A couple of months ago, it was time for my own family’s portraits… Every year, since our first son was born, we’ve scheduled a family photo session. I love, love, love having our family documented year after year for all of the same reasons that I love capturing those memories and milestones and tiny details for my own clients. And thanks to our annual family photo sessions, I know all too well all of the planning that goes into being in front of my camera :) But this year, I decided to invest into making my life easier by hiring professionals for everything. Best decision!!
I think I have pretty good insight into what works well when it comes to “What to Wear,” but I was really struggling to find the time to plan ahead and sort out our wardrobe choices so I hired Little Apple Styles to style us for our session. Ericka was fabulous in coming up with a color palette, advising me on clothing choices, and, together, we selected outfits that I loved. Many things we owned already, a few things I purchased new for our session (I found a great sale that coordinated beautifully with the looks I was going for!). All of it was completely cost effective and perfectly us. And so much easier with Ericka’s help! Most years, I’m scrambling to find outfits the day of (cover your ears, dear clients, do NOT do this!) – sometimes I’m lucky, other times, I hate what I’m wearing. This year, I was thrilled with our wardrobe!
The other professionals that were huge life and time savers this year were hair and makeup artists. The last time I had my hair done was at my wedding… And I’ve never had professional makeup, not even at my wedding. I was nervous about this the day of our session, especially because I basically had no earthly idea what I should do about my hair and makeup. Thankfully, the professionals knew what I should look like. Based on their prep work, they knew that I’m a makeup minimalist (understatement of the year), wear my hair in a messy bun 98% of the time and definitely want to look like my everyday me but better. Much better. And I absolutely loved the results, especially my hair!
Wardrobe, styling and makeup choices really can make or break a photo session. Makeup is so often just an afterthought for a photo session, and it definitely shouldn’t be! A pro makeup artist knows exactly how to apply makeup for the camera. As a mom of young children, I loved being pampered a bit right before our session and appreciated that the makeup covered some of those dark circles under my eyes :) It also made getting ready much less stressful. Small hands weren’t tugging at me while I was attempting something with my hair in the bathroom this time, no one was interrupting me before I had a chance to finish applying makeup. Just imagine being a mom with a tiny newborn in your arms and all you really had to focus on was the baby before your newborn photo session! I highly recommend this experience.
By the time our photographer, Colie, came to our house, I felt pretty and more confident going in front of the camera. And that’s not easy for me, because I’d rather be behind the camera any day of the week. Any day… But investing into professional help was by far one of the best things I could have done to ensure that we loved our photos that much more.
Colie captured my family so beautifully! We made sure to get some family portraits, but we mostly just did what we normally do together in our neighborhood (looking a whole lot better than we usually do, of course). We played, we were silly, we snacked, we read books. It was lots of fun and very much us. I’m still going through all of our files, deciding on how best to display our new family photos (I struggle with this just as much as I know my clients do!), but I’m excited to share just a few favorites. Thank you so much for these beautiful photos of my family, Colie!
Photography: Colie James
Styling: Little Apple Styles
Hair and Makeup: Best Face Artists
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