Little Boys Leave Smudges on Your Heart!

Luke Farmer

It is always a special experience when you get to see a friend from your past. Erin and I have known each other all the way back to the high school days! We laugh at the similarities of our life and how our paths continue to cross even if just for a brief time (we both swam together, both went to LSU, both were a part of the same sorority, and now we are both in the Charlotte area). I was honored that Erin asked me to photograph their first child, Maddie Grace, a little over two years ago and was so happy for them when I heard they were having a little boy!! 

Charlotte Lifestyle Photography

Lucky for Erin, Luke made his grand entrance a few days early!! Yall, he might be one of the prettiest baby boys ever! Which is not surprising, I mean look at his parent, these kids hit the jackpot with the good looking genes!!! 

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These types of sessions are pretty laid back and we just follow the baby's needs. So while Luke was getting his belly full, Maddie Grace, her dad, Thomas, and I, went outside to get a few photos of them as well as play a little soccer! It was so fun to see Maddie Grace outside just having a good time and bonding with her dad! We were able to get a few candid shots that I think really show her personality!  Once Erin and Luke were ready, we captured some moments in the living room as well as the presence of a tickle monster to bring out some genuine smiles. 

Charlotte Lifestyle Photography
Charlotte Lifestyle Photography

Erin had asked that we take a few photos outside, which of course I was excited about!! So once we were done inside we captured some of my favorite images of the entire session outside in their amazing backyard! 

Charlotte Lifestyle Photography
Charlotte Lifestyle Photography
Charlotte Lifestyle Photography
Charlotte Lifestyle Photography

Erin and Thomas, thank you again for letting me into your home to capture your sweet family and beautiful children! Yall are amazing parents and your home is full of some much love! I hope its not another two years before we see each other again! 

 

 

Katy Short is a family photographer but does any and all things from engagements, to weddings, to newborns and family portraits with young and grown kids. She loves God, her Mr. Fix-it husband, three daughters, anything with chocolate. She is grew up in southern Louisiana but loves that she gets to call Mooresville, NC home and she secretly hopes to be able to move back so her daughter's can experience all the unique things that make southern Louisiana so special. Please email Katy at kshortphoto@gmail.com for your next photography needs. 

Family Photos..... What to Wear!!!

Its spring time and along with spring cleaning I know lots of people love to get their updated family photos with all the beautiful spring colors! So maybe you have booked a photo session and maybe you are overwhelmed with the thought of planning your family photo session in your backyard with your own camera, either way, these tips will help you and your family look their best!! 

So you have decided on a date for your family photos, now comes the hard part of figuring out what everyone is going to wear! As a mom of three daughters this is always a huge job!! So in an effort to make things easier for you, I have outlined a few tips on how to lay out the perfect coordinating outfits that will take your photos to the next level, justl like they came out of a magazine!!! 

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Lake Norman Family Photos

If your home has a signature color scheme try and figure out what that is and what colors compliment that space. If you know there is a certain place you want to hang that family portrait start in that space! Once you identify the colors of those rooms, see if one of those colors look good on you? If not, is there a color that you love to wear that would work well with the colors in that space? For example look at this photo from Pottery Barn. If this was your space and you had a family photo on the wall you may want to find outfits with a light blue, green, yellow, white and a shade of brown, with a cute ridding boot of course ;) - A photo with your family is those colors would compliment this space so much more than a family in orange, pink and purple (even though I doubt most families wouldn't have all those in one photos together lol). 

courtesy of  Pottery Barn

courtesy of Pottery Barn

Next tip and this is a BIG one!! Parents, always start with you!! I know its easy to put ourselves last and find the cute item for the kids but its actually so much harder to make you match the kids instead of the kids matching you! For me, if I like the way I look in the photo I am more likely to print it and keep it around the home, post it to Instagram and/or Facebook (and tag Katy Short Photography of course!). So start with those colors you found around your home and find a dress or top you love and feel confident in!! Then, if you have young kids this is easier to find items that they look good in because they always look cute and there are so many options for them!! If you have teenagers who are wanting to decide what they wear the next steps will help you give them guideline so they can find what they want while still giving them guidelines on color and pattern. The goal is that the family still looks like a cohesive unit and everyone is happy with what they are wearing!  But first, find something you love and feel GREAT in!! 

