family photography

Family Session Style

I recently had the pleasure of working with the Alaniz family for some family portraits! This was pretty special because they were a referral, of a referral, of a referral, of a referral! WHAT?! Seriously, it means the world to have people that I have worked with enjoy their session and photos so much that they send other people they know to me!

As soon as they hopped out of the car I noticed this family is a great example of coordinating without "matching"!  Gone are the days of family portraits where everyone has jeans or khakis and the same white polo shirt.

A statement piece - like the plaid vest - adds visual interest and can be a great jumping off point for choosing a color palette!

When Planning for your family session there are a few key points to keep in mind that will keep you and your crew looking and feeling your best!!

  • DO pick a color palette - Ideally 3 or 4 colors that coordinate - think neutrals tans and creams for a dreamy look - or-  black with some white and one or 2 fun colors for a bold look.
  • DON'T be afraid of bold colors - choosing one bold color for one or two family members with small pops of that color in others accessories adds fun drama.
  • DO go for various textures - a furry vest, lace dress, leather belt or ribbed sweater will photograph beautifully and add some dimension and interest to your photos.
  • DON'T try to think of everyone's outfit at once - Pick 1 person/outfit that speaks to you and build from there. Usually mom or a young girl's outfit is easiest. Pick colors from that outfit to dress everyone else!
  • DO Accessorize!! -  A fun hat, soft flowy scarf, or statement jewelry adds visual interest. Guys can go for a tie or leather jacket.  Not only do they look great but they can be fun to play with during the session for some more unique posing and images.
  • DON'T go pattern crazy - while patterns are fun and interesting not everyone should wear a pattern. Choose One and then coordinate by using the colors within the pattern.
  • DO think CLASSIC - the idea is for these photos to be displayed in your home and passed down for generations. Choose colors that will coordinate with your home décor and will also stand the test of time. 


Hopefully these tips will have you feeling calm, cool, and confident for your upcoming family session!  If you still aren't sure where to start check out Pinterest by searching "family photo styling"  - OR ask your photographer for help!

A simple solid dress is taken to a new level with the fun texture and bold color of the plaid vest.

A simple solid dress is taken to a new level with the fun texture and bold color of the plaid vest.

Grey, Navy, and Red are carried through each outfit perfectly for coordinating looks in any grouping.

Grey, Navy, and Red are carried through each outfit perfectly for coordinating looks in any grouping.

Beginnings are usually scary...

Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it's the middle that counts. You have to remember this when you find yourself at a beginning. Hope Floats taught us all this important bit of advice. I reflect on these words as I find myself at what I feel is the true beginning of my photography journey.

In the new year there will be a lot of changes coming for Kirby LeAnne Photography and while they are a little bit scary for me (mostly in the form of legalities and mounds of contracts and preparation) I am so excited for what this means for my clients!!

I am going to be starting the new year as a FULL SERVICE photographer...

And I know you are going to love it! 

I will no longer be taking your images, spending hours fine tuning them to look their very best and handing them over for you to figure out the rest.

Instead, you will receive a complementary pre session consultation where we will discuss your vision, and all the details of your photo session! I will get to know you and the subjects of these photos so that I can capture the UNIQUE you. 

On the day of your session, you won't stand there and 'say cheese'... we will have fun. You will snuggle up with your loved ones, or celebrate a new event in your life, tell silly jokes. And this will make your photo's amazing. YOU. The REAL you doing what you love with the ones you love!

After our session, I will hand edit and choose a set of images that are THE VERY BEST and you will get to have a reveal appointment! You will see your images for the 1st time and I will be there to help you choose and design products that fit your needs, you will purchase as little or as much as you want. Products will be designed and ordered from the BEST Professional labs that work exclusively with photographer's and use the highest quality materials. So not only will the products you receive look better than ever before, they will last for years to come (think passing them down to your grandkids and great grandkids!)

 Imagine walking into your home at the end of the day and seeing a gorgeous canvas hanging on the wall with an image of your family. Imagine sitting down with guests and flipping through your professionally designed album from your wedding day or photo's of your new baby! 

We spend money on the newest technology, biggest tv, fanciest cars... but if you ask anyone what the most important thing in the world to them is... most will say their family... their children!

When you hire a photographer you are investing in your family. These years are flying by and the memories you keep from now deserve better quality than a Facebook upload or drug store print.

It is my commitment to my clients to give these moments you allow me to capture my very best care from start to finish!

I know you will LOVE these new changes and I am so looking forward to my "middle" in this journey. 

-- Kirby LeAnne Photography --