Peyton!

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6 Must Haves For Your Christmas Checklist

If you are anything like me, then Christmas literally sneaks up on you ever single year!  I mean I know it’s the same day every year, but somehow before I know it it’s Christmas again. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Christmas and the holiday season, but for some reason I can’t seem to get with the program which leaves me running around scurrying for gifts or doing last minute budgeting to fit it all in.

That being said, I have created a condensed checklist for you/me! I have researched a few different  websites and have found two that are my absolute favorite. I will provide links for those who are interested in seeing the complete, original checklist.

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  1. Don’t forget the Stocking Stuffers! I’ve totally done this one year and had my husband go out on Christmas Eve to Wal-Mart, because it was the only place open, to go buy goodies to fill everyone’s stocking. Needless to say that will NOT happen again! I’m definitely adding this one to my Christmas Checklist.
  2. Start pulling out those hidden gifts NOW! I may not be guilty of this one, but my mom sure is. Every year she hides the gifts she buys and every year she forgets about at least one of them. One year she even forgot where she hid it lol But, we lover her anyway 🙂
  3. Kiss someone under the mistletoe! This one is so important, because a lot of the time we have tunnel vision until all the gifts are bought, wrapped, and under the tree that we forget that Christmas is about spending time with family and friends and celebrating Jesus’ birth.
  4. Wrap gifts as you buy them! Since it is already December and your tree is already up (unless you are like me and can’t find the time to go buy a tree) then there is no point in hiding the gifts and cluttering up your closet. Go ahead and put them under the tree. A Christmas tree is so much more fun to look at with presents under it anyway 🙂
  5. Buy batteries for children’s toys! Oh my this needs to be number one on my checklist every single year! I can’t tell you how many times we have bought something that requires batteries and we had to take the ones from the TV remote just so our kids could enjoy their gifts on Christmas day!
  6. Re-charge the batteries on your camera/video recorder! This is something that I forget to do every year, but luckily my hubby got tired of standing next to the outlet while recording Christmas morning so this job has officially been delegated to him.

I hope some of these will help you out in preparing for your upcoming Christmas season as much as they have helped me and will continue to help me.

Would you like to check out more Christmas Checklists on Pinterest? Then head on over to my All About Christmas board on Pinterest and pick your favorite! Oh, and have a Merry Christmas!

6 Reasons Why You Should Update Your Family Photo Today

Has it been years since you had photos taken of your entire family? And, no I don’t mean the cell phone pics you take when you are all together. I mean actually hiring someone to take your photos so you can print them to give as gifts for family, enlarge them to hang on your wall, or put them on your next Christmas card.

There are many reasons as to why we need to constantly update our family photos. They are literally priceless treasures. I know time can quickly slip by, so that’s why I’m here to remind you that your time is precious and we need to capture those moments now.

Top Reasons Why You Should Update Your Family Photo

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A great time to update a family photo is when your children are married and have children of their own. This means your family is growing and an updated family portrait is in order to hang over your mantel. Or maybe they are just in high school, and you want to grab them before they go off to college. Whatever the case may be the importance of a family photo stays the same.

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Are you about to or have a baby? Have you just had a baby? Or, have you recently adopted? Then this is the perfect time to update your family photo since your family has officially gotten bigger and will only continue to grow.

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If you have young children, then you should most definitely update your family photo since they are ever changing and grow so fast. You have to make sure to capture those sweet young faces while they last. I promise you will not regret it.

A recent physical change

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Going through a physical change can be the perfect time update your family photo. Maybe you have recently changed your hair, started living a healthier lifestyle, or recovered from an illness etc. Whatever the change may be let’s celebrate by capturing you and your new look.

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Now that you are in your new home, the best thing to do is decorate it with new photos of your family. This is your chance to rearrange and start new so why not start new with your photos as well. Out with the old, and in with the new.

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Some of you may just be looking for a new photo to put on your Christmas card. Well now is the perfect time to update your family portrait and show your beautiful family off this Christmas. Make sure to book now so we have plenty of time to get those Christmas cards out in time.

To book a session with me please fill out the form on my Contact page and I will get back to you about setting up a photo session as soon as I can.

In the meantime feel free to browse my Family Photos to view more of my work. Talk with you soon!