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What to Wear Wednesday: Tampa Family Photo Sessions

What to wear Tampa Family Photo Sessions


Every fall, every photographer I know gets busier and busier as the weeks before Christmas get closer and closer. Well, don’t wait until the last minute to update your family photo this year! You can start now. Yes, it may be hot out now, but that shouldn’t stop you from planning for a family photo session soon. I know I love to update my own family photo every year. Tampa family photo sessions are my favorite part of the year mostly because I get to see so many familiar faces every year! There is still some space for this year’s mini-sessions, so read more about that HERE.


I am betting next year our own kids may be the same height as me! I know their feet will be bigger than mine. Shoot, I can still remember trying to wrangle two year old twins for photo sessions and stressing so much! With this “what to wear Wednesday” blog post about Tampa family photo sessions, hopefully you will get a few simple things can make your pictures go smoother for you. I don’t want you to stress about these photos. This should be fun for everyone. Especially as the end of the year tends to get just as busy for families, too!


When planning my family photos here are a few things that I think of. First, what location am I thinking of doing my photos at this year? Do I want somewhere new? Somewhere we have not done photos at yet? Or, do we want to go somewhere that was a favorite location from years past?


I mean, with ten year olds, we have done photos all over Tampa Bay already. Even the same location can look different each year with lighting not alway being the same. For example, Apollo Beach is where did our photos last year. It was gorgeous, but it was super cloudy and moody. I will definitely want to go back there at some point because in the sunshine it is such a different location look. However, my own husband was much more vocal where we did our session this year. He was adamant that we NOT do the beach this year. So I let him pick a new location for us. We are heading to downtown Tampa for a more urban city look.


Once I had a location in mind, I decided a color scheme based on an outfit I found for myself at Lucky Brand this year. I pulled a few shirts from the boys closets that work well with the blouse I picked out. They don’t match. They aren’t even complementary colors, but they work well with the red because the red is a red-blue shade. So I am pulling some blues into the scheme.


Then, I made sure I had enough visual interest with adding a couple of patterns. I am leaving the final pant decision for the kiddos until we get closer. That is because the weather could still be 90 degrees in early October, or it could be a fluke cooler temperature. Fingers crossed for the latter. My husband is pretty easy, he can put on a solid polo and jeans or a button down shirt if it is cooler. It really doesn’t have to be a big production of everyone getting something new and matching.


Of course, as kids do, the boys grew a ton this summer, so I picked up a few staple shirts that are a bit more than their basic t-shirts at the beginning of the school year. Letting them pick a few favorite new items helps them be more excited to get dressed for photos the day of, too. Giving them too many options can backfire when they pick something totally not complementary to what you are wearing. But, it also gives a great story years from now if they HAD to wear the outfit they wore. So don’t stress too much!


I never did blog all theTampa family photo sessions I did last year. I loved so many of them, but so many families want to use their photos for their Christmas cards. So I tend to hold off sharing too many family photos at that time of year. So instead, I will share a few family sessions that really highlight how clothing can really add to your family photos. Clothing doesn’t have to be the biggest part of your photo though. Remember your family, your story, your connections and your love, or maybe your crazy will come out no matter what you are wearing. But, to add to your story beautifully, you can add clothing choices that add to your images not take away from the love you share!


Lastly, this year I have pinned a ton of ideas from current stores that I love to shop at!  They are all in one convenient location on my Pinterest Board for fall 2018. I pinned clothing ideas for all sorts of ages and both genders. Maybe seeing something will get your own ideas going for your fall family photo plans! Check out the board here – https://www.pinterest.com/HamiltonCreek/what-to-wear-families/fall-2018/.


Here are a few family photo sessions with varied clothing options and backgrounds. This one below works because there is a ton of texture, all the fabrics are different materials (if you look closely we even had an outfit change or two…with layers added or taken away and even a whole dress change). They don’t match completely, and every detail is looked at from shoes, to hair, jewelry, and lots of layers!

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This beach session is one of my favorites. I love that the sisters match. That definitely kept things simple for this family. But there is still texture from the different materials. The mom’s dress is floral which I am a total sucker for. I even did a floral dress for my last motherhood session with my boys. It is a great way to add a pattern easily and keep everyone else in solids with different textures. From the soft tanks, to dad’s more stiff shirt material and then the tulle on the skirts, it all adds visual interest in different textures without adding patterns.
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Another family that coordinated really well, and kept it simple with a couple colors, blue, maroon and touches of cream/khaki. It helped that the location had tones of blues and maroon as well to really just add to their images instead of clashing against them!Tampa family photo sessions, tampa holiday photos, mini sessions tampa

Another fall family that fits in perfectly with the setting is shown below. This is at Lettuce Lake Park which gets amazing morning light. I still have a couple spots left at this mini-session location this year – read more on the blog – http://hamiltoncreekphotography.com/tampa-holiday-mini-sessions-2018/. The blues and reds with gray this time works in this lush green setting. Especially with layers that again you can take off and change out quickly for a totally different look. 
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Contact me today if you want to snag one of the last Tampa mini-session spots I still have open. Email Brooke@HamiltonCreekPhotography.com or use the contact form above.

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