Yet, the Husband and I decided to surprise my In Laws with a professional shoot while we are visiting next week. We lived with them for 5 weeks between moves last year and amongst all the other things they do for us, I thought this would be a great and over due "thank you". My mother in law is always trying to get family pictures when we are together at Father's Day and they usually end up being taken on someone's point and shoot with someone missing, kids all over, and generally turn out not being any you'd want to stick on the Christmas card, let alone the wall.
Anyway, back to portraits on the beach. Probably because I grew up at the beach and have seen the abundance of the cliche family photo, everyone in rolled up jeans and white collars sitting on the upside down lifeguard boat or kids hanging on the stand at sunset. Or the sea of khaki bottoms, and navy on the men, white on the women. It just scream 90s to me and makes my skin crawl like socks with sandals.
However, trying to put together some coordinating yet stylish outfits with some personality ended up being harder than I thought! Generally, I love denim and neutrals to begin with and I really didn't want to get too dressed up and instead be casual, be ourselves. I also wanted to shop our own closets if possible.
I bought this Leifsdottir top with my Mother's Day gift card and still haven't worn it since I haven't had an excuse to put on a top pretty enough to avoid peanut butter fingers. I tried to keep us in toned down colors since I do hope to have a shot or two worthy of stick on our wall and am trying to keep that in mind. Something classic. In the end, I'm pretty happy with it, but also slightly bored. Going to stick with safe over sorry, and apologize to myself that I basically succumbed to what I started this post off saying I hated... oops.