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How to put together outfits!

By | Uncategorized | 219 Comments

Hey friends!

As a photographer, the number one question I get asked is “How do I choose outfits for family pictures?” I’m currently prepping for our family pictures next week, so today I’m bringing you along and sharing some tips on how to pick out outfits for your family photos!

1. I like to start by thinking about the location. Plan to pick a color scheme that will look good with the location and time of year. If you’re going to be in the mountains in the fall, you probably want to pick out a color scheme with warm fall colors. But if you’re getting your photos taken in an orchard in the spring with white blossoms–light, soft, flowing colors and styles would look amazing. Don’t worry, I have plenty of location suggestions. Just ask me!

2. Pick 1 piece of clothing that you really love. Usually for me, that’s my outfit. I like to find something that’s flattering on me. I’m a curvier girl and I’m not very confident in front of the camera. But it’s so much easier when I feel good about what I’m wearing!

For our family photos this year, I picked out this dress for me. I love the colors and feel like the style will be flattering on my body type. Dress is from Piper and Scoot.

3. Choose continue to build outfits for each member of the family that fit within the color scheme and style of the location & first outfit. Remember, you don’t all have to match, as long as you all coordinate. What does that mean? Simply put, having everyone in white shirts and jeans is going to look boring and dated. Instead, pick outfits for everyone that shows off their personality. Keeping your color scheme in mind is key to making sure they all work together well!

The 2nd outfit I added was this darling romper I found for my 6 year old. I love how they look together! Romper is from Old Navy.
Next, I found this shirt/short combo for my 8 year old daughter. I like the colors with my dress (even though without my dress I probably wouldn’t put the romper and shirt/short combo together. My dress pulls them together!) Shirt/short combo is from Zara.
Then I wanted more color (I’m a color kind of girl. If you like more neutrals, you probably would have gone a different direction. That’s totally okay too!) So I added this dress. Notice how it has a pattern, and so does my dress. It’s okay to mix patterns! This works because 1- same color scheme, and 2- my pattern is big, and the little dress pattern is very small. Changing up the size of pattern is a good way to make sure they work together. Dress is from Gap.
I wanted more color still, so I added this simple blue romper for baby brother. Romper is from Gap.

4. Compile photos of all the outfits together in one place. This is the best way to see if they look good together.

**Pro tip! The easiest way to do this is to create a Pinterest board specifically for your family photos for that year. Add & delete pictures until you have a final outfit for everyone. And you don’t have to find pictures online if you have outfits at home you’re using. You can totally snap a photo on your phone and upload it to Pinterest yourself!

5. Add accessories. Once everyone has an outfit picked out, add the accessories. Don’t forget shoes for everyone (nothing throws off a beautiful family portrait more than everyone looking dressed up and then someone shows up in dirty tennis shoes!)

**Pro tip! Accessories & layers will add a ton of interest to your images and make them look so much more put together. I’m talking bows, jackets, cardigans, ties, knee high socks, necklaces, earrings, cute hats that don’t cover your eyes (no baseball hats, please!), scarves, etc. If you’re not sure, bring them anyway, and I can tell you what will and wont photograph well!

6. Once you’ve decided on everything, take a picture of everything together in one place. This step helps me see if everything works together as well as I’d like it too. Sometimes I love it, and sometimes I spot something that I don’t like and I have time to change it before the actual picture day.

**Pro Tip! Be sure to put your kids outfits together without mom and dad’s. That way you can be sure that their outfits all look good together too! A good shot of the kids is usually right up at the top of the priority list for mom!

Once you’ve made your decisions, put everything aside so you can find everything the day of. Don’t keep stressing about outfits. Trust yourself!

On the day of your session, I know you’re going to be stressed and busy getting everyone ready and out the door on time. But once you arrive, I want you to relax. I’ve got it! I want your experience to be enjoyable (or at least not stressful.) because stress and frustration show in the photos.

Don’t let putting together outfits scare you! You’ve got this!

Dustin and Mily Wedding Day

By | Salt Lake City, Summer wedding | 3,759 Comments

Dustin and Mily’s wedding day was absolute perfection. The ceremony took place at the beautiful, historic McCune Mansion in Downtown Salt Lake City. It was so romantic.

Mily’s dress was incredible, and her cathedral length veil perfectly completed the look.

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The makeup artist, Janelle Ingram (@janelleingram on Instagram) did an amazing job on both Mily and her beautiful mom. Array Salon did a great job with hair too!

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Mily had such great bridesmaids! They were so helpful and supportive.

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Possibly my favorite part of the whole day was the first look and prayer that Dustin and Mily shared before the ceremony. It was the most beautiful moment!

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The room that the ceremony took place in is gorgeous! The top floor views of downtown Salt Lake were so lovely, and the ceremony was so sweet and intimate.

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After the ceremony, the couple had a cocktail hour with drinks, appetizers, and finishing it up with the bouquet and garter toss.

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Ryan and Kara

By | American Fork Canyon, Fall Engagements, Mountain Engagements, Utah Mountains, Utah Wedding Photographer | 2,991 Comments

This lovely lady is my husband’s youngest sister. I adore her, and I’m so happy that she’s found Ryan. They’re such a beautiful pair, which you can see, and they’re so great together. Their engagement session was amazing. The location, the light, their chemistry. I’m seriously dying over here. Congrats you two! Your wedding in November is going to be so amazing!

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Mr + Mrs Carlson

By | Fall Wedding, LDS Wedding, Payson Utah Temple, Utah Wedding Photographer | 2,770 Comments

This beautiful October bride just happens to be my cousin. I couldn’t be happier for her and her new husband! Their wedding day was beautiful! It rained the whole time we were at the temple, and during the luncheon. But they decided to go ahead with the original plan and have the back yard–outdoor–reception, and the rain literally held off until the couple jumped into the car to leave! It was such a perfect day! Congratulations you two! Love you both!

The wedding ceremony took place at the Payson Utah LDS temple.

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You guys, this is the most DYI wedding ever! The bride’s mom not only did the flowers, but she also made the wedding dress! Amazing, am I right?

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The reception was held in the bride’s grandparent’s back yard. It was a rainy day, but the rain held for the duration of the reception!

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Mr + Mrs Stout

By | Fall Wedding, LDS Wedding, Mt. Timpanogos Temple, Uncategorized, Utah Wedding Photographer | 3,900 Comments

     This wedding. This is my brother and his gorgeous bride. The day was so amazingly beautiful. She had every single detail perfectly thought out. Do your self a favor and take a gander. You will not regret it!

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The luncheon was at Los Hermonos in Lindon. It was delicious, and such a fun atmosphere.

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The reception was at my favorite reception center, Wadley Farms. It is so gorgeous!

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