What to Wear for Family Portraits {A Fool Proof Guide}

What to Wear for your Family Portraits - a fool proof guide to styling your family from a former photographer

What to Wear for your Family Portraits - a fool proof guide to styling your family from a former photographerIt’s that time of year again, folks!  As soon as the fall weather rolls in, photographer’s calendars fill quickly with family portraits.  Now, there are plenty of legitimate reasons to put off scheduling a session with your local photog – finding an empty spot on the calendar, getting your kids to cooperate in a way that makes you all look genuinely happy for one millisecond in time, making sure your husband has had a recent haircut… I get it.  However, not knowing what to wear should NOT be one of those reasons! 

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret.  When I was a portrait photographer, this was how I coached all my clients into looking amazingly put together and coordinated, without all wearing white shirts and khakis.

What to Wear for your Family Portraits - a fool proof guide to styling your family from a former photographerThe secret to getting started

It’s easier than you think, I promise.  First, I recommend shopping for your entire family in one store.  Old Navy is perfect for this because they carry items for each department within the same color schemes each season. Not to mention that this entire set of outfits was less than $200!  For a family of five, that’s pretty amazing.

Next – this is the most important step – pick out a plaid shirt.  (Don’t worry –  if plaid isn’t your thing, it doesn’t have to end up in your photos… Just trust me.) Plaid shirts are a ready made color palette.  You’ll use this shirt as a basis to start building the other outfits.  Once you’ve got a solid look going, you can ditch the plaid and replace it with something else if you’d like.

putting it all together

What to Wear for your Family Portraits - a fool proof guide to styling your family from a former photographerEach outfit only needs to coordinate with one color in the plaid.  Feel free to mix it up with prints and solids and layers.  The color palette will keep everything pulled together.  It’s not important that every person in the photo be wearing every color in the palette, you can see here that this dusty pink dress fits in perfectly.  And even without the plaid shirt that I started with, these outfits look great together. 

By shopping in the same store, you’ll save yourself a lot of agony wondering “is that the right shade of green?” or “do these two really go together?”  When in doubt, just pair the item in question with the plaid shirt and ask yourself if they match.  If so, you’re good to go! 

What to Wear for your Family Portraits - a fool proof guide to styling your family from a former photographer

See?  That wasn’t so bad, was it?  So go out there and rock your family portraits this fall! Here’s a quick list of do’s and don’ts to remember…

do shop for everyone in the same store.

Do start by choosing a plaid shirt.

do match each item to one of the colors in the plaid.

don’t be afraid of mixing prints and patterns with solids.

Don’t feel stuck to a color palette that you’re not loving.  Just start over and try again!

don’t rub it in when your portraits turn out way better than all your friends.  Just share this post so they can look awesome next year too.

 

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Pumpkin Spice for Not-a-Latte {In Under 60 Seconds!}

Here's a Pumpkin Spice Latte DIY that you haven't seen yet! Transform your regular cup of joe in under 60 seconds and for less than a quarter!

Here’s a Pumpkin Spice Latte tip that you haven’t seen yet!  Transform your regular morning cup of joe in under 60 seconds and for less than a quarter!!!

I keep seeing posts about “sweater weather” but we’re in Texas currently where we’re still running our air conditioners everyday.  However, the power of suggestion is strong and I’ve been sucked into pumpkin spice hype yet again. 

You may have read about how I got my Starbucks Gold Card for free and I love my free lattes, but I also love a good homemade cup of joe.  While I’ve read all the recipes for making your own DIY Pumpkin Spice creamer, I just can’t get there.  I’m not willing to put quite that much effort into it.  I almost worked up the energy to make a pumpkin spice infused simple syrup, but then I had a brilliant idea when I saw the box of Tazo Pumpkin Spice Chai tea sitting in my pantry…

Here's a Pumpkin Spice Latte DIY that you haven't seen yet! Transform your regular cup of joe in under 60 seconds and for less than a quarter!

Y’all… this was legit. 

Just plunk a pumpkin spice tea bag into your freshly brewed coffee and let it steep for a minute.  Not only do you get all of those delicious pumpkin spice flavors, but you can drink it black or add your normal amount of cream & sugar to it and totally control the sweetness and calories. 

This really is the Pinterest trifecta – it’s super easy, super cheap, and super amazing.  And really, it would work with any fall-inspired tea!  Not to mention that the black tea gives your coffee an added caffeine boost for those days when even your coffee needs coffee, if you know what I mean.

Happy fall, y’all!

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Freebie Friday – Motivation & Inspiration

Happy Friday,  y’all! Here’s a little printable motivation to carry you through…

As always, double click to open the full size image, right click to save. 🙂Free printables! Free printables! Free printables!

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Watch Animated Shel Silverstein Poems

Shel Silverstein poems have a special place in my heart.  We used “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “A Light in the Attic” to introduce our children to the world of poetry during our first year of homeschool.  They quickly grew to love our poetry time together. Even our youngest, who wasn’t “in school” yet, would scamper out of her room to join us when she heard them being read, and she would cry alligator tears if she thought that she had missed “silly poems” for the day.

Naturally, I was over the moon when I found out that Shel Silverstein had a youtube channel where, not only are the poems animated, they are narrated by Mr. Silverstein himself!  If your family loves these books the way that we do, head on over there now to check it out!

The Shel Silverstein Youtube Channel

 

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