The sun is shining, snow is melting, and it’s time to think about your spring family photo session! What a perfect time of year to photograph your beautiful family among the luscious growing greens and blossoms. I realize we might have one more taste of winter, but I don’t care! I’m ready for the warmer weather and seeing all my amazing clients after the long winter.
If you’re like my clients, you are looking forward to taking your family photos just in time for Mother’s Day. It’s so fun to plan the location and choose the outfits for your entire family! When my clients book their sessions with me, I offer wardrobe support to make sure we totally nail the look they want in their family portraits.
Here are my top tips for what to wear during your family’s spring photoshoot!
4 Tips for Styling Your Family Photoshoot
Keep it Classic
The style of your session is really up to you, but I recommend leaning towards classic looks vs sporting the latest fashion trends. You’re going to have these portraits forever, so choose styles that will last. Think polos for dads, simple blouses, and jeans for mom.
Neutrals will never steer you wrong! However, blend in some cheery spring colors to make the session pop against the greens and pinks of spring. Think pops of pink, light greens, or blues to stand out against tans or light grays. Could the hubby wear khakis with a light green polo, for example?
Fit in Fun Layers
Absolutely no judgment, but have you seen a family photo where everyone wore the same thing? Maybe everyone wore jeans and a white shirt? It doesn’t look as natural. So, when planning your family outfits, you can coordinate but let each person add their own natural flair. Maybe your daughter can wear a cute headband, or your son can rock the same polo as dad while the girls match mom.
Go Cute, but Keep it Comfy
My final tip is to have fun and choose cute outfits, but keep it comfy. What do I mean by that? Well, we all may have to talk our kiddos into wearing a certain outfit but if your daughter truly does not usually wear dresses, then I don’t recommend making her wear one for the session. If there’s a look you’re going for we can find a way to achieve your dream family portrait AND letting each member of the family feel like themselves.
Schedule Your Spring Family Portrait
Spring really does tend to spring by (bad pun!). If you’re hoping for a spring family portrait book it sooner than later, my friend! The weekends go by fast! I have a few sessions available on my calendar and would love to be your family photographer. Click here to chat!
Mommy & Me Mini Sessions will be announced later this month so be sure to get on our VIP list to get first dibs!
As a new mom, the idea of packing up a new baby to head to a studio for photos can be stressful. This is why I offer newborn sessions at your home between 7-14 days after you bring them home from the hospital. There is no need to stress about what your house looks like, as a mom of 3, I get it. I often tell mamas that cleaning up after children is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos – it’s impossible.
When I arrive at your home, I walk around to see where the best light is and we get started. For this session, we did the entire session in their beautiful master bedroom. I helped Austin change some sheets to get the perfect color pallet. We took advantage of Owen being PASSED OUT to get some cute detail photos. Placing him in the center of the bed shoes just how little he is! This is one of my most favorite shots to take. From there we invited the rest of the family and big brother James was more than happy to come snuggle his new BFF.
Toddlers tend to want to get in and out quickly (same with dads). I basically warm them up, get as many shots as possible as a family and sibling shots then let them move on. If they decide to come join us again, great! If not, it’s ok too. Their world has just been rocked so it is my philosophy to be their ally…we tend to be silly and I never pressure them for the perfect shot. 9 times out of 10 it just happens. Some of moms favorites from this session are the boys just staring at each other and I couldn’t agree more!
One year ago today this family of 3 was excitedly packing for the hospital in anticipation of meeting baby Owen in the morning. Big Brother James (who’s birth was my very first Birth to photograph) would have one more night with mommy and daddy all to himself. He was full of excitement to meet his baby brother. Just a few weeks prior, on a mild January day, we met at Kingston State Park for a winter maternity photography session to document this family of 3 just one more time before becoming a family of 4. James was so giddy to share his favorite stuffed animal with me and tell me all about this little brother in mommy’s belly. To this day, James is still my most photographed little client and I was so excited to watch him become a big brother.
