Photo Prep 101

I’m OVER THE MOON excited to finally share with you a little collaboration I’m doing with another blogger:


Elle of Life Styled by Elle and I are going to help you, the lost mom or dad (or grandma or aunt or girl or guy!).  Or maybe you aren’t lost, you just need a bit of inspiration.  Or maybe you aren’t lost because you haven’t even started your journey!  Whatever the case may be, we are here for you.

We are here to help make your portrait sessions:





(superfash is one of my favorite words.  And I use the word “word” lightly because I think we all know it’s a ridiculous made-up smash together.)

Over the course of the next few weeks, Elle and I will be giving you tips on different aspects of the portrait session process.  Everything from “Who do I choose as my photographer?” to “What should I dress my 3 year old girl in?!” We’ll cover it all.

And let me just say that it helps that both she and I are not only mamas but also know the world of fashion.  That doesn’t mean I dress in skinnies and ankle boots everyday, oh no.  But it does mean that I know exactly what works and what doesn’t.  And what you’ll look back on in 20 years and roll your eyes at (or won’t roll your eyes at if you follow our advice).  So sit back, get ready to pin and bookmark, and let us navigate you through these sometimes unruly waters known as… sessions…..


The fact is, you don’t.  Is it life or death if you don’t pay someone a lot of money to take pictures of you and your family?  Not at all.  So if you don’t have the money to spend on that right now, do not sweat it.  It’s no secret that professional photographs don’t come cheap and there is a reason for that.  But it’s also okay to pass on them every once in a while if it just won’t work out financially.

However, I do highly recommend that every couple of years at least you hire a really wonderful photographer to capture your family.  How you define family is completely up to you.  In my world, I consider a really huge handful of people my family…but when I am scheduling family photo sessions, I just include my husband and our kids.

Why do I get photos taken?  Because in my home, I want to be reminded over and over again (read: every time I walk into the living room) of these beautiful people I share my life with.  I want to see their personalities even when they aren’t here with me, I want to share them with anyone who comes to visit and I want to be able to send pictures to family and friends who don’t see us often enough.  I want my kids to go off to college some day and have something to look at besides pictures on their phones.  I want to make use of our wall space and our frames and I want to leave behind something meaningful to my family.  I especially want my grandchildren, great grandchildren and maybe even great-great-great-great grandchildren to look at a picture of me and say, “Well hot damn, she really was good looking.”

(okay, maybe that last part wasn’t really true.  but I do think having a picture of family from basically forever ago will be important to little Rafael)  (sidenote:  I desperately want a family member named Rafael.)

So to me, having professional photographs taken is extremely important.  And, believe it or not, it really does matter who you use to take your photographs…even more than if the camera being used is ‘really good.’

It can get a little overwhelming and you’ll ask:


On Thursday, check in with us and we will give you tips on how to choose a photographer, how to book an appointment, and all the decisions that go along with it:  time of day, location, time of year, etc.

Believe it or not, there are lots of decisions to be made when booking family portraits.  But don’t worry.

We’re here to help.


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