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what to wear in family photos… peaches and cream

for my most often asked question, what should we wear in our family photos here is a little color story i have been thinking of. peaches and cream.  everywhere i look there is peach. pretty, soft, simple and great layered with lots of cream accents.

mom photo shoot outfit

white top / jcrew shorts / topshop cardigan / herringbone throw / necklace / sandals / teepee image via pinterest

dad outfit for photo shoot

men’s timex watch / vintage skateboard / vans / striped shirt / gray pants / modern home

kids photo outfits

stripe shirt / peach toddler sweatshirt / burlap toms / bone colored khakis / youth ringer tee / gray hoodie / coral native shoes / ikat tunic for girls / ball necklace /

here are what i think pairs well with peach

peach color swatch

and just in case you didn’t see enough peaches and cream, here are some more ideas to fit every style:

peach bowtie

pair this gingham bowtie  for boys with a khaki suit or cuffed chinos and rolled up sleeves on their oxford

colorblock cardigan

are you a little bit of a hipster family? pair this colorblock cardigan with a striped tee.

peach tulle skirt

pair this sweet tulle skirt with a white tee, denim jacket, knee highs and the ballet flats below for a classic look.

floral peach flat

floral flats

orange peplum

catch her riding on her beach cruiser in this fun peplum top, denim shorts and slide on sneakers around a beach city for a carefree and relaxed portrait.

peach bow girl

have an art lover? let her express herself with this quirky rendering top on top. high top sneaks on the bottom. this is just enough graphic to be interesting, not distracting.

peach shirtdress

anthropologie not available online

cream and gray sweater monaco




club monaco sweater




peach button up

similar at anthropologie

stripe maxi

taylor joyfolie ankle strap shoes

joy folie flats
coral polka dot leggings

crew cuts leggings.

these would be great under a long slouchy sweater for a casual look or layer a button up with a sweeter and ballet flats. or  try them peeking out of the bottom of a trench coat.

floral sundress

for a field or rustic shoot i would keep this floral sundress simple with soft leather sandals and put everyone else in khaki and shell colored clothing.

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pretty floral cardigan by boden



stella polk skirt


stella mccartney polka dot tulle skirt.

i would pair this with a simple cardigan (or the one above) and metallic flats to let the ombre polka dots be the star of the outfit.

convinced you can’t get the older boys in peach? i know my hus wouldn’t go for it. i would layer mine in creams and grays. BUT if the guys in your life are more daring here are some fun pieces to try.

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quiksilver coral chino




striped mens hoodie

perfect for the beach shots this super casual flannel will help him relax in front of the camera. and it comes in sizes from little boys to mens.

jcrew mens peach




mens peach




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suede studded flats



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alice and olivia pumps




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next pull on coral chinos. a great update from just plain blue denim. these would work great for baby and toddlers.

baby week… the essential newborn hospital pictures

for our last day of baby week we are talking newborn pictures. what are the essential newborn pictures every mom wants to have but can’t think about on the day of the baby’s birth? here is the run down. get’n wordy today folks.

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most moms would say, “the day my child was born was the best day of my life”.

not all moms but many. i realize for some that day is filled with sadness or sorrow as complications arise or hopes are not met so i want to acknowledge that first.

i would like to add  the day AFTER baby’s birth as  one of the “best days of my life”.  the morning AFTER my children are born is so special to me.

i love the feeling of waking up and thinking, “wait, where is that little critter? i need to seem them NOW”.  and “did that really happen? is there a whole new person in my life that i love completely?”  when the nurse brings them into my room,  i examine them all over again. babies change so much after the trauma of the first day (reason #3 for taking pictures the day AFTER baby is born) and i love to see how their cheeks are a little creamier. their clean skin has that smell only babies have that cannot be bottled.

mercilessly i take them out of their blanket cocoon to look at their rolls (or chicken legs in ruby and ello’s case).

the temptation is just too great to not see a naked baby. i have to. i nussle under their chin. i look at their hair in the natural sunlight to see it’s color and predict what it will be.

i am never right.

i practice saying their name to be sure it fits.

and as my sister is constantly making fun of me for, i smell their breath. its the best. i squeeze my flat nose right in between their cubby lips and breathe in their smell. their scent. am i gross? anybody else do this?

i savor this time. me and my new baby, alone in my room. everyone else is gone and will be back soon. its just baby and me. its this moment when i think. where have you been? we have only just met yet i feel like i was missing you, exactly you.  this time is so precious to me . i have to capture it. have to remember it. have to look back and try and breathe it all in again.

they are my most favorite pictures of the whole experience.


newborn photo tips


baby ello

i get baby dressed. i take a few shots without a hat on just so i document their  hair and head roundness and circumference.

then i always put the hat back on.

the reason you ask? their head seems fine to you but when you look back at those pictures you are going to see how odd and misshapen their dome is. just use a hat, trust me. you won’t regret it.

i like the regular hat the hospital gives you but i also like the texture of a chunky knit hat against their smooth skin as well.

newborn knit hat

baby ello

check out these hats by american apparel


my nephew baby b


you have to get the toes. all wrinkled and perfect.

baby feet

 baby ello



cyn kain photography



the hospital band, the name on the basinet,



when you let the family back in the room  get a good picture from above for perspective.

