Let’s talk Mommy and me shoots, or Daddy and son session! These mini-sessions are a great way to get some quality time with your kids AND get quality images; at the same time. It is truly so important to capture these moments now, when everyone is growing up and time seems to be flying by. Are you the one always taking the photos on your cell? Making sure everyone looks good and smiles? Chances are you’re the one asking a stranger or your parents to take a family photo where you’re included. If this is you, then it’s time to book that session today, friend.
These mommy and me sessions can be as simple as going out for ice cream, or have a little picnic at the local park. It is really all about separating an evening or morning, creating memories and spending time with your little one(s)!
The session you are viewing is from a sweet mommy + me mini shoot we did in Winter Park, Florida with Amalia(mom) + Amelia(daughter).
Good Morning/Afternoon! Today we are presenting to you a very special and incredibly talented Bray, she is a Professional Artist and Educator here in Central Florida, and when I tell you that she has a true gift for make-up and all things art, I SO mean it! Keep reading to learn more about Bray’s journey + story, but also some of her most stunning work. Just take a look for yourself!
Tell us a little about yourself!
I have been doing makeup for 10 + years working with reputable companies and being published in respected publications. I have been instructing in the art world for nearly 15 years and I am excited to keep that going.
BRAY, PROFESSIONAL ARTIST AND EDUCATOR
How did you get started?
I have always been a horror fan and LOVE scary movies. One day I was watching the movie Thirteen ghosts behind the scenes footage. I awed at how they put the different ghosts/ characters together.
I can’t remember whether I said it out loud or to my sister who was watching with me at the time, but I said “ I WANT TO DO THAT!” and next thing I know I was doing my research and my family was helping me move 1000 miles away.
Funny enough because of my love of horror I had absolutely no interest in anything beauty. I went to school and quickly realized I had a Niche for it all and I was skilled in combining genres which got me into the main thing I have been noticed for, high fashion avant- garde. During and after school I was at a very low point mentally. I had no family in the area, was in a toxic environment, and was so broke lint didn’t even want to be in my pocket. I knew I couldn’t waste all the money, time, and effort that was put forth to get me to that point, so I hit the ground running.
I began to do sooo much trade work, which I quickly found out wasn’t always a good thing. But I networked and made connections and lasting friendships that have helped me grow and gain the opportunities that I have been given throughout the years. And here I am in Central Florida, I have been based out of the Orlando area for 9 years.
Here is how you can get in contact with the incredible Bray herself!
I met this lovely couple that I now call friends (due to our common interest in succulents) in Winter Park last weekend, and it was nothing short of amazing and definitely filled with lots of giggles, kisses and laughs that will forever be cherished through these images you will be seeing!
You can seriously just FEEL the love between Lisette and Peter without even being present in this captured moment. That is why I am so passionate about what I do and who I do it for!
I am super excited to be featuring this very special artist and vendor that has been a part of my photographic journey from the very beginning, and when I tell you that MeLissa is a true professional artist, I totally mean it!
This craft has been well received by her clients, which include celebrities, actors, musicians, models, authors, politicians, and dignitaries. Her artistry has been displayed for names such as NBC, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows, Bravos Award Winning Show, Bridezillas & Say Yes to the dress, The Bachelor, MTV & VICE. She has illustrated her magic on legendary faces in the world of fashion, music, print & film. MeLissa’s hair and makeup have been featured in Central Florida Bride Magazine, Allure Magazine, Slate Magazine, Paper.
MeLissa’s talent, flawless artistry & determination are the traits which set her apart as a published artist. With an innovative eye and a devotion to her craft she will continue to paint faces with elegant sophistication. After years of partnering with some of the best artists & stylists in the industry, MeLissa has assembled a on-location team of experts in hairstylists and makeup artists to represent MeLissa Duran Glamour Services. Professional advice and customized looks are tailored to your personal style and taste by our team. This team works together often, ensuring a seamless coordination of expertise.
Here’s how to get in contact with her for your make- up needs!
We are featuring a very special and talented vendor, she is very dear to me and an excellent artist. Denae and I first worked together on a styled shoot a few weeks back, so naturally, when I saw her amazing work in action, I just HAD to reach out and get her featured on our blog!
Here is how you can get in contact with Denae for all of your floral needs!
Dena Zoellner : Owner + Creator of The Fancy Florals
Today I am going to be sharing a very special family session; I was so lucky to have been reached out to capture these once in a lifetime, beautiful yet fleeting moments. I met the Dean family on a beautiful Sunday morning a couple of weekends ago in Groveland, and they are the warmest, most kind + genuine people! I arrived at the most beautiful farm ever, and when I finally met Norelis; we really hit it off! She is such an incredible mother, and now soon to be mother again to her second born. I truly had the best time frolicking around the farm creating beautiful images that will remain in their family for generations to come. It’s truly nothing less than an honor, so THANK YOU!
May you enjoy this gallery as much as we enjoyed creating it!
