Amy Horn

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What do I wear?

When I planned the self-timer session with my husband (missed it, see my favorites ) I had a meltdown with this question. And moreover, what does my husband wear? How do we coordinate without being too matchy?

I went bonkers over this and I TOTALLY feel all you who ask me the same before your sessions. I do get asked this question quite often prior to the sessions – especially family sessions. While there is no clear answer, I’ve cooked up a few tips and examples as a resource for my current and future clients. Let’s face it, we are all past the 1990s fad of all blue jeans and all black or white T-shirts. (You and I both know you are all so much more savvy than that!) Family photos of today have the ability to represent your personalities as well as showcase a coordinated color scheme.

Now that I say this, there’s no need to run out and buy new outfits for everyone, but a little thought can be fun and make a HUGE difference in your portraits.

1.) Start with one person first, (Mom, this is a great time to put yourself first!) and base your choices around that outfit. If you’re unsure about which color should be a base color, think about the area in your home that you’re going to display the images and choose one that will coordinate seamlessly.

2.) Keep it simple. Always gravitate towards solid colors or simple patterns. Really bold patterns can distract from what’s really important…your family! It’s great to mix solids and simple patterns for a diverse look in the group posing.

3.) Add texture! And by texture, I mean layers (you’ll see this in a photo example below) Put a sweater over a button down shirt, add light jackets, layered tees with denim, knitted scarves and hats, tutus…and the list keeps going! Texture not only adds an element of interest to a photograph but it makes for easy clothing changes.

4.) Avoid shirts with words, animals, logos and anything else that might be distracting and date a photograph. A little trendy is ok…just don’t over-do it. People’s eyes will go right to the logo and miss the art that is created. Think about this with jewelry also (can I get a high five for slap bracelets and neon anything?!)

5.) Avoid solid white or black clothing. (From my point of view: It’s tricky to photograph, not very interesting.)

6.) If I’m photographing more than one child, trust me when I say they do not need to match. It’s great to let their unique personalities come through. Just stick to a couple of basic colors or choose outfits with coordinating (READ: not matching) elements. I have a GREAT example of this from last fall. These little girls are adorable!

7.) Shoes… oh yeah, what about those? Some of the shots will show your feet, so be aware of what you put on them! Leave those old cruddy sneakers at home. For children, PLEASE no cartoon character or light up sneakers! (I’m for real here!) If it’s warmer weather or summer, just go for sandals or an open style shoe. They are relatively inexpensive and are easily removed for my favorite: bare feet! If it’s winter, add some cute and stylish boots…both for the kids and the adults!

After all of this, if you still aren’t quite sure what to wear, send me an e-mail at amyjohorn@gmail.com or lets plan to meet a little early for our session to weigh our options. Parents please read: Pack extra clothing. Again, pack extra clothing. Extra clothing is always a good idea with children in case of a slip, fall, spit up, spill, tear, rip… or anything else kids are capable of! : )

Enjoy these photos and I give huge KUDOS to these fashion-forward clients! I’m working on a “what to wear” for your engagement photos next! Stay tuned and much love to you all.

Here’s a great way to choose a ‘cool’ color scheme and make it work with patterns and mixing colors. I love the purples and gray tones in this! The clothing on the kids are simple and the parents look great too!
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Ok.. this is from an amazing engagement session, but I thought Danica and Andrew did a FABULOUS job coordinating outfits!
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This is from one of my favorite family sessions to date. Great wardrobe and a killer location. Amanda did an excellent job coordinate (read: NOT MATCHING) her entire family. Aren’t these kids the cutest ever?
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I talked about the family looking so great, here they are all together. Check out how the patterns and colors work so great together.
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I mentioned these little cuties above and here they are. Aren’t their outfits divine?? Huge kudos to fashionista Kirstie!
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baby chase

I enjoyed a lovely sunny morning with the week-old Chase Micheal, the adorable infant son of Katie and Andrew Webster. This tiny wonder was such a great little model.

Chase rounds out the latest of infant boy photography I am doing in the Madison, Indiana area. I just love natural light, artistic photography and was very excited to get the change to test out my new infant props.

Congratulations to the Websters and thank you for letting me document such a great new addition to your family!

See all the favorites from this infant photography session on the facebook page: www.facebook.com/ahornphotography and e-mail me at amyjohorn@gmail.com for rates and booking information.

Thanks and enjoy!

who had the best christmas card this year?

How many times do you get a Christmas card in the mail and it’s off-center, over-exposed, the dog is licking the baby and junior has his eyes closed? Okay. Maybe that is an exaggeration, but you get the drift. Now, think of the cards you’ve gotten over the past year that made you stop and smile. Or better yet, say, “That’s a great picture!”

Family photos are not just a great way to share cheer during the holiday, they are something to be treasured. My heart literally breaks when people share with me that they haven’t had family portraits since a child was a baby (or before others were born!).

I believe everyone has a right to great photos to share, display and cherish. Family photo sessions are particularly popular in the fall and book fast with the upcoming Christmas card rush. Take advantage of the fall foliage or even the spring blooms by booking early. Photos can be an intimate family photo, extended relatives or even with pets!

As always, you can interact with me on www.facebook.com/ahornphotography or e-mail me at amyjohorn@gmail.com