The color concept for our family photos and subsequent Christmas Cards this year started with a pair of boots. Anthro boots, to be exact.
I declared these as fabulous when they first hit the website, but recognized they would most likely make it to sale. So I waited and ordered them the second they hit sale. Thanks to an Anthro Birthday giftcard from friends, I only ended up paying $45. I have much love and affection for them. I’ve never posted outfit photos of me wearing them, which is sad, since I reach for them quite often. Here’s a phone shot of them when I wore them when shopping with MacGyver one Friday evening in his favorite store, Puma.
Anywho, I just love the vibrant color-party happening in them, and I knew they’d be perfect with my Anthro Button Duo Dress. So off I went to coordinate the fam’s digs, and the rest is history.
Here’s how they turned out. I chose a tri-fold card this year, double sided. Tiny Prints rocked it out with a 30% off coupon. Probably my favorite card yet.
The only shot I chose for the card that could have included my boots (the inspiration for the color scheme) was that first family shot sitting, however the greeting written in the red strip runs right over them! That’s okay though…it’s the color scheme that I love, and it’s not necessary to see from whence the concept came.
All photos were taken again by the lovely Ashley Chiampi. She is a rockstar photographer and is so good at translating your picture wishlist from fantasy to reality. Thanks again, Ashley!!
Though I am hardly a professional at this, I get A LOT of questions about family photo color schemes and how to dress your brood. Here’s my advice:
1. Start with one person first. Ideally, start with yourself. If you know you want to wear a certain pencil skirt, commit to it. Or if you have a rockin’ pair of boots that are inspiring you, go for it! Or perhaps you have awesome ties picked out for your boys. Start there first; use one piece as a jumping off point, then build.
2. Stick to a 3 color-scheme rule across the board. No more than 3 vibrant colors; neutrals don’t count, as long as they’re not too busy.
3. Make sure to pick a backdrop that’s neutral, but has visual interest. If I had chosen fancy gardens as the background for our photos, it would have been a hot mess! Think about the “big picture” as you select your outfits and where you are having your photos taken.
4. Easy on the prints. The most cohesive family photos include subjects dressed in small-scale prints with basic patterns. Think: Gingham. Polka dots. Stripes. = Good. Paisley, florals, southwest flair = not so good.
5. For my family, I have to give my kids fair warning about the photo shoot and what they’ll be wearing. I lay out the clothes a day or two in advance. I build up a little hype about it. Tell them where we’re gonna go, what time of day we’ll be there…”we’re going after lunch”, or “we’ll be done in time to have french fries at….”. My kids just really like KNOWING THE PLAN. If they know the plan, there’s no tears and there’s no stress when it’s “go” time. This is key to the whole process. What’s the point of going to the trouble of coordinating cute outfits if they have a tantrum an hour before your photo shoot?! Fair warnings for the brood is a good thing. Snacks are also a great idea to bring along. For me, not them
Other photos that weren’t quite right for the card but are being blown up for the gallery wall in my house:
Again, all photos above were taken by Ashley Chiampi, the talented little minx! If you live anywhere near here, you’ve gotta give her a call.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a fun, happy weekend! I’ll be mildy torturing myself by taking my kids to the Disney store to spend their Christmas gift cards from Nana and Papa. I think I’ll need a recup intervention afterwards. Anthro, perhaps?!?