What to wear for your fall senior session

It’s your senior year! CONGRATULATIONS!

 

With a whole list of things to do this year, taking your senior photos is at the top of the list. And with that comes a huge decision…

 

What do I wear?!?!

 

Here is your guide on what to wear for your fall senior pictures.

 

Here are 8 tips to ensure an awesome fall senior photo session:

 

  1. Stick with solids- Wearing solids is a must. This keeps the attention on you and not your clothes. When wearing patterns it can draw away from you and the focus is then placed on your clothes. If you want to wear patterns keep them subtle or use them as a layer that can be removed.

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2.Fall Colors- Stick with a fall color palette. Check out the photo below for inspiration. These colors are the best for a fall photo shoot. Many of them appear in nature during the fall season. A fall color palette are also perfect for photo shoots because the colors are more muted and will not overwhelm the photo.

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3.Be Yourself- This is so important! In your photos dress like you normally do. You want these photos to be a reflection of who you are. So bring an outfit that you would normally wear and then bring a special outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks.

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4.Layers- Adding layers is great for fall senior photos. When you add layers that can be easily removed you will have more options. I will be able to tell you what is working and what needs to be removed. Think of adding scarfs, long cardigan sweaters, and jackets. Adding a plaid scarf is a great way to add layers but work with patterns in a subtle way. 

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5. Keep patterns simple- If you must wear patterns make sure to keep them simple or add them as a layer. The best patterns to wear when being photographed are plaid, which works perfect for fall, or stripes.

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6.Accessories- Accessories can take a photography to a whole new level when done correctly. You can wear statement pieces but make sure that they do not overwhelm the photograph. The accessory should add to the outfit but not be cente rstage. Think of items such as belts, scarves, jackets, hats, and even flower headbands. One of the best things about accessories is they can be removed if they are not photographing well.

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7. Footwear- It’s fall which means BBW! Boots. Booties. Wedges. Make sure to try on your shoes with your outfits before taking photos. You do NOT want your shoes to be the focus of the shoot. Keep them simple and stick with browns, greys and blacks.

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8. Try on all your outfits before the shoot and have someone take your photo outside in your outfit with their phone. This way you can see how your outfit will photograph before heading to your senior photos. This will also help you narrow down what to wear.

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When you follow these 8 simple rules to a great senior fall photo shoot you are guaranteed to have photos that you will always enjoy looking back on. Now are you ready to book your session? If so click here. www.parkyspics.com

 

NINE HUMBOLDT COUNTY WEDDING VENUES FOR THE BUDGET BRIDE

Nine Humboldt County Wedding Venues For The Budget Bride

 

Humboldt County California is located in Northern California along the Redwood Coast. The beautiful setting found in Humboldt County makes for the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Whether you are looking for a coastal beach wedding or a wedding in the Redwood forest you will find it here. With stunning coastal and Redwood backdrops and the right photographer you are guaranteed to have beautiful wedding photos.

 

When scrolling through wedding photography on Pinterest from Humboldt County you may think it would never fit into your budget. But I am here to share with you nine wedding venues for the budget conscious bride.  

 

Who wants to spend your whole budget on a venue? Especially when you could use that money for things that last. The cake will be eaten,the dance floor will be packed up, the table decorations will be put away, but you will have the photos forever.  

 

  1. Merryman’s Beach House - Trinidad. Get married on Moonstone Beach. Events can be held on the beach in front of the large majestic rocks, by Little River, or at the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Contact Merryman’s Beach House for more details 707-616-6711. http://merrymansbeachhouse.com/

 Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

 Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

 Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

 Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

 Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Intimate Beach Wedding at Moonstone Beach

 

         2. Shelter Cove - Shelter Cover. Get married on Black Sands beach,  Mal Coombs Park, or wedding rock. Both of these                 locations is the perfect spot for an elopement or small intimate wedding. If you have less than 50 people no permit is required. It also can make for some beautiful, dramatic images as seen in John and Danielle's intimate destination wedding. 

https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/humboldtcountyelopementsheltercove

 John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove 

John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove 

 John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove

John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove

 John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove

John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove

 John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove

John and Danielle's Intimate Destination Wedding at Little Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove

 

3. Pamplin Grove-Highway 36. - Have a secluded glamping wedding surrounded by beautiful redwood trees at Pamplin Grove. This spot books up fast for summer weddings so call 707-454- 7651 to get more information and book your spot. Outside catering must be used.

