Her voluminous blonde waves still look just as amazing as they did when we were in college. If anything, time has only refined and solidified her personal style. Bright colors, patterns and warm, cozy textures were littered across my screen as I began to design story boards with Melissa's style in mind. We had begun with a few favorite items selected from the Kaufman's own closets and I headed to my office inspired to shop online for pieces to complete each outfit.
Side note *** Pulling together clothing choices for an entire family portrait can be an daunting task, especially if the end result has been determined to fit a specific location and its surrounding decor. Of course, no one wants to feel obligated to purchase a piece of clothing you will never wear again, its only purpose to fit a color scheme for your family portrait. I have been in this situation before (I'm sure most of us have!) and know it stifles any sense of "casual" and most certainly "natural". Try not to think about your hard earned dollars dropped on clothes you would have never bought, let alone worn. All this for the sake of a current family portrait!?! In my opinion, it is ALWAYS worth using a favorite piece of clothing before buying something new. Of course, you can add a few new items to bring cohesiveness to the rest of the family. I guaranty you will feel MOST comfortable and LOVE your photos even more!!
In saying all of this, naturally my end goal was to be a true reflection of each person's personal style. Its only fitting that each of her daughters would already have a style all of their own just like their sweet mom. Lucy's polka-dot sweater dress paired with her pink Hunter boots was a great place to begin. I added a pop of yellow, plus extra stripes. Then moving on, a new boyfriend-blazer (Crewcuts) and cheetah print corduroys (from her own wardrobe) paired with snappy color block ballet flats and a loose silk top (also Crewcuts) and Sophia's outfit was perfected. Miss Millie's knitted dress and suede, fringed boots as well as, Mom's yellow frock, boots and watch, Dad's shoes and denim were all selected from their own wardrobes.
Our conversation had began in the fall with a message from Melissa.
..."The girls are at such fun ages now that I want to capture their personalities and how they interact together as sisters."...
This was a great place to start. Now to fit all the pieces together! Come along and take a look behind the scenes!