Photo courtesy of  Stylish Petite

Photo courtesy of Stylish Petite

Keep patterns to a minimum...... If everyone has a patten on the shirt (like check, flowers, polkadots, etc.) the eye doesn't know where to look once the photos are printed. I always say keep it to a 3:1 ratio, so if you have just started growing your family and have one child, its best to put them in a pattern bc they are usually front and center. If you have a family of 5-6 you can have 1-2 of them in a pattern and everyone else wears a solid color. So back to that teenager, you can now tell them that they need to wear something with blue, green or yellow and it can or can't have a pattern. Now that they have the guidelines and are still feeling like they are in control of what they wear, will hopefully makes for a happy and smooth process. 

An oldie but a goodie before we had our third!! 

An oldie but a goodie before we had our third!! 

Another great tips is, accent with a fun pop of color! If you have a little girl with yellow pants, then its fun to have mom wear a scarf that is the same color. Or if a little boy has a teal shirt under a navy blue vest then mom or dad could do a shirt in that teal color. But try to limit the bright pops of color to one or two items. Like in this example the twins are in a pattern with a little yellow so big sister got to pop in an all yellow dress! Nailed it! 

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Don't put everyone in one color! There was a huge trend in the 90's where everyone wore white and it needs to stay in the 90's lol! A few years ago we gifted my in-laws a photo session with a local photographer for Christmas (they LOVED it by the way! So if you have that person that is hard to buy for, contact me about gift cards!!). Well the second year we did it, my mother-in-law wanted all the boys in the family to be in blue and the women in pink. Everyone in their family (three boys) have blue eyes and the blue shirt makes their eyes pop.  This is great but the problem was that everyone wore all different shades of blue and pink. When this happens you are drawn to all the different shades and how the colors don't really flow, so when I see this I don't focus on everyone's faces in the photos instead I notice all the different blues. So whats interesting is by making everyone the same, it takes away from everyone's faces in the photo. I will say there is one exception to this and its if you have twins/triplets/ quadruplets..... in that case they are always cute when they are dressed the same! 

Photo Courtesy of  Melissa Butler Photography

Photo Courtesy of Melissa Butler Photography

I hope this helps you and your family look their best and take away some of the stress of having an upcoming family photo session! As always, when your a client on KSP I am here to help you from start to end to make your photos your best ones yet. Please don't hesitate to ask questions or send me your clothing laid out to see if it will all work together and in the space we planed your photo session. 

 

 

About the Author:

Katy Short started as a family photographer about 4 years ago but does any and all things from engagements, to weddings, to newborns and family portraits with young and grown kids. She loves God, her Mr. Fix-it husband, three daughters, anything with chocolate. She is grew up in southern Louisiana but loves that she gets to call Mooresville, NC home and she secretly hopes to be able to move back so her daughter’s can experience all the unique things that make Louisiana special.

 

 

She is Finally Here! Welcome Eleni Tate

She is finally here!!

Another little girl joined our family a few weeks ago!!! My brother, Robbie, and sister-in-law, Georgina, welcomed their first child, Eleni Tate!!  This little girl was loved long before she was here and has already stollen quite a few hearts!! 

Newborn Photography | Mooresville NC

There is something so special about watching your older brother navigate parenthood especially after you have been in his shoes yourself (three times lol)! Robbie has always been great with kids and so I have no doubt about the type of father he will be!!! 

Newborn Photography | Mooresville NC
Newborn Photography | Mooresville NC
Newborn Photography | Lake Norman

As soon as Eleni was born my dad, step-mom Kim, as well as my grandparents were there visiting for a few days, and I was fortunate enough that I had an opening in my schedule to be able to drive down to FL to see her a few days as she was one week old!  To be completely honest I was a little anxious to get down there.  These new parents weren’t the parents that came into this knowing a ton about babies, I think they both told me that they had never changed a diaper until she was born! That, along with quite a few funny, slightly unrealistic comments and conversations with Robbie before Eleni was born, made me want to whiteness these two navigate parenthood as soon as possible!! Before I got there I wasn’t quite sure how much help they needed or how to help but not be in the way of their exciting new experience!! However, to my surprise Robbie and Georgina were quickly starting to find their groove as new parents!! There was of course the first blow-out diaper that I think at one point had Eleni having more poop on her head then her bottom, being there for her first bath at home and most importantly being asked to help capture their life at home through my lease! Wow, what an honor to be asked by your bother and sister-in-law (who has a local photographer they love) to be able to capture the first photos of them as a family!!