 Josh and Amanda's Pamplin Grove Wedding. 

Josh and Amanda's Pamplin Grove Wedding. 

 Josh and Amanda's Pamplin Grove Wedding. 

Josh and Amanda's Pamplin Grove Wedding. 

 

4. Fern Cottage - Ferndale. Get married in the gardens of the beautiful historic Fern Cottage. Must contact venue for quote. Prices vary based on time, amount of people and space reserved. Max amount of guest 300. Outside catering and alcohol must be used. http://ferncottage.org/  

 Daniel and Jessica's Fern Cottage Wedding 

Daniel and Jessica's Fern Cottage Wedding 

 Daniel and Jessica's Fern Cottage Wedding

Daniel and Jessica's Fern Cottage Wedding

 Daniel and Jessica's Fern Cottage Wedding

Daniel and Jessica's Fern Cottage Wedding

 

To see more of Daniel and Jessica's wedding, click here.

https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/daniel-jessica-fern-cottage-wedding

 

 

5. Rosina Vineyards - Redcrest. Rosina vineyards is a beautiful venue that also has tables that you can use on sight, so you don’t have to worry about renting extra stuff. The venue is already so stunning, that you will only need minimal flowers, and table centerpieces, which will save you money overall. http://www.rosinavineyard.com

 Meras magical wedding at Rosina Vineyards. 

Meras magical wedding at Rosina Vineyards. 

 Meras magical wedding at Rosina Vineyards.

Meras magical wedding at Rosina Vineyards.

 Meras magical wedding at Rosina Vineyards.   

Meras magical wedding at Rosina Vineyards.

 

To see the Mulder wedding at Rosina Vineyards, click the link below.

https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/merasromanticrosinavineyardwedding

 

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To see more of the  Mulder wedding at Rosina Vineyards, click the link below.

https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/thomasjessikasromanticrosinavineyardwedding

 

 

6. Miranda Gardens Resort- Quaint cottages surrounded by lush flowering gardens in the heat of the Avenue of the Giants. https://www.mirandagardens.com

 

7. Redwood River Resort - If you are looking for a vintage, rustic, outdoor wedding venue with cabins,large trees and lush greenery  beautiful redwoods, and a river near by, then Redwoods River Resort is your venue. The average cost of weddings at this venue is $1152 and $3671 for a ceremony and reception for 50 guests. http://redwoodriverresort.com

8. Backyard Wedding- Know any friends who have a beautiful property or ranch? Backyard weddings or weddings on private property can be the most beautiful.

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https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/daveandaimeeukiahbackyardwedding

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To see more of Dave and Aimee's backyard wedding, click here.

https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/daveandaimeeukiahbackyardwedding

9. Barn Wedding- Love the rustic style? Create a romantic rustic theme with some pinterest inspiration and a little hard work. Check out the blog below to see one example of how Nikki created the wedding of her dreams from and old barn. 

 Rob and Nikki's rustic barn wedding on Elk River Road 

Rob and Nikki's rustic barn wedding on Elk River Road 

 Rob and Nikki's rustic barn wedding on Elk River Road

Rob and Nikki's rustic barn wedding on Elk River Road

 

https://www.parkyspics.com/blog/robandnikkirusticbarnwedding

 





 

I would love to hear from you. Did you have a budget for your wedding? What items in your budget were non-negotiable and you had to have no matter the price? Drop your comments below.

 

Matt and Laura's Trinidad Beach Wedding 

Vacation is a state of mind|What I learned from my dream Hawaii vacation.

This working full time, running a business, and being hustling mama  is NO joke! I have been wanting to write this blog post for 6 months!


Back in January for my 40th birthday, we took a family trip to Kauai. It had always been my dream to go to Hawaii, and I figured if I didn’t make it then, I never would!

