I'm Dolly — a Nashville based family & branding photographer AND a systems + workflow educator (and Podcast Host) for creatives who want to be more streamlined and organized with Systems, Workflows & SOPS to better impact the backend of their businesses. I'm here to help you look awesome (for your photos) & feel great about workflows!
I currently live in the south so heat and humidity are brutal factors and pretty much from Mid-April to Mid-September whenever I finish a family session I always come home dripping in sweat (which is pretty gross-sorry to all of my clients!)
I wanted to share three outfit ideas for families to consider wearing if they decide to photograph in the summer months. These are actually very easy to coordinate, and I try to encourage families to stick with more neutral colors (no crazy patterns or crazy colors) so that they have more classic and timeless portraits.
Now, this isn’t the main focal point I know, but even heavy closed-toed shoes may be so hot for everyone so find some good sandal options which are visually appealing but it’ll also help your kids feet “breath” a little in the heat. I suggest sandals that don’t have crazy patterns or colors and are neutral in color, so again, it will not distract from the family photo. Here is an adorable option for little girls. Here is an adorable option for boys.
For moms, I would recommend a long flowy dress (Maxi) for maximum impact of grate twirling photos but breathable material. Yes, maxi’s are incredible long, but they are also going to cover up your legs and potentially help prevent any bug bites (since the majority of my summer sessions are outdoors). You can easily find neutral colored maxi’s which will fit the aesthetic of your entire family’s photo session and add a pop of color with your jewelry or any type of accessory. Here are two fun Maxi options I am considering purchasing for myself: Here and Here.
One of my favorite looks on guys is the unbuttoned up denim shirt over a tee paired with well-fitting chinos. It is a more relaxed look, and you can easily coordinate it with everyone’s outfits for the shoot. I do not recommend having dad show up in a plaid button-up only because plaid can be very hard to coordinate with unless everyone is wearing a variant of that plaid aesthetic. Overall, I recommend no crazy colors or patterns, but please stick with more of a neutral color which can better coordinate with everyone’s outfits!
Dolly DeLong is a Nashville-based family & personal branding photographer, and also serves as a business systems educator to new creative entrepreneurs (which is a fancy way of saying, she enjoys teaching how to best lay a good foundation for automating your new business). Dolly loves serving families, and business owners with her timeless, radiant photography. She loves capturing the joy and emotion in both digital and film photos.
She also has a heart for serving the larger business community. Dolly shares her knowledge of tools like Pinterest, email marketing, automation processes, and time management with fellow creative business owners in an encouraging and supportive way through her T.A.S.K.* method (an example of this can be seen in her Pinterest Foundations Mini-Course), through helpful blog posts, and other resources.
Dolly’s faith and love for her family motivate her to help other business owners find the joy and freedom she’s found in running a successful small business.
Whenever she has a spare moment, she enjoys watching TV (i.e. Survivor), eating way too many sweets, and listening to podcasts while running or walking. To work with Dolly DeLong Photography LLC, please email her at email@example.com or fill out her contact form here.
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