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Outfit Tips for Gorgeous Family Photos

what to wear for family photos

It’s that time of year again, family photo time, try to act excited!

I can really only handle doing family photos once a year. Even though our photographer is an actual living saint. The process of gathering all the outfits is exhausting. The week before photos I am an absolute nut, driving all over town searching for shoes for the kids, returning things, looking for the perfect headband to tie it all together. It is so stressful! And I know I am not alone in feeling this way! Many of you have reached out to me for help in styling your family for a photo shoot. So here I’ve listed my go to tips and tricks to for picking out clothes for family photos. 

1-Keep it neutral.

Try to keep all the clothes in neutral colors. By keeping the colors of clothes mostly neutral you will create a natural photo that makes the people pop, not the colors of the clothes. I like our clothes to be 75% neutral colors and then add in a pop of color or pattern for the remaining 25%. Another benefit of keeping the clothes neutral is that when you go to blow up these photos and put them on the walls in your home, the photos will match nicely with the existing decor. 

what to wear for family photos

2- Start with YOU.

You are mom, and you are queen. And, let’s be honest, these photos are probably the most important to you. So start by finding something to wear that you truly love and feel good in.

what to wear for family photos

3-Dress your children in things they would typically wear.

….. just step it up a notch. Example: don’t put your daughter in a dress if she hates dresses. If you do this, picture day is going to be rough. And, you don’t need the added drama. Instead find some cute pants, a romper, or overalls for this dress loathing kid. If you have a girl that loves dresses, great! Put her in a dress that’s a step up from the day to day dresses she normally wears. By doing this the kids will feel more natural at the shoot and you’re much more likely to get a great picture. 

what to wear for family photos

4-Keep it in the family.

…. the same color family that is. If you have started pulling things that are earth tones, great. Keep that theme throughout. If your daughter wants to wear hot pink, fantastic. Just make sure that the rest of the clothing colors are the same saturation level. For example, hot pink and rust do not mesh. But hot pink and teal, or hot pink and gold have a similar saturation level and will compliment each other nicely. Remember: Earth tones with earth tones & jewel tones with jewel tones, etc. I love how this family incorporates a different color for each kiddo but keep the same color family. They are each beautiful individuals but coordinate nicely and the littlest ties them all together with the print in her dress. Beautiful!

what to wear for family photos

5- The guy of the house gets dressed last.

LAST. Guys are the easiest so they must let everyone else pick their outfits first and then they get to pick out something. There aren’t many ways to elevate a man’s outfit for photos. But by tucking in his shirt, making sure his shirt is ironed, and adding a belt the man of the house will look polished. And guys, remember to take your phone out of your back pockets!

what to wear for family photos

6-Accessorize the children

This is a great spot to add a little personality or pop of color. And when I add color I still usually keep it pretty neutral like blush or leopard print details. By putting your “pop” in the accessories it won’t overwhelm the photos. For this shoot we wanted to keep all our accessorizes neutral and let the Tahoe backdrop add in the color. So I opted to add in personality with the knee high boots and felt hat that perfectly depict my youngest. For my oldest girl, the dainty pearl headband was more her speed.

what to wear for family photos

7-Don’t overthink it.

…and don’t get too matchy matchy. When every little detail of the photo matches perfectly it looks so unnatural to me. It screams TRYING TO HARD.  The days of buying box sets of jewelry where the earrings match the necklace, match the bracelets, match the underwear are over! Mixing colors and patterns is IN. So find things that compliment one another but not every single item has to match. 

That’s it, those are my tips and tricks for styling your family for photos. If you have any additional tips or questions please leave me a comment below. If you’re in the Austin area, you have no choice but to book a photo sesh with Laura Morsman Photography. She’s the one and only. You’ll thank me later!

Have a great photo shoot!  You got this momma, there’s a bottle of wine waiting for you on the other side.

