Fall session with all the warm fuzzy vibes. It's May, but I couldn't leave these sweet photos out of the blog.
So thankful I was able to document a tiny portion of my cousin's journey.
25 years of marriage and many more of friendship! Friendship, faith, love, respect and lots of laughter are the ingredients to a happy marriage. Love you guys!!
There are quite a few things that happen before your photo session. To make things go as smoothly as possible, I will ask you some questions and I suggest my clients ask me questions as well.
The most common question I get about preparing for a photo session is: "what do we wear"? I really appreciate this question because I want to help you have the best session ever AND the best photos ever! I want my families to feel confident, look like themselves and be comfortable. The first thing I tell my clients is you don't have to spend extra money on an outfit. Most of the time, there are all the right pieces of clothing already hanging in your closet. I'm blessed with the relationships I develop with my clients and totally love it when I get text messages with photos of a bed full of potential outfits or selfies in the changing room. I want to help style you, so please send me all the photos!! I want to capture the best version of you.
My vision is to capture who you are, this is why we'll go over several location options and get that perfect setting. We also want your outfit to fit that location.
Here are general guidelines:
1. Wear something that you're comfortable in.
2. Start with a color palette and go from there.
3. NO matching outfits!! (there are a few exceptions)While it's cute to have your kids match, or fathers matching with their sons, it just doesn't translate well in the photos. The colors all blend together and it doesn't reflect the unique personalities. Stay away from ALL white or just 1 solid color. The white shirts at the beach is an ancient trend. For example, if dad is wearing a plaid shirt, the son should be wearing a solid shirt. If mom is wearing a floral print, daughter can wear an outfit of the same color scheme without being matchy or floral.
4. Timeless pieces always are the best pick for family sessions. When you see see your photos hanging on your wall 10 years from now, you don't want to think "what was I wearing?".
I make an exception for my model/headshot sessions. Be BOLD, wear something your celebrity alter ego would sport.
5. Choose outfits with textures and layers. Don't be afraid of bringing extra pieces of clothing, you can always put it on or take off during a session for different looks.
6. Accessories are your friend! Bring those scarves, sweaters, jackets, hats, jewelry and hair pieces.
7. Don't be embarrassed by looking for inspiration. Like I said, most people have articles of clothing they can wear. I often refer my clients to check out Gap.com and look at the seasonal picks to help choose color combinations and simple fashionable looks.
8. For the women: Hair & Make-up. Do it! While I don't personally like heavy make-up, professional make up and hair will highlight your best facial features. I can always recommend someone! I'm not saying you have to hire someone to do your makeup or hair, many of us know our way around with mascara and a blow dryer, I'm emphasizing the importance of a fresh and put together look! *If you're a model or headshot client, this is a must.
9. For the men: Wear fitted shirts and slacks/jeans. Leave the oversized t-shirts and button ups for lawn work.
10. For the kids: No cartoon shirts, large print or neon colors. Neon colors create a funky color casting on your face.
Wipe off all stick on body tattoos on any body parts that are visible. No colorful candy or chocolate right before a session or during.
10. Bring a hairbrush/comb for any fly away hair during session.
-Remove any cellphones or wallets from pockets to avoid visible bulges.
I love my clients so much and I want you to be informed and prepared so you'll leave your session feeling excited and expect the best product in return.
Below are some photos of what NOT to wear. The following 2 are NOT my images, I'm only using them as examples.
The family has chosen a color palette, however the dad and boys are wearing all plaid. The mom and daughter are wearing identical outfits. In reality how often does a family intentionally match their family members when they go out for a special occasion? I want to see each unique personality with a color/pattern scheme that flows and brings life to the image.
So happy I got to see this awesome family almost 1 year after our newborn session with Penny when we first met. The family was living in northern Africa the last year for the time and came home to Florida for a visit. So thankful we were able to squeeze in a family session before their next big move to Paris!
For a first time mother, nursing your new little miracle can be emotional. Sweetness and unconditional love tugging at your heart, but also the deepest pain a woman could endure. It is another miracle and gift to see that nursing relationship blossom into restful, playful, and joyful moments. It becomes a dance orchestrated by your favorite little person, an artform stroked by the hands that reached to your heart from the inside out. Motherhood <3
Meet Grant, he's sweet, oh so smiley and such a chill baby. We had lots of quiet moments, I think he really enjoyed his session as much as I did! I have this thing for gingers, since my own 3 year old is one, so I was so excited to see the reddish hue in his hair. His mom and dad are really cool, and it's been really fun seeing them throughout the year for their baby announcement and belly photos. It was such an exciting day when I finally got to meet him! Looking forward to document some of his milestones in the coming year.
Just six days after our maternity session, baby Reagan came into the world! She was a dream to photograph and I just loved capturing all her sweet little features and details. Mom and dad wanted baby's gender to be a surprise at birth, so the nursery had the cutest gender neutral owl theme for their baby. It didn't take long for little Miss Reagan's lovely presence to complete the room.
The weather was nice, so we had some time to go outside for a garden basket shot and on the family pool patio. I jumped at the opportunity to snuggle her and broke in mama's new Baby K'tan (picture at end of blog post!)...babywearing is a weakness of mine, and I'm always happy assist new mother's in any way I can help. So many gorgeous images were captured, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them. Thank you so much to this beautiful young couple for welcoming me into their home and letting me document this precious time.
I love seeing Logan and Lauren for their birthday photos. It's hard for me not to smile big when I see them!
Lilyta Photography offers mini sessions throughout the year for the families that want to document the growth of their family. A new haircut, a cute toothless smile, another birthday, a visiting grandmother...there's always a reason to take some special photos. E-mail or call to find out how easy it is and have fun in the process. Finally getting this adorable family session up on the blog!
Your baby will experience everything for the first time only once. There is no greater joy in being a parent and seeing your child's eyes as they discover the world. I was so happy I was asked to document Aaron's first beach experience. Watching the sea foam tickle his fingers and toes and hearing those giggles....melt my heart!
Lily at Lilyta Photography