How To Dress For Family Photo Sessions

Maxine & Shellaine Photography and myself have collaborated to share this useful styling tool to assist in planning for your upcoming photography session.

Photography sessions are an investment, an investment you want to last a lifetime and styling is a huge factor in making your photos come together and withstand the test of time. Below I have listed helpful hints on planning for your session, as well as some retail outlets here in Edmonton as well as online to make your buying experience a positive one.

Coordinate/Don’t Match

Gone are the days of denim and matching white tee shirts. You will want to select a colour scheme and within that colour scheme mix and match your pieces to compliment that scheme.  Stick with classic neutrals that compliment you and your family. Keep in mind less is more.

Textures and Layers

Incorporating different textures and layers into your outfits will add dimension and depth to your photos. Don’t be afraid to add a scarf, knit sweater, fur vest or a wide natural textured belt and don’t forget to accessorize with something to give your photos a personal touch.

Plan In Advance

Keep in mind the location. This is crucial for making sure your theme comes together. A black mini skirt in a outdoor/natural setting doesn’t quite fit, if you see what I’m saying! If you are planning for a scenic nature setting, incorporate warm neutrals, soft browns and maybe a contrasting colour, such as mustard or burgundy as they will balance each other well.

The Season is also very important and will set the stage for the type of outfit you select. If it’s winter, warm neutrals are again a great option, for fall, greens, oranges and mustards are a beautiful combination to the changing season and for summer creams, blushes, whites, greys and soft blues.

Fashion Feet

Lets not forget about the shoes! Shoes are just as important as any other article of clothing and can easily complete and compliment an outfit. Toss the sneakers aside and op for a semi dressy option (i.e. loafers/boots etc)

Clothing To Avoid

There are certain patterns/graphics that really stand out in photos and take the focus away from you and your family. Large logos,patterns, graphics and brand names should be avoided. This will also aid in dating your photos.

Recommended Places To Shop in Edmonton

Shades of Grey Boutique

Whos Cares Wear

Yo Momma Maternity 

Gravity Pope

The Skinny

Miss Boss

Recommended Places To Shop Online

Zara Kids

Aritzia

Anthropologie

Her (Whites)

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Her (Colour)

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Him

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Kids Boys

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Kids Girls

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Thank you so much for reading!

Sarah xo

My Bodhi Soul Bead Mala

You may be asking what is a Mala?! Truthfully up until a couple weeks ago I had heard of a Mala but didn’t truly understand its meaning or purpose! A Mala is typically a string of 108 beads with a guru (head) bead and is used as a tool to help the mind focus on meditation.  I was first introduced to this concept by my beautiful  friend Rebecca and her new business Bodhi Soul Beadworks! I was instantly drawn not only to the gorgeous beads and jewelry but to Rebecca and how passionate she was about her craft, little did I know how neat and relevant their meanings would be to me and how it played into my life.

I would be the first person to admit I have never really meditated (I have attended the occasional yoga class however i never felt I could focus on nothing, my brain tends to speed up when I slow down!) however after Rebecca and I started talking about her jewelry and the meaning behind the beads and their healing purposes, I did some research and was so intrigued by the beauty, simplicity and peace that Meditation could give me. I have a very hard time relaxing, my relaxing is usually putting my feet up and watching Netflix with a cup of tea however it doesn’t really give your brain a break and this is what I looking and hoping for, to completely disconnect. Here is a videos I used recently to help this beginner mediator get started with my mala (here) and another on learning how to meditate! Now I totally understand this may not be for everyone but Ive recently been reminded that life can be hard, frustrating and stressful, if meditation and my mala could provide me with some peace and added calm in my life, Im all over it!! Keep in mind it can also be used for its soothing stones and/or as an accessory to any outfit and Rebecca offers a variety of stones in both necklaces and bracelets at her Etsy Shop, Bodhi Soul Bead Works!

 

 

 

My Mala itself is comprised of these gorgeous Multi Coloured Amazonite, Sandalwood, & a Rudraksha Seed beads, finished with a beautiful moss green tassel and lotus charm! Amazonite is known as a soothing stone and helps to balance emotions, the Sandalwood attracts positive energy and promotes tranquility, and the Rudraksha increases clarity and awareness, all of which I’ve been really needing in my life recently!! Wearing your Mala Necklace can help you absorb the gemstones healing properties and set intentions to get in touch with what you’d truly like to manifest in your life. It’s a beautiful visible reminder!  For a full description of the healing properties of the gemstones, please click on the link to be directed to this listing in the BodhiSoulBeadWorks Etsy Shop.

Lastly I am so excited to share that Rebecca and I have joined forces to offer you an amazing 20% this Amazonite Necklace  (sale price reflected in listing) shown below that we designed together, perfect for the upcoming holiday season whether you are looking for a beautiful necklace or wanting to give the gift of healing! Every piece from Bodhi Soul Bead works comes carefully packaged in a beautiful organza bag with care instructions and an explanation of its healing properties, making them perfect for gift giving!!

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Thank you so much for reading!
Sarah xo

Overalls

I have been absolutely loving wearing my overalls lately and have been on the hunt for some cute shortfalls so I thought Id share my great shopping finds with you all!

I love wearing my overalls with a loose fitting tee, Z Supply are my absolute favourites! Z Supply can be bought here in Edmonton at Miss Boss! Another dressier option would be an off the shoulder/peplum sleeve top like this one!!

Hope you enjoy!

