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Some Holiday Inspiration!

We love the holiday season! Not only is it our favorite time to bring out all the fun and creative props we have, but its a time we get to see all our families dress their best to impress! We love seeing the different outfits the kids come in–sometimes formal, sometimes casual, but always cute! Check out some of our favorite images from the past couple of weeks. Sometimes our props inspire the outfits, and sometimes the outfits inspire what prop (or no prop) we decide to use. We hope this jump starts you to start planning your outfits and holiday session! Call today!

 


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Winter Getup Guide 2011

    
The time for holiday portraits is here! As our phones ring more and more for holiday appointments, one of the most common questions we get on a daily basis is: “what should my kids wear?” Last year we decided to offer an online guide to holiday portrait wardrobe selection. This year, I added to those looks and updated the existing ones, creating an “idea board” for each style, and following up with examples of how our real clients executed those outfits in the past few weeks. So, here you have it– 11 different looks for this year’s holiday portraits. There’s something for everyone and I hope you find it useful in putting together the look that best suits your family. Enjoy!
    
    
1. Cute N’ Casual
    
Comfortable is always in. Some Moms have the philosophy that if it’s not the kind of thing worn every day, you don’t need to include a dressy outfit in your family memories.

Above: (a) baby raccoon outfit from Gymboree, (b) oxford shirt dress from Janie and Jack, (c) “think sweet thoughts” from Gymboree, (d) “petite chic” set from Carter’s, (e) lumberjack outfit from Carter’s
    
How our members are doing it…
    

Get the look: women’s cable knit cowlneck top, man’s plaid shirt, and girl’s cardigan from Macy’s; boy’s plaid flannel from Gymboree
    

Get the look: layered tops from Catimini
    

Get the look: Striped maternity top from Motherhood, thermal pullover hoodie by Ralph Lauren
    


Get the look: boys striped shirt from The Children’s Place, boys black corduroy pants and baby girl gray jumper from Janie and Jack
    
    
2. Perfectly Preppy
    
These “preppy” looks are portrait staples! Simple and clean, they are easy to match, and add a touch of formal.

Above: (a) “check him out” set from The Children’s place, (b) stripe whirl dress from Crewcuts, (c) sweater vest set from Saks Fifth Ave, (d) button tab bubble jumper from Janie and Jack, “velvet girl” outfit from The Children’s Place, (f) tweed girl’s set from Janie and Jack, (g) rugby shirt and jeans from Carter’s
    
How our members are doing it..
    

Above: baby oxford shirt by Ralph Lauren, pull-on denim cargo pants from Crazy 8
    

Get the look: black cardigan from American Apparel, ruffled blouse from Macy’s, metallic leather flats from Zappos
    

Get the look: Argyle vest and plaid shirt from Dillard’s
    
    
3. Santa Baby
    
If you celebrate Christmas, the holiday season makes you think of Santa. And when you have small children, or a baby especially, you still have 100% control over their wardrobe–they won’t protest because they still don’t know any better. So during this opportune time, there are no limits when it comes to a themed wardrobe! Here are several ways to involve a little Santa magic in your baby portraits.

Above: (a) Santa dress from Target, (b) “I ♥ Santa” bodysuit from Carter’s, (c) personalized snowman long johns from Red Envelope, (d) red ribbon tutu from Gymboree, boy’s santa suit from Target
    
How our members are doing it..
    

Get the look: “Santa’s favorite” onesie from Target
    

Get the look: Faux fur velour dress, striped leggings, and ruffled red socks from Gymboree; striped santa hat from Oriental Trading
    


Get the look: Bonnie Jean Santa dresses from Macy’s (red Santa hats available in the studios)
    

Get the look: Penguin apparel from Crazy 8
    

Get the look: personalized baby long johns from Personal Creations
    
    
4. Pajama Party
    
The ultimate combination of cute and comfort, this “Christmas morning” theme is sure to be a big hit with the little ones!

Above: (a) Santa’s helper Gymmies from Gymboree, (b)gingerbred Gymmies from Gymboree, (c) bear sleep set from Gap, (d) Christmas sleep & play from Carter’s, (e) smocked plaid pajama set from Janie and Jack, (f) snowman pajama set from Janie and Jack, (g) fair isle fleece one-piece from Gap, graphic fleece sleeper from Old Navy
    
How our members are doing it…
    

Get the look: striped long johns from Hannah Andersson
    

Get the look: personalized pajamas from Red Envelope
    

Get the look: Santa sleeper from Old Navy
    

Get the look: Plaid pajama set from Lord & Taylor
    

Get the look: girls and boys pajama sets from Old Navy
    
    
5. Autumn Adventure
    
Maybe you’re looking for a hint of whimsy, a wink of weather, or you want layered looks that you can use again in the spring. Here they are! This is a great way to mix girls and boys looks that go together but aren’t identical.

