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. 🙂
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.
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.
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!
Also, who says you can’t include bubbles and your furry children in your sessions? Not me!
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.
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.
Just give me all the scarves and shawls!
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.
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.
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!