Helpful Tips for Planning Your Christmas Photo Outfits

November 24, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

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 Scanning Christmas card designs will help you come up with an idea for outfits.

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.

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!

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

November 23, 2019  •  Leave a Comment



Photo Session in Daffodils - Purcellville, VA

April 12, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Every year during Spring, daffodils sprout up not only on our nicely manicured lawns, but wildly along the major roads and highways in the area. As a photographer, I am always subconsciously looking for beautiful backdrops to use in photo sessions! Although I am often tempted to pull over on the side of the highway, cross the highway,  unassumingly sit in the middle of the field that is located in the middle of the highway, and take the most perfect Instagram worthy photo... common sense kicks in and I refrain from putting myself and an others in potential danger (le sigh). So when I came across a small patch of daffodils off of the running trail (and next to the highway exit but not in the middle of the highway - score!!) I thought this is a much less dangerous spot and totally doable! Queue the family to dress in something nice, grab the camera and head out the door!! 

I hope you enjoy these quick photos we grabbed in Purcellville, Virginia. The photos are of me and my mini (thanks dear husband for agreeing to join us on this session and grabbing some pics!).  This is truly my favorite time of year, when nature wakes up from Winter's frozen slumber and sprouts to life. The time of year when the trees, grass and flowers bloom with incredible bursts of color, I too feel as if I've woken from the slumber and I too am sprouting to life!  This year, the season has inspired me to create a photo series. For the next couple of weeks I will be on a mission to capture photos using various flowers as a backdrop to show the great beauty the season has to offer. If you have any suggestions on where I can find beautiful flowers or foliage, please leave a comment. Stay tuned!




Darlene's Photography Studio Now Open!

January 04, 2019

The Day Is Finally Here!!

I am so excited and utterly grateful to announce the opening of Darlene's Photography Studio. This has been a dream of mine for 5 years and I'm still in shock that it's finally happening! I'm happy to now provide in-studio photography to include: maternity, newborn, family, boudoir, headshots and personal branding photography for business owners.

Throughout the build-out, I captured the progress of my own little studio. The studio is situated on my property in Hillsboro, VA. We built it out of a custom ordered shed built by The Amish. The outside will be worked on next but for now, enjoy photos of the progress inside the studio.

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Family Session - Harper's Ferry, WV

November 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

This session will always be a memorable one because we were chasing Fall leaves. My client wanted to capture the leaves on the trees changing colors and a wind storm days before our session basically ripped off all of the leaves in the area. So on the day of our session, we were in search of trees that still had leaves on them! We had fun regardless and captured some great shots!

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