for these shots i stood on the hospital bed, made sure i had a really good grip on the camera and shot straight down. the perspective of them alone in their crib or with siblings leaning over is always something that happens naturally and lends an idea of how tiny the new baby is.


my nephew b again with two of his siblings


ruby looking over baby ello

look here for some great photos by photographer becky kimball

and more of shoulders, knees and toes by tara whitney here.

baby sleeping with mouth open

 baby ruby. black and white is great for newborns to reduce the redness and splotchiness of their skin.

newborn hospital outfit ideas

deer romper / pack of 5 onesies / off white onesie / little hip squeaks blanket/ button hat

newborn hospital outfit girl

neon top by noe and zoe thanks ashley;) / knit diaper cover / wave blanket / pom pom hat

for more baby style ideas check out my pinterest board here.



introducing…wunway, the children’s online clothing store.

have you met them yet?

let me introduce you. i heard of them a couple weeks ago and immediately wanted to know more. i love their story. you can read it here.

this children’s style obsessed mama that i am, instantly responded to their theory on style and i love their much more eloquent wording of it then mine.

“our vision is a well put together world of confident children with an empowered sense of self… expressed through great style.”

i love this line’s authenticity and youthfulness. the colors. the fun textures and modern cuts. the possibilities are endless. i am already composing some photo inspirations in my head from these easy to layer pieces.

in need of a little photo inspiration yourself? look no further then their pages. the styling is so good.

i cannot wait to see what else they have in store for us this year.

now all i can say is…boys and baby line please?

wunway collage

gray dress / tassel toe shoes /puff ball necklace / heart leggings

pink floral wunway dres

floral dress / pink shoes

chevron pantsgreen sweater /chevron pants / blue flats

photo shoot inspiration…overcoming your insecurities


photo inspiration…overcoming your insecurities

there are million reasons to NOT take your family pictures… money, stress, outfitting, husbands who don’t like to take pictures (not that i would know a thing about that), your extra poundage…. a. million. reasons.

however, i never let it stop me. although this year i really really wanted it to. my heavy may not be your heavy. my double chin cheek crease may not be your double chin cheek crease. my bad hair may not be your bad hair. my frustration level may not be yours. but they are mine dag namit (thanks for that ingenious phrase dad)! and they are real.

they bug me and i definitely didn’t want to record them for all to see or for my children to project onto a large screen at their wedding/baptism/graduation one day. supersize double chin cheek crease? no thanks.

regardless i did it. we recorded our family for this year. and let me tell you, i am so over the moon happy we did.  i love them.

a few weeks ago a longtime childhood friend of both my hus and mine came to take our holiday pictures. we remodeled our 1984 track home last fall and i have been wanting pictures of  us in this space we love, doing what we do,  ever since.

and we are definitely doing what we do in these shots.

a sink full of dirty dishes.

sitting in our favorite window seat/bed/art center/reading nook

making pancakes and smoothies for breakfast.



i am not sure why it worked out so well this year. maybe it was the fact that we have known michelle and her family forever?

or maybe the fact that we were on a tight sched.  getting all the kids ready for a photoshoot before school and  then rushing off to work in the classroom, taking baby to mom’s, that sort of morning that i didn’t have time to over think it.  whatever it was we surrendered to the process, didn’t sweat the dishes (or my chin) and it was so fun and so easy that i couldn’t be happier with what she produced.


on myes: plaid collar shirt / ringer tee (old) but similar here / blue jeans/ gray desert boots (old from gap, see this post for similar options) on the hus: plaid flannel find similar here / gray volcom jeans (old) similar fit / top siders  on baby ello: blue oxford / thermal henley / gray jeans / top siders (old) / on ruby: polka dot collar shirt (sold out but similar here) / gray dress / ballet flats (sold out but similar here) / hair bow (old from lou and lee but check them out for similar styles) or here  on me: denim shirt (love stitch from local store) / tipi sweater / high waisted jeans /


the kids all lined up at the island making demands and cracking us up like they do every morning.

it is a lot to take family pictures. a lot of planning. a lot of styling, and restyling (i am not wearing what i planned at all in these pics) and a sacrifice of funds.  however,  every year, i am so happy we did. it takes a snapshot of us where we are. makes us remember the realness of our lives. and gives us something to look at and talk about for years to come.

thank heavens for all the lifestyle photographers who pioneered natural, meaningful photography. the more normal we make it, the less anxiety my kids have and the better their smiles are and the more likely i am to let go of my chin crease and smile along with my fam.

i can’t say enough about this lovely lady, Michelle Hanson Photography.

photo shoot inspiration…baby style

this photo shoot inspiration is brought to you by some of my fave peeps. not only are baby S’ parents both super stylish, his daddy is an insanely talented industrial designer and artist. i am constantly asking for his opinion on design concepts, including this blog design. he is the man behind my logo. and his mama has a style all her own. always unique. she always adds little unexpected details that i love. they are easy and mellow and so in love with their little guy it kind of melts your heart. to top it all off S is my nephew so i was so happy to be able to capture this little spot in his life.  he was showing off all his fancy new tricks like standing and cruising. impressive.

S’s mama found everything at zara (aside from the knit hat that his dad whipped up right before the shoot, because he is can. a daddy that knits, wa what?).   henley shirts just happen to be on ” my top 10 fave things for kids to wear in a photo shoot list”… and then we add stripes? i am done.