15 Proven Wardrobe Tips that Guarantee Success in Family Photos

Coordinating outfits can be the most fun part of getting your family portraits taken, or it can be the biggest headache.  I personally love the puzzle of coordinating everyone (though no one in my family appreciates my efforts on this...and often times I will buy something--for my boys in particular--that is worn JUST for the family photo and never worn again.  Totally worth it, IMHO).

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Senior Graduation Checklist: Grad Party Invites

If you are reading this and have a senior, or soon to be senior, I am making us both a list and giving suggestions for ways to simplify all the details.  I get to do this three more times for my next three kids, so I will hopefully be a graduation NINJA by the time my youngest graduates.

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Personal & Professional Brand Photography (Why Every Business Needs This)

Personal branding is marketing YOU.  As an entrepreneur using social media, blogs, or a website, you must gain visibility through high quality images that represent who you are and what makes YOU the person they should choose. Grow your business with great storytelling images that help you stand out, gain more followers, book more clients, and sell more product.  

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Kitchen and Bath Designer Professional Headshots

The Z Design Showcase unveiling on Thursday, April 19th from 4-7pm for Design Week Portland. Here is a link with more information about Design Week Portland. Be sure to mark your calendars because from the little bit I got to see during our photo shoot, there will be a LOT of great inspiration for your next home, kitchen, bathroom, and tile projects.

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Brilliant Newborn Photo Pics: Everything You Need to Own For a Baby PhotoShoot

Newborn photography is an art form not many photographers can master.  It requires a ton of patience, a comfort level with infants and a large array of gear and props.

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Valentine's Day Family Traditions: Imperfectly Perfect Family Traditions

I have mentioned before that I am weirdly fond of this holiday.  We have a few long standing traditions that we do every year.  I ALWAYS order heart shaped pizza from Papa Murphy's.  Pizza makes everyone happy and heart shaped pizza even more so. 

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Sunday Supper Series: Chicken Avocado Lime Soup

I am a sucker for anything that involves lime, cilantro and avocado.  ANYTHING.  I follow cookingclassy on Instagram and pinterest and her feeds never disappoint.  This recipe is delicious even as leftovers the next day--with a freshly sliced avocado!  I do not do two jalapenos b/c it is just too spicy for us, but I ALWAYS seed my jalapenos.  Nothing ruins a great meal like blowing your brains out with too much heat!

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Essentialism: Quotes I Don't Want to Forget Tomorrow

You already know how much I love this Essentialism book by Greg McKeown.  Unfortunately, however, I have a little bit of short-term memory loss when it comes to self-help books.  I think "Ah HAH! This is so brilliant!  This is life changing material right here!" And then it leaves my mind completely. 

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Sunday Supper Series: Chipotle Lime Chicken Tacos

Another one of my favorite food bloggers is Leigh Anne from Home Based Mom.  She is an incredibly talented woman with a gift for food, home decor, family, entertaining and fun.  I have followed her for years and I am a better cook, photographer, and hostess for it! 

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Leaving The Country: Travel Checklist For a Costa Rica Vacation

Remember how I don't like to go anywhere farther away than Target?  

Lest, you think I am just one of those moms of four kids who works out and then doesn't shower for three hours while taking care of "just one more thing" (Give a Mouse a Cookie...) at the expense of all house cleaning, laundry and food prep, I am flying to COSTA RICA next week!  All. By. Myself.  

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8 Valentine's Day Must Have Photo Ideas

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite random, expensive and totally unnecessary holidays.  I get all heart eyes when I look at the creative ways to celebrate this holiday with pictures. So many fun and creative ideas!

Click on the links below each image to be taken to the original source to see even more eye candy photo inspiration.

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