What to Wear to your Fall Family Photo Shoot

Choosing what to wear for family photos can be a challenge. Selecting a color palette that works for everyone and looks good takes some thought and effort!Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 2.40.17 PMYour outfits can really make the shoot.  Choose a style you like and a few colors you like as well.  Parents should dress fashionable, yet simple. Focus more of the funky, unique style on the kids.  You may think certain colors don’t go together, but think out of the box!  I recommend investing in your child’s clothing for this session since it does make a huge difference in the final product.

Here are a few coordinating choices that will look fabulous with fall colors! Pumpkin patches and spiced lattes, you can never go wrong with warm tones for your Autumn shoot.Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 2.42.15 PMDark jeans that have grit to them is always a great choice for the parents, especially the husband. Pair them with neutrals for a classic year-round look.Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 2.41.55 PM Continue to think about texture and color.  A neutral palette has a classy, timeless appeal that is especially popular around the Holidays.Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 2.42.07 PMIf you are going to wear a print, stay away from small prints, there is not a lot of visual interest (think bold!).  Plaid is no longer lumberjack, it’s edgy and modern!

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 2.42.23 PMPick colors that compliment each other, like bright or deep colors (jewel tones like mustard yellow, deep purple, turquoise, etc) and try to stay away from all white. Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 2.42.30 PMDon’t forget to accessorize!  Try boots, a fedora hat, or a statement jewelry piece to get creative with your look!

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 2.41.48 PMAs you think about your color palette, imagine your family being one complete piece of artwork. Each person/outfit will bring together a feeling of formality and coordination. Happy planning!


Studio Renovation

It’s such exciting news that I’m able to announce my new in-home studio space is complete! Whether you’re coming to Sugarlove for a newborn session or a cake smash, my new studio is the perfect place to make you feel right at home. It’s intimate, yet comfortable with plenty of front row seating for the family to watch and enjoy your little one getting their portraits done. Equipped with a glider for nursing moms, plenty of comfy couches, a snack room/play area for toddlers (who aren’t in the shoot) and prop display stations, you’ll find the new studio has everything that you’ll need.

Before it was a studio, it was a family room with bright orange walls.  Think Home Depot orange!  Yes, it was actually that color (and I loved it).  But since orange reflects into skin tones like tang, that was the first thing that had to go.  Also bye, bye extra furniture pieces and TV.


Here’s the new studio!  A little toasted marshmallow paint really brightened up the room and got the light bouncing all around.  I got new curtains & hung the studio samples. Tada!

DSC_1000View of the lounge area.

DSC_0973Props are now organized instead of all over my dining room.  Hats, rompers, tutus, baskets… oh my!


Girl & boy racks of hats/pants sets for newborn and toddlers.



And don’t forget all those headbands and tiebacks.


To set up a session in the new studio, please contact me at sugarlovestudio@gmail.com

You don’t need to be an interior designer to decorate your home…

Having your family photos taken and displayed in your home is a great way to create a warm, inviting space for loved ones and friends.  Adding your uniquely-stylized art to your walls fills your home with love. Not to mention, who wouldn’t enjoy a daily glimpse of your own adorable children as they are today?

(Please excuse the iPhone photos… I left my big girl camera at home)  Thanks C & R for allowing me to share the former ‘Man Cave’ that has been appropriately renamed ‘Family Room’.


I’m starting to book up location family shoots for the Spring.  If you’ve been thinking about getting professional photos of your family, then now is the time to the start planning.  Contact me at sugarlovestudio@gmail.com to discuss the details and customize a shoot for you.


If you like these photos, please leave me a comment and also like my facebook page.

Happy 1st Birthday Sugarlove Studio!!!

September 22, 2011 marks the day that I officially took a career change to follow my dreams in this photography journey full time. I didn’t know where it would take me or if I would succeed, I just knew that I needed to try. Trying to build any business takes a lot of guts and ambition. There have been days that I felt my most vulnerable with doubts, but I credit a very supportive husband and friends that have pushed me along whenever I felt like giving up. Mistakes have been made, all which have helped me grow stronger and more confident in that this is what I should be doing. My most gratifying moments, what keeps me focused is hearing the reaction of my truly appreciative clients. To everyone who has liked my images on Facebook, read my blog, given me love and support with words of encouragement, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy 1st Birthday Sugarlove!!!

To help celebrate Sugarlove turning one, I have a very special offer to share with all of you! Any portrait session booked during the month of September will receive $25 off & a FREE 11×14″ Canvas Gallery Wrap with one of their favorite images from their session! *Must be used during the 2012 calendar year and $25 deposit required to book. Hurry though, the Fall is almost completely booked (and that’s not just a marketing gimmick). Offer not good toward mini sessions or previously booked sessions.

Be Mine Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions

Sugarlove Studio is proud to present the first ever ‘Be Mine Valentine Mini Sessions’!

Have you been wanting to get your little cuties photographed but are having a hard time coming up with the money for customized photography?  Do you only need a couple beautiful portraits?  Then Sugarlove Studio has what you want! For a very limited time (one week to be exact) you can take advantage of our 30 minute mini session deal!*

Let’s play dress up or keep it casual, it’s up to you. We just got in beautiful angel wings and halo (for babies) and a cupid bow & arrow to give your shoot a thematic approach.  We also have many other props for both boys & girls.  For more information on how to dress your kids, stop by the What to Wear link on http://www.sugarlovestudio.com

So here’s the details: for only $65…  wow, that’s right, you get:

(1) 8×10
(2) 5x7s
(8) wallets
(3) edited hi res images on cd
& password protected online gallery

*The deal includes up to 2 children, $10 for each additional child in the studio. Offer good one week only – until Jan 24.  Must schedule session by Feb. 14 to take advantage of this deal.

Valentine Mini Sessions by Sugarlove Studio

Be Mine Valentine's Day Mini Sessions
Sugarlove Studio presents Be Mine Valentine's Day Mini Sessions