Session Styling

I want the pictures you receive to reflect your family, your style, & your taste and so I often ask people what exactly they are looking for in their pictures and the most common answer is “I dunno!” LOL
But what’s so funny is that they usually do know, they just need some direction in pin pointing it. So I’ve made a little list to help you so we are both on the same page and your vision is my vision. Southern Utah is great because we have a wide range of choices when it comes to session style.

FAMILY STYLE | Coordinate but don’t match
The days of buying the same shirt for everyone is gone. You’ll want to choose a coordinating color palette and then build everyone’s outfit from that palette.
First,choose a style for your photo: do you want casual, dressy, trendy casual, minimal, over the top, etc

Then, choose a neutral color or two:


Neutral colors help to “ground” your photo and give the gentlemen something to wear. Heehee (you know your husband will choose the simplest option available to him, right?)

Next, find your accent clothing item. I find it easiest to start with the youngest member of your group. It’s often tough to find very small children’s clothing in a certain color to match an adult, so if you start with them, you’re good to go! Especially if you have a young girl, where there are lots of patterns and colors in her outfit.

Here is a great example of a coordinated family: The youngest daughters skirt is the common piece that this gorgeous mom built the styling around.

Anderson Family web-1

Their basic palette looks like this:

family 1 palette
You’ll see variations on these colors throughout the picture which ads depth to it. Notice the different textures and layers that add interest to the outfits.

This family built off their daughters dress also. The mom added great texture with her ruffle top and jewelry.

Jennings Family-3 copy

Their palette might look something like this:

family 2 palette

Color, color, color is fun and inviting. Choose colors that work for your family.
Feel free to bring a change of outift-we’ll fit in as many as time permits.
Fun accessories are great additions to your outfit whether it’s a great hat, jewelry scarf or just hot pink shoes.
Hobby/Interest shots are popular right now. If you golf, let’s go there! If you build, let’s go to a construction site. Dress for the scene.
Little girls are always a wonderful focal point in fun dresses with big bows, hats, tights, etc.

If you have a fun prop you’d like to bring, just let me know and we’ll plan for it.

If you are ever not sure, just ask. Even email me a picture of it.

LOCATION STYLE | Which one fits you best?
gardens with trees and flowers
golf courses
old barns
Brigham Young Home
Opera House
Temple grounds
trendy style with lots of random elements
behind old buildings
city streets
Red Rock
Southern Utah is famous for its unique red hills
Dixie Rock
Red Cliffs
Snow Canyon
Zion National Park

Many locations require advance permission or fees to be paid. If you have a spot you’d like to go, let me know when you book so I can make those arrangements.

Lastly, send me pictures of sessions you like or outfits you like the look of and together we will put it all together!

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