Family Photo Shoots

The kd Closet family just had our first “real” professional family photo shoot a few weeks ago and it was a blast! Of course I want to show off the amazing pictures shot by Serena Nicole Studios, but I also want to share what I learned.  We have done photo shoots in chain stores, which are fun and the pictures are great, but our experience with Serena was totally different.  The pictures are truly unique and were taken in nature as opposed to a generic backdrop.  Serena is a true professional and a master at editing…my arms are not that skinny and I usually have more than one chin!

kd Closet is a kid’s fashion boutique, so my priority was styling our wardrobe! I did not want our family to be too matchy-matchy, but I also wanted to look put together.  I decided to start with one color (blue) that all of our outfits would have and built our wardrobes from there.  Kayla, my now 4 year old, is ALL girl, she loves pink and is the most comfortable in a dress, so I made sure to incorporate her preferences into her wardrobe choice.  If you have a little girl who is more of a tomboy, don’t force her to wear a dress.  She will be uncomfortable and it will show in the pictures.  Derek, my 2 year old, is a mad man who is always on the move.  He is totally comfortable in button downs and khakis, mostly because he is pretty vain and likes to admire himself, but I wanted some of his fun personality to show so he wore Nike Air Maxes instead of dressier shoes.  Once the kids had outfits in coordinating colors, my husband and I picked clothing that included blue.  In the past I would have shied away from so many contrasting patterns, but I think it is more interesting and makes for a better picture.  If you’re reading this, you’re probably a mom which means you have to have at least one friend who sells LuLaRoe and posts pictures on Instagram of themselves in leggings with non-matching tops.  (No offense if you are THAT lady)

Once I had styled our family and decided on wardrobe, I became nervous about the actual photo session.  Everyone knows how unpredictable kids can be and when you are paying for a small window of time that can’t be extended because the sun will set, it can be even more stressful.  Serena, the photographer, helped calm my nerves because she sent a questionnaire ahead of time about our family and our preferences.  I’m a huge control freak, so knowing what we were getting into ahead of time helped.  As well as remembering the most important part: to have fun! Check out our family pictures below, I think we were comfortable and had fun, which shows through our genuine smiles and real laughs.

We had such a great time, that I plan on scheduling annual family photo shoots with Serena Nicole Studios.  You can find Serena’s website here, she is local to Orlando, but travels around the country photographing families and may be in your area soon.  If you have an upcoming photo shoot, why spend a ton of money on an outfit your child will only wear for a few hours? The online boutique at kdCloset.com is filled with new and like new upscale baby and children’s fashions.  We are always adding new items, so check back often for new arrivals! What are your photo session tips?