Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Reader Request: Christmas Card photo shoot for a new mom

This week I got an email from an old friend in need of some shopping help for her upcoming Christmas photo shoot.  Meredith and her husband, Justin, have an adorable 5 month old boy named Jackson and will be taking some photos for their 2010 Christmas card.  Here's how she describes her situation:
All of our prior shoots have been really casual, so I'm wanting a look that is a little more festive without screaming "we bought these outfits just for our Christmas card photos". Can you help me put together some ideas for the three of us that coordinate without being matchy matchy?
Meredith has also asked that her outfit have some structure to them, for optimal figure flattery, but not consist of button down tops since they aren't easy to find post-baby.  Drawing from what I learned when working with Zoe D. Photography (see posts here and here) I've created some options assembled from items that are still available in stores right now:

Casual Holiday Party
One of my favorite silhouettes right now is the long cardigan over a knee length dress with a thin belt.  I've been wearing it myself lately and it is SO forgiving.  The open cardigan creates a vertical line down the body and the thin belt defines the waist.  Add some fun jewelry and flats, and you're good to go!  For dad, I picked a casual gray button down since plaids and stripes can get distorted in photos.  Paired with dark jeans, it looks nice but not like he's on his way to the office.  Finally, for little Jackson, I picked a fun sweater from Baby Gap, khakis (or jeans) and a cute hat to use as a fun prop in the photo shoot.

Button down shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters, Watch: Kenneth Cole, Loafer: Banana Republic
Hat: Old Navy, Sweater: Baby Gap, Khakis: Old Navy
Dress: Old Navy, Cardigan: American Eagle Outfitters, Belt: Target, Flats: Forever 21

"Oh hi, we were just decking our halls"
This look is pretty casual, but I think it would photograph nicely in an outdoor setting.  For Meredith, I followed the same formula of flowy, but not bulky, base layer and a belted cardie on top.  I added my favorite Long & Lean jeans because they're super flattering.  For Justin, I picked an olive colored quarter-zip sweater and dark jeans and then picked overalls and a striped thermal shirt for Jackson.

Zip up sweater: Old Navy, Jeans: Gap
Striped shirt: Old Navy, Overalls: Baby Gap
Polka dot blouse: Old Navy, Cardigan: Old Navy, Belt: The Limited, Jeans: Gap 

Festive Family Party
The last option I put together is the most dressy and more appropriate for a holiday party.  For Meredith, I picked a fun swingy coat in a deep red worn over a chic drapey dress from Gap.  For Justin, I selected a jewel tone sweater with basic gray pants.  And for Jackson, I picked a button down shirt and the same khakis from before.

Sweater: Old Navy, Pants: Gap
Button down shirt: Gap, Khakis: Old Navy
Coat: The Limited, Dress: Gap, Clutch: Forever 21


  1. These are great combos for photos, Haley! I would love it if my clients showed up in ensembles like these. Well done!

  2. These are fantastic Haley! Thank you so much! I am totally ordering all of outfit #1 and picking some pieces from the others to incorporate into stuff we already have. Thank you for doing this for me! I will definitely share our pics with you!

  3. You are very welcome - I enjoy making these. I'm glad you liked them! I'm considering outfit #1 for myself too :)



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