I want to give a big shout-out to Olivia Ashton who is the most talented photographer and inspiring person! She captured these gorgeous images and was patient, encouraging, and fun throughout the whole snowy adventure. :)
The Color Palette:Blush & Neutrals
Red, green, plaid, and gingham are traditional winter colors/patterns but we wanted something a little calmer. Once I decided on neutral browns, greys, and creams, I knew I wanted to add blush for a little color.
Mom & Dad
I had something elegant and timeless in mind for myself. This sparkly blush dress was the perfect combination of simple and stunning. Because it was long I was able to wear thick leggings, wool socks, and boots underneath. The dress had mostly silver beading so we picked a mix of light and dark cool-toned greys for Brian. We went with pearl grey pants, a white button down shirt with light ash stripes, a charcoal sweater, and dark brown boots.
Henry's outfit was the easiest to put together. I wanted to coordinate his outfit with Brian's and stick with greys and a hint of brown. I picked grey denim, a charcoal striped grey long sleeve, brown boots, and a brown vest with a grey hood. Inside the vest was lined with cream colored faux sheepskin which tied into Matilda's outfit perfectly.
The girls in the family had a pop of color and the boys remained neutral with greys and creams. Matilda's outfit had sparkles and a pop of blush to match me, cream colored leggings to match Henry, and grey to match both the boys.
Baby Girl and/or Boy
If we had a baby girl in this photo shoot, I would have layered her in soft grey and cream cottons with a knit blush cardigan and dark grey knit booties. I would stick with the simple star patterned shirt to match big sister and avoid stripes since dad and big brother have stripes. I love the star leggings as well!
If we had a baby boy, I would dress him similarly to dad with light and dark greys and brown booties. Baby would coordinate well next to big brother with the brown and grey combination. I would mix cotton and knit fabrics but keep his outfit simple with no patterns. I love the knit knee patches for a little contrast!
When you see everyone next to each other we look perfectly styled for professional pictures!
Tips For Staying Warm
- Bring hand and feet warmers. I bought a 20 pack and put warmers in everyone's boots and pockets. If their hands got cold they could warm them up quickly in their pockets. The warmers in their pockets also kept their bodies warm! Just remember to activate the warmers 20 minutes before you need them as it takes a while for them to get hot.
- Put thick/warm blankets in the trunk and take short breaks from the wind and snow in the car. Brian and Henry would go warm up in the car while Matilda and I took pictures together. We would switch so everyone got one on one pictures together and a break from the cold.
- Don't forget snacks and an iPad for the kids to watch a movie in the car so mom and dad can get some cute photos too.
- Plan as much as possible ahead of time. Search Pinterest for inspiration and write down any specific poses or images you want captured. Make a Pinterest board and add your photographer as a collaborator so she can have an idea of what you want.
- Bring a warm change of clothes even if just socks for the kids. Chances are snow will get in their clothes and boots and soak their socks. After you're done with pictures give the kiddos dry socks and clothes for the drive home.