Wednesday, September 28, 2016

.Fall Family Photos.

{Photo Credit: James Nicolau}
Dress, c/o Impressions Online Boutique // Booties, c/o Gray Monroe // Bracelet, J.Crew // Watch, c/o Christian Paul // Lips, MAC 'Japanese Maple'

Dress, OshKosh // Flats, Old Navy {they come in black & red too} // Bow, Everly Avenue {with mini tails & color nude}// Flower Sunnies, Old Navy

Button Up, Old Navy  

Going into these photos, I can honestly say I was stressing pretty hard! In the past couple months, Kennedy has become a little unpredictable when it comes to taking pictures haha. She can make you work for those smiles. And when I say work for those smiles, I mean scream and squirm to get put down! Mostly because she has way more important things do than sit still for the camera. You know, like run around & explore!

 I knew that I had to go into this prepared with tricks to make her think she was having fun and keep her distracted. I did a little research and I really think it paid off. One in particular seemed to help us through the shoot. It's kind of random, but now I swear by them! I shared it on Snapchat and got so much feedback. We totally bribed her with mini marshmallows through the shoot. You might even spot her munching on a few in the pictures :) I wish I could take full credit, but I came across the little tip on Pinterest. It's genius because they're white & don't stain their clothes. Our photographer {James Nicolau} also recommended white gummy bears if you have slightly older kids! 

A couple other things we did that really helped were: play her favorite song (Sophia The First Theme Song), sneak her Mickey doll to James so he could hold it up while snapping away, Tyler played a lot of peek-a-boo (he got her to smile the best!) & singing the itsy bitsy spider-you might even spy her doing the hand motions to this in a photo or two!! 

One thing I did not stress about going into the shoot was our wardrobe! After we decided on a location, I knew I wanted our theme to be neutrals, fun textures like lace and crochet, a pop of color and for it to all tie together without being too matchy, matchy. 

Would you believe me if I told you our whole looks were planned around Kennedy's bow?! It was the first piece I ordered. We take our bows very seriously around here {haha}.  Her outfit fell into place after that, with my favorite part being her darling little bow flats!! When I found these, I danced with excitement! I'm not joking, they are just about the cutest damn things...ever!! They are finally online too, I was able to link them above for you guys. They also come in black & red. I'm tempted to buy both with the holidays coming up. Guys, Old Navy might as well take my wallet. Or maybe my work should just pay me in Old Navy gift cards. Wouldn't that just be amazing?! Their toddler section is just too good!! 

When it came to my outfit, I immediately knew where I could find the perfect dress to make my vision come to life. Impressions Online Boutique has a whole section (my persona fav) dedicated to bridal looks. This little corner of the internet is filled with so many darling cream and white dresses. The details on each of them are so lovely! All these dresses are perfect whether you just got engaged, have bridal events coming up, or just need a pretty dress going into the holidays! I ended up picking the 'Vino At The Venetian' dress. My other favorites are this one {I die for that detailing!} and this one! Their dresses tend to sell out quickly so make sure you follow them on Instagram {here} so you can see all their new arrivals and get first pick. When we do our engagement pictures soon, I will be shopping here again! 

I'm truly so happy with how these photos turned out. It's always so rewarding to see your vision come to life. A lot of this has to do with the man behind the camera! James' talent never ceases to amaze me. He is so patient and always makes us comfortable! If you are in the San Diego area & looking for a photographer, I highly recommend James. I know he's booking up quickly for the holidays, so make sure to reach out soon! You can find him on Instagram {here} or his website {here}.

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!!

Xo, Kayla 

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