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Book now! Fall Outdoor Portrait Sessions - 2018

I'll admit the back to school nerves are setting in. With a first-time Kindergartener on the horizon, I can't help getting a little excited for Fall. And while I don't want to wish away the last few weeks of the season (I'm a summer-lover!) and it's our last hoorah before school starts, I'm excited for what's to come and what the Fall will mean for us this year. Every season brings new changes and new growth.  Like all of you, I'm already looking ahead to Fall activities, schedules, and ALL the things. Fall always seems to be the busiest season! Before Back to School mode gets into full swing, now is a great time to book your family photo session and cross it off your to -do list. It is such a beautiful time of year for photographing families outdoors. Bring on the sweaters and boots!  

Our 2018 October calendar is open for booking!  

Dates and Times of Sessions:
October 2 (Rain Date Oct 4)
October 13  (Rain Date Oct 14)
October 16 (Rain Date Oct 18)

October 27 (Rain Date Oct 28)
*all sessions will be between 3 - 530pm for 30 minutes. Please make sure you are also available on the rain date.

What's Included: 
-Email with what-to-wear inspiration and session prep tips
-30 minute time slot for up to 5 family members
-All digital image files included with your session (minimum of 20+) delivered via digital download
-Optional complimentary design assistance to create something special with your images
- 20% savings on products and holiday cards when purchased before your session (please inquire for more info)
-Location TBD in Rockville depending on the fall foliage 

Cost: $575 includes your session and all edited digital image files from your session for you to make reprints and holiday cards

Some favorite Fall family client images are below:

We are also introducing two new Winter/Holiday sessions this year! Christmas Tree Farm Sessions and Holiday Studio Mini Sessions! Stay tuned for more information.  

What To Wear Tips for Fall Outdoor Portrait Sessions

The wind is chilly and the days are getting shorter! Time for 2017 outdoor Fall portrait sessions. Bring on the leaves and boots. I always get asked “what should we wear?”.  I know it seems daunting to coordinate outfits for your entire family. However, you don’t need to stress.   Take a look at some of our Fall wardrobe tips and ideas below. You can use these to think about how to style your own family.

Top Tips for What to Wear for Outdoor Fall Sessions: 

  1. Start with one outfit that you really like. Maybe Mom has a killer pair of boots and dress she wants to wear.  Go with it! From there, build around it so colors coordinate but don’t match exactly.
  2. Add a pop of color. Some of our favorite accent colors for the Fall are navy blue, eggplant purple, olive, red and yellow. Pair the color with neutrals to tie it all together.
  3. Stay away from wearing a lot of green when having photos taken in grassy or wooded areas. Avoid fluorescent colors or logos on clothing that will age a portrait.
  4. Layer! Layers add dimension and depth. Don’t be afraid of texture or mixing patterns. If it’s chilly, bring a sweater. Or maybe layer on a necklace overtop a dress.
  5. Be careful wearing white. If you have fair skin or blonde hair, white tends to wash out skin tones. White is fine as an accent color.
  6. Dress your kids in clothes that fit perfectly, not with room to grow.
  7. Add accessories. A hat, vest, or suspenders for boys are adorable. If your girl likes to dress up, find a headband, bow or hat that she might not normally wear so a few pictures are extra special.  Mom can have fun with accessories too!
  8. Don’t forget about nice shoes for everyone.

Remember, have fun with it! You want your family’s personality to shine through.

Pinterest is a great resource for finding clothing ideas. Visit our “What to Wear” board for more inspiration.  If you have any questions, want to send pictures for advise, or need some extra help planning your outfits for your fall portrait sessions – please contact the studio!

An Adorable Watch Me Grow 6 Month Session for Beau!

We loved photographing baby Beau and his cuteness at his six month baby session in the studio. Big sister made a guest appearance so we could capture a few pictures of the two of them together. Their coordinated outfits are ridiculously adorable! Beau is part of our Watch Me Grow baby plan and we can't wait to see him in another six months for his one year smash session. Enjoy a few of our favorite images!

Tips for a Maternity Session

A maternity session is a celebration of your baby bump and an exciting time of anticipation.  It happens once or twice (maybe a few more!) times in your life. Document and celebrate it!  We love creating portraits of your pregnancy to help you feel beautiful and remember this special time. But more importantly, we want to create images that your children will look back on and treasure. We put together a few maternity session tips to think about preparing for a successful session.  Hope it helps!  

