Your fall family schedule is packed to the brim but it’s so important to take a few minutes together to update your family photos! Your children are growing and you don’t want to let any more time pass before you document this moment in your lives. A picture of everyone smiling and looking at the camera is important to you but what you really want to remember is those little details. How your kids snuggle together, their face when they laugh a big belly laugh, and how they still hold your hand but might not be so willing tomorrow.
I’m so excited to offer fall family mini sessions again this year! I absolutely love getting to see families year after year and watching children grow! These sessions are a perfect opportunity to take a time out and enjoy each other as a family. Mark your year and the celebrate your love for each other. These limited sessions will be held on 3 dates; October 7. All sessions will take place in natural areas in and around Loveland or Fort Collins. Exact location will be emailed to you closer to the session date. If you have had a mini session with me before, I’ll work hard to choose a location you haven’t been to before 😉 Fill out the form below to book your time! Only 9 spaces are available. If you have questions or would prefer a full family session click here or email me at email@example.com. Can’t wait to see you!
***NEW DATE ADDED! OCTOBER 21!!*****
You’ve gone through the hard work of finding a photographer that you love and you’re so excited to have beautiful family photos that show your family connecting and in love. Now comes the tricky work of deciding what to wear for family pictures that will be gracing your walls for years to come.
For our family, I always start by dressing myself. I’m always the hardest to shop for! Once I find something that I feel fabulous in, I know putting together the rest of the family’s wardrobe will be pretty simple! Let’s take a look at some outfits that work and why!
This dress from Amazon is so cute and super affordable!
- Jewel tones are the perfect compliment for fall colors in Fort Collins and Loveland!
- Fitted at the bust and waist with looser sleeves and a flowing skirt, showing off some curves and bringing the attention to your face!
- Long enough to move around in easily, not so long that you lose your legs in photos 😉
This adorable dress from Piper and Scoot is perfect for family photos!
- A defined waist flatters most figures
- Solid color with texture and details for interest
- Loosely fitted, long sleeves
- A flowy skirt for movement and comfort
Another option from Piper and Scoot if you are not into florals!
- Bold, classic plaid pattern adds texture and interest
- Hits just below the knee, keeping it easy to move in and showing a little bit of leg
- Loose fitting sleeves
- Classic neutrals are easy to coordinate for the rest of the family! Add floral for a daughter or stick with stripes and solids for a boy mom.
This wrap style dress from Indie Boutique is a great solid color option!
- Wrap style defines the waist and creates lines that draw the eye to the face
- The ruffle at the neckline and sleeve adds movement and texture
- The slit helps define a woman’s figure
If dresses really aren’t your thing, layered looks add texture!
- Choose a sweater or jacket that gives you shape and hits just below the hip bones.
- Your base layer can be a simple solid or choose a print if you need a little pop!
- Fitted jeans or pants are often the most slimming and a cute ankle boot would top off the look!
- Scarves can add more texture and interest but be careful not to choose something too bulky which will add weight to you!
Now that we have an idea of what looks great, let’s talk a bit about things to avoid! Tunics can work if they have some shape an fit. Skip anything in a shift style. We feel like it camouflages those bits we aren’t thrilled to show off but it often makes us look bigger! If you choose solids, make sure there’s some texture or add layers and accessories for interest. Really the main idea is finding items that fit. Nothing too loose or too tight. Define your figure, it’s perfect just the way it is!
Still need more help with what to wear for family photos? Not a problem! Dear Kate Studios offers an online styling service exclusively for clients <3 When you book your fall family portrait session, I’ll help you with ideas for the whole family! The studio even has wardrobe pieces available for you to borrow! Ready to get planning? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
The thing about cliches is that they exist for a reason. Before having kids I heard people say over and over “Time flies” “Children grow so fast” and “Don’t Blink” and while I thought I understood, I didn’t. I’m not sure I fully understand now even how fast time truly moves. My kids are 4, 5.5 and 8 this summer. We’ve had an amazing summer getting into that sweet spot of parenting and I’m seriously loving our life, the freedom and independence the kids and us parents are feeling. But holy cow my kids are totally different from the people they were at the end of the school year. We’ve lost teeth and learned to ride bikes on two wheels. Swim lessons (through the city of Loveland at Winona pool) have given us a chance to breathe when the kids are around water. Mispronounced words are becoming more clear and kids are reading signs as we drive around town. Bodies are stronger and longer and leaner and tanner. Time flies. Children grow so fast. Don’t blink.
