Remember this post I did almost a year ago? About how to style your own brood for family photos? Well I took my advice and started with myself this year. I have Anthro to thank (no suprise there), as well as Chie Mihara and Target. I’ll explain.
When I was lucky enough to acquire the Aurelie Tulle Skirt a while back, I knew it was a piece I wanted well-documented. Floaty, ballerina-like, versatile, and the perfect shade of “barely-there” pinkish/nude. I recognized it’s potential immediately, that it was ‘the skirt that would go with anything’. I knew I was wearing it in our family pics no matter what.
But it was actually somewhat of an accident how the color scheme of our family pictures came to be. Several months back I had purchased my uber lovely Chie Mihara Amarelos. Sometimes when I make purchases as special as a pair of Chies, I just can’t bring myself to tuck them away in my closet just yet. So they were nestled in a sitting chair next to my bed for several weeks, you know, so I could smooch them every night before bed ;). Then, after a super successful bow tie shopping trip to Marshall’s, I came home with several new bow ties for my 9 year old son. One of them was a tiny polka-dotted bow tie in orange sherbet and white. It was SO awesome. I took it out of the bag and tossed it down on the same chair as my Amarelos. Just as I was turning away, I did a double-take.
Orange sherbet and burgundy? OOOOOOH, YESSSSSSS. Definitely yes. LOVE IT!
It felt suddenly familiar to me too, and after taking a second to flip through my colorphiled brain rolodex, I remembered a shirt I had purchased from Target for Mr. Banks several months earlier, a deliciously sherbet/burgundy/aqua/ checkered number that drew me in the second I laid eyes on it. I quickly grabbed the shirt, put it next to the sherbet polka-dotted tie, with the Aurelie skirt and my Amarelos nearby and felt all tingly inside.
AND THAT WAS THAT.
Family Photos 2013 – Check out my Polyvore link to the left for item specifics on this set.
I was lucky enough to secure a photo session with the lovely Kristin Blue of Bluefire Photography. Her work is seriously GORGEOUS! She’s super quick and efficient too, snapping dreamy images in record time. I can’t wait to blow up these shots larger than life and flank my entry on both sides!!
I knew I wanted a field of tall grass that looked like wheat. I did some hunting around my area and found the perfect location for what I had in mind. Thankfully Kristin had a cute little couch in tow that just happened to be…..you got it, burgundy-hued.
Wearing: Skirt-Anthropologie Aurelie Tulle Skirt, Top-J.Crew Buffalo Check, Tights-American Apparel, Shoes-Chie Mihara Amarelo, Hair Accessory- Anthropologie Feather Pouf Clip
There was even a family of deer that showed up for the occasion. Look right above Mr. Banks’ head below. There’s a Momma deer and her two babes in the background. (I totally promise they weren’t photo-shopped in!)
A reverse “kid stack” from the one I had taken 2 years ago.
Mr. Banks, that squishy little stud. He gets a gold star for being a total cooperator that day. I wish his hair would permanently affix itself in the coif you see below.
There were so many GREAT shots from our session. I’m blowing up EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Thanks a million, Kristin! You did a fantastic job.
The card I ended up ordering this year was from Pear Tree Greetings. It was their “Spread Cheer” design.
Sample card by Pear Tree Greetings “Spread Cheer” design
And here’s how ours turned out.
and here’s the backside:
I couldn’t possibly be any happier with them. I think they’re my favorite cards ever. I say that every year though. By the way, I got 30% off my order from Pear Tree with the Black Friday special, and they had these cards to me in less than a week. No joke! I am not sponsored or affiliated with them in any way. No freebies here. Just wanted to give them a shout-out for awesome card design and excellent customer service.
I also ordered some address wrappers again this year from The Postalbee, an etsy seller who is super cool, talented, and timely. Once I mailed our address list to her in an Excel file, she had them back to me the next day for proofing and mailed to my door within 3 days. HELLO! Now that’s some serious customer service! Thanks again, Dorthea!
Front side: Removed the address for privacy purposes, but you get the drift here.
And the backside with our return address.
And there ya have it, friends. Hope your own family photos went smoothly this year! If you care to send me any I’d LOVE to see what you all came up with, especially if you’re sportin’ some Anthro! Feel free to shoot me an email or a comment if you have any questions. One week to Christmas, ladies. Hope you’ve picked up some fancies for those you love from our favorite mothership. I know I certainly have….