Newborn Photos | Lake Norman NC
Newborn photographer | Mooresville NC
Newborn Photographer | Mooresville NC
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Their home is a photographer’s dream with all the neutral colors and natural light! We took photos throughout the late morning and early afternoon as we had time between feedings and picking up lunch. Georgina was worried the nursery would be too dark but it ended up not being an issue at all and might be some of my favorite photos I have taken to date!! After photos in the nursery, which Georgina did an amazing job decorating, we took some photos of the three of them in the master bedroom and then we finished the photos downstairs in their kitchen.  The previous photos we had done upstairs were mostly focused on the baby and once we moved downstairs I wanted these to be more about Robbie and Georgina and being able to see their love and connection through the photos! One of my favorite ways of doing this was by coming up with fun games and silly things for Robbie to do to make Georgina laugh!! This is not something that Robbie struggles as he was always keeping my sister and I in stitches when we were growing up (remember the "convertible" and "t-Rex Rob??) 

Newborn Photographer | Mooresville NC
Newborn Photography | Mooresville NC
Newborn Photography | Cornelius NC
Newborn Photography | Cornelius NC
Newborn Photography | Cornelius NC

Robbie and Georgina, thank you so much for not only inviting me into your space as yall have flawlessly navigated this new exciting time but also for letting me be apart of this journey and Eleni's life so far. I know the days and nights become one in these early days but try to savor every cuddle, every smile, and even every late night that you get to sit and rock her back to sleep because these days will go so fast and you will crave for just one more night to hold her until your arms and back feel like they will break! 

Newborn Photography | Huntersville NC
Newborn Photography | Mooresville NC

 

Katy Short is a family photographer but does any and all things from engagements, to weddings, to newborns and family portraits with young and grown kids. She loves God, her Mr. Fix-it husband, three daughters, anything with chocolate. She is grew up in southern Louisiana but loves that she gets to call Mooresville, NC home and she secretly hopes to be able to move back so her daughter's can experience all the unique things that make southern Louisiana so special. Please email Katy at kshortphoto@gmail.com for your next photography needs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Norman Family Portraits | The Glasgow Family

The Glasgow Family

Maureen is the type of mom I strive to be!! Be honest, how many of yall get your Christmas cards out before Thanksgiving?? In her initial message to me she asked if I had availability to take her family photos because she usually gets her Christmas cards out before Thanksgiving!! Those of you that get Christmas cards out or even ordered before Thanksgiving get a gold star in my book!!! I am lucky if I even have a photo of my family together by thanksgiving, let along decide on a card and have it ordered by Christmas, for me, that is winning!!! 

Lake Norman Family Session

Maureen, Art, their two youngest boys, Liam and Riley, and Maureen's mother Kathy, were a dream to work with! The live on Lake Norman and had a beautiful setting next to their home for some evening photos.  We had some concerns on if the weather would hold out (rain was originally in the forecast) and to my pleasure we had a few clouds but the rain stayed away until later that evening!

Lake Norman Family Photographer
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One of Art's requests was that their two female Australian goodendoodles would be in the photos! These two ladies were full of energy and loved the fall leaves (especially Sadie) which got a few laughs from the family! We were able to get a few photos of the dog which is always fun when you can get the those special family members included!

Lake Norman Photographer
Lake Norman Photos
Lake Norman Photography

The one thing that stood out to me the most from this photography session was the love this family has and came through in everything they did! In just the short time I spend with them, you can tell how much these two boys LOVE their mom and would do anything for her!! And it doesn't stop there, Maureen and her mom have such a special bond and can tell they are not only mother and daughter but great friends. Lastly, Maureen and Art, at first Art comes off as the conservative and not a huge talker but I soon realized that he has a goofy side with strategic timing (Ill keep the "supermodel" pose on the blanket in their private gallery, lol). Some of my favorite photos are with the moms and dads during my sessions, it always seems awkward when I tell them to look into each others eyes but you always get some of the best most sincere smiles and you get a glimpse of the love they have for each other and Art and Maureen did not disappoint during these photos! 

Lake Norman Photos
Lake Norman Family Photos

Maureen and Art, thank you for asking me to take photos of your sweet family. Your boys are so kind and will grow up to be amazing men and adults! I hope you love and treasure these photos! 

 

 

Katy Short is a family photographer but does any and all things from engagements, to weddings, to newborns and family portraits with young and grown kids. She loves God, her Mr. Fix-it husband, three daughters, anything with chocolate. She is grew up in southern Louisiana but loves that she gets to call Mooresville, NC home and she secretly hopes to be able to move back so her daughter’s can experience all the unique things that make southern Louisiana so special. Please email Katy at kshortphoto@gmail.com for your next photography needs.