Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Beach Scene

Add it to my list of pet peeves, or just call me snobby, but I have major beef with family portraits on the beach.

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.



12 comments:

  1. I love the color scheme you chose! Looking forward to seeing the pictures :)

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  2. Amanda {Tickled Pink}August 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Oh girlfriend. You're pictures will be adorable! Love those outfit picks. Can't wait to see the pictures!

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  3. I think what you have picked out will look great- cute, casual, and classic, and not dated :) I so wish I lived near a beach!

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  4. Haha!! I'm sure the pictures will turn out great!! :) Can't wait to see. I think you picked great outfits.

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  5. I love this look! I think I agree with the beach photos - unless the beach is part of your everyday it's just kinda weird. I love photos in gardens or grass fields. I can't wait to see how the photo sesh comes together and nothing beats a professional photo shoot!

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  6. I love the color scheme that you chose! We actually did take some family pictures on the beach a couple weeks ago but did not wear the rolled up jeans with white shirts haha. I so know what you mean. I wore a blue dress with a white scarf (which is oddly similar now that I think about it LOL), my husband wore khaki shorts and a blue button down (with is also oddly similar) and Mason wore a couple different outfits. I've only seen a couple sneak peeks but so far they look cute. I'm sure your family photos with turn out amazing!!!

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  7. Haha, I was hoping I wasn't going to offend anyone with my rant.. but it turns out I still picked the same color scheme I generally hate too! I think it's just because growing at the shore, those photos were total staples and just everywhere.

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  8. I grew up at the beach and still today am heavily influenced by it, our house has a bunch of seaside/nautical inspired decor even though we live PA. I just can't get away from it. It's just the cheesy everyone wear the same look that gets me. I think most people have moved on from matchy matchy matchy to coordinating styles, but I still catch the cliched pic from time to time, just too dated :) I'm excited for some new family pictures, specifically some shots of the girls together!

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  9. Me too and we didn't even take them yet!

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  10. Totally not offended! No worries. And totally didn't realize that I, in a round about way, picked the same cliche beach outfits that I hate too! lol.

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  11. What a sweet gift for your in-laws! And growing up in southern CA on the ocean, I TOTALLY know what you mean about being cliche, but they are beautiful! Love the outfits you put together! Will be totally adorable!

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