Caught this super sweet moment between Ellie and dad!
Then Mom changed into something a little something more fancy and really slayed this session!!! Like COME ON LOOK AT THIS QUEEN!
Here is Mr. Dean protecting his family! So sweet.
I told you this gallery was dreamy! I’m going to wrap up this blog post with a round up of randomized shots throughout the shoot in no particular order. Thank you for looking!
I hope you’re all having a safe + great week so far! Today we are featuring a very special vendor in this industry! Her name is Riley Gersch, and she’s the owner and lead wedding planner at Elegant Affairs by Design. -Carolina
When we asked Riley how she started in this business and why she’s so passionate about what she does; here is her answer!
Below is how to get in contact with her + see if you’d be a great fit!
One of the most important factors that goes into awesome pictures is the clothes you’re wearing and how you are all matching. When everybody is dressed great, everyone will feel great, and when everyone feels great, your photos will look even better! Remember that how you feel and your mood will reflect in the pictures.
We want to choose outfits for everyone that will stay in style for a long time. Our goal is timeless and priceless! Remember, family + friends will be looking back at these pictures for years and years. Let’s also not mention how much of a hard time our kids and teenagers may give us when it comes to what they want and don’t want to wear, so that’s why we’ve created this style guide, just for you! Now take a deep breath…you got this!
This style guide will also help couples + groups! Not just families.
Rule of thumb number one!
Color coordinate instead of color match. You want everyone’s colors to be complimentary to one another. You probably do not want a monotone photo with everyone wearing all the same exact color!
Second question to ask yourself: Do you prefer more saturated colors or more neutral ones for your home? And in which season will the photos be displayed? Summer, winter, fall? All year-round? These are all things to consider.
Rule of thumb number two!
Limit patterns, add textures. Texture can really add depth and interest to your images. It is also quite distracting in a picture when people are wearing very bold patterns that might come off as distracting. Therefore, limit your patterns and graphic tees and designs, and add more textures within your chosen color palette. You will look amazing, promise!
Rule of thumb number three!
Dress up one level above your normal everyday-wear. I recommend incorporating higher quality fabrics for your clothes. Instead of regular worn cotton tee, or polyester, consider silk, cashmere, even linen. Small details like the type of fabric you’re wearing will make a world of a difference. Remember, that you do not have to dress up in a suit and tie or a gown to look amazing. Some nice jeans and a button up go a long way my friend!
It will make your life much easier and you won’t feel like you are moving one step forward and three steps back, so yes, fit and dress yourself first! If mom is not feeling it and doesn’t like herself in the pictures, she won’t want to showcase these pictures proudly, and that’s kind of a huge deal. I want you to be super proud + happy with how you look in the photos!
I always recommend that mom wear a dress, if you hate wearing dresses consider a shirt/pant with nicer fabric combo for the top. Pick the dress in a color that is complimentary, but that you also a color that you LOVE.
Let’s talk colors!
We have created simple color palettes for every season, just for you. It is important to always try to not choose oversaturated and super bright colors that will be very distracting in your photos, so try to choose the more muted version of the color you want. As seen below. The recommended amount of colors to work with for your outfits is ideally 2-3, but we will provide more options for every seasons as seen below, at least one of the options from the three chosen colors should be neutral
First up, is summer. We want airy, fresh, clean and fun! I recommend all and any neutrals, but when adding that POP of color, reference to any colors close to these below we have chosen to fit the mood! And again remember, coordinate – don’t match!
Keep in mind that you will only be choosing a total of 2-3 colors for your session.
When we go into the less warm months, heading into Fall, it changes the dynamic a bit. With changing colors outside and depending on where you live, cooler weather comes with more cozy, warm tones. So usually families will go for more earthy, darker tones in their outfits when planning their fall session. Take a look below for some of the best options of colors to use to coordinate your outfits during the fall!
Next up,winter. Now, think cooler colors. Refer to the graphic below for a winter-centered color palette for your outfits! I also want to say that by no means is this a rule book you need to follow to a T.
Especially when I know how much I love to wear red all Christmas long, hehe. So yes, I do personally recommend these colors below. However, we know fall and winter colors and season do have a very gray line of where one ends and the other begins. So what am I saying? Wear what you want and makes you feel amazing! Holidays are the most special time of the year, and we all celebrate in different ways. Take this style guide as some pointers to stick by, but have fun with it! I want to see you be your best and most amazing self.
Next up is spring! I love spring oh so very much. From the blooming flowers to the changing colors and warmer air and sunnier skies, I just love it. Refer below to this table to see which colors we recommend you keep in mind when choosing your next spring family outfits!
What ‘not’ to wear
Too many patterns.
Shirt with logos.
I hope this information helped at least steer you in the right and less stressful direction when it comes to picking out family outfits. Remember not to overthink it too much! Thank you for reading! And make sure to subscribe and follow the blog to get notified every time a post goes live!