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What to wear {Wardrobe Wednesday}

Lets hear it for the boys! In honor of Father’s Day, Jennifer put together a post for Dad. And I took a photo of my own boys recently that I’m really excited to share below. Sometimes all you need are great ties and a basic white button down! 

Here’s what Jennifer has to say:

Father’s Day is this Sunday, so there’s no better time for us to focus on all of the men (and boys) in our lives! When giving advice on wardrobe compilations, we usually start out by having the outfits revolve around the little gals or moms. So, when there’s not a female involved in the session, it can be difficult for the guys to plan what to wear.

It’s best to keep it simple and introduce just a couple of basic coordinating colors. An easy way to do this is with plaid shirts or shorts. Be sure not to involve too many different plaids, otherwise it becomes too busy. With button-up shirts, you can roll up the sleeves, and leave it untucked to have it on the casual side, or tuck it in and add some accessories to dress it up.

One of the simplest ways to add a little class to your outfit without putting too much effort is by including a tie.  Who can resist a bare-bellied baby with some adorable polka dots, a handsome father with his precious newborn son, or a young man dressed to impress? Just add a tie to the basics you already own, and people will think you spent hours putting the outfits together! A great place I’ve found to purchase these ties with style is Trendy Ties. Not only do they have modern neckties and bowties, but they can also create hair flowers and brooches for sister and mom. You can check them out on Facebook or Etsy! She just completed a crazy sale, so she’s taking a short vacation, but be sure to visit her starting June 20!


Boy’s Outfit – Belk
Shirt – http://www.belk.com/AST/Main/Belk_Primary/Kids/Shop/Boys/Boys47/Dresswear/PRD~45006644513840/J+Khaki+Long+Sleeve+Woven+Shirt+Boys+4+7.jsp?off=4
Pants – http://www.belk.com/AST/Main/Belk_Primary/Kids/Shop/Boys/Boys47/PantsJeans/PRD~4500761SUFFI457138/Ralph+Lauren+Childrenswear+Suffield+Pant+Boys+4+7.jsp?off=11
Shorts – http://www.belk.com/AST/Main/Belk_Primary/Kids/Shop/Boys/Boys47/Shorts/PRD~4500250464A095/OshKosh+B+gosh+Light+Blue+Plaid+Short+Boys+4+7.jsp?off=18
Polo – http://www.belk.com/AST/Main/Belk_Primary/Kids/Shop/Boys/Boys47/Shirts/Polos/PRD~4500761322102717740/Ralph+Lauren+Childrenswear+Mesh+Polo+++Boys+4+7.jsp?off=25
Shoes – http://www.belk.com/AST/Main/Belk_Primary/Shoes/Shop/Kids/Boys/Casual/PRD~4800035YB38684A/Sperry+Top+Sider+Halyard+navy.jsp?off=4
Dad’s Outfit – Banana Republic
Shirt- http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=47521&vid=1&pid=833414&scid=833414002
Pants – http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=22202&vid=1&pid=833216&scid=833216002
Shorts – http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=12640&vid=1&pid=833238&scid=833238002
Straw Fedora – http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=47529&vid=1&pid=823719&scid=823719022
Sandals – http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=23656&vid=1&pid=825735&scid=825735012
Teenager’s Outfit – Belk
Teenage Boy Shirt – http://www.belk.com/AST/Main/Belk_Primary/Men/Shop/Casual_Shirts/Wovens/Short_Sleeve/Patterns/PRD~320035272103RH/Chaps+Hermosa+Plaid+Easy+Care+Woven.jsp?off=91
Teenage Boy Shorts – http://www.belk.com/AST/Main/Belk_Primary/Men/Featured_Shop/Young_Mens/Shorts/PRD~32006693475109/Red+Camel+Flat+Front+Shorts.jsp?off=9
Teenage Boy Shoes – http://www.belk.com/AST/Main/Belk_Primary/Shoes/Shop/Mens/Sandals/PRD~39028329021059/Dockers+Rinaldi+Sandal.jsp?off=9
Teenage Boy Jeans – http://www.belk.com/AST/Main/Belk_Primary/Men/Featured_Shop/Young_Mens/Jeans/PRD~3202975FL183Z/Red+Camel+Bootcut+Fashion+Belted+Denim.jsp?off=1


Newspaper column

If this is the technological age, it certainly isn’t bypassing the young.

My 3-year-old knows how to use an iPhone better than I do, she watches YouTube videos of Elmo on our TV and can listen to her favorite songs in the car upon request thanks to our vehicle’s MP3 dock.

When I compare it to my own childhood and the fact that I didn’t have access to a computer until sixth grade, it’s astounding. I remember my class being broken into groups to visit the school’s lone computer lab once a week. Huddled around a handful of monstrous machines, we learned how to turn them on, what the mouse was and how to peck out glowing green letters on a black screen.

My daughter will likely be tapping out texts at warp speed on her phone’s virtual keyboard by the time she’s the same age.

I guess what scares me is that her generation doesn’t have to wait for anything. Music, movies, television, photos and games are accessible from anywhere with a WiFi connection. I can’t tell her “Your show isn’t on right now, go play” because she knows all I have to do is fire up the DVR and select any episode her little heart desires.

I can’t even take a picture without her asking to see it on my camera’s viewfinder. Forget having to wait until the roll of film is finished, not to mention getting the photos developed. Everything in her world happens immediately.

