Kellie first contacted me a few months ago, she had found me via an online search and fell in love with my clean, classic, colorful style. After a quick phone conversation it was clear that our personalities meshed and I was ecstatic to start chatting details about their big day.
Kellie and Bryan both work and life in Texas, but they knew that they wanted to tie the knot in Jackson Hole with a very intimate elopement. After some back and forth about location Ideas they settled on the T.A. Moulton Barn just outside of Jackson. Having never seen the Grand Tetons before, and loving the rustic western feel the the barn this seemed like the perfect choice.
December 7th came and along with it came the fog, and the wind, and the freezing cold. As I drove into Jackson from Pinedale to go meet Kellie and Bryan for the first time I couldn't help but feel my heart sink a little at the thought that they wouldn't be able to see the mountains. I anxiously waited in the lobby of the resort to finally meet them.
Kellie was one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen with the best personality, who wasn't going to let anything ruin her day, let alone a few clouds!
Despite the cold, and the cloudy skies, Bryan and Kellie let their love for each other out weigh any negatives for the day, including the temperature . Making their Teton Elopement one that little girls dream of.
When you book family portraits you are making an investment, creating a lasting memory, and boosting your overall happiness. So why not make the very best of your session by making sure your families wardrobe choices are top of the line. I always start by letting clients know that family portraits are a special occasion, and you should dress as such.. whether you choose business casual, Sundays best or even black tie. These are photos to be passed down through the generations.
For some people trying to coordinate colors and patterns in clothing seems like such an overwhelming task, but to me its exciting and fun. Its honestly my favorite part of booking my own family portraits, and so I have decided to help make your life a little easier with these fool proof tips!
So let's start with a do's and don'ts list.
*Pick solid colors, or more mellow patterns. So what I mean is pick a solid shirt with little to no graphics or branding. Pick a floral dress that's subtle, and keep the different patterns to a minimum. While your outfit should stand out, it shouldn't be the first thing you notice.
*Think about layers and textures. They show through in your photos more than you realize. A little boy in corduroy khakis with an a button down shirt and vest looks more thought out than jean's and a Tee. Scarves, layering boots and leggings, vests, cardigans, and a nice statement necklace are a great way to add texture and layers in the fall. While adding a belt to your dress, or a fashionable hat, rolled up sleeves and suspenders are great for spring.
*Pick outfits that flatter your shape. If you have to pull down your top to feel great, skip it! A nice structured shirt in a light color will flatter you more than a plain black tee (contrary to popular believe that just wearing dark will make you look slimmer)
*Find a color palate and stick to it. I suggest picking a neutral to start with. Cream, brown, grey..... and then pick a color pop you like. In spring in summer you would want to pick more bright and cool colors while in the fall you would pick more deep, warm colors. If you need help use a color wheel, and choose the color directly across the wheel from your pop color to add more contrast. They will compliment each other well.
*Not everyone has to wear every color in your palate. We are going for coordinating not matching.
*Most importantly make sure everyone is comfortable. Let's not stuff little Joey into a button down, and bow tie if he absolutely hates it.. we want everyone to be able to move freely in their clothes and feel confident, it will shine through in your photos.
*Dress everyone in crazy patterns, and try to avoid stripes.
*Dress everyone in the exact same outfit.
*Don't wear all white shirts, especially if you are doing your photo session in bright light.
*Wear loud and obnoxious sneakers. You will look back on your photos and regret it.
Now please don't be worried or scared off about these tips. They are not iron clad laws to live by. They are guidelines to help you. The most important thing is that you are comfortable, natural and overall happy with what you chose.
I always try to pick things I already have in our closets, and only end up buying a new piece or two. If you are going to go buy all new I suggest you shop at the same store for every family member. Kohls, Old Navy, and other similar stores carry many different options within the same color scheme.
Pinterest is a great place to get ideas. You can find a million different coordinated outfits, color palate ideas for every season and feel, although to many options can get overwhelming.. I like to find a color palate or two and then head to my closet to see what I can come up with there first! Lay everything out where you can see each outfit together and change up the things you aren't in love with. If in doubt feel free to send me a photo.. Honestly I love helping you pick items that look great together, and make you feel amazing.
Now that the hard part is done, you can relax, show up stress free and enjoy your family portrait session with Ela Photography by Kaylynne..
See ya soon,
I am so excited about beginning this new blog on my site. I have learned so much about how to make the very most out of your sessions with me and I love the idea of having somewhere to share all this knowledge with all my wonderful clients!
Whether you are looking for advice on what to wear, how to style and add texture to your families outfits, looking for ideas on how to pose yourself to look slimmer, taller, wider, more broad chested. If you are having a hard time deciding WHERE you want your session to take place, or whether you want a styled shoot vs. a more lifestyle feel. THIS is the place.
Feel free to drop a comment below or send me an Email if you have any specific questions you would like answered, and check back often for new tips and ideas!
Welcome friends! If you are looking for advice on how to make the most of your photography session you are in the right place!
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"Have you ever met someone that truly LOVES their job? Kaylynne does! Not only did it show in how she interacted with our family but it shows in her finished product and the time and care she gives from start to finish. Kaylynne is beyond amazing at what she does and we are already looking for excuses to have her do another shoot for us. By far the BEST photographer I have seen, in every aspect!" -Merci Fenton, Sublette County