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Wardrobe Wednesday {what to wear} | Crawler Covers

This week, Morgan spotlights an awesome retailer for those of you with little ones. I LOVE these leggings. How perfect would they be for a first birthday cake smash session? If you’re one of my clients on the schedule who has one coming up, be sure to enter to win a pair!

Here’s what new mom Morgan has to say:

My son may only be 13 days old, but I’m already thinking about how to dress him (A) in a way that makes changing a diaper as easy as possible, and (B) in a way that makes impromptu photos just a little bit cuter.

A few years ago I stumbled upon BabyLegs, a company that makes stylish leggings that cover a kid’s legs without covering the diaper. I wondered if there might be a local business producing something similar. Via Etsy (isn’t the whole world on Etsy now?), I discovered a mom making something she calls “Crawler Covers.” And turns out, she lives in my neighborhood!

You’ve got a chance to win some free crawler covers … more on that in a moment. First, I want to introduce Laurie Williams of Crawler Covers & More. I asked her to briefly describe what she does, and why. Here’s my little Q&A with Laurie …

How did your business begin?

My business began on a whim. I started making the leg warmers for my daughter, who was 18 months old at the time. A few friends inquired about them and suggested I start selling them. I was pleasantly surprised that the business took off and has lasted the past 5 years. I love my job and all my amazing customers.

Why do you like crawler covers?

I like them because they are so versatile. Not only can babies wear them to protect their knees when crawling, older children can wear them for dance class, soccer, and can be worn as arm warmers for chilly mornings.

Do you do custom orders? What sizes do you sell? Do they fit newborns, or are they better for children a bit older?

I sell the leg warmers in 2 sizes. The itty bitty size is for newborns up to 12 months of age. The toddler size fits most up to the age of 8. The toddler size will fit newborns, and will scrunch up on their legs until they fully grow into them.

 

Want to nab six FREE pairs of Crawler Covers for your very own? You have three chances to win. Here’s how:

Entry 1: Go to Morgan’s blog post HERE and leave a comment saying why you want to win.

Entry 2: Like the Wardrobe Wednesday and Crawler Covers Facebook pages, return to Morgan’s post and leave a separate comment saying you did so.

Entry 3: Head over to the Crawler Covers Etsy shop and do a little pre-shopping. Leave another comment on Morgan’s post with a link to the pair you most have your eyes on.

Please note that only separate comments will be counted as individual entries. If you leave all your information in one comment, it will only be counted as one entry. Comments left on my blog will not count as entries — only those made on Morgan’s post. The winner will be chosen via Random.org on Monday, April 16th at 9:00 AM EST.

* This contest is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook.
** Crawler Cover photos by Blossom Portraiture ArtJill Serrano PhotographyJennifer Cusimano and Blink Photography.

Wardrobe Wednesday {what to wear} | Families with older kids

Just yesterday I got an email request from a mom to book a senior session as well as a family portrait session before summer gets in full swing and everyone goes in their own directions. This week Lindsay in Texas put together a look for this occasion. Perfect for one last group shot while everyone is still living under one roof!

Here’s what she has to say:

“Right now I’m getting lots of inquiries from senior clients who want one last family portrait before they head off to college. Dressing families with older children isn’t much different from dressing families with small children, but it’s definitnely time for another post to help give all of these more “mature” families a visual. I started with a fun print for the daughter’s dress that gave me a lot of good color options and built the rest from there. This is a more casual look, and I think the families I’ve photographed around this age range have just felt and acted more like themselves and more relaxed in casual outfits — and it’s something I generally recommend. All of the outfits from head to toe were found at Old Navy — I know moms of kids everywhere can appreciate one-stop shopping!”

 

 

Where to shop

 

MOM

Capri Pants – $25.00 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=8976980020008&cid=5456

Tank Top – $10.00 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=72244&vid=1&pid=706081&scid=706081702

Sweater – $22.99 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=59093&vid=1&pid=898026

Necklace – $14.50 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=9198&vid=1&pid=174530&scid=174530002

Sandals – $19.50 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=55151&vid=1&pid=897799&scid=897799002

 

DAUGHTER

Dress – $27.50 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=50186&vid=1&pid=898301&scid=898301012

Sweater – $20.00 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=60783&vid=1&pid=122726&scid=122726042

Earrings – $8.94 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=9201&vid=1&pid=158844&scid=158844002