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How to Attend New York Fashion Week (and other helpful tips)

New York fashion week

Hi friends I just attended my very first NYFW. I am a personal stylist and always dreamed of the day I would be in New York running from show to show. It really is a magical, mysterious world. I had a fabulous time and still reeling in all the buzz and excitement. The SS23 shows I attended were out of this world. Since there is so much to unpack under the giant label titled fashion week; I’ve broken down everything you need to know to make your first time a success.

The Set Up

There are different types of shows: Industry Only, Invite Only, and Open to the Public Shows

Official CFDA Shows

The CFDA owns and organizes the Fashion Calendar and official New York Fashion Week schedule . These are shows on the Official American Collections calendar. Designers must go through a formal application process to be included in this prestigious line up. These feature the top American and sometimes European Designers. For my trip, the top hitters were Tommy Hilfger Rebecca Minkoff, Christian Sirano and Alturzzura. For shows of this caliber seats are only given to people in the industry and celebrities. You either have to be somebody or know somebody. Unfortunately it is highly unlikely that you will get in to these types of shows. Find the official calendar here.

NYFW the shows

NYFW the Shows includes live streaming, panels, experiences, runway shows and other fashion related events during fashion week. Their lineup also includes some of the American designers as well. So there is an alliance now and overlap between CFDA and IMG. In tandem they work together to build out a jam packed NYFW with over 100 designers and labels participating. It is still tricky to get in to these shows. They first reserve for those in the industry. You can try your hand at emailing IMG or each designer to ask for an invite to their show. Find the line up here.

Fashion Week Online is another amazing resource to find all things fashion in one place. They have great articles, model casting calls, exclusive events, and more. Be sure to check them out here.

Because Fashion week is such prestigious spectacle, every designer, store, artist, model, etc is dying for a chance to be part of the action. This opens several opportunities to participate in some runway shows and events. These shows are still over the top, amazing and will give you a runway true fashion week experience.

Public Shows

There are so many shows that you can attend. First start by checking Eventbrite for a list of open to the public shows and events. You can check sites like vogue, NYFW the shows, fashion week online for inside tips on shows that have tickets available.

Follow your favorite NYC boutiques on instagram to find out if they will be participating in a pop up event. Many charities will also sell tickets to their shows in hopes to raise money and awareness to new emerging designers. I attended a fashion show for a charity and it was fun to see new and emerging designers and support artist in a more intimate setting. Check eventbrite for these opportunities.

More Helpful Tips

The calendar is always changing

Make sure you stay on top of your emails and fashion week calendar. You’ll notice a couple of weeks before the start of fashion week is when things really start to fill up. Shows are being added last minute as designers feel the buzz and want to be a part of the action. I received emails the night before shows confirmed my spot for the next day. I even got alerts the day of that there was a show happening in a few hours. The secrecy of the shows, and the buzzing schedule additions is just part of the fashion week magic.

The shows never start on time

Literally ever single show we attended went to started at least an hour after it’s start time. The delay added to the standing in line time to get in, make for several hours on your feet.

Only plan to go to a few shows a day

The shows are not all in the same place. The shows are spread out in a variety of venues. Some in Times Square, some in Tribeca and downtown. All the shows we went to lasted about an hour. They also had an hour delay start time and we waited in line on average a half an hour before that. That is around 2.5 hours for one show. There is also heavy traffic and high demand of taxi cabs and Ubers. If you are going back and forth between midtown and downtown, you can expect about a 40 minute travel time. I recommend not planning more than attending one show in the morning and one in the evening. This allows time for breaks, lunch and to check out all the fun pop up shops and experiences.

Wear comfortable shoes

See above for the long wait times. If you don’t want to sacrifice your statement shoe for a sneak, then be prepared and bring a tote bag with a pair of flats or sneaks inside.

If you can go, stream it

NYFW streams all the official live shows. Sign up for access to view all of the shows here.

