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Kids act and look like themselves when they are wearing clothes that they love and feel comfortable in. Break out the jeans and monkey sweaters, pink tutus and stripy socks – that’s your kid being who he or she is. It’s amazing and beautiful and should be celebrated in my photographs. (Besides, they’ll make you giggle when they’ve just left for college and you’re looking back.)
Bright colors, chunky knits, twirling skirts, little blue jeans and the clothes that say to you, “This is my son.” “This is my daughter.” “This is my family.” Capturing the love and celebration of your family being who they are, is the most important thing here. There is time to have a couple of wardrobe changes and I recommend it. They can be as simple as a sweater or jacket pulled over a t-shirt or as complicated as a full change of clothes. It’s up to you and your kid. If your kid is going to be really irritated at changing clothes; don’t do it. If your kid if a budding fashionista who wants to have all of their outfits photographed; we’ll do that. Changes in wardrobe and particularly color make the photos look very different.
Newborns: Yep, now we’re talking props. I will bring them – from chunky hats to hand knit nests and rustic baskets. Your newborn is going to look amazing. You do need to let me know if you are comfortable with having your baby naked for the photo shoot or not. There is something so beautiful about your brand new naked peanut that I highly encourage this course of action. (Don’t worry. We will cover up the private parts.)
If you do have a blanket or quilt that grandma knitted or a family heirloom of some kind (regardless of how silly it may seem – like Dad’s UPS uniform or the jewelry box that Grandma game Mom) let’s try to work it into the photo. It might not work, but it’s worth it to try. These are works of art you will have for a lifetime.