You may remember Corinne & Jeremy from a few months ago… (read about their session here) Corinne reached out last month and asked if I would help them with their gender reveal. Of course, I said yes, but I wanted to be responsible with the way in which we did a reveal. I suggested a color overlay but they really wanted the surprise in the moment.
Having never done confetti, smoke bombs, paint, chalk I wanted to be sure that we were following city and county requirements for safety and taking care of mother nature. Confetti specifically can be a huge mess and wildlife who consume it can become ill. Smoke bombs are considered a fire hazard and only allowed on private property where I live. So, I searched for a public park, with lots of fallen leaves and we decided on a “safe for nature” color cannon. I had never worked with these before and brought my husband along to shoot off the cannon so that I could capture the moment.
We started off with some fun family portraits (because why not) and then it was time for the main event. The first cannon didn’t really explode the way it was supposed to… It misfired a bit, but they were able to see and after some editing magic so are the rest of you!
But my favorite picture was when they double confirmed with the envelope from the ultrasound. This family is so happy about their precious baby boy. Congratulations on your tie breaker!
It is important to me that reveals be environmentally responsible as well as emotional and exciting for families. I help with location planning and what methods will come the closest to “leaving no trace”. If you would like to schedule me for your reveal – message me today!
It seems like Fall is that perfect season in Colorado for family portraits. August and September have been very busy for me and October is not slowing down. I actually recently had my own family portraits done as well (I’ve got to be in some of them!).
A common question from my clients is “What should we wear?”. Pinterest has tons of inspiration and I have a board that I steadily build onto for clients to reference.
But I thought it might be helpful to take you through wardrobe choices from a photographer’s point of view…
For my home and business I have a color palette that I like to keep with. Colors that you find as you move throughout your home are always a good inspiration point (unless you are about to completely remodel in brand new colors). These are typically colors you are visually drawn to and will use time and again. Unless you are only going to print Black & White versions of your images this is something you may want to take into consideration.
For my family, I choose navy as a starting point more than any other color. In the spring it can be lightened up and in the fall it can be darkened with accents. Other colors that work the same way are black, brown, grey and cream. Once you have your base color, pick 2-3 other colors or patterns to coordinate with. More than 3 and you start getting too busy for your images and it can get distracting. Don’t do more than 2 patterns and try not to choose two busy patterns (flowers and polka dots). Instead, flowers and stripes, or plaid and solids that tie into the plaid.
Finally, consider your session location and any potential theme. Will there be props provided by the photographer that you will need to coordinate with? For instance, if a gold chair is going to be provided, you may want to avoid mustard or gold in case they aren’t exact matches.
Movement and Theme
Ask yourself what look you are trying to achieve with your family portraits. My fall minis are all outside
with wide open spaces. These are spots that you can move in and for women/girls especially I suggest finding dresses with some flowiness or movement to them! Slits in long dresses are also fun and visually interesting!
What does that mean and why should you think about it? Dress movement can add visual interest to your images. Twirling, swishing a dress and having skirts draped around you all keep the eye moving around an image. It means little things that might make you self-conscious are less likely to be noticed by you and your image will be a bit more artistic. It also allows your images to be less stiff and posed in their overall feel. Hats, scarves, sweaters and more are all great options as well. Cardigans and kimonos can give incredible movement even if you are wearing jeans and a tshirt! These can give your hands something to do and let you play a bit!
There are a few things I suggest that families be aware of when picking outfits. Especially with minis, if you are worried about these things we lose precious time and editing out/fixing these issues is an additional cost later on.
Bra Straps – there are a lot of gorgeous dresses out there that bra straps regularly pop out of. When picking options for women, test out the bra you want to wear with it.
Length – every once in a while someone orders a dress and it is way shorter than expected and you can see their discomfort. If it looks cute with leggings or stockings, go that route. Otherwise, message your photographer. I keep a stock of gowns and dresses that are meant to flatter multiple body types.
light shines through cream dresses – prepare accordingly
Logos – I don’t have a problem with these but if you are going to be annoyed seeing “x company” across a polo you might want to have the guys wear a different one.
Shoes – High Heels are gorgeous, they make my calves look awesome. However, when doing outdoor photos, you may be comfortable in dirt with heels.
One last tip… Wearing form fitting dresses is often gorgeous. If you are going to do this give your body a chance to breathe for 8-12 hours ahead of time. Tight underwear and pants can leave lines even after they are off.
If you are interested in booking a session and creating “MAJECK” with Mary Elizabeth – you can contact her here!
I recently went on a romp through some local Open Space with a dear friend and her little girl. Of course, I brought the camera. When I scheduled the session, I was so excited that she bought a gown and really invested in her portraits. I saw her walking up the path with her little girl and knew that this was going to be the best maternity session I had ever done. Guys, I was so very right.
Motherhood is hard and it starts during pregnancy. I don’t know many moms who feel like they “glow”. Instead, every pregnancy we feel tired, awkward and at least I feel hangry all the time! However, it is my job to meet a mom and help her feel beautiful. I want to capture the beauty of pregnancy that every body else sees while moms are wrapped up in the planning, worrying and symptoms. It is an art and as I edited and delivered this session – I felt like an artist.
Below are just a few images – but you can click here to enjoy the full sneak!
In fact, I loved this session so much that I decided for the month of May to offer a Maternity Sale. Clients can purchase my discounted package now and redeem it whenever they choose. I can’t wait to work with more expectant moms and capture the beauty that is Motherhood and Pregnancy.
To book a session or take advantage of this offer click here!