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Abercrombie Denim Shortalls

American Eagle Olive Shortfalls

Forever 21 Distressed Overalls 

Anthropology Pilcro Overalls

Forever 21 Skinny White Denim Overalls

 

 

 

Eliasz & Ella Spring & Summer Collection

Eliasz and Ella just released their new spring and summer collection and I could not be more excited to share these gorgeous pieces with you! I couldn’t resist pairing these beautiful pieces with this floral dress, a perfect combination for a wedding or event!

I am so in love with the Rose Quartz Ballroom Collection,  the Drop Earrings are the perfect length and the rose quartz stone is the perfect size to compliment and highlight the beautiful stone! The Necklace, with the rose gold chain is simplisticly stunning and hits right below the collar bone to feature a beautiful open necklace or high neckline!

If you follow me on instagram you know the Eliasz and Ella Bangin Bracelets are an everyday essential for me and these smaller banging bracelets do not disappoint! The Aqua Bangin Bracelet and Ice Quartz Bangin Bracelet with rose gold detail compliments the Ballroom collection perfectly and I love pairing it with the floral detail of this dress!

Head on over to Eliasz & Ella to check out more of their new Spring and Summer Collection!

 

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Jewelry was provided to me by Eliasz & Ella!

Dress: Asos Maternity (I bought this last summer and never got to wear it, you’d never know it was maternity!)

Shoes: Express (Similar Here)

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

This year more than ever Mother’s Day is so special, not only because my little Cashew is here to celebrate with me (this week last year we found out we were pregnant!) but also because I now truly know and understand the love a mother has for her child as my mother did for us and everything she sacrificed to raise us.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner I have teamed up with Miss Boss to bring you the perfect Mother’s Day gift guide, supporting local business because lets face it all mothers deserve to be spoiled rotten!!

Deux Lux Bond Weekend Bag – This bag is absolutely stunning and would be perfect for a weekend getaway or summer vacation to spoil mom for all her never-ending handwork! The navy basket woven material is the perfect shade for a year round bag, adding texture to an otherwise beautiful bag! For some added fun, the Deux Lux Samba Keychain is the perfect little accessory for this bag!

Tofino Towel – I cannot wait to use the tofino towel this summer! Not only can it be used at the park or for a picnic but it can be beautiful inside your home too for a playroom or in a bathroom! The perfect blanket/towel  for any mom to have in the stroller or at home!

Z Supply Tee – These tee shirts are life. I have been living in these as they are great for nursing but they are also super cute and functional for that on the go mom! They are also so reasonably priced and come in some gorgeous colours and patterns!

Melissa Harmonic Bow Sandals – These jelly bow flip flops are so adorable! Functional and stylish they are perfect for that special lady in your life!

Explore Art Print – I love this print, for moms home office or bathroom, it is a cute little addition to any room!

Art + Soul Mom Card – Lastly, i hate buying generic cards, Art + Soul provides the perfect solution! Made in Canada they are the cutest cards and you are supporting a hard working Canadian women, its a win win!

I have also attached this exclusive coupon below, print it out and bring it to the store to receive 10% off your purchase when you spend $50 or more!

Wishing all the hard working mothers out there the most wonderful mothers day!

Sarah xo

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Deux Lux Bag, Bow Sandals & Art Print provided by Miss Boss.

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Mint Obsessed Spring 2017

Is anyone else ready for spring?! This year more than ever, I am so excited for the coming spring and summer season because I am on maternity leave and will get to enjoy the entire summer off with my little love, something I have not done since I was a teenager!! I am so looking forward to spending our time 0utside, enjoying the sun, being active and sharing in new places and adventures with my little man!

I am also a huge fan of spring fashion, the pastel colours, bright patterns and I am currently so drawn to that light blue/mint colour in literally every piece of clothing and accessory so I have put together my favs below for you to enjoy!!

Hope you have a great rest of your week & weekend!

Sarah xo

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Old Navy Mint Peplum Blouse

Old Navy Mint Skinny Jeans

Eliasz & Ella Green Agate Double Horn Necklace

Eliasz and Ella Bracelet Set

Jackson Rowe Chilko Scarf in Mint

Matt & Nat Sari Wallet

Forever 21 Off The Shoulder Top

Converse Mint Shoes

House of Koopslie Headbands

As a soon to be new mom, I know that my days of spending hours playing with my hair and makeup will be coming to an end (well atleast for awhile)! So when House of Koopslie approached me to see if I would be interested in working with them to show women with short hair how they can rock their headbands, I jumped at the opportunity!

Women with short hair have little to no options for hair accessories or so they think! No, we may not be able to pull our hair into a ponytail or even half pulled back for that matter but we have so many fun options like the House of Koopslie headbands!! Regardless of your hair length, headbands are such a fun option to have in your arsenal of hairstyle go to’s, especially for the hairstyles you need in 5 minutes or less!!!

Headbands can be styled so many different ways and the selection HK offers is fantastic! Neutrals, patterns, colours, tie dye and more, House of Koopslie offers  a huge variety  of headbands sure to fit your personal style! Also did I mention that their headbands are handcrafted right here in Edmonton with eco friendly bamboo, making for an extra comfortable fit!

Below I have shown several fun and super easy ways to wear the HK headband! To celebrate women with short hair rocking their headbands,  House of Koopslie has graciously offered one lucky winner a 3 pack of their best sellers!!!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow @Bootsandbassets on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook (One entry for each social media account)
  2. Follow @HouseofKoopslie on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook (One entry for each social media account)
  3. Like this photo/post on the above social media sites!

Giveaway is open to Canadian residents Only

Good Luck! Winner will be announced December 14th!!

House of Koopslie headbands can be purchased online here or in select retailers throughout Canada, a list of those retailers can be found here!

Thanks so much for reading!!

Sarah xo

 

 

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This post is sponsored by House of Koopslie.