Prepping for our fall family photo shoot. 

I won a photo shoot from Karen at Reflections of Life Photography for participating in her #thepresentmama challenge. I’m so excited! Having our photos taken by Karen was on my goal / wish list of things to accomplish one day.  All of her photos are so gorgeous, & I love her style so much.

Prepping to this extent may seem a tad overboard to some, (seriously, my husband called me Virginia, from Raising Hope. Have you seen that episode where she’s planning the family photos?! Gosh, I hope I’ve not been that bad.) but to me, having this photo shoot done is so important and I want the photos to turn out the best they possibly can.

Luckily, Karen is very thorough when it comes to prepping clients for their photo shoots.

She has a pin board with suggestions of what to wear, and goes over wardrobe styling ideas, through email. She now offers a personal stylist to help at your home, for a small fee. She works with a makeup artist as well, that you can purchase on top of your shoot. (Since my mama is a makeup artist too, and taught me all of her tricks, I wanted to tackle this part on my own.)

She keeps contact through email the whole time with little suggestions and helpful tips. Lots of which you can read on her blog.

I also started my own pin board of the outfits, hairstyles and makeup that I liked. If you’re interested, you can check that out here.

I made a checklist of all of the things I needed to shop for, like outfits, accessories, hair products, etc. Plus all of the things I wanted to get done a few days beforehand:

Things like:

  • Test hairstyles (I’m terrible with hair)
  • Test makeup styles
  • Sugar scrub and moisturize my face (I’ll share a super simple and natural recipe at the end of this post)
  • Fix my brows (I pencil them in any way, but they needed to be tidied up. I use a razor and shave away the parts I don’t want)
  • Ask my husband if he’s going to shave. ^_^
  • Help the kids with their hair.
  • Make sure all of the clothes are washed, dried and de-wrinkled.
  • Clean our shoes
  • Find some simple Jewelry

So this week has been me curling hair, and wishing it had some blonde highlights left in it (trying to grow it out all natural) Applying Moroccan Oil to my hair, and trying to stay moisturized without breaking out from stressing about breaking out. Luckily the calendula cream that I make really heals things up quickly. I’ll share the recipe here soon as well as the coffee tired eyes cream that I make and use too.

Because we’re frugal, we wanted to check the local GBF and Value Village before we went out and bought new clothes. (Though Karen also offers to look through her studio wardrobe as well.)

We lucked out at Value Village and found some super cute items! I loaded the cart full of possibilities while scrolling the Pinterest board and actually tried stuff on! I never try stuff on. (Let alone shop for clothes! This is a big deal!) Mama Sherida came along and helped me find some really nice things. 

Combining items with some we already had, here’s me laying stuff out trying to match our outfits to send to Karen for approval:


I was getting worried as I hadn’t found a sweater for Draevyn to wear but my Mama just found one today! Yay! Nana to the rescue.

Nev on the other hand has an abundance of awesome sweaters to choose from so I’ll be getting him to try those on and see which he likes best.

Tomorrow is the big day! Wish us luck! I will for sure share our photos here once we get them!


Simple Exfoliating & Hydrating Facial Sugar Scrub

I’ll share some individual posts and photos of some of these recipes soon.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Organic Cane Sugar or brown sugar is my favourite but you can use white as well.
  • Coconut Oil (softened)

Recipe: 1 part coconut oil to 2 parts sugar. 

of course you can add other things, this is just the quickest and easiest version. I shared a few different recipes on my old blog that I may bring over here as well. My most favourite is to infuse calendula into the coconut oil.

TOOLS YOU’LL NEED:

  • Mixing bowl
  • spoon
  • airtight jar or container (unless you’re making a single batch)

Soften coconut oil first and add into your bowl of sugar, stir well until everything is evenly combined. Spoon mixture into your airtight container(s) & that’s it!

If you’re in a particular hurry, or to keep things as simple as possible: If you have a large enough jar, just mix everything right into your jar and you don’t have to worry about scooping it into containers after.

TO USE:

Splash face with warm water. Use a dry spoon or scoop to not get any of the mixture wet. Put a scoop of the mixture in the palm of your hand and rub it around a bit. With your other hand, take little bits and gently massage in circular motions onto your face, focusing on the really dry bits.

Rinse with warm water and pat dry. The coconut oil will sink into your skin and help with hydration.


What is on your checklist when preparing for a family photo shoot? Am I forgetting anything? 

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. Your support means the world to me.


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