I truly hope you find this information helpful. NYFW is crazy, confusing and o so magical. My wish is that you get a chance to experience someday! XX

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What to Wear to New York Fashion Week

I just attended my first ever NYFW with my sister. It had been a dream of mine for years. And after 2+ years of cancelled shows, scaled back shows, and private only shows, this Sept of 2022 , the fashion scene was back ablaze in NYC. But because this was my first experience, I found myself wondering, what do I even wear to fashion week? Even though I’m a personal stylist, I was unsure of the best approach to curating these outfits. I took to Google for some advice but didn’t have much luck. After attending several shows, at several different venues on several different scales, I have some major thoughts and advice.

Comfort On The Bottom

what to wear to New York fashion week

When it comes to picking out your footwear you basically have two options; sneakers, or fabulous shoes while you carry a bag that can fit your sneakers in it to change back into after the shoe. I had no idea how much walking, standing, and waiting in line there would be. These shows are also so spread out that if you have a full schedule like I did, you will find yourself hustling around town to catch the next show. I opted almost solely for sneakers, especially for the daytime shows. I found this much more comfortable than standing in line in heels will holding a bulky bag. But I can’t say that I didn’t find myself slightly jealous every time I peeped someone in killer heels.

Mix Prints

what to wear to New York fashion week

This is your chance to wear something you wouldn’t normally wear, so go for it! Find your two favorite patterned clothing items and put them together, it doesn’t matter if they match at all. Then add a pop of color in an accessory like a belt to really make the outfit pop. Don’t overthink it, anything goes!

Layers, Draping, and Layers

While you will still look fine in pants and a top, this is your chance to really level up. Add layers wherever you can. Jackets, Blazers, Shawls, Boas, Rhinestone belts, Headscarfs, the possibilities are endless.

Bold Colors

what to wear to New York fashion week

I had this all pink magenta outfit planned to wear and decided not to pack it at the last minute. After seeing so much color in street style I totally could have pulled it off. Instead I got to “stylist rulesy” and thought that the pink was much too summery and because it was after Labor Day I should ditch the looks. Such a mistake in my thinking, all colors, any shade or brightness go during fashion week. I instead went for this moss green oversized sleeve dress which worked out great too.

Big Accessory Energy

what to wear to New York fashion week

This is pretty self explanatory. Don’t understand the power of some larger than life hoop earrings ro really elevate your look.

Add Level 2 Accessories

what to wear to New York fashion week

When we think of accessories the typical ones like shoes, jewelry, and purse come to mind. Here is your chance to add to the basics. I call these these the level 2 accessories. Accessories that you probably don’t wear at your 9-5 or during your mom duties. But your not in the office or burping babies, you’re at NYFW so for the love, go for it. Some of my favorite level 2 accessories include: printed panty hose, belt buckles, tall school girl socks, gem stone hair pieces, hair extension pony tails, gloves, over the knee boots, any kind of fur, and feathered hats.

Monochrome Mood

I got to the point where I was so overwhelmed with trying to put together this perfect look, that I eventually wore myself and went back to my old standby, monochrome. This look is so chic and timeless. To pull it off pick something that you love. For me it’s my brown satin joggers. They are so comfortable and unique I just love them. Then I add in either a top in the same shade of dark brown. Or, I choose all other articles in a different shade of that color. I didn’t snap a cute fashion week pic in this fit, but It was great for running around NYC in the morning.

Face Jewls, Glitter & Shimmery Shine

what to wear to New York fashion week

Every time I saw someone standing in line with rhinestones on the corner of their eyes, or glitter in their hair, I kicked myself. These are easy details that you can buy at Claires or amazon. Don’t go overboard like a high school girl during homecoming. But some subtle sparkle will really help you stand out in the crowd.

Crop Tops, Mesh & Leather

I don’t find myself wearing a lot of crop tops while at the grocery store or picking my kids up from practice, ya know my normal life. But this was the perfect excuse to wear some of my favorite trends. And the fact that I was surrounded by strangers made it much easier to bare my belly.

New York fashion week

Again don’t overthink it. Remember you are there to observe fashion, not be fashion. There is no pressure on you as an audience member to match the models in the runway. But it is the perfect time to play dress up and rediscover your inner fashion goddess.

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