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T hes es s i onf eei spai d,t hepor t r ai tagr eements i gned,and you’ r eexci t edaboutyourupcomi ngs es s i on.Butt hen... t hedr eadedques t i onar i s es :“Whatonear t har ewegoi ng t owear ?” Undoubt edl yyouknow t hebas i cpor t r ai tr ul es : t hatyoucan’ tgowr ongwi t hs ol i dcol or s ,t hatyoupr obabl y don’ twant40phot osofAar oni nhi sdaygl oL i ght ni ng McQueent ees hi r t( maybeaf ew,t hough,s i ncehel ovesi t s omuch?) ,andt hatahugebow onVi ol et ’ sheadmi ght dr aw abi tt oomuchat t ent i onawayf r om hers par kl i nghaz el eyes .Butwher et ogof r om t her e? Andwhatt r adi t i onal por t r ai twar dr ober ul esar emeantt obebent ,i fnotbr oken ent i r el y?Andwhataboutdr es s i ngt heent i r ef ami l y?Wor r y nomor et hat ’ swher et hi sgui deent er st he,ahem,pi ct ur e. Sos i tback,enj oyal i t t l el i ghtr eadi ng,andgeti ns pi r ed!T he r es ul twi l lbef r es h,cl as s i cyetdi s t i nct l ymoder npor t r ai t st hat t el lt hes t or yofyourf ami l y.


T hes i mpl es twar dr obechoi cef oryourmat er ni t ys es s i on i s...noneatal l !Moms t obear eof t ens t unnedatt he el eganti magest hatr es ul tf r om cr eat i vepos i ngand camer aangl est hats how “j us tenough. ”I fyou’ r enot i ncl i nedt obar eal l ,t her ear emanyopt i onst hatr es ul ti n t hegor geousbar ebel l ys hot sever yonewant s .T r ya f i t t edt ankt opandl owwai s t edyogapant s( bl ackl ooks es peci al l ys l eek) .T he“f i t t ed”par tf oranywar dr obe choi cei skey.A f ew f uns hot swi t hhi pt eeswi t hcl ever pr ocl amat i onsont hem ar eal waysni ceaswel l !Bes ur e t okeept i ght l yf i t t edel as t i cwai s t bandsands ocksf arf ar awayf oraf ew hour sbef or eyours hoots ot hatweavoi d i ndent at i onsi nyours ki n.Wr i s t wat chesar eal s obes tl ef t of ff ort hes es s i on.


Fornewbor ns es s i ons ,t wokeywar dr obeques t i onss i gni f i cant l yaf f ectyourr es ul t i ngi mages .Fi r s t ,whatwi l lt hebaby wear ? Ands econd,whatwi l lwewear ?T hat ’ sr i ght ,mom anddad...you’ l lbei ns omeoft hephot osaswel l ,eveni f j us tasa“backdr op”t ot hes t aroft hes how. Newbor nsar eabs ol ut eper f ect i onwhent heywearnot hi ng atal l !Forvar i et yands omef unpopsofcol or ,Ial s ol i ket o us et hes waddl i ngbl anket syouhaveathomet hatal s o gi vest hei magesaper s onalt ouch. T her ear ef ew t hi ngsass t unni ngass ki nons ki ns hot sofa newbor nandt hepr oudpar ent s .Dadcanbes hi r t l es sf or s omes hot s ,ascanMom,ors hecoul dwearas t r apl es sbr a ort ankt op.I magesf ort hi st ypeofs hotar egener al l y cl os el ycr opped.Al s o,l ongs l eevedbl acks hi r t sf orMom andDadpr ovi deas ophi s t i cat ed,dr amat i c“backdr op. ”


