Second-Fall has finally arrived in the south which means the cool temps are finally here!  You have no idea how excited I was to jump into my new corduroy pants this morning.  I may have grown up on the beach but I’ve always enjoyed dressing for cooler weather much more than for the sweltering highs we tend to get in the summer.  So as I happily went through my sweaters and layering bits in my closet, my thoughts were obviously on my fall wardrobe (Adam just rolled his eyes, hehe).  Then I began thinking about my families that have outdoor sessions coming up.  My Welcome Packet has lots of information but I realized I didn’t have a ton of detailed information on weather and temps.  So I made a list and thought I would share with you. The air is crisp and the breeze is chilly so I want to make sure you plan accordingly.⁠ Cold families can be cranky families so lets keep you warm and cozy. 🙂

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400 and Kodak Portra 400 film using a Canon Elan 7e and medium format Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This is a maternity portrait session shot at the north end of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. This expecting mother had her hair professionally styled by the lovely ladies at Beauty Bar Boutique and her makeup done with B3 Lash and Brow. She is wearing a pink and burgundy floral maxi dress from Altar’d State. She is also wearing an over-sized, cream colored sweater. These photos were taken at sunset in the winter.

Sweaters!  They don’t call it Sweater Weather for nothing honey.⁠ It was a very cold evening on the beach for these two expecting parents.  Mom knew she wanted to wear this dress, and yes! I was here for that choice.  I also knew she would be freezing the entire time so I suggested she throw on a big, cozy sweater for some.  It totally elevated their portraits, providing the slightest bit of sexy as she let it hang off her shoulders.

Hello. Mama!

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400 and Kodak Portra 400 film using a Canon Elan 7e and medium format Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This is a maternity portrait session shot at the north end of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. This expecting mother had her hair professionally styled by the lovely ladies at Beauty Bar Boutique and her makeup done with B3 Lash and Brow. She is wearing a pink and burgundy floral maxi dress from Altar’d State. She is also wearing an over-sized, cream colored sweater. These photos were taken at sunset in the winter.

⁠Blankets! Whether on your front porch, back yard, or on the beach, bring a big, fun blanket.  It’s going to be photographed so make sure you love it.⁠  We will get your entire family wrapped up, snuggled up, and cozy-warm for some photos with everyone.  And most kids love a good blanket.  There are so many games you can play to get those candid, smiley photos of your littles having a good ole time.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400 and Kodak Portra 400 film using a Canon Elan 7e and medium format Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This is an at-home family portrait session shot at the client’s home in Wilmington, North Carolina. This sweet couple is bundled up in their red plaid blanket as they snuggle on their front porch swing with their black Pug. She is wearing a green wool sweater and denim pants. He is wearing a tan sweater with denim pants.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400 and Kodak Portra 400 film using a Canon Elan 7e and medium format Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This is an at-home family portrait session shot at the client’s home in Wilmington, North Carolina. This sweet couple is bundled up in their red plaid blanket as they snuggle on their front porch swing with their black Pug. She is wearing a green wool sweater and denim pants. He is wearing a tan sweater with denim pants. You can see her beautiful diamond engagement ring.

You can even sit on a blanket to keep sand, dirt, leaves, basically nature, off your hinies.  Again, just because you’re sitting on it doesn’t mean it won’t be in the photos.  So bring one you love! 

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400 and Kodak Portra 400 film using a Canon Elan 7e and medium format Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This is an at-home family portrait session shot at the client’s home in Wilmington, North Carolina. This sweet couple is celebrating their anniversary by sipping champagne on a red, plaid blanket in their backyard with their black Pug.

Also, who says you can’t include bubbles and your furry children in your sessions?  Not me!

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400 and Kodak Portra 400 film using a Canon Elan 7e and medium format Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This is an at-home family portrait session shot at the client’s home in Wilmington, North Carolina. This sweet couple is celebrating their anniversary by sipping champagne on a red, plaid blanket in their backyard with their black Pug. Hats, Scarves, and Shawls (Oh my!)! The saying that we lose 40-45% of our body heat from the top of our heads is actually a myth. WHAT?! No need to throw out those hats though because they will still keep you warm, but also they’re just super cute in photos.  It’s as close to a prop as you’re going to get with me.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400 and Kodak Portra 400 film using a Canon Elan 7e and medium format Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This is a maternity session photographed in an open field at sunset in Greenville, South Carolina. This expecting mama is wearing a red sweater dress and a brown floppy hat.

