Tampa Back-to-School Mini
What to wear guide for boys
Tampa back-to-school mini sessions are back for 2016! I can’t believe I have done these back-to-school minis for our boys three years in a row. How are these guys starting second grade tomorrow. The best part, my dear friend, Reilly of Reilly Maguire Photography, has been with me each year, too. This week her daughter starts at the boys’ school. Where has the time gone? For reals!?!?!! Honestly, the boys looked so huge in the yellow desk that we have used for the past two years. So, I focused more on their portraits by this gorgeous vine wall in Winthrop Town Center. The ivy wall was just perfect with their clothing and to pop their big blue eyes!
So, going into second grade, they love anything military. Raleigh is a serious history buff, particularly anything World War II. Augustus loves science and reading “choose your own adventure” books. They both are still amazing sleepers, love to play video games, ride their bikes, play board games (Rummikum and Jenga are big favorites right now) and they love to have movie nights at home. Both love swimming, their neighborhood friends and still love hanging with us as parents, snuggling and holding our hands, so life’s good for all of us! We can’t wait to meet their teachers today.
Seriously, just click HERE for kindergarten. Then first grade HERE…scroll down to see the boys change.
The one thing that has been pretty consistent in these back-to-school mini sessions are the boys style. They are still really into looking good for photos, and definitely more into their “gym” shorts and t-shirts for every day. Augustus still won’t wear sweats in public without a fight, which makes me giggle a bit. The key to helping the boys look good together, coordinate without buying everything from the same store, is layering lots of different patterns and sticking with a few colors. This year, green, gray and pops of yellow were our colors for this year.
When I started shopping and digging in the closet, I knew I wanted somethign to pop against the red apples that were the biggest prop for last year as well. So I started with these t’s that I found at Target last month. I hate to go into one store and buy the outfit. It is kind of like going to a furniture store and buying the room to me. That is so boring and so what everyone can do. So instead, why not be a little different? This year, we have reused the plaid blue and white button down shirt I know I have used for several photo ops before, and layered a three quarter length t-shirt over the button down.
For Augustus, we used a gray patterned undershirt (also button down, both of which were from Abercrombie) as a neutral for his layered look. My general rule is for every three people in a family photo, have one dominant pattern. However, I also love to throw in patterns in unexpected ways, This is especially true for singular portraits. I loved that the t-shirt for Augustus had some camo on it. Raleigh picked up the drop crotch camo joggers from Pumpkin Patch while we were on vacation in Australia but you can get similar ones from their American online store, too – http://www.pumpkinpatchusa.com/flatshot/W5TB62003/col/METALMARLE.
Lastly, the patterns even looked great with K’s dress, paired with a jean jacket. Again, layering with the accent of knee high socks and converse shoes, to complete her look as well. Don’t be shy, try some patterns out and as always, if you book your family session, even holiday mini’s with Hamilton Creek, part of the process is getting to know you and helping style you or give advice on what looks best in the location we choose as well as to bring out your family or child’s personality.