Plan Ahead/Timing. Maternity sessions should take place somewhere between 32-36 weeks. Typically the beginning of the third trimester is best. This way you have a little time to reschedule due to weather or sickness.  It's also the point when the belly is showing nicely but you haven't quite hit the super uncomfortable stage :) Of course with multiples or other complications adjustments for earlier sessions should be made. We've had a handful of maternity sessions that never happened because the baby arrived early! Don't wait until the last minute to book your session. maternitysessiontips

Think about Style. Choose a photographer who has a portfolio that you love. Pick maternity images that match your style. Do you prefer artsy studio, lifestyle outdoors, traditional or more fine art?  We offer both in studio and outdoor sessions and give our clients the option. While they are both beautiful, they are different, so picking the one that fits your style is something to consider.  

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Session prep. Your photographer should prepare you with all the information that you need.  What to wear? What to bring? At Danielle Sara Photography we always send a comprehensive prep-guide with tips and advice for your session.  This is especially helpful if it's your first baby and you've never done this before!

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Clothing.  Clothing for maternity sessions should be tight-fitting around the belly. Loose and baggy shirts will only hide that adorable belly we are trying to show off!  Keep clothing selections simple.  Think about adding a pop of color with jewelry or layers. Our studio also has unique maternity gowns available for our clients who want something a little extra special.  Opting for a few images with a bare belly or flattering lingerie is always timeless and a beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hair and Makeup.  We recommend wearing more makeup than you usually do but keeping it true to yourself.  Having your makeup and/or hair done by a professional is always a good idea! We are happy to make recommendations for some of our trusted professionals.

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Relax. It's natural to tense up when being photographed. If  you feel awkward or uncomfortable, stop and take break to breathe and feel your baby moving around inside your belly.  Feeling comfortable and connected to your baby and your spouse will always lead to more flattering images overall. It will show in your face and body language and create more natural, beautiful images.  daniellesaraphotographysmashcake_0040

 

Have fun with it!  Incorporating sentimental items or family heirlooms is wonderful! We love to use these items in the upcoming newborn session and future baby sessions to show the progression.  Or use your session as a chance to create a "Big Reveal" for your friends and family. We love working with our clients to create truly special images!

 

 

Regardless of how tired, "big", and uncomfortable you are, trust that your photographer will make you feel and look absolutely glowing!  You will never regret hiring a professional to capture this memorable time for your family!

See some of our favorite maternity sessions HERE and get in touch for more information or to book your session!

 

 

Top 10 'What to Wear' Tips for Outdoor Fall Portrait Sessions

There is a chill in the air and I felt the need to cozy up in a sweatshirt before I left the house today. Fall is coming! Time for outdoor fall portrait sessions. Bring on the boots, sweaters, jackets, and layers. I always get asked "what should we wear?".  I know it seems daunting to coordinate outfits for your entire family. However, you don't need to stress.   Take a look at some of our Fall wardrobe tips and ideas below. You can use these to think about how to style your own family. Top 10 Tips for Outdoor Fall Sessions: 

1. Start with one outfit that you really like. Maybe Mom has a killer pair of boots and sweater she wants to wear.  Go with it! From there, build around it so colors coordinate but don't match exactly.

2. Add a pop of color. Some of our favorite accent colors for the Fall are deep purple, yellow, burn orange, red, and navy blue. Pair the color with neutrals to tie it all together.

3. Stay away from wearing a lot of green when having photos taken in grassy or wooded areas. Avoid fluorescent colors or logos on clothing that will age a portrait.

6. Layer! Layer!  Layers add dimension and depth. Don't be afraid of texture or mixing patterns. Dress for the weather with layers.

7. Be careful wearing white. If you have fair skin or blonde hair, white tends to wash out skin tones. White is fine as an accent color.

8. Dress your kids in clothes that fit perfectly, not with room to grow.

9. Add accessories. A hat, vest, or suspenders for boys are adorable. If your girl likes to dress up, find a headband, bow or hat that she might not normally wear so a few pictures are extra special.  Mom can have fun with accessories too!

10. Don't forget about nice shoes for everyone.

Remember, have fun with it! You want your family's personality to shine through.

Pinterest is a great resource for finding clothing ideas. Visit our "What to Wear" board for more inspiration.

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 If you have any questions, want to send pictures for advise, or need some extra help planning your outfits for your fall portrait sessions - please contact the studio!
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