Photos have a beautiful way of slowing time down and freezing a moment (again so cliche but so true!). But there are some memories that just aren’t as clear in our minds and fade over time, even with a photograph’s help. Video has a whole other power of preserving the way your children move and laugh and play. I love hearing those little voices and mispronounced words. Seeing the change in a mother and child’s faces as they look at each other. Watching how a child fits in their parent’s arms and how those stretching growing lanky limbs still wrap around Daddy.
I met up with the Bailey family at one of my favorite spots along the Poudre River just north of Fort Collins this summer to play and explore. These sessions are a perfect little time out to focus on family, step back and enjoy the moment, and take notice of all of the changes that have snuck in over the long days of summer. Alexis and Kyla had a blast playing in the water and could hardly wait to get to the river. They were excited and having fun the whole hour we spent together and when it was time to go I don’t think anyone really wanted to leave!
What changes have you seen in your kids this year? What little movements and words to you never want to forget? What is your favorite thing about your kids RIGHT NOW? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below <3
“Your first child makes you parents; your second makes you a family”
Mama shared this quote with me at their session and it totally set the mood for Saxby’s newborn photos. Snuggled up on the studio bed looking down at their newest little family member, you could feel the love and pride oozing out of this sweet family. Big Brother Z did a great job holding his brother when his turn came and gave the sweetest quick kisses! The bedroom set in the studio is perfect for siblings in that 2-3 year old group because they feel comfortable and baby is safe and cushioned. These images are timeless and great way to remember your first baby becoming a sibling.
Saxby was a tiny little guy at just 6 lbs 10 oz and 20.25 inches long. Babies come into the studio under 3 weeks old and sometimes are not back up to their birth weight by the time they see me. I love this too short stage when baby is sleeping so hard and I’m able to document all of their tiny little features and just how small they are. You blink and they don’t fit in your arms quite the same way anymore. That pouty lip shows the milk blister of the early days of nursing. The little eyelashes remind you of the hours you sit and watch your new baby sleep.
If you are expecting a new little baby in your family, I’d love to document those first days for you! They move so quickly and are something we only get to experience a few times in life if we are lucky! Email me at email@example.com or through the “Book Now” button above!
I met the S family back in the summer of 2016 when they were celebrating making it through the first year of their first kiddos life! G was just starting to walk and holding his little arms in the air for balance as he toddled along the wooden bridge backed by the foothills just outside of Fort Collins. Fast forward a year and a half and now G is the big brother and I got to see him for his baby sister’s newborn pictures!
Going from only child to big brother is such a big transition not just for G but for the whole family! I distinctly remember Harper’s last day as an only child. I was scheduled for induction with my second baby so we knew it was the last day. We spent the day visiting the farm and having “coffee” together. We went to dinner as a family of 3. As a mom, I worried about how I’d handle two kids. Would I be able to give both of them the love and attention they needed/deserved? Of course, every mom I knew reassured me that the love just grows and they were right. Not just the love for the new baby but somehow you fall more in love with your 1st child and your spouse watching them grow into their new roles.
It was such an honor to watch the S family as they are growing into their new roles with baby Blair’s arrival. She is the sweetest little babe and slept like a dream for her newborn pictures. We started with the family images so that G could go hang with daddy and still got his nap! He was such a proud big brother, holding this tiny bundled up baby girl with a big grin on his face!
If you are adding a new little member to your family, I’d love to document this special time for you! Click “Book Now” above to get in touch or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!