Santa 2017 mini wrap-up

Here’s a sampling of the sweet little friends, some happy and some a little sad (or maybe mad… but still cute!), who came to meet our jolly friend at the studio last month at my 3rd annual Santa mini sessions. There was dancing, snuggling, lots of wishlist discussions, smiles, and a few tears. I look forward to these two days all year long!

Santa Mini Session Clothing Ideas | Nashville child photographer

If you’ve done a session with me before, you know that I enjoy the clothing consultation part of session prep!  Some clients take advantage of it and others don’t, which is totally fine.  Most of my clients either email or text me photos of what they have in mind when preparing for their photo session so I can advise on what might photograph best.

Mini sessions are a whole different kind of prep since there are very specific things that will look good and really make the images special… and honestly, there are clothing choices that can just make the images feel a little flat.  It is absolutely worth taking the time to plan outfits in advance.

To that end, I wanted to give some tips on what to wear to my Santa minis.

Things that will look great:

  • Neutrals: creams, khaki, soft browns… yes, please!
  • Classic colors (navy or green)
  • Black & white: the studio wall will be black, so this would pop.
  • Patterns (plaids/stripes/checks): this can be a great way to add personality… I personally LOVE plaids or a buffalo check print around the holidays!
  • Festive pajamas: I’ve done this with my boys and think it looks adorable!


Things that will NOT look as good:

  • Solid red: your child will blend in to Santa’s suit.  Not a good plan.  If you really want your child to have a mostly-red outfit, break it up with something else.  For example, this red plaid would really blend in to Santa, but it would look great layered under a sweater like this gray one!
  • Every child wearing a different pattern: this can be really distracting unless the patterns are different sizes (I can help if you need me to).
  • Tennis shoes: please PLEASE remember that feet will be visible in some of the images.  Plan for your child to have appropriate shoes on or to be barefoot (if wearing pajamas).

I hope you find these ideas helpful!  These sessions are so much fun, and I can’t wait to see what my clients wear this year.

All items shown are from Gap, Old Navy, Hanna Andersson, Carters, or H&M.  If you’d like to know where a specific item above is from, just email me!


N family | Franklin family photographer

This family got in touch with me a couple months ago because they wanted to document their time in Middle Tennessee before moving out of the country.  I (selfishly)  hate that they had to move because they were so fun and easy to work with!  The big kids and I especially enjoyed being silly, as you can tell by their big smiles.   

H family | Franklin TN family photographer

It’s the time of year that families booking photo shoots are thinking about Christmas cards.  Because of that, I don’t preview any whole-family images on either my blog, Facebook, or Instagram since I know that those are most likely to be used to send to friends and family.  This family met me at one of my favorite Franklin spots for a beautiful, sunny morning.  I like shooting over here both in the morning and evening because I use the property differently (which makes it fun for me!) based on the time of day and where the light is falling.

Super Sophie | Nashville child photographer

Super Sophie came by the studio a couple weeks ago, and we had such a fun time making her feel special.  Her mama had picked up some gorgeous new outfits from The Little Cottage in Franklin.  Sophie’s little brother came along, too, so we included him in the session as well.  This first image was actually one of my last shots.  We had essentially finished up, when I really took notice of Sophie’s curls.  The family had been in the studio for 30 minutes, but something about the way the light caught her hair at that moment made me stop.  I wanted a soft profile image with the light shining on the curls.  It’s funny how inspiration hits and I have to figure out how to make my mental image happen.   I had Sophie’s mama stand across from her and say silly things, thus the natural laughing smile seen here.  Sophie has since started chemo, and I know that they would covet your prayers.