Tips for Styling Holiday Photos

 

The holidays are here and 'tis the season for a long list of to-dos!  We're feeling especially productive this year, since we've officially stuffed, licked and stamped our cards before Thanksgiving.   We're sharing how we pulled together outfits for our family in a crunch and made this year's card special.

The Costons

TIP 1:  DRESS FOR THE SEASON

In order to make the most of our time with the photographer, we spent the first half of the hour bribing Clyde to smile in his skunk costume.  I couldn't pass on the chance to document the little stinker.  And, #blackmail.  After his halloween costume change, we all dressed in our most festive flannels. 

Clyde Coston - Fall 2017

 

 

CLYDE, THE SKUNK

 

Total splurge on this skunk costume for Clyde's second halloween!  But, it's likely to fit next year, so worth the investment.  And, c'mon, look at this stinker! 

Pottery Barn Kids Skunk Costume

TIP 2:  PLAN AHEAD

Last year, wedding season and life got in the way, and we were stuck sending digital cards via Instagram.   To avoid the lecture from my grandmother, Mimi, I set a reminder in June to setup our session.  Come rain, the flu or work schedules, we were making these photos happen.   Because we scheduled our session in October, we had plenty of time to receive the prints and design the card.


Ashley Coston
Bryan Coston

TIP 3:  SHOP YOUR CLOSET

Admittedly, I'm not great a shopping my own closet.  But, I didn't have much time to be finicky about my outfit this year, because I scheduled our session right in the middle of wedding season.  So, I pulled a plaid flannel from years past and a tulle skirt from last year's Christmas party.  Instantly festive!  However, I didn't have quite as much luck with Bryan and Clyde.  Of course, Clyde is in a new size every couple of months.  Old Navy totally saved the day!  And, I tried to buy outfits for Bryan he could wear to work, holiday parties and that weren't too trendy.  I'm already running up hill against a bad attitude because he absolutely hates photos. 

TIP 4:  THINK FOREVER

When planning for photos that require a professional photographer, I think forever.  Outfits should be timeless, tasteful and in this case seasonal.  Give into the nostalgia of the holiday spirit.  It's the only time of year I wear color. 

Clyde Coston

TIP 5:  MAKE THE INVESTMENT

Family photos are a way to share in memories for generations to come.  Like I mentioned, I want to enjoy these photos forever.  So, we hire a professional.  Someone comfortable with a toddler that has a similar aesthetic - basically, do I like the way the photos look.  And, I make the investment in myself.  I always hire a professional hair and make-up team to makeover my tired mommy eyes and dirty hair.  And, I get a manicure!  No judgement, these photos are forever.  

Clyde Coston
Clyde Coston - Halloween 2017

TIP 6:  DESIGN THE CARD

When designing your card, it's important to stay true to your style.  My design aesthetic is typically simple with a little edge and a touch of holiday spirt.  For me that means minimal text, possibly a fun envelope liner and some spirited lettering.  Now that we have a toddler, our cards aren't romantic, but sweet and funny.  I love Minted because I manage all my addresses in their Address Assistant.  When it's time to order, it's so easy.  And, Minted offers free address printing among all sorts of fun add-ons like envelope liners, return address printing and custom stamps.  

The Costons - Christmas 2017

Photography / Christy Wilson