Stay tuned tomorrow for part 2 of Owen’s Birth Story…but until then let’s check out a flashback to theBirth Story of James
Now that SNOW finally arrived last week, it’s time to play! One of my family’s favorite winter activities is to hit the slopes and spend the day skiing. Sharing this winter past time with my kiddos is such a joy. I’ve learned some tips and tricks to going skiing with the whole family, so I’m sharing them with you! I have tips from helping your kids get started with skiing to how to help the non-skiers in your family have fun during a day on the slopes.
My Best Tips for Skiing with Children Near the Seacoast
1. FIND A GREAT SKI SCHOOL To be totally honest, even though you may be the best skier out there, teaching your own child to ski can be frustrating. I recommend paying for ski school to get your child skiing on their own faster and to ditch the frustration. There are some great local programs for kids to learn to ski as well as some of the bigger mountains offer day lessons.
Here are a few of my favorite:
MCINTYRE SKI AREA – Located in Manchester, NH – they have great seasonal programs and are just a short 35-minute drive from the Seacoast (all of my kids did their ski programs)
SUGARLOAF – Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME – WORTH THE DRIVE – Sugarloaf is MY FAVORITE! After working there for 4 years, I fell in love and so have my kids. Their Perfect Turn Programs are great for all ages and each year we spend at least a long weekend skiing this amazing mountain. The kids’ programs are in my opinion the best on the east coast.
Pats Peak – Located in Henniker, NH – This is where we have had our season passes for the last 3 years. Just a short 1 hour from the Seacoast – it makes for great day trips. My daughter who is just 5 loves being able to ski from the top with me using her Ski Harness (a MUST HAVE to save your back).
2. FIND PROPER SKI GEAR Having your kids dressed and ready to go in the RIGHT gear is key! You want them warm and comfortable. Besides the obvious, skis & ski boots, you will need the proper gloves, base layers, socks, and a HELMET. Not to mention, hand/feet warmers are a must-have when they are little. They will help to keep them warm all day. Always pack extra gloves as they are sure to get wet when your little one falls in the snow.
My favorite local shops for ski gear for kids (and adults) are:
Fire on the Mountain in Dover, NH – they have a wonderful boot program where you can get your kids the next size up year after year without investing in new boots every year. Last year my boys even went in the middle of the year to exchange their boots after a growth spurt.
3. TEACH THEM TO CARRY THEIR OWN GEAR Even at a young age, I made a rule that we don’t ski unless you carry your own gear. There is a LOT of stuff to carry and, as a mom of 3 who has done solo skiing with the kids A LOT, I needed them to learn this early on.
4. HAVE FUN AND BUILD IN BREAKS Remember that skiing is about having fun, BUT it is physically demanding. Your kids will need lots of breaks. Try to build in some breaks throughout the day so everyone rests and refuels before heading back out. Playing games like pizza/french fries (use an Edgie Wedgie to help with the pizza) and Red Light/ Green Light will help to keep your toddler/child engaged. If you notice your kiddo getting tired, take a break, get some hot chocolate, and make a snowman. A day on the slopes is all about making fun memories!
5. FIND YOUR SKI TRIBE Hey, just like anything with parenting, having a tribe is important. I have a handful of families who we ski with and I am always grateful for them. Some will take the older boys off on their own and then I have a few who will tough it out on the bunny slopes with me when my 5-year-old is practicing her skills. My ski tribe is a BLAST!
6. BONUS FOR NON-SKIERS For YEARS my husband was a non-skier (he just learned last year) and we had to find activities for him while the kids and I skied. Snowshoeing was one of his favorites. We would also end the day with family tubing – like sledding but WAY BETTER! Ski resorts have so much to do OTHER than skiing you just need to check out their websites. Who knows… maybe your non-skier will want to join the fun someday. 😉
I have a good feeling that this 2020 holiday season will be the most magical yet! As I write this post, I’m gearing up for my Red Truck Holiday Sessions this weekend, making my personal holiday gift list (and checking it twice), and promoting my Black Friday Specials.
Actually, I’m already seeing how magical this holiday season will be because folks are purchasing truly thoughtful and personal gifts this year! Best yet? I love seeing how many family and friends are shopping LOCAL this year.
