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How to Make Everyone Smile in Family Pictures


How to Make Everyone Smile in Family Pictures

The biggest challenge when selecting outfits for your family pictures is not coordinating pieces.  The biggest challenge is making sure everyone in the family looks like themselves.  It's easy to pick four outfits with navy and mustard yellow. And Maybe when your children are small it isn't that difficult because your kids' style is really just your style.  But as they grow and get a style of their own you need to be mindful that everyone loves what their wearing and feels great.  Because feeling great in your outfit is the difference between a good family photo and a fantastic family photo.

The O Family was super fun to work with.  They have a tween son and pre-tween daughter who know where they like to shop and have strong opinions on their outfits.  Their son is Abercrombie all the way and their daughter loves to mix prints and stand out.  Add in a preppy dad, Anthropologie loving mom and new baby and you have 5 totally different styles that need to compliment each other.

Their photo session will take place outside in the fall color and they wanted outfits to compliment the changing leaves.what to wear for fall family picturesThe result is a twirly-boho-preppy-outdoorsy look that will make everyone say CHEESE!

If your interested in our virtual styling services, send an email to  Thanks to the O Family for allowing us to open our style files to them!  We can't wait to see your pics!




Family Style Friday: Fair Isle



It's our favorite time of year, the leaves are changing and families all over are planning outfits for their holiday card photo sessions!  This Friday we're featuring some of our favorite mix and match family outfits from Hanna Andersson.

It's always nice when brands do a "Family" section because you know colors within the collection will coordinate and it makes picking outfits simpler without having everyone matching in the same pattern.

Hanna Andersson Fair Isle These little sweater reindeer overalls could be my favorite thing ever.  The sister outfits coordinate and repeat the snowflakes but are not too matchy-matchy.

You can find all of the pieces in this style board in the Holiday North Star collection in Hanna Andersson's Family Shop.  

Are you taking family photos soon and need a little help with what to wear?  TLSF Styling Team can take the stress out of your family photo session.  You worry about how you're going to bribe the kids, we'll take care of the outfits.  For info, send an email to

Say CHEESE!!!!!


Family Style:  The World of Ralph Lauren


Family Style: The World of Ralph Lauren

Growing up, I loved the "World of Ralph Lauren" commercials.  Everyone was smiling and happy, wearing gorgeous clothes.  After watching the commercial - remember when we watched commercials?! - my sister and I would say "I want to live in the world of Ralph Lauren."  And after 8 years of family pictures where we have mixed and matched designers for our family, this session we went full out Ralph Lauren.

All too often we hear "stay away from prints!' when planning outfits for family pictures.  We say the opposite.  We say the more prints the better!  The key to mixing prints for family pictures is layering.  Textures with small prints, medium prints and large prints to scale with the size of the person can make for stunning photos.  Here was our inspiration board for this photo shoot.

The ribbon on the pink dress coordinates with the green striped dress.  The white lace dress works as a neutral but also adds a layer of texture and dimension.  The blues in the guys' shirts highlights the blues in the girls' stripes.  For the boys shirts I did shop in person.  I brought the belt with me to make sure colors were a good compliment.  When planning outfits, you'll want to make sure all family members outfits look great together.  In this set, you can mix and match any parents and children and have a great combo.

Here is the result:

Ralph Lauren

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I just love how these pictures turned out.  Every combination of family members' outfits look great together.  You would never know we had to cross a muddy river with children on our backs to get to the garden that was under construction.  It was a little tricky to get to the World of Ralph Lauren, but it was totally worth it!  The colors look amazing and the prints just make the images pop.

Just to keep score, in these photos we have horizontal stripes, vertical stripes, plaid, solid and solid colored lace.  With thoughtful planning, the prints compliment each other and don't compete.

What do you think?  Do you mix prints?

Photo Session Details

Styling:  TLSF Styling Services

Photographer:  Gina Cristine Photography

Clothing:  Ralph Lauren

Location:  Museum of Science and Industry, Japanese Garden in Chicago

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Family Style:  Boho Mother's Day Photo Session with Gina Cristine Photography


Family Style: Boho Mother's Day Photo Session with Gina Cristine Photography

We are so excited to share this amazing photo shoot with Gina Cristine Photography.  Gina, owner of Gina Cristine Photography, always is telling customers two things:  get your photos off the discs and on the walls and get mom in the pictures.  That was the idea behind this gorgeous Boho Mama photo session day. Gina Cristine Photography partnered with TLSF Styling, Violet and Pearl Event Design and Mackenzie Hair Parlor to provide a day where moms feel amazing and get beautiful images of themselves and their children.  I brought a rack of amazing clothes from Cecile and Sammy, Feltman Brothers, Elephantito, Chasing Fireflies and more and helped the moms and kids get ready for their sessions.

A dreamcatcher inspired backdrop with vintage sofa set the scene for the day.

Cecile and Sammy, our favorite new online boutique provided all of the women's clothing and accessories for the day.

The moms and children loved getting pampered with hair and makeup.  Everyone received beautiful curls and Amy from GCP created amazing floral crowns.

It was such a privilege to be part of this amazing day.  The results of these beautiful moms snuggly their babies is breathtaking!

boho photo session

Mom's Dress from Cecile and Sammy | Baby Set from Feltman Brothers

Mom's Dress from Cecile and Sammy | Daughter's Dress from Chasing Fireflies

Sister Dresses from Elephantito

Mom's Tunic and Accessories from Cecile and Sammy


Even Gina, the photographer herself, got in the shoot!

Mom's Outfit & Accessories from Cecile and Sammy | Daughter's Dress from Chasing Fireflies

Mom's Romper from Cecile and Sammy | Daughters' Dress from Chasing Fireflies

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Thanks again to Gina Cristine Photography for having us as part of this special day!




A Fairytale Wedding


A Fairytale Wedding

My sister got married!

 It was a magical day in the backyard of our Michigan House on the only fall day where the sun was shining and the high temperature was over 70 degrees.

backyard wedding

My girls, along with my sister's new nieces, were the flower girls.  Their dresses were unlike any flower girl dresses I've ever seen before.

My sister has great style.  And a great eye.  She does not have a Pinterest account and wanted everything to be uniquely theirs.  After she picked her (AMAZING!) dress and the bridesmaid dresses, we moved on to the flower girls.  Or, as my daughters thought, the most important part of all wedding planning.

Together, matron of honor and bride scoured all of the typical flower girl sites and we were both left unimpressed.  Then I remembered that I had seen a 'Holiday & Occasions' tab on the Chasing Fireflies website.  Jackpot.

flower girls

The dress my sister selected for the four girls was romantic, age appropriate and just flat out gorgeous.  The 3/4 length sleeves were great for the unexpected Michigan weather.  The neckline detail echoed my sister's dress and the cascade of ruffles down the front mimicked my sister's dress.

special occasion dresses

flower girl portrait

flower girls with floral wreath

flower girl twirl via the little style file

The flower girl dresses came with a removable sash that we switched out for satin ribbon that matched the bridesmaid dresses to pull the look together.  Gold monogram lockets were a gift from my sister to all of the girls and they were a sweet addition.  The girls wore floral wreathes made by my mom and her friends that were small replicas of my sister's.

flower girl dresses

chasing fireflies special occasion dresses

bride and flower girls

The entire wedding was just like a fairytale.  A magical night for a magical couple.

backyard wedding via the little style file

Congrats, Lauren and Kevin!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

 lighthouse wedding pictures

A huge, ginormous thank you to Chasing Fireflies for providing the flower girl dresses for this amazing day.  All opinions are honest and my own.  Images courtesy of Dennis Lee Photography and me.