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After clashing badly in family pictures a couple of years ago, I’ve become quite skilled in over-planning our family photo outfits. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Last year I planned our outfits three weeks in advance. My daughter wore no fewer than four different outfits (four combos made from 2 different dresses, a knit bonnet, and fluffy UGG Bailey boots), and my son wore two unique get-ups. We had plenty of cohesive looks, including the same beleaguered expression on our faces.
This year, I started planning our attire eight weeks in advance. Enough time to prepare for every possible scenario.
Lights. Camera. War. It’s family-picture time, baby.
Time to battle-plan for that magical shot: Smiling, cherub-cheeked children. Children not merely laughing, but frolicking, gaily in gold-dappled meadows of wildflowers or a forest glen. Festooned in frocks and frill from Soor Ploom or Rylee + Cru.
Yet despite planning for every contingency, I chucked it all out the window at the last minute and we all turned out in Old Navy.
My true sentence number 8: Make sure your family has a ready supply of Old Navy staples, because after over-planning your family photo shoot wardrobe, for your non-angelic, non-frolicking, non-joyous spouse and children, you’ll just turn up in a freshly laundered version of your everyday selves and everyone will smile the wider for it.
And on their feet, my son wore a pair of Mikoleon boots I picked up on Mercari. My daughter wore a pair ankle of Old Navy ankle strap flats. (For wide feet, these are the best dressy girl’s shoes. My daughter wears these daily. I have ordered the next size up, but really, I want to get a case of them in every color.) And my husband: He wore a pair of his infamous tennis shoes that he painstakingly colors (sprays) black.
But really. In the end, comfortable feet are (damn near) frolicking feet.
Photography from Leah Rivera is amazing.