Above: (a) flight school and (b) “go furry” from the Gap, (c) utility parka from the Children’s Place, (d) “fly boy”, (d) “ice princess”, and (e) bear one-piece all from–you guessed it–the Gap!
    
How our members are doing it…
    

Get the look: faux fur sweater hoodie from Gymboree
    

Get the look: girl’s cherokee dalysha boots and boy’s suede moccassins from Target
    

Get the look: flannel shirt and puffer vest from Gymboree, converse sneakers from shoes.com (earflap hat available for use in the studio)
    
    
6. Rosy Cheeks
    
We’re getting warmer! If you’re all-out ready for a white Christmas, here are some looks that are cute, cozy, and warm.

Above: (a) “cuddle up” set from the Gap, (b) “winter cabin” set , (c) pom pom sweater jumper, (d) “wild & cozy” set, (e) “snow ready” set, and (f) candy ear muffs from Gymboree; (g) dog hat from the Children’s Place, (h) fuzzy rainbow slipper boots from Carter’s, and (i) pom pom boots from Gymboree
    
How our members are doing it..
    

Get the look: hooded puffer vest by Gymboree, thermal graphic top from the Children’s Place, polka dot hat from Gymboree
    

Get the look: faux fur hooded vest and fur boots from Gymboree
    

Get the look: puffer vest from Gymboree and orange hoodie from Old Navy
    

Get the look: cableknit sweaters from the Gap
    
    
7. Hip Holiday
    
Were your kids the first among their friends to sport silly bandz? Do they go to school in jeggings? Do they Skype regularly? Do they play Angry Birds in between Skypes? If your answer was “yes” to any of these questions, this is what they might want to wear for their holiday portraits. Then again, they might not. These are the “coolest” looks we could find (but we wouldn’t take the risk of calling them that in the company of your kids).

Above: (a) “fancy free” outfit from the Gap, (b) “rollin’ in style” set from Crazy 8, (c) “knitty pretty” outfit from the Children’s Place, (d) blue puffer outfit from Crazy 8, (e) “passing notes” from the Gap, (f) “prepped for fun” from Crazy 8
    
How our members are doing it…
    

Get the look: sweater dress and fringe boots from Hanna Andersson
    

Get the look: Gray cardigan from Brooks Brothers, striped shirt from Nordstrom
    

Get the look: furry vest and courtyard tile dress from the Tea Collection, floral tights from Hanna Andersson.. or, try this tunic and legging set from Neiman Marcus
    

Get the look: faux fur trapper hat from the Gap, twill print cap from Crazy 8
    
    
8. Rock & Revelry
    
Does your bedtime lullaby repertoire include “Dream On” or “Sweet Child of Mine,”? Was your family KISS for Halloween? If so, you might be more inclined to go bold and wear a funkier look. Don’t be afraid to let the “true colors” of your family shine. The holidays can rock too!

Above: (a) boys’ party outfit from H&M, (b) leopard jacket and matching items from the Children’s Place, (c) “sequins are a hoot!” outfit from the Gap, (d) Skull crew sweater from the Gap, (e) skull socks from Babylegs, (f) panda tutu set from Target, (g) rainbow leg warmers from Babylegs
    
How are members are doing it..
    

Get the look: “moo” tutu and cowprint headband from Etsy, cow onesie from Awesome Graphics, Red Converse Chucks from Dillards
    

Get the look: star top and tulle skirt from the Gap, Converse all-stars from Zappos
    

Get the look: sock monkey hat from Amazon, skull graphic tee from Old Navy
    

Get the look: Skull sweater from the Gap
    

Get the look: bubble knit striped dress from Janie and Jack
    
    
9. Winter Ball 1921
    
Finally, we’re into the classic formal styles. There’s a reason these looks have been around for almost a century.

