Family Christmas Photos: The Do’s & Dont’s with Todd Nichols Photography

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It’s that time of year again. The time of year every husband dreads… Family photos… to get that perfect Christmas card picture!  We had the pleasure of shooting with Todd Nichols Photography this year. It was really important to me to find a unique location that truly showcased Boise’s mountains and beauty since we just moved here. So naturally, i chose a mountain top. Okay, not really but it sure did seem like that when we were hiking up the hill and I could already see my kids starting to crumble. So today, I wanted to share some of the tips and trades I have learned over the years of Christmas photos and other shoots. I also wanted to share some of our favorite photos, some of the true MELTDOWNS from JoJo and some info on our sweet husband and wife photography team! Thanks for stopping by. I’m saving our favorite photo for our cards.

DO

1. Scout the perfect photographer – Look at their portfolios. Your going to need someone who can snap away and understand the time commitment you have with a young one

2. Bring a piece of bribery ALONG with you. Such as chocolate bar, gummies or whatever your little one can gobble down. I wouldn’t recommend lollipops because I’ve done it … and then your stuck with a toddler smirking with a lolly stick hanging out of their mouth.

3. Give a special treat after to reward them for complying. Let them pick the restaurant you eat at. Let them pick a movie or watch at home.

DON’T

1. Don’t stress about outfits. I know that’s the first thing we think as mommas! “What will we all wear?” “Will it’s Coordinate?”. It really depends on your background on where you are shooting. I always like to look on Pinterest for similar backdrops and see what outfit colors really stuck out to me. You dont want to blend in and be washed out but you also dont want to be in something too loud it takes away from the photo. For easy go to colors, whites always look good.

2. during the shoot If your kids aren’t working with you…. Don’t panic. Don’t get mad. Just go with the flow. Some of the best photos we have are the ones that our kids just simply aren’t cooperating and we end up throwing them in the air or tickling them to death. I promise, you will get ONE! And if not …. well there is always next year. 😉

This year jojo was not having it … see below photos…..

But you’ll see… its okay he’s throwing a fit. We will just hang him upside down and get a cute photo! Haha! Todd and Julie did a great job just pushing through with a grumpy toddler. Here are some of photos

Over all we ended up getting some great photos. I wont share them all because ill be posting them over some time! We were very luck to have Todd and Julie helping us tame our kiddos. If you are in the boise area Todd and Julie are amazing! Here is a little about them! They are so fun to work with:

Todd and Julie Nichols are portrait and wedding photographers and business coaches.  They are also parents of four humans, one miniature mutt and one ginormous English Lab.   Co-cooking date nights are a favorite activity and they just happen to be sparkling water connoisseurs.  Todd and Julie welcome all help and comments in their constant quest for the perfect automated vacuum cleaner and are huge fans of family snuggle time in front of a fire.  OH, and shoes!…It’s important to have the right tool for the job right?!

We believe with our WHOLE hearts that capturing the beauty in our clients and the love in their relationships can only come from a heart that knows and gives love.

Thanks for checking in! I wish you all the best with your next photo adventure and a Merry, Merry Christmas!

To contact Todd and Julie click HERE > Www.toddnichols.com

My Off The Shoulder Swim Top- under $15

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Hi loves! Hope everyone is having fun gearing up for the Solar Eclipse! I got a few messages about my swim top from yesterdays post so I figured i’d link it here! Ive been working on getting my instagram stories to provide a link but … its harder than I thought. Anyways, I love this look for a relaxing day at the beach and throw a wrap around your waist for a cute look!

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Best thing is its under $16 bucks and comes in five different colors! I linked two different brands that are both around the same price point but one is PRIME, Same suit! I like to pair the top with bottoms I already have for a mix/match look. I ordered the size LARGE (asian 6-8) because it is asian sizing but think it would be more comfortable in a MEDIUM.

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Enjoy!

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A little Rachel Zoe with Amethyst Salon

Hello Loves! Its been a while…. I know. This move has kept me busy! I am back to share with you some fun photos by Todd Nichols Photography from a recent shoot I was a part of for my new favorite Boise salon, Amethyst! All of the models were lent some amazing Rachel Zoe Dresses from a local boutique, Peace Unique. Here are some of my favorite photos!

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A huge Thank you to Kristin and Cel from Salon Amethyst for letting me a part of such a fun shoot! You girls rock ❤

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Shop my black Rachel Zoe gown below by clicking the picture

Rachel Zoe Estelle Gown
Click Photo for link.

XOXO,

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Shopping with FiFi’s: Summer Style’s

How many times can I say it? I love consignment shopping, and I LOVE FiFi’s! I recently teamed up with them to do a summer shoot for a taste of their great styles! I scored a Zimmermann dress that still had the tag on it ($495) and got it for $13 dollars! I love finding steals like that. Below are some of the outfits they have in right now! The Valentino wedge espradrilles were my favorite!