Growing up, we didn't have a lot of money, so family vacations were rare. Besides the annual family camping trip, I think the most exciting vacation was a trip to Six Flags.

No Disneyland

No tropical vacays.

No airplane rides.

In fact, the first time I rode on an airplane was my sophomore year of college when I played in the Jr. College basketball state all star game.

I had been watching so many of my social media friends take all these exotic vacations  and I thought to myself, I work my butt off. I deserve that. So I booked the trip.

I have major anxiety about flying.... so the flight there was a bit nerve wracking. I did my best to not freak out for the kids and keep my composure as we flew over the ocean, as I thought of the multitude of things that could go wrong that ended up with our air plane plunging deep into the ocean.


Once we landed, it was as beautiful as promised. We settled into our hotel and went and got some groceries. The first full day we explored the island with a local photographer. As he took us to different locations I was thinking to myself, A lot of this looks like home. Some of the beaches we went to looked just like Shelter Cove, or Trinidad.


The next day in the early afternoon, I got a massage in a cabana right on the beach. I could smell the ocean and feel the breeze.


When I got back to the hotel room, I immediately felt sick. Fever, chills, sore throat. Sicker than I had been in a LONG time. I didn’t want to get out of bed. The first day or two I barely did. After that I ventured out,because I knew our time was running short, but it was still a struggle.

For my birthday we went to the amazing Smith's Family Luau. But I couldn’t really enjoy it as my nose was running so bad, my throat was burning and I just wanted to crawl in bed.

One of the mornings, I was lying in bed while the kids were feeding the fish in the hotels Koi pond with my husband. The following message appeared as a text message on my phone.

EMERGENCY ALERT
BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT

INBOUND TO HAWAII

SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

What?!?!?!?


I immediately texted my husband. He had gotten the same text and was walking quickly inside with other hotel guests.

My husband is a very calm person, which completely SUCKED in this situation. I was freaking out on the inside, but had to remain calm on the outside because my 5 and 7 year old kids were in the room with us.   


I was asking him, should we get in the bathtub? We need to get away from the window!

But he said no. If we are going to go, we’re gonna go.

Both kids had settled into doing their Independent study school work. I was thinking to myself...

Is this really how we are going to die? Reading to our kids?

I had texted my dad and my good friends husband who were both ex military. They both had looked online and said they didn’t see anything.

So we waited.

Not long after, but what seemed like forever, I think it was 15 minutes we got the text that it was a false alarm.

Wow!

So much for my dream Hawaii vacation.

Although I didn’t have the time of my life, or my dream vacation, I did get a few valuable things out of the trip. Lots of relaxation, and some quality family time which were both desperately needed at that point in my life.

But laying by the pool which is about all I could do comfortably,  watching my children play,  and my daughter go down the pool slide a million times, I realized that I didn’t have to fly thousands of miles to have a great vacation.

My kids were perfectly content just swimming in the pool, and walking along the beach.


Sometimes things don’t always turn out as planned, but I take each thing in my life as a learning experience. What I learned from this experience was that….vacation is a state of mind. One that I could escape to at any time in my mind.

I could lay in my backyard while my kids swim in the blow up pool….

I could head to the river for the day, and hang out with friends or family only miles from my house.

Or I could travel on one of my husbands softball tournaments and have fun swimming and shopping. I didn’t have to travel thousand of miles and fly over the ocean to have a dream vacation.

Now I want to turn it over to you. Where do you love to vacation? Do you have any crazy vacation stories? I would love to hear from you in the comments! Drop your thoughts below.


 

Gabby sunshine Benbow Inn session.

Gabby traveled down to Southern Humboldt for her 8th grade session. We started the morning out at Tooby Park in Garberville. We started her session at 11am. Many natural light  photographers avoid shooting in the middle of the day, but I also use off camera flash and had been wanting to shoot a mid day session so I was up for the challenge. We then traveled  to the Benbow Inn to finish the session. Gabby was a natural in front of the camera, and had done a amazing  job in selecting her  outfits for the session. I am so in love with these images. I love the brightness that shooting in the middle of the day brings. The reward definitely outweighed the risk in this situation . 😀