Above: (a) toddler boys’ 4 piece set from Target, (b) “finely plaid” wool blazer suit and (c) brocade bubble dress from Janie and Jack, (d) drop waist sweater dress from the Children’s Place, (e) pink tulle dress from Crewcuts
    
How our members are doing it…
    

Get the look: glitter tutu dress from Khol’s, black newsboy cap from Little Lids
    

Get the look: chiffon ruffle dress from Old Navy, metallic bow shoes from Janie and Jack, plaid duppiono dress from Gymboree, bucket hat from Janie and Jack
    

Get the look: Tiered ruffle dress from the Gap
    

Get the look: Fluttered tiered dress from the Gap
    
    
10. Winter Ball 1941
    
As we travel in time, we come to this glamorous era that is now coming back in style. These looks will make cousins, aunts, and grandmothers alike swoon.

Above: (a) peggy and (b) joliette dresses from Crewcuts, (c) boys black suit from Target, (d) “A+ look” from the Children’s Place, (e) rose dot dress from Janie and Jack, (f) bowtie bodysuit from H&M, (g) blue bow dress from Gymboree
    
How our members are doing it..
    

Get the look: diamond sweater vest and pleated red dress from Gymboree
    

Get the look: boys plaid fedora from Zappos
    

Get the look: Plaid dress and bow headband from Gymboree
    
    
11. Winter Ball 2011
    
Last, but not least, here are some beautiful special-occasion looks from today. Festive and fun, these styles mark a holiday season to remember.

Above: (a) velvet vest and (b) polka dot sequin dress from the Children’s Place, (c) sweater vest set from Nordstrom, (d) rosalie and (e) blue sequin dresses from Crewcuts, (f) nautica four-piece suit from Lord & Taylor, (g) ombre ruffled tulle dress from the Gap, (h) burberry blazer suit from Saks Fifth Ave
    
How our members are doing it..
    

Get the look: black top party dress from H&M, gold party dress from the Gap
    

Get the look: black sequin dress from the Gap
    

Get the look: Rose dress from Nordstrom
    

Get the look: boys pinstripe vest set from Lord & Taylor
    
    
    
Now it’s up to you! Have fun selecting your holiday outfits, and don’t forget you can also select your holiday cards ahead of time by visiting our online greeting card gallery. Happy shopping and we hope to see you soon!
    
    


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hats off to little boys!

This time of year, girls tend to soak up the spotlight with their flowers, tutus, and spring dresses. I wanted to give a shout-out to the fashionable BOYS of Portrait Simple, and their latest trend: the fedora!

This spring seems to be all about hats for little boys. We’re seeing fewer newsboy caps and a lot more straw hats, fedora-style.

Looks like everyone’s ready for the sun!

This little boy is all decked out for summer and SO hip! Hat & overalls can be found at Old Navy.

What a little heartbreaker! The bouquet was provided by Portrait Simple. The straw fedora with a thinner band can be found over at JCrew.


Want something funkier? Head over to H&M and grab some houndstooth fedoras for your rockstar. Add a pair of studded suspenders from Claire’s to complete the look!

BabyGap is doing it too, of course!

Too casual? Try something snazzier!

Not funky? Get folky with another straw hat by (you guessed it!) Gymboree.

Who do you think is more fun to dress: little girls or little boys?


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Spring has Sprung: 9 Fashion Ideas for your Spring Portrait Session

We got such great feedback from our Winter Getup Guide that we decided to do the same for spring styles. From frilly to funky, these spring looks will be sure to get you in the mood for some warm weather!

1. Sunday Best
Everyone remembers the Easter tradition of getting dressed up in a new outfit from hat to patent leather shoes. These classic looks will be sure to last a lifetime.

Get the Look: Watercolor Dot Dress, Dot Crop Cardigan, and Bow Sweater Beret from Janie and Jack. Jacket also from Janie and Jack.

Get the Look: Embroidered Dress by Janie and JackGet the Look: Argyle Sweater from The Children’s Place

Get the looks: Purple Plaid Dress from Janie and Jack and Navy Argyle sweater vest from Macy’s

Get the Looks from The Children’s Place: Embroidered Heart Dress and Cropped Crochet-Trim Cardigan on her and Solid Vest and Saddle Shoes on him.

Get the Look: Hats and Dresses from Janie and Jack

 

2. Huckleberry Finn
Overalls seem to go hand and hand with warm weather. Shirt or no shirt, this look is simple and easy and always looks adorable! Dont worry about shoes–barefeet complete the look!

Get the Looks: Genuine Kids from OshKosh at Target and  Hickory Striped OshKosh at Carter’s

Get the Look: Classic Denim overalls from The Gap

3. Flower Power
As the snow starts to melt and the flowers start to bloom, what better way to celebrate the spring than these adorable floral inspired looks?

Get the Looks: Both dresses and accessories from JCrew Crew Cuts. Big sister’s letour floral valencia dress and little sister’s fleur dress.