A wi l dl ypat t er nedpai rofcar gopant sandahi ps t ert ee.Her f unkyhotpi nkt ut uandcowboyboot s .Hi s“s uper her o” cape.I ndi vi duals hot sgi veyourchi l dachancet os how hi s orherper s onal i t yt hr oughf as hi onl i kenoot her .Wi t houtt he concer nofcl as hi ngorcompet i ngpat t er nst hatexi s t si na f ami l ys hot ,t hepos s i bi l i t i esar el i mi t l es s !Sobr eakoutyour daught er ’ sbr i ght ,cr az yOi l i l yens embl et heonet hatgi ves yourSt r as bur gl ovi ngmot her i nl aw f i t s oryours on’ s bel ovedr ai nboot s ,andl et ’ scapt ur es omet hi ngbol d,memor abl e,andnohol ds bar r edf un!


War dr obechoi cesf ors i bl i ngs hot s ,l i ket hos ef orf ami l y i mages ,s houl dbecompl ement ar ybutf arf r om “amat chi ng uni f or m. ” At r i edandt r uef or mul af oraboy/ gi r ls i bl i ngduo i ncl udesapat t er neddr es sors ki r tf ort hegi r l ,wi t ht heboyi n as ol i ds hi r tpul l edf r om t hatpat t er n.I ft hel i t t l egi r li s wear i ngas ol i ds hi r twi t hapat t er neds ki r t ,havet heboy’ s t opmat chadi f f er entcol ori nhers ki r t ,s ot hatt hei rs hi r t s don’ tmat chpr eci s el y.T r us tme,i twor ks !Whi l emany par ent shavet heur get oputt hei rboysorgi r l si nt heexact s ameout f i t ,mi xi ngi tupabi t whi l es t i l lcr eat i ngapl eas i ng over al lcombi nat i oncr eat esacons i der abl ymor ei nt er es t i ngcol orpal et t eandi mage.


Fl owi ngwhi t es hi r t sandkhaki sont hebeach.Navypol os andyetmor ekhaki sal lar ound.We’ veal ls eent hos ephot os heck,mos tofushavebeeni nt hos ephot os .Butdi d youknow t hatcoor di nat edbutnot“uni f or m”l ooksf or f ami l i escr eat eamuchmor epl eas i ngphot ogr aph? Mor eover ,i ti snotnear l yasdi f f i cul tasyout hi nki ti s !T he car di nalr ul eoff ami l ydr es s i ngf orpor t r ai t si ss i mpl e:choos e i t emsf ort heent i r ef ami l yasi fyouwer ecr eat i ngoneout f i t . I fal lofyourchoi ceswer es omehow ononeper s on,woul d t her es ul tbepl eas i ng,col or wi s e? A handyt r i ckf ort hos e whoar ehes i t antt obr eakawayf r om t hemonochr ome madnes si st ochoos eonepat t er nedi t em ( f orexampl ea pr i ntdr es sf oryourdaught er )andt hens el ectt her es toft he f ami l y’ scl ot hi ngf r om col or swi t hi nt hatpat t er n.


Now t hatyouknow s omebas i ct i psf orvar i oust ypesof s es s i ons ,how doyouputi tal lt oget her ? A goodpl acet o s t ar ti sbydef i ni ngt hes t yl es ens i bi l i t yyouwantyours es s i on t or ef l ect .Doyouwantt ocapt ur eyourt ypi cals t yl e,or per hapsamor ef or malorcas ualver s i onoft hat ?L ookat t hef ur ni t ur ear oundyourhome,ornot i cet hemagaz i ne s pr eadst owhi chyouar edr awn.Chancesar et hatt hes e pr ef er enceshaveever yt hi ngt odowi t hyourcl ot hi ngs t yl e andcanpoi ntyoui nt her i ghtdi r ect i onf oryours es s i on war dr obechoi ces .

Whatf ol l owsar eaf ew commons t yl es ;whi l ebynomeans al l i ncl us i ve,t heys houl dgett hos ewheel st ur ni ng!Fi nal l y, you’ l lf i ndanext ens i vecol l ect i onofwebr es our cesatt he endoft hi sgui de.Happys hoppi ng!


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