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How To Style A Family Shoot and a Shutterfly Giveaway

Christmas is just around the corner and this is the time for family portraits.

If you’re thinking about what to wear and feel totally lost, here’s some tips so your shoot doesn’t end up an awkward family photo.

Think about what feeling you want to convey. Is it fall-ish, summer, do you want to be fancy or casual? Country or urban? I know I wanted a country feel with beautiful sunset light. I also had a quilt that I love and wanted to include a pop of color and a comfortable feel. Think about any props that you could include to add to the “feel’ you want for your shoot.

Don’t be too “matchy matchy”. Gone are the days of matching white t-shirts and jeans. It’s okay to combine different colors and patterns.

When I was choosing our outfits, I started with the family member that has the least amount of clothing (my husband) and chose what I liked out of his clothing. Then I went to the boys’ wardrobe and picked out the shirts of theirs that I liked. I laid them all out on my bed next to each other and picked the ones that looked good together. After this was done I then chose my outfit, since I have the most options.

Think about the color wheel and what colors compliment each other.


If they are across from each other, then they are complimentary. For example, blue and orange, which are the colors that I went with. Even if you have different patterns, like we did, if they are in the same color range, then it will look okay. Pinterest is your friend. Feel free to search color combos that appeal to you and go from there.

-Choose clothing with no logos or pictures on them. One year we didn’t plan ahead and threw on clothing and took a quick picture in the backyard. I tried carefully to choose shirts with no logos, but completely overlooked the fact that Jesse’s shirt had a Nike swoop on it. Thankfully my dear friend was able to use her mad editing skills to get rid of it, but it still bugs me to this day.

-Be comfortable. Not to throw all the above tips out the window, but this tip is the most important. I believe that if you’re comfortable, your pictures will be awesome regardless of what you’re wearing. Make sure your clothing allows you to move around. Be true to yourself & your style and it’ll show in the pictures.

My dear sweet friend, Courtney, captured our little family this year and I love her so much for doing it. She got the sweet & silly faces that my boys make and am thankful to have these shots to mark this time in our lives. It was an IDEAL family photo day and they turned out better than I could have ever imagined.







Have you ordered your Christmas cards yet? If not, Shutterfly offers some really cute ones. They also have other photo items that are perfect for gifts. Such as a photo mug for grandma, an iphone case for your husband, or even a puzzle for your favorite great grandma. The options are endless. They even have lots of tips on making your next shoot an ideal family portrait session.

And Shutterfly is allowing me to host a giveaway, so you can get some of their products for FREE!!

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me

“what your ideal family portrait session looks like”

and you could win a $50 code towards any Shutterfly products.

Giveaway details: This giveaway closes December 8th at 11:30pm PST and winner will be chosen at random.

For more chances to win a Shutterfly coupon code, check out:

-More Than Mundane

-For The Love Of 

-Muffin Tin Mom

-This Abundant Life

-San Diego Deals and Steals

-Life As Mom

Christmas Card Time!

I love this time of year.

The air is chilly and crisp and there are so many things to celebrate! I love how magical the air feels during the holiday season!

We took our pictures back in September and I can’t wait to send out our Christmas card to share my favorite image by Courtney Christenson. I am obsessed with this picture. No joke.

Shutterfly has some SUPER cute Christmas Cards!

I spent a good long while skimming through all of the possibilities marking my favorites before I decided on the perfect design. It has the cutest font, a unique greeting and is so much fun!

Plus their website is incredibly easy to figure out, use and view your personalized card with no immediate commitments. It’s also super easy to use on your cell phone.

Check out Shutterfly’s incredible inventory and choose one for your 2012 Christmas card!

Also, Shutterfly would like to giveaway a sweet coupon code to one lucky winner for

$50 off an order of $50 or more (excluding tax and shipping & cannot be combined with any other promos (expire 12/14/2012 – no extensions)

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite thing about the holiday season is.

Contest ends on November 9th at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.

One winner will be chosen at random.

And because a post just isn’t any fun without images, here’s one of the pictures from our Christmas shoot.

Get shopping! 🙂

*This is a sponsored post.*


Arteesta Clutch Winner

And the winner of the gorgeous Arteesta clutch goes to…

***Cassie Lee***

Congrats, Cassie! We’ll be in touch, so you can let me know which clutch you’d like to have.

Thanks everyone for entering and don’t forget that you can get 10% off your order at Arteesta by entering “smileysmiles” upon checkout until November 14th.

Happy shopping!