Family Holiday Photos

Ryan and I have sent out a Christmas card every year since we've been married. It's a tradition I plan on continuing until we are old and gray. I love getting holiday cards in the mail just as much as I love taking family photos, and this year was extra special because Elle is here.

We had our friend Mike Olbinski take our first holiday photos with little Miss Elle. She was a delight the whole time thankfully. We went to a local restaurant called Windsor. They have a beautiful little patio with bright red chairs, and an ice cream shop next door.

I found this cute polka dot, orangey-red cardigan at Target not too long ago, and I decided it was the perfect color for our photos. Ryan already had a red gingham shirt, and it complemented the polka dot pattern well. I found Elle a bright red hat with a bow on top, and had her wear a simple onesie and leggings. I generally discourage couples from both wearing jeans, but the colors of the denim were pretty different. Plus, my dark brown puffer vest and his grey cardigan kept us from being too matchy matchy.

The only thing missing from our family portrait was Wendy. Next time we'll make sure she can come too.

You can see more photos from our shoot on Mikes blog, click here.

Texidor Family Portraits

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity do some personal shopping with Josie Texidor, and helped pick out outfits for a family portrait photo shoot with Mike Olbinski. Josie and Dave have three ADORABLE children, and they are all carrot tops. (Crossing my fingers that my future children some day end up with red hair t00). Josie rightfully recommended colors of green and blue, so that's exactly what we did, and it turned out perfectly for a spring portrait session.

We found Violet's dress first. It's usually best to start with a little girl because a lot of the time all you have to choose from is neon pink, pale purple and crazy flower patterns. We ended up finding an adorable kelly green dress.


We then moved on to the boys, and found a really cute bright blue and white gingham button down shirt for Drew, and a pale blue button down for Collin. We picked jeans and some comfortable kicks to complete their outfits.

We then moved on to Dave, finding a bright blue cotton v-neck at Macy's and then a bright blue and white striped shirt at American Eagle to keep the theme consistent. However, we really wanted to show off that bright blue, so we put his v-neck over his button-down. This is a great spring alternative to the v-neck sweater.

We saved Josie for the end. At first, we couldn't find anything because bright blue and green aren't necessarily the colors of the season. There was plenty of coral thoughl. We ended up finding a navy and white striped cotton dress PERFECT for spring and summer. We then found a white cardigan and bright blue skinny belt to complete her look. Josie added some cute wedges and an adorable hat for fun.

Mike Olbinski picked a great location for them, and definitely captured the love this family has for each other. You can see more photos of their portrait session here.