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to say we had fun was an understatement …

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Stop in to their Cornelius, NC Location or to shop any of these looks call 704-892-7070 !

All the photos courtesy of Megan Hettinger.

XoXo,

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bikini love <3

Hey Ladies! Ive had a few requests on my favorite swimsuits, especially for moms who need a little give and take. Here is one of my favorites for summer 2017 ❤

The PILYQ Samba suit! I paired this tassel top with a simple black bottom. Its a great suit for running around and has full coverage with a cute criss cross tie in the back. The embroidery details are bound to turn eyes! Size up for the swim top, I wore the medium and think I could have even worn the Large!

My coverup is sold out but here is one similar for quarter of the price!

click the photo below to purchase the PILYQ SAMBA suite

Click the photo below to purchase  

Enjoy ❤

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Planning the perfect photoshoot with Michelle Porter Photography

 

Recently Michelle Porter from Michelle Porter Photography asked if I was available for a mommy and me shoot. Of course I jumped on the oppurtunity! I knew I had to start planning and coordinating outfits which can often be stressful for families with more than 2 kids. I want to use this post to share my steps to a simple and stress free photo session and also share the amazing work from a dear friend, Michelle!

Lets face it. As much as we want our family members to be excited about family photo shoots… they just aren’t. It sometimes becomes a task just pre-planning what your going to have to bribe them with to make them smile for the camera. Yes, Husbands require this too! (jk babe, you are awesome)

I love photos. I always have. Its so special to me to look back at a day from 4,5, or 10 years ago and relive the moment from a picture we captured. Its time you’ll never get back so I cherish a good photo. Here are a few things I do before photo shoots.

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  1. look online (pinterest) for inspiration. Have a set of ideas, props and looks sent to your photographer before the shoot. For this shoot, I took a vintage chair I had sitting in my closet and propped it in our yard. And Brielle actually has a wool rug wrapped around her! Michelle and a friend of hers handmade these fresh flower crowns. It was so fun to change things up! Brielle and I felt like fairies!
  2. Decide on a location. Try to think out of the box for this one! Even in your woods or a family park can be the best. We chose our yard for this shoot.
  3. Choose outfits for you and your family members. This can be tricky. Its hard to color coordinate your whole family and make sure everything matches perfectly and blends. Its easy to find yourself racing around the day before the shoot looking for the perfect dress or shirt for your son so have this done a week or so in advance giving you time to make changes. Not sure what colors compliment each other? Another great time to use pinterest for inspiration. Sometimes the simplest outfits can make for the best pictures. I chose to use a simple old tee to dress down my sequin skirt. Want to make the most of your shoot? Ask your photographer if you can do an outfit change!
  4. Want to get really slammed up and cherish your photos forever? Hire a professional Hair and Makeup artist. My goto Girl is Rachel Rupert. To contact Rachel email rachelsrupert@gmail.com .
  5. Prep your skin the night before! I love to get a spray tan to give add a little color in photos. With my hair so light I can sometimes look a little ghosty. My favorite new product to use mornings of are NERIUM EYE-V HYDROGEL PATCHES. My mother in law got me hooked on these. The work fast to brighten your skin under your eyes along with reducing fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness. These things work magic. If you’d like to purchase and give these a try click HERE .
  6. Have kids? Pack chocolate. Brielle hates taking pictures so we had to take 1 or 2 chocolate breaks.
  7. HAVE FUN! Don’t be stiff, Let loose. Tickle your kids, throw them in the air! Pinch your partners but and smile. These will be memories you’ll cherish forever. A special Thank You to Michelle for capturing these amazing photos and Lynsey Marie for the adorable video. Enjoy!

 

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Contact Michelle for photos
Contact Lynsey for videography 

best of luck on your next photo session

XOXO

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my boots with the pearl – Replica Nicholas Kirkwood boots for a fraction of the price

I get excited over little victories like this. I follow along with a lot of high fashion celebs and influencers and fall in love with a lot/most of their outfits… There are a few things I see and know I can’t live without making them a pretty little spot in my closet… But a lot of times the cost is just outrageous. That was the case when I saw Olivia Culpo in the most amazing pair of over the knee boots with an oversized pearl perfectly placed underneath the heel.

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But I took one look at the pretty little price tag and gasped. I knew I loved them but were they really worth spending $1,595? I think not. So I went on the search to find anything even remotely close. I searched and searched and searched. Found them!! And for a fraction of the price… drumb roll please ….. $115.00 … win!

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The perfect boots with the pearl. I get a lot of compliments on these babies so I figured i’d share my victory, Because they are beautiful! I wear them with everything and they are so comfortable.

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Here are the links for my outfit:

Boots with the Pearl:

Nine Seven Suede Leather Women’s Round Toe Exquisite Chunky Heel Pearl Handmade Over The Knee High Boot (7.5, black)

Zac Posen Bag/Backpack:(click photo)

Dress, Similar: (click photos)

 


As always, Thanks for following along. Lots of love & God Bless!

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