 

Get the Look: Floral Headband from Etsy

Get the Look: H&M for kids (dress not available online)

Get the Look: Rose Floral Dress from The Children’s Place

4. Spring Training
Nothing says spring like baseball season! This look is super easy and super cute!

Get the Looks: Yawkey Way Store at Fenway Park

5. Cardigan Charm 

Put away the winter coat and opt for something a little lighter. These cute cardigans are the little extra you might need to complete that spring outfit.

Get the Look: Green Argyle Cardigan at Gymboree

Get the Look: Ruffle Cardigan and Plaid Skirt from Target

Get the Look: White Cardigan, Mini Skinny JeansLace Trim Tank and Red Flats all from babyGap

Get the Look: White Sweater Shrug and Floral Dress from The Children’s Place

6. Beachy Keen

These summer-inspired outfits add that extra color that we’ve been waiting for. Cute strappy sandals or barefeet add the finishing touches!

Get the Look: Striped Pintucked Shirt and Cuff Shorts from Gymboree

Get the Look: Tulle-trim tank and Rosette skirt from babyGap. Shoes also from The Gap.

Get the Look: Gingham Kensington Shortall from Ralph Lauren

Get the Look: Striped Sundress and Navy Party Dress
7.  Bunny Casual
Relax and let their personalities shine through. These no-fuss outfits are the perfect way to compliment the cute-ness of our little furry friends.
 

 

Get the Look: Blue Linen Shirt and Roll-up Pants from The Children’s Place

Get the Look: Tattersall Shirt from Gymboree

Get the Look: Patchwork Shorts and bucket hat from The Children’s Place

Get the Look: Pants from Gymboree, Multi-Plaid Shirt from Nautica, and Classic Polo Shirt from Hanna Andersson

 

 

8. Picnic Party

Can’t you just feel the sunshine? These daper dudes just want to relax in the springtime sun. Turn in the ski-caps for these adorable straw hats!

Get the Look: Vest, Jacket, and Hat all from babyGap.

Get the Look: Button Down Shirt from Janie and Jack (not available online)

9.Extra Sweet

As always, tu-tus make sweet little girls even sweeter. Paired it with a funky pair of shoes and your princess is ready to rock! 

Get the Look: My Tutu Boutique

Sessions are booking fast! Make sure to call your local studio to book your appointment once you have your outfits in hand!

Happy Spring!


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Winter Getup Guide: 10 Holiday Looks for your Kids

Sometimes it seems like the most common question we get over the phone is, “What do you suggest they wear?”

So we started asking other Moms (who recently had their portrait sessions & holiday cards done) about their favorite places to shop for outfits, and came up with 10 whole looks created by real moms, from real Portrait Simple sessions–from princess to pajamas–that are sure to inspire and get you pumped for this year’s Christmas card!

 

1. All Dolled Up


Nothing turns heads like a little Princess–or two, or three, or four…. The classic holiday dress never fails to provoke “oohs” and “ahh”s. A bow for the hair is the cherry on top!


Get the look: Holiday Dress by Sophie Rose at Khol’s


Get the look: Pink plaid dress from Gymboree
Blue Silk Tulle dress from Janie and Jack


Get the look: Dress by Bonnie Jean at JCPenney
(available online here)

 

2. Dapper Dudes


Boys can get dressed up too! These spiffy looks are sure to make Grandma swoon.


Get the look: Steve Harvey Boy’s Vest Set from JCPenney


Get the look: Argyle sweater, stripe shirt & twill cap at Gymboree


Get the look: Argyle vest & plaid shirt at Dillard’s


Get the look: Plaid blazer at Saige Nicole’s

 

3. Kickin’ It in Kindergarden


Casual is cute! These simple, relaxed looks are more laid back but still adorable in portraits.


Get the look: Color plaid shirts at Quicksilver, classic Chuck’s by Converse


Get the look: Pink sweater dress from Marshall’s
Gray sweater dress from GapKids


Get the look: Boys striped shirt at The Children’s Place


Get the look: argyle sweater dress at Gymboree (available online here)

 

4. Baby, it’s Cold Outside


A lot of people don’t even consider outerwear for portraits, but what better way to represent the season than dressing up for winter? These looks are fun and comfy for your little snow angels.


