First I have to apologize, sorry forth delay on my post here, but I thought it was all set up to auto post at the appropriate time. I spent the morning enjoying Seattle and then journeyed back home to my home and babies and couldn’t really check on this. I am happily home now with a little girl snuggled up beside me and now without further ado, here is my next post for the Fairy Wings and Dinosaurs family photography collaboration.
Today we are both focusing on styling the parents. To check out what Ruthie recommends, go here.
After all that time and effort getting all your littles looking as cute as can be, please do not toss in the towel. While the small ones often steal the spotlight, the adults need to look great too. They ground the whole photo and make it all work together. I have a few simple suggestions to make yourself shine in your next photo session. Most of these I learned the hard way, so take from them what you will.
- You must feel great. even if you can only buy yourself one great piece that make you feel photo-ready, do it. You simply must feel great to summon up your confidence and natural beauty. If you feel awkward, you will in inevitably look awkward. If you need to splurge on having a salon do your hair/make up. If that isn’t an option, you can probably find someone who will do a pretty good job right from your friends.
- Details matter. I find that looking back on photos little things like cute nails make quite an impact. Don’t go all Jersey-gaudy, but add in accessories and other details.
- Select “Easy” Accessories. If you have a bra size upwards of a C, don’t try to do long necklaces. If you must, pin them in place. Long necklace wiggle and drape any way the please. In photos, that means they often end up “embracing” one side or the other and just look funny. Super long earring snag or get tangled in long hair. No Stilettos if you will be outside. Or at least buy the little plastic heel stoppers. It’s no fun to spend your whole session trying to pull your heel out of the grass. Be wary of your accessories and select carefully.
- Mix and match all sorts of neutrals. Denim/Chambray, black, brown, navy, white, etc.
- Balance and complement the adult outfits. If one is wearing jeans and a button up, no jeans and a button up for the other. If both are going to wear jeans, select two completely different washes and don’t be scared to use colored denims and chinos. No white on top, khaki on bottom. No all sweaters and jeans.
- COLOR. Colors not only add interest to the photos but can make or break how you look in the shots. Find your colors and play them up. Maybe you don’t care for purple, but if all your coworker complement your plum office wear blouse, you should at least consider those colors.
And as you have come to know by this point, I love to mix layers, patterns and textures. I also like to mix formality levels and for this look I selected heels (comfy wedges!) with denim for the women’s look and a tie with relaxed jeans for the men’s look. I just LOVE stuff like this for guys:
I think I just love chambray. Men, women, kids, babies. Everyone can rock it. Here are two of my favorite mommy fashion bloggers looking brilliant in chambray. The photos link to their sites where you can find outfit upon outfit of inspiration.
For my curvy mamas. Or curly-girls.Or brunettes. Or makeup enthusiasts. Or any woman with a love for fashion.
For my more petite mamas. Although she has fun, wearable style and anyone can pull from! PS She is totally wearing Color by Amber Skinny Bangles in this photo. I love that. :)
And finally, here are my grownup styles:
For the mom-wear: A Zara Floral Print Blouse, Color by Amber Earrings, Dark Wash MICHAEL by Michael Kors Skinny Jeans from Macy’s, and a color pop of green wedges from ModCloth.
For the dad-wear: A gray chambray Gap shirt, Gap jeans, Mustard Skinny Tie from Etsy, and American Eagle sneakers.
These prices meet my BLT Budget standards but the looks are easy and flexible enough to get the look on any budget. Select comfortable basics, add a print or two to set your palette, and add a color pop or two. Now you are almost ready to rock that shoot! Check back on Thursday for the final installment of this series!