Garrett Family {Downtown Nashville, Tennessee}

Ok. So. This family. :) When we first met them in downtown Nashville, we knew we were going to have a blast adventuring around town with them! Cowboy boots, smiles and a whole lot of laughs ensued as we walked around various parts of the city, including a pedestrian only bridge! It's for foot traffic only, and perched at the top is a spot where the skyline is right in front of you, to marvel in the lights, in the sounds and just for a second, let it take you on a musical journey.

We are so grateful for adventures, that allow us to meet such wonderful people along the way.

Doyle Family | Lifestyle Session | South Bend, IN

Family time is the absolute best time, especially when you get to welcome a new addition into the family! And we just have to say ... lifestyle sessions are our absolute favorite! Getting the opportunity to come into your home, capturing your own environment, while enjoying precious moments together ... well, we couldn't ask for anything better!

I have loved getting to know the Doyle family over the past few years and was excited to get to meet - and photograph - their newest addition, with the whole family! There was a whole lot of love, and a whole lot of laughs and we couldn't be happier for their most beautiful new arrival.

Family Time: What to Wear

The most common question we are asked before a family photo shoot, is what should we wear? We have come up with a few tips so everyone feels comfortable and confident! 

Here are some general guidelines that will help you choose the perfect clothing for your family’s next photo session!

START WITH ONE OUTFIT
It’s a lot easier to coordinate everyone's outfits once you know what one piece looks like! Try starting with mom or daughter, since women’s clothing tend to have more colors and prints.

STAY AWAY FROM MATCHY MATCHY
Everyone in white shirts and blue jeans are a thing of the past! Everyone does NOT need to match! Choose colors that complement each other: for example; soft colors (light blue, gray, blush) or warm colors (brown, orange, burgundy). 

COLORS
Once you’ve nailed down your location, you can think about color options for the whole family! If you’re taking pictures outdoors, solid colors are your friend with a few patterns mixed in. Using a combination of deep and neutral undertones, set in lush green woods or on sandy beaches will look the best. If you’re indoors, think about your surroundings. Don’t pick colors that clash with colors in the room. Or colors that will blend in. We also recommend to use more muted colors. No bright red, oranges, blue, etc.

SHOES
Shoes can make or break your outfit!  If you can’t find shoes you love, consider going barefoot (just bring walking shoes to get from point A to point B). Stay away from athletic shoes and bright white sneakers.

TRY THEM ON
Check your outfits from all possible angles in the mirror, not just the one you like best. Try sitting, squatting, leaning forward, etc. The kids’ clothes should work well in motion so that we can play during your session (think flying, tickling, and hanging upside down). Check clothing for wrinkles, animal hair & stains. 

LAYERS AND ACCESSORIES
Quickest way to take your outfits from average to amazing! Think scarves, blazers, cardigans, belts, jewelry, fun socks, and hats.

FITTED CLOTHING
You don't want your clothing to be too baggy or too tight. Properly fitted clothing will not only make you feel comfortable, but will show your shape. For women, your upper half and lower half should be balanced: for example; blousy shirt + skinny pants, or tight shirt + flowing skirt.

HOLIDAY COLORS
Even if you’re planning to use these images for your holiday cards, steer away from holiday-colored clothing and let your card design incorporate those instead. That way you’ll be able to enjoy your images year-round!

SHORT-SLEEVED T-SHIRTS
Button-down or structured shirts generally look better in photos. If you have your heart set on a t-shirt, try layering a blazer on top.

TINY PLAID & COMPLICATED PATTERNS
These don’t always translate well in-camera.

Most important, comfort is key! 

Russo Family {Notre Dame}

Family time at Notre Dame. :) It's always a blast to spend time with families on the campus of Notre Dame, because not only is it beautiful, but there are so many places to adventure to!

I met the Russo family last spring, and what a beautiful day we had to explore! And can I just say ... what a gorgeous family! This wonderful family of five enjoyed every last minute together, not to mention these two big bros were smitten with their sweet little sis!

Always grateful for the moments we get to share with such amazing people.

Theo turns One! {The Buhrman Family} South Bend, Indiana

We met Rick, Chelsea, and Theo back in January whilst photographing them for a magazine feature about sweet Theo's time at Riley Children's Hospital. You can read more about their session here!

From the moment we met this family, we knew they were special. We are so thankful we got the chance to catch up with them again and capture this momentous occasion! The grace, devotion, and strength Rick and Chelsea find in each other is incredible. Theo has been through so much in his first year of life, but his parents would walk the world for him, and the smile permanently plastered on his cherub cheeks shows that he knows.

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Theo is one! In many cultures, a baby's first birthday is a rite of passage. For the Buhrman family, this birthday is so much more than that. There was a time when tomorrow was not promised for Theo, but this brave little miracle turned days into weeks, weeks into months, and now months into YEARS!

Rick and Chelsea planned a very special get together for their little man. Photos of Theo's first year were proudly on display, and in the dining room sat a beautifully decorated cake and banner!  Some may wonder why the banner reads "Happy Day" rather than "Happy Birthday", but not us. Theo is a true example that every day is a gift, a true reason to celebrate.

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Waiting for him on his high chair tray, Theo had a special birthday cupcake! This was his first taste of cake, and I think it is safe to say he loved it!

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Theo's Aunt and Uncle joined in on the birthday celebration! It is obvious this little boy is so loved, and he loves so much in return. The way Theo looked at his uncle and snuggled into his aunt was absolutely precious!

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We can't reiterate enough how grateful we are to have had the opportunity to capture these special memories for The Buhrman family! It has been our absolute pleasure to watch him grow this year as well as develop a true friendship with Rick and Chelsea.

If you would like to read more about Theo and his journey, Chelsea's blog can be found here! This momma is an inspiration, a true warrior, as well as an incredibly gifted writer.

Happy First Birthday, Theo! You are such a ray of sunshine, truly God's gift to this earth.

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"Sometimes, real superheros live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles." - Unknown

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