As a parent, the concept of perpetual instant gratification is very scary. I want my children to learn the virtue of patience and perhaps even the old adage that the best things in life are worth the wait.  

That said, it’s not always easy knowing where to draw the line. A large part of me wants to ban the iPhone from ever entering her little hands, but when we’re doing something mundane like shopping for a new dishwasher, I know I can hand it to her and she’ll be content, well-behaved and close by for the duration — as opposed to interrupting and running around when her patience understandably wears thin.

The small glimmer of justification I fall back on is that the games geared toward her age group are educational. Dora asks her to count before doing a little dance, a monkey rewards her with a sticker after she puts a puzzle together, and coloring pages test her eye-hand coordination. Plus, she’ll likely need intense computer skills just to keep up in school, let alone the job market when she’s older.

At the very least, it’s nice to know I’m not alone. I see toddlers everywhere using their parent’s smart phones — at the grocery store, restaurants, even at church. So I’m sure those parents have to strike a balance with other electronic devices at home, too.

Part of me wonders if each generation experiences the same concerns and fears. My mom remembers not owning a color television. She probably struggled with allowing me to surf the net without supervision when I was in high school.

I guess when I really think about it, there are a few things that don’t happen instantly at our house. My daughter’s favorite grilled cheese sandwiches don’t pop out of thin air, we can’t go outside until her toys are put away, and the water park most certainly isn’t going to happen in December — no matter how much she begs.

Technology isn’t going to change that. Well, not for her generation anyway.


Charlotte {State College, PA child photographer}

One of the reasons I love my job so much is that I often get the pleasure of forming lasting relationships with my clients. It’s such a tremendous honor to photograph people’s children as they grow and develop, and this little cutie is no exception.

I met Charlotte when she was just a few days old. Fast forward a year and she dances like a maniac to Lady Gaga on her mom’s iPhone. And if you really want to smile? She’s instant entertainment — just add cake.

Happy Birthday Miss Charlotte! Can’t wait to see you in pigtails!


Jess - June 9, 2011 - 10:52 PM

Kelly, I love this family and you took such gorgeous photos of them! I love them, especially the family pic and the cake shots.

Angel Allgrim - June 18, 2011 - 12:04 AM

Love the outfits this family chose- the colors are perfect. And the cake pictures are priceless- you can’t get that type of photo from just anybody- this is truly amazing work Kelly! Beautiful family- beautiful shots!!

What to wear {Wardrobe Wednesday}

Last week we took a vote on our Wardrobe Wednesday {where fashion meets photography} page and asked what type of outfit combo you’d like to see. The votes were talled, “fun family session” took the top spot, and now Erica delivers!

Here’s what she has to say:

I have to admit, I love summer and all the bright colors that go along with it. Summer is a great time to get outside with your family and have fun! Why not capture that with a summer photo shoot? Maybe you’ve had fall sessions the last few years and your pictures are all starting to look the same, or maybe you want to get photos of your kids’ adorable bare feet, or maybe you just want to capture that laidback summer feeling.

Whatever the reason, you need an awesome summer wardrobe to wear for your portraits. Nothing reminds me more of summer then a good nautical theme. You wouldn’t need to be near a beach to pull this look off either! The bright colors, stripes and beautiful blues are sure to make for some fun and interesting portraits.

When choosing this ensemble, I selected the little girl’s dress first and then the boy’s outfit. Once you have the kids’ outfits picked out, it’s much easier to pull from those colors to pick outfits for mom and dad. I also decided to highlight a few props that might be fun to go along with it. Giving your family something to “do” for part of your photo shoot is always a great idea to capture those natural moments that really let your kids’ personalities shine through! So get out there and have some fun with your family!


Girl’s Outfit:
Marina Drop-waist Dress   $49.00   Tea Collection     http://www.teacollection.com/product/1s13221/girls-dresses-marina-drop-waist-dress.html
Salt-Water Original Sandals    $34.00  Tea Collection    http://www.teacollection.com/product/ES20800/Salt-Water-Original-Sandals.html

Boy’s Outfit:
Striped half-zip hoodie     $24.95   The Gap   http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=62313&pid=827389

Convertible chambray pants   $26.95  The Gap    http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=62313&pid=805935

Red Bimini Youth Classics    $38   Toms    http://www.toms.com/youth/youth/red-bimini-youth-classics
Mom’s Outfit:

Halter Maxi Bra Top Dress    $69.50    Victoria’s Secret    http://www.victoriassecret.com/ss/Satellite?ProductID=1265481766322&c=Page&cid=1265489013837&pagename=vsdWrapper&search=true

Dad’s Outfit:

Dobby shirt    $49.95   The Gap     http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=15084&vid=1&pid=837629

Straight denim shorts (beige wash)   $54.95   The Gap     http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=66678&vid=1&pid=834660


Saoirse {State College, PA newborn photographer}

When Lindsay first contacted me a few months ago about her pending arrival, we were both pregnant and had a lot of note-sharing to do! So I was very excited to meet Miss Saoirse (it’s Irish and pronounced Seer-sha).

With my own 3-month-old at home, I couldn’t believe how tiny she was! They really do grow so incredibly fast. Those first few days are so fleeting. Perhaps that’s why I love capturing it so much.

And, like all my newborns, I really did want to keep her. But, honestly, can you blame me?


[...] the other day. Saoirse was so sweet, she even shared some of her Cheerios with me. And to think she looked like this just 12 months ago! [...]

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