Happy Holidays from Stories Framed Photography

If you happen to be looking around the web this Christmas Day…. We wish you a very Happy Holiday!


The Photographer's Kids Strike Back.

All my clients had the greatest holiday photos to choose from. On the other hand, I was permitted to take EIGHT photos of my darling ones. That doesn't mean I would END UP with eight after culling and editing. Nope. I was permitted to take a grand total of eight photographs. My camera could go "click" no more than eight times (even on silent mode). Samantha kept me in check by counting as I shot. Gee thanks.

Not to worry. I can make nearly anything work. This year's card may just be a classic. OY to the world. PERFECT. On every level. And look at their faces - they just scream "OY". (Really, they were deep in prayer that their mommy wouldn't fall off the chair and squish them.)

Rest assured, they redeem themselves on the flip side...



what to wear | vol. 2 | fall 2013

Right about now, as the temperatures dip a little below what we consider "comfortable weather", thermostats everywhere are being flipped to "heat", wardrobes are being switched to heavier clothing, and tears are threatening to freeze on the cheeks of those who shed them. That would be me. While I'm an A-1 fan of the Fall Wardrobe, I am not in love - or even in like - with winter. Blech. Hibernation is my future.

So as we move into cooler weather and fall photo sessions, here is some advice for dressing for your big day.

It's easy to get caught up in the cliches of the season: 

  • We all must wear white shirts and blue jeans.
  • We all must wear a shade of maroon, mustard or brown. 
  • We all must sit in a pile of leaves as the rest of the leaves cascade from the trees all around us.

If done exceptionally well, the above options are not terrible.  (Although as a photographer, I have no control over how and when a tree sheds its leaves.)  On the other hand, you don't have to be a stereotype! Remember, you will be seeing your fall pictures on your holiday cards in December, on your fridge in February and on your mantle next spring. Just because it's fall doesn't mean your clothing choice has to express it. Check out this great option for a family - with not a shade of brown or orange in sight...


If you are doing an outdoor session this season, think outside the shopping bag. You don't have to match each other and you don't have to match the scenery. Imagine how beautifully your family would stand out against a warm autumn background in these sharp, cool tones of grey and teal. And notice how the family coordinates perfectly by pulling out a few colors and matching those? Not obvious or overwhelming. Simply perfect.

P.S. Do you still need to book your fall session? Get going, sleepy head! Time is running out! Check out my calendar and contact me TODAY to get your appointment. 

what to wear | vol. 1 | summer 2013

Everyone wants to know what to wear for their photography session. It's a big deal. I imagine it goes something like this...

You want your kids to look their cutest, cleanest and match-iest. You want them to look like, for one moment in time, they follow directions, sing with the birds in the morning and would never EVER come home from school with paint, grass stains and chocolate milk on their pants. You want your husband to be comfortable and casual - not mowing-the-grass casual but not Casual-Friday casual either. And then there's you, mom. If you're like me, your daily uniform might consist of a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. When it's chilly, there's a long-sleeved t-shirt underneath, and when it's cold, there's a cardigan thrown in there, too. Oh, and when I dress up, it means I put on a BLACK t-shirt (oooh!!!).

So, yes, I totally get it.

You have Photo Session Wardrobe Anxiety Disorder.

Well, as your fellow t-shirt donning Queen of Casual, I am here to offer some help. 


Your goal should be to represent YOURSELVES. You don't want to look at these portraits a year later (not to speak of a few DAYS later! Yikes!) and not recognize the people staring back at you. 

  1. Don't over-do it. Unless you normally wear lots of accessories, don't plan on wearing them to your session. If your kids don't usually wear accessories, don't have them wear any to the shoot. The additional necklaces, bracelets, headbands, etc. will only make you uncomfortable and your kids fidgety. On the other hand, if your little girl loves to play dress up with tons of baubles and beads, bring 'em along! She might be more willing to cooperate if she can wear her favorites.
  2. Dressed up doesn't have to be drastic. If you are a pants-only kind of gal, stick with a pants. If your kids don't like their shirts tucked in, go with it. (All the cool kids are wearing it like that, mooooom.) If your husband insists on wearing his Metallica t-shirt from 1987, well, um.... have him put a jacket over it? In all seriousness, if you want to dress up for your session, just pick outfits that you know you'd wear again. In public. That way you can guarantee they are YOU.
  3. Colors matter, but not THAT much. When you are attempting to match up your family's portrait session wardrobe -- STOP. Don't do it. The days of matchy-matchy white shirts and khakis is long g-o-n-e. The key is to COORDINATE not MATCH. You want to look like a family, not a team, right? In the example below, you can see that no one is wearing the same colors, however they still all coordinate. 

Remember, as the person who is looking at you through the lens, I am 100% on your side and want you to look your absolute best. Feel free to call me for wardrobe advice. Fashion therapy, however, is extra.