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a newborn, maternity, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Portraits caught on 35mm film and medium format film. Lifestyle newborn session in Wilmington, North Carolina. Contax645 and medium format Fuji400H film.

Bring a big scarf or shawl to add another layer of warmth and a layer of personal style to your photos.  I suggest that if your outfit is mostly neutral then bring a fun print or bright color for a little pop.⁠
Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400 and Kodak Portra 400 film using a Canon Elan 7e and medium format Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This is a maternity session photographed at the south end of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. This expecting mama is wearing a long, light blue maxi dress from Pink Blush Maternity and a pink, floral scarf from Old Navy. Her hair and makeup have been professionally done at Beauty Bar Boutique and B3 Lash and Brow. She is walking through the sand dunes as the sun sets just behind her wrapping her in a warm, beautiful light.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400 and Kodak Portra 400 film using a Canon Elan 7e and medium format Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This is a maternity session photographed at the south end of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. This expecting mama is wearing a long, light blue maxi dress from Pink Blush Maternity and a pink, floral scarf from Old Navy. Her hair and makeup have been professionally done at Beauty Bar Boutique and B3 Lash and Brow. She is walking through the sand dunes as the sun sets just behind her wrapping her in a warm, beautiful light.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400 and Kodak Portra 400 film using a Canon Elan 7e and medium format Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This is a family session photographed at the north end of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at Shell Island Resort. There were three generations of ladies. This mother of five children is wearing a brown, wool shawl with aa green silk scarf tied around her neck. She’s surrounded by her family and holding her husband’s hands.

Just give me all the scarves and shawls!

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400 and Kodak Portra 400 film using a Canon Elan 7e and medium format Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This is a family session photographed at the north end of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina at Shell Island Resort. There were three generations of ladies. This grandmother is wearing a brown and black wool shawl and the biggest, most beautiful smile across her face. She’s surrounded by her lovely daughter and her four beautiful granddaughters.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400 and Kodak Portra 400 film using a Canon Elan 7e and medium format Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This is a maternity session photographed Battle Ship Park in Wilmington, North Carolina. This expecting mama is wearing a long, navy dress and navy, floral scarf from Old Navy. She’s standing in a field of tall golden grasses at sunset with the sunlight enveloping her beautiful baby bump. Her hair and makeup were professionally done with Beauty Bar Boutique and B3 Lash and Brow.
Bright tights (in the city!) Mama! Whether on you or your little colorful or patterned tights bring a lot of fun to your images. They also provide a lot of warmth when you only want to wear a dress in your photos.⁠

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400H medium format film with a Contax645. These are holiday mini sessions taken at Station No.2 on Castle Street in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Velma Love Seat was rented from Martha My Dear Rentals. Film scans are from Richard Photo Lab.

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a newborn, maternity, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Portraits caught on 35mm film and medium format film. Lifestyle family session using a Contax645 and medium format Kodak Portra800 film. Battleship Park in Leland, North Carolina.
SNUGGLES! I make people snuggle when it’s 98 degrees and 100% humidity so you know I’m going to make you do it now. It will just be a more pleasant experience as you cling to your tribe for warmth.⁠

Fine art lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400H medium format film with a Contax645. These are holiday mini sessions taken at Station No.2 on Castle Street in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Velma Love Seat was rented from Martha My Dear Rentals. Film scans are from Richard Photo Lab.

Fine-art, lifestyle photography on film. Leanne Haskins is a maternity, newborn, and family photographer located in Wilmington, North Carolina. These portraits are caught on Fuji400 and Kodak Portra 400 film using a Canon Elan 7e and medium format Contax645. All film is bought, processed, and scanned with Richard Photo Lab. This is from a holiday mini session at Station No.2 in Wilmington, North Carolina in the Castle Arts District. This couple is expecting their first child in the spring!

⁠There is no right or wrong here.  What people choose to wear says a lot about their personality and when you look good, you feel good.  And I want everyone in your family to feel good.  So be bold with your cold weather choices.  You’re not boring so why should you choose boring clothes?  Throw on a bright coat or wrap yourself in a fun patterned scarf.   Let the kids where their boots that look like dinosaurs because why not?  They are so proud of those boots and they will love showing them off to me.  My only rule is that YOU, yes you, Mama, get to choose your outfit first.  Need help?  Send me some photos!  I absolutely love this part!

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