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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

This line from Charles Dickens’ classic, A Tale of Two Cities might also describe your families’ various mental states before, during and after a family photo session. But lucky for you, this year’s mini sessions are with our very own Agata Schoenborn, so we are sure they are going to be spectacular!

The other good news is that these sessions are truly mini–just 15 minutes. Long enough to capture some great moments of your family, but not so long that they can legitimately complain about the process taking too long!

Still not sure where to start? First, try to relax and do some planning before the day of your shoot so as to minimize any last minute pandemonium (no judgement if it happens anyway). Below are a few throw-back tips from last year’s mini-session prep feature. So read on if you’re looking for inspiration on what to wear:

  • Decide whether you want to be casual or more formal. Do what suits your family’s personal style. Matching PJ’s? Fine! Elevated casual-wear? That works too! Church clothes or school uniforms. Yes! There is no right answer here. It all depends on personal preference.
  • OK, you’ve chosen your style. Now it is time to build some outfits! It may be easier to begin building your family’s outfits by picking one child’s outfit first and then style everyone to coordinate based on the color palette of the first outfit. Layering can be very helpful to achieve a harmonious palette across all family members.
  • Notice I said “coordinate,” not “match.” Choose outfits in the same color family–think naturals, earth tones, jewel tones, shades of blue, etc. Stay away from too many patterns that may detract from your faces.
  • Don’t forget to match the shoes (or decide to be barefoot if that is how you roll!). Accessories matter, so make sure shoes, hair bows and jewelry are on point with your color theme or keep it minimal and forego accessories if you are going for a more natural, everyday look.

Proceeds from all mini-sessions will benefit Saint Mary’s Catholic School’s Annual Fund.