So you’ve decided it’s time to turn some memories into tangible objects. It’s time for a family photo shoot! It can be a little overwhelming when it comes to planning your family photo session. You want it to be extraordinary and special because, let’s face it, we don’t do this often enough with the busy life of a modern day family. These images need to really capture what it’s like to be “us” – the laughter, the silliness, the love. Who will it be? First and foremost, choose a photographer who has a photographic style you love. This is very important. Every photographer has her own style of shooting and editing. Be sure you love the work you’ve seen by your photographer. If you are after formal, studio style shots and you higher a natural light, lifestyle shooter, you may get beautiful images but be disappointed because it is not the style you were after. Talking to your photographer about your vision for the session is also helpful in really achieving your dream portrait. Dress for Success Choosing what you want to wear in your photos is also important. It’s fun to go shopping for a new look, but keep in mind that these photos are to represent who you are, not your alter ego or whom you wish you could be. Your attire should be a reflection of you, not a disguise or costume. Comfort is key. You will be sitting, lying down, possibly even jumping around, so be sure what you are wearing is comfortable enough to really move around in. Bring comfortable shoes to walk from location to location and then throw on those heels for the shot. Outfits should complement one another, not be matchy-matchy. Any color that suits your skin tone and hair is perfectly acceptable. Lots of color can be great for a shoot if you are after vibrancy. Layering and accessorizing is also a great way to add depth and texture, but we will talk more about that below. Don’t be afraid of pattern, either. Patterns can also add great texture to image, but you don’t want to take it too far and distract from what’s most important – your beautiful face! Large logos tend to be big distracters. Words like “GAP” or “NIKE” running across the front of a shirt will certainly draw attention away from faces. It’s best to avoid any advertisements on clothing for photo shoots. It’s All in the Details Accessorize! Accessories, as touched on a bit above, are a fantastic way to boost your photos. They can add an extra pop of color, texture, and/or pattern. Don’t shy away from those hats, scarves, and fun pieces of jewelry. Pieces of clothing and jewelry aren’t the only ways to accessorize. Props can also bring a lot of fun to a shoot. Blankets, furniture, a child’s favorite toy, signs – these can all be incorporated in really fun ways. Bring Fido! Family pets should not be considered “accessories”. I realize […]
A few weeks ago, Arizona had a rain storm for the records books. Seriously: It rained so much that many schools were canceled, leaving parents scrambling to find babysitters and activities to occupy their kiddos. My children have a ton of energy, so a day stuck in the house was a recipe for disaster. By ten in the morning I could feel everyone’s patience wearing thin, and it was too early for a glass of wine. I was getting to my last nerve and had to think on my toes. Streets were completely flooded so driving for a play date, even indoors was out of the question. Here’s what we came up with for our Arizona rainy day schedule:
Ever see a spectacular idea on Pinterest and then had it implode on you? This is one of those stories…
I like to menu plan. Scratch that. I don’t LIKE to menu plan, but I feel it is the only way I can keep myself and my family eating healthy as well as not go crazy trying to make meal decisions mid-week. My daughter tends to eat more (and complain less) if she gets input in the meal planning process. So, I created a chalkboard menu that we can use, as a family, to plan meals. See the simple instructions on how to create this fabulous menu board at East Valley Mom’s Blog. If you are not a crafter, check out our printable menu.