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Family Photo Session - Willowsford Community in Aldie, VA

 

 

 

 


Porchtrait Photo Project, Family Photos During the Coronavirus Pandemic - Aldie, VA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PORCHTRAIT PROJECT

We’re all making the best out of the stay at home order and never have we had so much family time together! So with the encouragement and collaboration with Front Porch Living Magazine's Publisher, Tracy Pasqualone, the Porchtrait Project was started! The project hit the ground running in the Willowsford Community in Aldie, Virginia where donations were collected for local food banks through Willowsford Cares, a non-profit organization assisting residents, communities and non-profits.

80 neighbors joined in on this huge effort and raised thousands of dollars to donate to local food banks! It's amazing how people can come together, even during a time when we have to stay apart! A big heartfelt thank you to all who participated!
 


Helpful Tips for Planning Your Christmas Photo Outfits

One of the questions I am always asked when a client books a session is: "What should we wear?" and I know that is top of everyone's mind when planning for photos. It can be overwhelming and time consuming to scour Pinterest for ideas, so here are a few tips to help you move past that:

Visualize what you want your Christmas card to look like

These photos will be on your Christmas cards so visualizing what you want them to look like will help you start thinking of what to wear. My favorite cards are through Minted.com. Scanning Christmas card designs will help you come up with an idea for outfits. 

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Decide whether you want an indoor or outdoor photo

Choosing an indoor or outdoor session will further narrow down your outfit choices. An indoor session allows you to go with a casual or glamorous look. For a casual look, think of matching jammies or jeans and a t-shirt look.

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For a more formal/glam look, think of dress and heels or gown and suit. The glamorous look really is more suited for indoors since you don't want to look cold in your photos trying to pull off the glam look! Not to mention the goosebumps you may have all over!

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Neutral colors work best!

No matter what theme you go with, going with a neutral color always works best in photos. You want to go with pale colors, blush colors, or light colors. Think pale green, or blush pink or light grey. Bold colors are distracting and can take away from the subjects. With all of that being said, when planning a family color scheme, it doesn't mean you all have to wear the exact same color. A nice balanced color scheme has a combination of plain color, print and darker color. Here are some ideas:

  • Tan, denim, stripes
  • Navy, tan, cream, plaid
  • Blush, white, light blue, floral print

Simple is sometimes best!

⁠Now that you've read all of this information and decided on a theme, you're probably thinking: "Buying all of these pieces of clothing is going to be expensive!" Well, I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be. You can simply go through your closet and pick out items you already have. Add some accessories like a scarf and hat and voila! Seriously, finding a sweater, scarf, jeans and a pair of boots is just as good as going out and buying all new fancy gear! However, if you want to buy new stuff but not break the bank, places like Old Navy and Target or even Walmart (oh yes I did!) are options. I bought these adorable earring from Walmart for $2.97 and every time I wear them I get complimented on them. You can find inexpensive and cute scarves and accessories there and no one would ever know! 

 


Photos with Santa at Darlene's Photography


 

 

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