mother's day post with miss Mariah graham
mother's day post with miss Mariah graham

They are southern charm at its finest with a big front porch to match.

I visited the Graham's for a house call a few weeks ago to help them put together a few outfits for their up coming photo shoot. I always snap pics of each outfit we plan to use, the color palette and all the small details for reference. Later I flip back through these snapshots and pair each with a location to compliment.

My clients' own closets have proven the best place to start outfit building. If necessary you can always suggest a few new pieces of clothing or a snappy accessory to pop or make it feel more current. It's tempting to indulge in completely new outfits for a photo session, I'll admit... but here's why you shouldn't.

Have you ever bought a new outfit only to realize (while wearing it) that you simply hate it (the fit, the cut, etc.)? "How could the sales clerk have let me buy this ill-fitting atrocity," you huff. Ever been that person?? Hindsight is really good at pointing out all our bad wardrobe choices.

I have a huge canvas hanging on one of my walls that is my nagging reminder to always have a trusted second opinion. I cannot make myself take it down since it's a beautiful image of the lush mountains of Costa Rica, even if my outfit is less than timeless. Don't make this same mistake!

When I'm shopping for a new something to wear, especially if I know that the outfit will be staring back at me for years to come, I always take a trusted second opinion along. Or call me, I'd love to help you find a timeless outfit that fits you just right.

*Pictured is the Graham family both impromptu at their home as well as a few weeks later during their photo shoot. (Each of them are wearing their own favorite clothing styled for a causal outdoor session.) I've styled three different palettes for them, don't miss their formal, musically inspired pictures in my next post. xo- Laura

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