Wedges – $25.00 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=55150&vid=1&pid=897791&scid=897791012

 

SON

Shirt – $19.50 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=64803&vid=1&pid=897967&scid=897967022

Shorts – $19.50 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=34053&vid=1&pid=289066&scid=289066022

Sneakers – $24.94 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=37844&vid=1&pid=104503&scid=104503012

 

DAD

Shirt – $12.50 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=6985&vid=1&pid=898372&scid=898372042

Jeans – $29.50 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=5209&vid=1&pid=574143&scid=574143022

Sandals – $19.94 http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=16727&vid=1&pid=104482&scid=104482012

Grace {Class of 2012} | Dallas Senior Photographer

It has always been a dream of mine to photograph a beautiful senior with her horse. Well, my dream came true when I meet Grace! At her pre-session consult she just happened to mention that she rides horses. She wasn’t planning on having her horse in her senior session but with some persuasion from me and agreeing to do an extra bonus session for her we made it work! I loved the way her session turned out!

Wardrobe Wednesday {what to wear} | Military Session

A few weeks ago we had a request on our fan page to address outfits for a portrait session with a military uniform. Well we found the perfect person to do it! This week’s guest post is by the incredibly talented Rachel Brenke who is a soon-to-be mom of three, a military wife, a student finishing law school AND a photographer! Phew. I’m exhausted just typing all of that. I can’t imagine how she does it! And she still found time to put together these awesome ensembles.

Here’s what Rachel has to say:

As a military spouse, working intimately with clients who are going through deployments/homecomings is really emotion-invoking.  The mindset getting ready for a homecoming or deployment session is completely different than one of family portraits that are done yearly. There’s always the real possibility this may be their last, or at the very least the photographs will become one of the things that will help the family get through the rough separation. Being in a military community, the majority of my clients are military, even if they prefer not to be photographed in uniform. My biggest goal with getting ready for a session — especially one that is during or before a deployment — is to ensure that they have FUN, because you are essentially taking up their limited time together and want to make it more than a session. Make it a memory.  Of course the goal is for ALL clients to feel this, but with military families, it just seems to have that air of privilege that you get to be the one to document the moment.

I chose the colors for the styled outfits because they are reminiscent of the yellow and blues that are often associated with the United States military and flag. I avoided reds as red is not flattering on everyone. The use of cooler tones tied in this patriotic theme and will be flattering for most body types and skin tones.

 

 

 

Army Couple:

Dress – Old Navy $35.00

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=898983&locale=en_US&kwid=1&sem=false&sdReferer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oldnavy.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-clothing.jsp

Shoes – Target $29.99
http://www.target.com/p/Women-s-Mossimo-Primrose-Espadrille-Wedge-Sandals-Taupe/-/A-13474053

Necklace – Old Navy $16.94
http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=9198&vid=1&pid=174371&scid=174371002

Bracelet – Old Navy $10.94
http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=9204&vid=1&pid=158831&scid=158831032

 

Army Family:

Mom top: Old Navy: $18
http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=72298&vid=1&pid=897493&scid=897493012

Mom capris $29.94
http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=5456&vid=1&pid=115525&scid=115525012

Mom sandals – Target – $14.99
http://www.target.com/p/Women-s-Merona-Emeline-Braided-Flat-Sandals-Black/-/A-13140084

Boys shirt – Target – 10.99
http://www.target.com/p/Shaun-White-Boys-Short-Sleeve-Polo-Oxide-Green/-/A-13929730

Boys Jeans – Crazy 8 – $19.95
http://www.crazy8.com/shop/dept_item.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524445991083&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306246574&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395917465&bmUID=1331835763684&productSizeSelected=0&fit_type=

Boys shoes – Target $19.99
http://www.target.com/p/Toddler-Boy-s-Cherokee-Kalvin-Boat-Shoe-Brown/-/A-13758487

Girls Dress – Target $17.99
http://www.target.com/p/Cherokee-Girls-Eyelet-Dress-Navy/-/A-13923574

Girls sandals – Payless $9.99<
http://www.payless.com/store/product/detail.jsp?catId=cat10090&subCatId=cat10327&skuId=095250120&productId=67233&lotId=095250&category=&catdisplayName=Girls

 

Rachel Brenke is a Texas-based wedding and senior portrait photographer, as well as a business consultant for photographers. She offers online and in-person workshops for all levels of photographers to aid in establishing and growing their business.

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