Posts Tagged 'Lehigh Valley Family Photographer'

March 9, 2014

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As hard as it is for this mama to wrap her head around, our little man turned six last month!  The baby who once had a hard time learning how to crawl and walk has turned into a little  super human with enough bounding energy and strength to get enough excersize for our entire family. His new obsession is Parkour, and winter has not been kind to his diligent need for practice. His bunked has become a climbing and jumping platform, our doorways his practice for scaling walls- us mama’s are often guilty of using the phrase “the kids are just climbing the walls!” well I can whole heartedly say its been true in our house this season.

Last week we went to visit some good friends in NC and enjoyed some slightly warmer weather and at least not snow covered grounds. The kiddo and I took this opportunity to take some Parkour shots outside of Target. Later this same day, buddy got the bloodiest nose and mouth I have seen yet while trying to jump through a big O sign in the mountains of Virginia. I am glad we got pics in the shirt and tie before the were drenched in blood 🙂 Had I not been a panicking mama at the time of his fall, those shots might have been quite fitting too. Anyway, I can’t think of a better way to take a portrait of my little man than the shots above. N, may you always have the spirit of adventure and exploration that you do today- and may your confidence, faith, grace in imperfection, and patience grow stronger with each passing year. I know its just a blink of an eye until you are towering over me in hight and dreams… but you will always be my baby boy. I love you!

We want to send a HUGE THANK YOU out to Gabriel Arnold  at Pinnacle Parkour in Washington Twp., NJ. Gabe is friends with our good friend Danielle and surprised our little man with the most amazing video for his birthday! Gabriel, you have no idea what an impact you made on our aspiring Spider Man! We are so thankful that you would think to take the time and share your love and advice with out family! If anyone reading this is in South Jersey…. I highly recommend you send your kiddos his way for a lot of fun, and some great encouragement along the way!  Thank you!

Here is the awesome video from Pinnacle Parkour.

November 5, 2013

It’s now the season of Christmas card family portraits. And with that comes the added stress of, “What on Earth do we all wear?!”. For some of you, just the daily task of choosing an outfit that looks good on you, can be a challenge. So then when you’re in charge of coordinating outfits for your whole family for portraits that will then be sent out to all of your family and friend, well you may just be too overwhelming. I’d like to help easy some of that stress. Below are 3 family outfit groupings, and more will be posted over on the Facebook page in the next coming weeks.

First, let me introduce myself since I’m one of the hidden behind the scenes members of Twinkle Photo and Birds of a Feather. My name is Laura, and I’m the one who has been editing a majority of the photos since the spring (this fall I’ve been editing only the wedding photos), and I have the beginnings of a style blog and am in the process of starting a personal styling business. I guess I just like making things look good. 🙂 Editing and personal styling is like the icing on the cake. The cake’s good without it, but really, who wants cake without some icing.

Here are some tips to make your outfit planning less stressful this season.

  1. Forget the days of matchy-matchy. My personal “rule” is that if you wouldn’t all go out as a family in matching clothes on a regular basis, then you should dress like that for your photos. It looks forced and unnatural. Plus, you usually have that one child (or dad) who hates it and is then cranky for the session.
  2. Don’t stray too far from the clothes that you wear normally. The kids are happiest if they’re not wearing a new itchy sweater or too many layers.
  3. Colors are good. So are patterns. It creates depth and interest in the photos. When everyone’s wearing the same color (especially white), you all blend into each other and it’s hard to see where one person ends and another begins.
  4. Plan your color scheme based off of a patterned garment (even if that pattern is on a tie or scarf).
  5. It’s okay to mix patterns amongst family members, and even in one person’s outfit. To successfully mix patterns, choose patterns in the same color scheme (black & white is great for beginner pattern mixers). Choose one large print and one small print. Stripes and florals always go together. Animal prints (like leopard) can be considered a “neutral” especially when they’re on a shoe.
  6. It’s best to keep really bright primary colors (like red, yellow, and orange) to the lower half of the outfit, or in small amounts. When you wear a solid red, orange, or yellow top, that color is then reflected onto your face depending on the direction of the light, creating funny color highlights and shadows that are really hard to edit out.
  7. Have fun!

Now on to the visuals. If you click on the images they will take you to polyvore, where you’ll be able to see where all of the pieces in the outfits are from and how you can purchase them.


What to Wear: The Casual Family
What to Wear : Neutral Color Palette
What to Wear: All Boys

And here are some lovely past Twinkle families who chose wonderful outfits.



Hopefully these tips will help make outfit choosing for your portrait sessions a lot easier and less stressful, and possibly even more fun. Stay tuned to the Facebook page over the next few weeks to see more outfit suggestions to help make the most of your family session.

September 25, 2013

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I just love a perfectly coordinated family.  Didn’t Mom do a great job putting these outfits together?  We had THE most perfect weather for this family session at the Allentown Rose Gardens.  The cool breeze was a refreshing break from the hot & stickies we’ve been dealing with for months on end.  These blonde cuties are the same gender & ages as my own three children so I knew this would be a totally relatable experience.  And indeed it was!   Little Blake ran the show.  “Ran” being the key word.  Without having to keep up with him, I don’t know if we would’ve had the opportunity to check out as much of the gardens as we did.  Big sisters, Vivian & Avalyn, just love their little brother to pieces.  Vivian, the sweet & attentive one.  Avi was oh so silly & sassy with her poses.  I enjoyed swapping stories & comparing notes with Mom & Dad.  It was a great evening with this family. ~Tara

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