Top: J.Crew Crewcuts Secret Wash Shirt (buy, similar)
Bottom: Skinny Jeans c/o The Children’s Place
Suspenders + Bowtie: Tadpole + Lily
Shoes: Tsukihoshi ‘Neko’ (buy)
Dylan is growing so fast now and it’s hard to believe he’s turning 2 in just a couple weeks here! We had a little family photoshoot a few weeks ago with Meena of Meena Jeanes Photography and I couldn’t be happier with how the pictures turned out. I did put a bit of thought into how we would coordinate our outfits for the occasion and wanted to share a few tips that I think really worked for us!
- Coordinate but don’t match. Having everyone wear the same color tops and bottoms just makes for a picture that looks too uniform and everyone starts blending together. I actually chose to have Dylan wear the most classic outfit in just a white button down and jeans but added fun pops of blue and pink accessories. Adrian then wore a blue outfit while I then wore a pink outfit so that in the end it all came together nicely!
- Dress for the location. Since I knew we’d be shooting in an area that was mostly green, I wanted to make sure we avoided green in our outfits so that we would stand out. I actually love the contrast
- Avoid reds and oranges. My Chinese family is a big proponent of wearing bold reds in all our of pictures as it’s a lucky color in Asian cultures. Unfortunately the color comes off as oversaturated in pictures and can actually distract people to looking at clothing instead of people’s faces. Meena has even mentioned that as part of her editing, she will even go in and manually de-saturate pictures where there is just too much red or orange so that the colors are more balanced. This kind of post-processing often costs extra so the best tip is just to avoid reds and oranges altogether!
For anyone in the DFW area looking for an amazing photographer, you’ll definitely want to check out Meena Jeanes Photography. I absolutely love her photo-journalistic style and the beautiful way she is able to capture people in their best candid moments. She has a little 2-year old girl of her own so she knows exactly how to relate to little ones and have them light up in front of the camera. Thank you Meena for such a fun photoshoot!
Meanwhile, it’s Wednesday so time for the Color Brigade Link-up! If you’re linking up your outfit today for the Color Brigade, please be sure to link back to this post or include the banner below. Thanks so much and I can’t wait to see your outfits!
P.S. In case you missed it:
- Toddler Toothbrushing Tips – Sharing a technique that’s worked to get Dylan to actually love brushing his teeth!
Awwwwww what a very adorable family….thanks for these very useful tips for family shoots will have to keep all of these in mind next time we do one!
I'm totally blown away! I love everything you guys are wearing, the lightening, the (real) happiness. Your son is so precious I literally began planning all the bow ties my future son (that I don't have!) will wear!
Lady of Style says
What an adorable family! These photos are fantastic, so authentic and warmhearted. Great memories for later. I am glad you found such an amazing photographer, great tips too!
And your dress is so pretty.
Thank you for hosting the link-up again (and sending an email reminder is much appreciated!!)
Annette | Lady of Style
Beautiful photos, stunning dress!
Alex – Funky Jungle
Gorgeous family photos of such a good-looking family. Love what you all wore. I love that Dress and own it too. Actually check out the post I linked today LOL. Great minds think alike.
Happy Wednesday Kileen!!
Your photos are adorable…your little boy is such a cutie 🙂
J Trogstad says
Beautiful family and great photos. Thank you for the photography tips and for hosting the link up!
Cynthia @ MyRoseColoredShades says
Beautiful pictures of a beautiful family. Love your dress!
Faith J. says
Aw, love the shots of Dylan giving you a kiss and walking together.
OMG, your son is adorable! Lovely family pictures and great tips. <3
Lisa a la Mode says
Sarah Enuwa Audu says
Your family is adorable, I love your dress and your shoes. Nice photos.
Beautiful beautiful shots Kileen!! Love every single picture. And so true about avoiding bold colors…its distracting and in your face sometimes in photoshoots.. Love your lil cutie pie!
Lindsay Bunch says
Love that dress! Your little boy is a doll!
Such an adorable family (: and these photographs are gorgeous!
Your family looks amazing!! I did see the dress at HM. It looks so beautiful with all of its colors, your husband and son look so stylish and your son adorable!! Great photos!!
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Sarah C says
Oh my gosh, Dylan's little bow tie and suspenders, so, so cute! You make a handsome family. Great pictures!
OMG, he is so cute, Kileen! And so handsome, you two have great genes! I hope you have more cute kids! 🙂 And secretly, I hope they have blogs someday too!
Nicole Layne says
Thanks for sharing! These pictures are amazing! Everyone looks great and your son is so cute!! Also, great photo tips.
Nicole to the Nines
You have a beautiful family, Kileen. Your son is so cute and I love your dress
Beautiful photos! Thanks for the useful tip for family shoots.
Miss Hot Couture says
Love the family photos, and I LOVE Dylan's dapper suspenders and bowtie! <3
Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I usually just blog about what is on my mind currently and don't over-think it. Best of luck blogging and enjoy the wonderful community!
Carisa Muller says
this pictures are adorable! and you look fabulous! I am about to snag those shoes, im obsessed!
Amy Arnold says
Beautiful family and great tips! I am so happy to discover you do a link up. I have added your button to my blog love page and plan to link up each week. Thanks!!
xo, Amy Ann
The Real Arnolds
mark a. says
i love this post! you are one very lovely and adorable family! you should be extremely well pleased with those wonderful blessings in your life, kileen!
thank you Mark!
Your family is so photogenic and cute!