Bekka & Todd - A Ripley, MS Wedding

From the moment I first met with these two to plan their engagement and wedding pictures, I just knew that their big day was going to be nothing short of incredible.  Both Bekka and Todd are so thoughtful and the love they have for each other just radiates!!  From the small town, simplistic elegance of the decor and the touch of personality and sass of her Kate Spade keds, I  was swooning over every last detail!

There were so many laughs, smiles, and a few tears shed (even by myself I must admit) on their big day!  It was truly a dream to capture such happy memories for these two and I can't wait to see where their life together takes them.


Do I Need An Album?

I hear the following questions all the time:  

Do I really need an album?  Can't I just make my own online?  What do the albums you offer even look like??

Well here's my answer, do you NEED an album?  No.  Are they great to have?  Absolutely!! 

There is something about being able to flip through real pages with printed images that brings it all back.  Yes, you can scroll through that Facebook album that you posted 3 years ago and take a peak through all the pictures that you have from your wedding day.  BUT doesn't it seem more special and personal to have your own copy, curl up on the couch together and really look at your favorite images?

Or one day you have friends and family over who have never seen your pictures (and let's face it, you're 3 kids deep so your walls are now dedicated to their portraits) and you get to hand them a photo album instead of passing around an iPhone?  There really is just something special and fun about having your own wedding album.  One that will stand the test of time.  One that is right there when you need it.  You don't have to scroll or even search through the archives!

(Which also makes a "baby's first year" album great!  In all the busyness who really has time to go back through a YEAR of cute toothless grins, first steps, etc!?)

Our albums really are the cream of the crop!  With linen, leather, or photo covers, they offer a great classic look that aren't an eyesore on your bookshelf or coffee table.  The pages are thick and durable, meaning tiny fingers that want to see mommy and daddy's wedding pictures for the hundredth time won't rip them up...thus sending you to create a new book.  Our pages are hand designed to showcase your images perfectly and they even lay FLAT!  No more getting irritated about that quarter inch of the page that you cannot see because the pages are curled in the middle!

Long story short, I really am a print/album advocate because there is nothing like seeing your pictures in person...not on a screen.  Which is something we have lost in this digital age.  Like I always say, invest in those hard copies because you can pass them down for can't pass down your outdated device! :)

It's Fall Y'all: Family Portraits Here We Come!!


I can hear it now!

"Sweetheart, what exactly are you wanting me and the kids to wear for these family pictures?  Do we match?  Will this look okay?  Are you sure?"

It literally happens every time in my house and so I imagine {and hope} that I'm not the only one who goes through this struggle with the husband and the littles!  Not to mention, I run it all through my mind over and over and over until I'm seeing subtle pastels, stripes, and polka dots in my sleep!  No need to panic Kate, the pictures will turn out GREAT!  Right??

One of the first questions I always get when setting up family portrait sessions for my clients is "What do you suggest I wear?  Is there a color scheme you think will go best?"  Here are a few tips that I always share to help keep the stress to a minimum.

Consider your backdrop

Are you having portraits taken in the woods, on a city street, in a cotton field, etc....  Your backdrop plays a large role in what will look best!  Some locations are more forgiving than others and you want to make sure that everything flows so that when you look at that giant picture over the mantle, you smile instead of saying, "I wish I hadn't worn THAT!"

One of our most popular sessions is the cotton field (as well as a wooded/green fielded area).  These are going to be your most flexible backdrops.  There isn't much going on behind you, so you can play a little more with your patterns.  Stripes and polka dots are always a hit and look great.  BUT when taking outdoor pictures, try to stay away from the "micro" florals and the colors of your surroundings!  You may disappear! ;)  For city scape pics, go with the bold solid colors that highlight your eyes (and lipstick)!


Pick a color scheme...not a color/color family

I see it every year.  The entire family is either in all white or all black.  Don't get me wrong, there is a time and an occasion for this choice, but typically choosing another route will look much better and will actually be easier to accommodate (especially for large groups).

When you're having fall family portraits done in particular, choose a color scheme.  Tell everyone to wear fall colors (dark purple, burnt orange, mustard yellow, dark green, navy blue, brown, maroon)!  Chances are, everyone will show up in a different color, so no one blends in with each other, and while you don't all match, the outfits flow together.  You can also say everyone where something Christmas-y.  This doesn't have to necessarily mean ONLY red and green, but add in some white, gold, and silver and you have a festive picture where everyone still coordinates!  The KEY is coordination OVER matching.


Wear something that makes YOU comfortable and makes you feel great in your own skin!  How often do we feel like a model when we are wearing that killer top we got last month on sale and it fits just right?  That comfort and confidence will shine through in your portraits and you will be much happier with the outcome!  

Another thing to keep in mind is to stay classic.  Try to avoid what is especially trendy at the current time and stick with what is always in style.  Because who wants to look back at their pictures 20 years from now and say... WHY?! 


Hopefully this helps clam the chaos that is organizing your family portraits!  Don't forget to book your session before time gets away from you!  If you're interested in any of our mini sessions, you can click on the links below to sign up!  If you'd like a full portrait session, contact us today and let's get you on our calendar!

Cotton Field Mini Sessions (Oxford, MS)

Christmas Tree Farm Mini Sessions (Nesbit, MS)