Matching Your Photography to Your Home | Tips from a Pro Photographer

Sitting in your living room, you glance up at the mantel (or wall) and realize you haven't had any family photos taken in a while and that a lot of your displayed pictures are a little outdated.  You decide you want to book a session - and maybe even spend the money on a nice canvas - and begin the booking process.  You start looking over schedules, planning out your session, and thinking about what you will wear.  

PAUSE!

Have you thought about how it will match your home?  After all, if you plan to display it, you will be spending a lot of time looking at the images from this session, so why not style it to be incorporated in the design of your room or home?

Determine Your Color Temperature & Theme (Sample Images Below)

Warm - Rooms that are warm tend to have lots of browns, beiges, ivory/cream, gold or neutral/natural hues with wood furniture or pieces.  (Also sometimes includes burgundy, red, orange, yellow accents)

Cool - Cool rooms usually have a mix of light blues, greens, whites or silver with lighter color furniture (sometimes white) and accents on the cooler end of the spectrum.

Rustic/Earthy - Rooms with this style are often in the warm tones - think cozy.  Knit fabrics, wood pieces & Earth toned colors throughout.  (Can include accents like burgundy, red, orange, or yellow)

Modern/Contemporary - With this design, I envision rooms that are cool and bright - lots of silvers & metal with clean whites.  Sometimes precise & sharp furniture or very curved & unique art pieces.  

Airy/Beachy - Think beach house or sun room.  Many times this room would have lots of light shining in, breezy & light-weight fabrics, and light colored furniture.  (Color accents may include a pop of warm toned like coral or yellow)

Once you've determined your general temperature and theme (I only listed some as example, you know your home best), you can move on to selecting...

Time of Day for Your Session

To Match a Cool Design, choose Early Morning - Sessions that are scheduled early in the day (7am-10am) produce fresh and even light.  Lacking the strength of the bright day sun, the images will be soft and slightly cool toned.

To Match a Warm Design, choose Evening/Golden Hour - The time of day that photographers refer to as "Golden Hour" is the hour before the sun sets, when it gives us the last bit of warm & sunny burst.  There is a bit more directional light so some play with shadows and sun flares can be fun and create gorgeous tones.  (Also, good opportunity for some possible pink, purple, orange sunset images)

Picking Locations

The location of your session can also play a role in matching.  If you have a warm, rustic living room with a nice fireplace, consider a wooded park or old barn buildings.  If you have an airy space with nautical accents, then beach portraits would match perfectly.  Contemporary or high fashion design?  Take to a city and use some cool architecture as the backdrop.  Your taste and personality can be shown through the images in subtle ways.

Planning Your Outfits

When it comes time to plan and select your outfits, think about how those fabrics and color coordinations will harmonize with the design of your home.  To create the warm cozy look, choose sweater dresses, accent scarves, fringe or furry.  Denim is great for cool rooms, especially when paired with other blues & white.  And of course, flowy fabrics translate well for those airy spaces you've created.  To see some examples of coordinating outfits, you can click the hyperlinks "warm" & "cool" for inspiration ideas.

Implement Your New Photo Plan & Become Your Own Art

Now that you have planned your time, location, & clothes, you are ready to become the masterpiece on the wall!  You are armed with an intentional vision for your photoshoot, and we can create images that you will be happy and proud to display for years to come.   

 


Examples of Cool & Earthy


Examples of Airy/Beachy

(Some With Warm Sunset)


Examples of Warm & Rustic


And the always classic Black & White


"Earley" Christmas Present (Soon) | NJ Family Holiday Portraits

There's nothing quite like a brisk walk early in the morning on a chilly Autumn day to really wake you up & get you going!  I got to enjoy just that with the Earley family, as I wrapped up Fall portraits for the season.  It didn't take long to get little Carlisle revved up, despite feeling under the weather the day before (but you'd never be able to tell!)  Candace & Jason wanted to capture their family of 3 together before their new baby son comes along - and boy, did he try to make a surprise entrance already!  With her due date - and the holidays - rapidly approaching, we knew time was of the essence, so we set out to shoot and had a great morning in the park!   

My wish for you all this warm Holiday season, is to emanate the same spirit & happiness that children do.  Just look at the way he lights up!  :)

And as for the Christmas-present-to-be, Coulson, well he's still hanging in for now; keeping warm from Mom (can't say I blame him!)

Have a safe, happy & healthy New Year!  See you in 2018!

Cape May(er) | NJ Lifestyle Family Portrait Session

This beautiful (& energetic) bunch is the Mayer family!  During their Memorial Week vacation to South Jersey, I had the pleasure of photographing some evening family portraits at Cape May Lighthouse State Park.  Their son Eddie, who loves to play the "catch me!" game kept everyone warm & moving on the chilly May night (and even allowed us the chance to capture some overdue romantic photos of just Mom & Dad)!  Despite the unpredictable rain forecast - thanks NJ Spring weather - we stayed the course & the outcome are these intimate family moments set in front of the iconic lighthouse. :)

Thank you Amy, Ed & Eddie - and I hope the rest of your time in the area was relaxing, fun & filled with laughter and love!  xo

Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice | NJ Lifestyle Family Portraits

I wanted to start this off by calling this post "Double Trouble" but these two little girls are bundles of joy; full of smiles, giggles and love!  It is no wonder where they get it from when you look at the love that their parents display & freely give to them.  

The wonderment & awe that children bring into everyday situations and occurrences is priceless.  They remind you about what is truly important and to enjoy the moment that you are in.  Let's all tap into that childhood innocence and spend this holiday season appreciating the small things.

(And can we talk about how cute those little jackets are?!)

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & a beautiful New Year!  xoxo

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day | The 5 Year Fitness Road to Warrior

This winter marks 5 years since Jimi joined the gym and began going consistently every day. The progress is slow when you're building, but becomes addicting & motivating when you start seeing results.  He envisioned small tweaks to his physique and with hard work, they manifested!  

He got there naturally by lifting every day, following an active & healthy lifestyle, and eating in moderation.  Both friends and fellow gym go-ers have turned to him for advice, strategies, questions on form, and inspiration (myself included!)

Once he decided to document his amazing progress, he really got to grinding & dedicating with a strict meal plan and workout regimen (provided by trainer Christa).  Here are the results of his 5 years - full Spartan!

(Girlfriend edit : Oh my, stud muffin! ;)  As his workout partner for the last year and half, it's easy to see how he keeps me motivated too!)

Umm...Magic Mike?   Sorry ladies, he's taken! ;)