Before I get to my regular post - I want to give a shoutout to my partner in crime, Dave. Nine years ago today we left our wedding reception in his spotless, new BMW and tonight we're heading to dinner (alone!) in a minivan with goldfish in the seat creases and Little Einsteins Christmas playing in the backseat :) Dave is selfless and loyal and committed and he is THE BEST partner I could ever ask for.
When we selected our wedding verse we picked Matthew 7:25, "The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.".
We got a couple of side eyes, as it's not your typical "Love is patient, love is kind sentiment", but it was important to us that the verse we picked represented our marriage and the commitment that we both had to building our marriage foundation on Christ. We've had our share of gusty days and rain showers, and knowing that we're not going to crumble is an assurance I can't imagine not having.
Do we bicker? Sure. I get overwhelmed at times and snap at Dave for stupid things like putting a sippy cup with the teensiest bit of milk in it back in the fridge and Dave gets frustrated with me for leaving all the lights on at all times - but at the end of the day we're partners in the truest sense of the world. We pick up each other's slack, try to give each other the benefit of the doubt and accept each other - flaws and all. Happy Anniversary to my very best friend!
Now on to our regularly scheduled programming :)
About 2 weeks ago we had our family pictures taken and, after multiple requests, I'm finally biting the bullet and attempting to write a post about styling your family for pictures. I am by NO MEANS any kind of expert on styling or photography - but I do think I have an "eye" for picking photo session outfits :)
I haven't shared my pics yet, just a few sneak peeks on Instagram like this one...
My tips are pretty basic - pick an outfit or color scheme that you love - and try to base everyone else's outfits off of that. When we do Fall pictures I know that I'm going to want these in canvases and frames around my house, so I actually try to pick outfits that I think will look good with my house as well. Crazy, I know.
Once you've picked your "central outfit" start looking for "basics" in the same color scheme. I LOVE pattern (hello, Matilda Jane!), but in photos I prefer minimal pattern so that the people and not the clothes are the real focus. The photos that I'm the happiest with are always the ones where we're wearing the least amount of pattern. Another random tip is to shop at stores that carry clothes for kids through adults to get a good match. For example - I bought Mason's vest and Dave's sweater from GAP at the same time which is why they match so well. At GAP you can put a color name in the search bar and it will pull up everything they have in that "scheme" for men, women and kids. It takes some of the guess work out of color matching.
I like to make sure that no two kids are wearing the same color on top or bottom - that way no matter how they're arranged for a picture no one with the same color is right next to each other.
Like most things I do, I love to layer :) Throw a puffer vest on over a button down (it also breaks up some of the pattern), put a sweater over a shirt and make sure that the shirt underneath shows at the collar and cuffs.
Pick a "pop" color. In this case it was the mustard.
Be comfortable!!! Pick clothes that your kids can move freely in and clothes that don't bug them.
If I was planning pics for this month, here's an example of something I might put together...
Speaking of pictures - we're doing some quick Santa pics with Narci this weekend and I have two options I'm considering. Dave and I aren't in the pics.
Also - Luke has a brown puffer vest I'd put over his chambray shirt
I realize that this goes against my "minimal pattern" rule.... BUT I know that I'll probably have these out at Christmas and so I'm going for "festive".
Also - it's hard to tell - but GG's pants and Mason's sweater are navy.
Thoughts??? I'm leaning toward option 2 just because the "burgundy" in option 1 makes me nervous with a Santa Suit. hahaha
And just for fun, here are a few other "ensembles" we've worn for past photos :)
I'm feeling like this post has been a hot jumbled mess :) Hopefully it answered a few of your questions or gave you a few ideas for pictures. Happy Wednesday, Friends!!!
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