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Merry Christmas

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is upon us. What is it about getting older that makes each year fly by all the faster?! Our week has been packed full of Christmas activities but as long as we can all get some restful sleep I think we’ll fully be able to enjoy these next few very special days :)

Our good friends at J&A Photo captured these images for us and despite Audrey’s opposition to the camera that day, they managed to make it look as though it all went off without a hitch! Trust me, there were tears, but only from one out of five of us, so I’m calling it a win ;)

I know family photos can be daunting, especially when it comes to putting outfits together, so I wanted to share a few quick tricks that I always follow:

  • Coordinate colors. Find a color palette that will not only work in your setting, but will also work where you’ll be using/hanging the pictures.
  • Mix and match prints and solids.  You’ll want a fairly even mix of prints and solids. Prints will add a ‘pop’ and solids will keep the overall look grounded. Here Madelyn’s dress was what I played off of, but I also had my husband layer a gingham shirt under his sweater and Jack wore a plaid tie.
  • Avoid logos/images. I find that they tend to detract from the cohesive feel of a family photo (or an individual shot for that matter). You want the focus to be on your loved ones, using clothes to enhance the image, as opposed to distracting you.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed year to come! We’ll be traveling next week so things will likely be a little quiet here. But for those that follow along on Instagram, I’m sure there will be plenty of action ;)

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