Today, I wanted to share 3 ideas for a personal and loving gift with your portraits and I highlight my 5 favorite local shops with some gift ideas for you.
Check ‘em out!
Three Thoughtful Portrait Gift Ideas
The Torn Edge Solo & Trio Framed Prints
This is a client favorite! Start with your image, combine it with beautiful fine art watercolor paper with hand-torn edges, and complete it with float framing! This product comes complete with the fine art torn edge print, floated-print feature, double mat, and glass – printed, framed, and ready to hang right away. The featured image above shows you what the trio framed print looks like! You can look at my Art Products page for other great ideas.
Session Gift Certificate
Give the gift that will last a lifetime by giving your loved one a gift certificate towards a photography session or product! Depending on what you’d like to do, you could purchase a gift certificate to cover a portion of the session and product or the full session.
Who Would Love This?
Newly expecting mama for her birth or newborn session
Grandparents who would love a professional family portrait
Even better!? I have amazing Black Friday Specials all this month, so you can give even more to your loved one and book your own portrait session for a great price. I have special deals on my mini sessions, portraits, newborns, and even birth photography. Click here to get the details and to book.
These are perfect for your loved ones who would cherish a professional photo of your family! Gift prints are printed on the finest archival paper and mounted on a matte board. The beauty of these prints is that they will stand the test of time and last for many years!
5 Gift Ideas From Local Businesses
Small Business Saturday is November 28th! Below some of my favorite local businesses to support and with a great gift for anyone on your list.
Vernon Family Farm | Newfields, NH)
This awesome farm store is open daily, year-round. They offer products sourced from over 30 local farms and small businesses! You can purchase a CSA gift card for the 2021 season for your loved one. How cool is that?
The F+A Shop has an incredible selection of hand-picked, one-of-a-kind pieces sourced from trusted vendors! They have furniture, accessories, art, kitchenware, and more! Their online store has lots of great gift ideas.
Looking for a great gift for a child in your life? Puddlejumpers has clothes, toys, and accessories. There’s something for every personality here! The friendly staff can help you find the right gift for your children, nieces and nephews, or grandchildren.
This incredible organization provides comprehensive care and supports parents through each stage of parenting. They offer relevant classes for today’s parents, playgroups for babies, childcare on-site for when parents access practitioners located in-house, rooms to rest in, and so much more. Visit their website to learn more.
If you haven’t been to this shop, it’s a must! Meet Exeter’s Premiere Gift Shop for 35 years! A gift for everyone on your list from children to grandparents. Great prices and super friendly customer service.
While the world had stopped due to COVID-19 back in April of 2020, here in Newfields, NH we put on one heck of a parade for a special little 4 year old who had just beat cancer!!!! Jack’s mom Rebecca had posted in the local community page asking for a special favor from her “tiny town” and boy did the town STEP UP!
“We would love to give him a parade to celebrate this milestone,” she wrote. “He doesn’t quite understand what this means, but our family would appreciate marking the day with something that makes him happy.”
The response from the community was overwhelming.
A parade of more than 100 cars drove by the Winter family home on Exeter Road Tuesday, honking, holding out balloons and signs like “Jack you Rock” and “You did it.”
As a family photographer in Newfields, NH, these types of events touch me to my soul and after meeting Jack and his family back when he was first diagnosed, I knew that I had to be there to capture this amazing event. There was not a dry eye in the whole town. The Newfields Fire & Police Departments did an amazing job helping to coordinate this “super hero” parade and people as far as Massachusetts drove to be a part of it!
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and once again this year White Wave Photography will be donating 10% of ALL SESSION FEES AND SALES booked in the month of September to childhood cancer research! Today, we will be sending a check for $833 to theJimmy Find Clinic and Dana Farber Cancer Institute in honor of Jack Jack and fellow Newfields Cancer Warrior Super Joe.
Thank you to all of the amazing WWP Clients who have made this donation possible!
To learn more about White Wave Photography or get information about booking a family session please contact Jennie today. I would LOVE to chat!