Get the look: Knit earflap hat from Polyvore or AE at Kaboodle


Get the look: Fair Isle Sweater Dress and matching hat at Gymboree


Get the look: Winter vest by Gymboree (available online here)
White fur boots by Old Navy


Get the look: Lime green puffer vest & orange jacket by Gymboree (available online here & here)

 

5. Comfy & Cozy


The “Christmas morning” look is always a big crowd-pleaser, and it makes for a fun and relaxed holiday portrait session.


Get the look: Santa pajamas by Carter’s (available online here)


Get the look: Pajamas by GapKids


Get the look: Plaid pajama set by Calvin Klein Kids at Macy’s, Santa Hat and shaving cream provided by the studio


Get the look: Hooded Cocoon Cardigan by BabyGap (available online here)


Get the look: Custom baby Long-Johns by Personal Creations

 

 

6. Disco Darling



You can tone it down, but still bring the holiday magic with outfits that are simple yet sparkly like these.


Get the look: Black sequin dress by Gap (available online here)


Get the look: I Heart SantaTee & Chloe Skort at Neiman Marcus

 

7. Second Grade Stunna
If you’re feeling funky and you want your card to be the talk of the season, try one of these fun looks!

Get the look: tank top at Hanes, Wool Newsboy cap at Janie and Jack, gold chain and bracelet at any jewelry store


Get the look: Faux leather jacket at Target

 

8. Tutu Too Cute
It’s never a bad time for tutus, and our huge collection of holiday card designs will go with any outfit.. so if you want to go girly, might as well go all out!

Get the look: We have baby tutus available in the studio, but to get your own, try My Baby Rocks, PrettyTutu.com, shabbybebe, or etsy. Use that pearl necklace in your jewelry box or costume jewelry from Claire’s.

 

9. Baby BoHo


The folky look has been around for a while, and it looks like it’s here to stay!


Get the look: Smocked baby top from Old Navy, leather boots at Baby Gap


Get the look: blue robe from The Tea Collection


Get the look: Denim dress by Gap (exact dress available online here), pink floral top at Carter’s


Get the look: White pintuck top at Ralph Lauren, kid’s cowboy boots at Zappos.com

 

10. Santa-Style


..and we make a full circle, coming back to the most holiday-themed look of all: Santa’s Helpers!

Get the look: Santa Dress by Bonnie Jean at Macy’s


Get the look: Baby Santa Suit at Target

 

Coordinating your Cuties
You may be thinking, “These are adorable, but how can I get all my kids to match?” Here are a few ideas:

Simple Solids: Solid colors are always safe in portraits, and you can find matching items easily. You don’t necessarily have to match tops with tops–as seen above, matching one top with the other’s bottom can look dynamic and still unified.


One word: jeans. It’s just as easy as it sounds, and denim seems to go with everything: black/white tops (as shown above), colored polos, plaid shirts, sweaters…you name it!


Toying with texture: It’s okay to mix textures (and even patterns), if you stay within in the same color family and general style.


Personal props: Finally, if you have older kids and you’re looking for something different, personal items can be a cute portrait accent and bring out their personalities.

Now you’ve got plenty of options, so enjoy putting together your family’s look of the year. Most of all, don’t stress! The best thing they can wear is a smile. The more relaxed you are, the more your kids will be when it comes time for their portraits.

Don’t forget: Non-holiday attire can still be dressed up for the season by adding our selection of photo accents–each studio supplies Santa Hats, scarves, gift boxes, snowflakes, and other fun items to add more variety to your portraits. Examples can be seen in in our holiday gallery at our main website: www.portraitsimple.com.


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Shoot of the Week: Sassy Chic

On Saturday, this stylish little girl graced our South Shore studio with her company. I thought her adorable clothes and masterful modeling went perfect with some of our hip new holiday card designs!

She even brought in a furry accessory:

Pink dress & hat: Nicole Miller at Nordstrom Kids
Skull sweater: Gap Kids
Jeans: Polo
Photographer: Caroline at South Shore

We’re already getting pretty booked for the remainder of October, so if you plan on getting holiday cards while they are still on sale.. give your studio a call today!


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Shoot of the Week: Little Santa & Little Sister

One of the many supplies we keep for your holiday portraits is sensitive skin shaving cream, for the “shaving cream beard.” Paired with a Santa hat, it makes for an adorable Little Santa… and the kids have a blast with it!

That’s our glitter wall, custom made in each studio by our Director of Photography.

This week’s shoot of the week was photographed by Jay at our Natick location. She has been with us for 7 years this month!

Outfits: Burberry at Nordstrom

For more examples of our seasonal sets and props, check out the “holiday” gallery on our main site: www.portraitsimple.com or our online holiday card gallery!