What To Wear for Your Family Photoshoot

   

A summertime family session in Durham, North Carolina

     One of the questions I get asked the most is, "Tierney, what should we wear for our family photos?" and that's a great question to ask! You've invested some money into these photos, you're about to invest time as well so they need to be perfect! Well today, I am going to give you some helpful tips and tricks for picking out the perfect outfits for family photographs!

 1. Feel Free to Bring Along Two Outfits

     I recommend bring along a more formal outfit as well as a casual one! For the formal outfit for women, I always recommend a flowy maxi dress or skirt. This will give your photos such a soft, feminine look and it adds SO MUCH MOVEMENT to the photographs too! For guys, I recommend a dressing up. If your wife is wearing a more formal dress, you should probably wear suit or at least a nice collared shirt with a tie. I also recommend close toed shoes (particularly for guys)

Tip for women: Wear something that will accentuate your waistline, and that will give you shape. Right now, oversized sweaters, blouses, dresses are very in, but they take away from your figure and don't create flattering pictures.

2. Pick a color scheme and stick with it!

     I recommend picking two-three colors for outfits. Neutrals such as blush, tans, link pinks, faint blues and teals, creams, grays and whites will always result in more of a light and airy look to your images. I am also a big fan of pastels! These colors photograph softer and more classically! I highly recommend staying from everyone wearing a black or white top.T he goal is COORDINATING outfits instead of MATCHING! If one person is wearing white that is fine, but the whole family showing up in white buttons and dark wash jeans may not be the best. Plus, your family's personality can really shine through with your outfits!

3. Be mindful of patterns!

    I'm not saying don't wear patterns at all, but be mindful of the ones you do choose to wear. It's best to avoid wearing patterns that are smaller then a dime as these patterns create very odd digital effects in the camera. I also recommend not wearing graphic tees or anything with writing on it.

4. Wear something that makes you feel comfortable!

    Ladies, I recommend that you wear something that flatters the parts of you that you love the most and also allows you to be extremely confident! If you are uncomfortable when you look in the mirror (having to suck in and only like the way you look from one angle), then that outfit probably isn't the best for these photographs. I want you to feel totally confident and relaxed at your session If you're loving your outfit and feeling confident in it, you'll seriously love your photographs that much more!

Places I recommend shopping for family picture outfits:

https://www.renttherunway.com

https://www.jcrew.com 

http://bananarepublic.gap.com

https://poshpeanut.com (particularly for little girls!)

 

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THE BACKMAN FAMILY IN GREENVILLE, NC

ANAYA FAMILY SESSION RALEIGH, NC

 

Serenity and Rose Styled Shoot at The Duke Mansion in Charlotte, NC

    Earlier in January, my husband and I traveled to The Duke Mansion in Charlotte, North Carolina for this gorgeous Serenity and Rose Styled Shoot planned by Sarah Elizabeth Miller.  If you're in the Charlotte area, I would highly recommend checking this venue out. It is stunning! The building has gorgeous black and white checkered flooring, the most beautiful crystal chandeliers you have ever seen, and lovely columns.

     From the florals to the tableware, the blue and pink wedding details were stunning! Not to mention how fabulous do the brides look in their gorgeous wedding dresses?

Planning: Sarah Miller 

Florist: Kelilabee Flower Company 

Baker: Wow Factor Cakes 

Hair and Makeup: Paige Pope 

Bride and Groom: Yarah and Shiraz Aslam 

High Fashion Bride: Jessica Shadden 

Tableware: The Prissy Plate Company 

Dresses: The Savvy Bride Boutique

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A bride on a checkerboard floor at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte, NC
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Rose gold wedding shoes and engagement rings by Tierney Riggs Photography
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Felicity's Lifestyle Newborn Session Raleigh, NC

     Carrie and Nate met while they were both living in Washington DC through an online dating site. They went to trivia night for their first date ,and later got engaged while they were hiking in Virginia. Nate proposed with his nanny's wedding ring ( Yay for family heirlooms!). They were married in April 2015, and now they're embarking on the sweet journey of parenthood. Felicity's name is so special too as she is named for Carrie and Nate's grandparents. I love the sentiment of that!

      I met Carrie and Nate through a past client of mine, so when they reached out about a lifestyle newborn session I was so stoked! Baby Felicity did an AMAZING job on her newborn session! She slept almost the entire time and was just way too cute!

   

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A lifestyle newborn photo session in Raleigh, NC.
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A mother looking down at her newborn baby in Raleigh, NC.

2018 Goal Setting Part Two

   

Goal setting in Fuquay-Varina, NC

 

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about my 2018 Goal Setting. In that post I shared five out of my ten 2018 goals. Through a course I was taking for my business, I heard a statistic about the graduating class of 1979 at Harvard and their goal setting. Out of all the graduates, 84% had no goals at all. 13% had set written goals, but had no concrete plan. 3% had both written goals and concrete plans.

     Years later, the 13% that had written goals ,but had no concrete plans were making twice as much as the 84% that had no goals at all. However, the 3% who had written goals were making ten times as much as the rest of the class. I am not a person to place a lot of priority on making oodles and oodles of money, but I do want to be successful. Everyone has a definition of success and a vision of what success looks like for them. For me that vision of success is having a close relationship with God and living a Christ-like life. Success means being able to provide for our family while still being  available to them. It means raising happy children and making memories. While I don't have children yet, I think it's important to lay the groundwork for this lifestyle now. All that to say, here are my 2018 goals :)

6. Worry less and live more

  I worry....alot...about everything. I worry so much that at times, it inhibits my ability to enjoy the good moments of life. I tend to be a control freak and I have backup plans for my backup plans, but guess what? I can't control life. This year, I want to rest in my Savior and trust the plans He has for me instead of trying to control it all on my own. One thing 2017 taught me, His ways are wayyyyy better than my own!

7. Spend More Time with Family and Friends

    Last year, when I was working full time, commuting, and trying to build my business it was all I could do to survive, much less spend time with the people that matter most. This year, I look forward to life with more balance. I want to cultivate sweet moments with family and friends that I can look back on and cherish when I'm 80. The hustle and bustle won't matter to me then, but the fond memories I have will.

8. Develop a Deeper Relationship with God

    I want to do this by being more consistent in my devotions. My husband bought me this nifty Write the Word Journal that I have absolutely loved so far. I also want Christopher and I to have weekly devotions and prayer time together. We've always done our own thing, and I think this time together would be beneficial to our relationship with each other and with Christ.

9. Read 10 Business Books

  I have done some research and started a list of these, if you have suggestions comment below please!

10. Declutter and Simplify Our Lives

    This goal is one of the ones I am most excited about. In December, I started reading A Simplified Life by Emily Ley. I'm only three chapters in and this book has been amazing! So far, I've cleared out my master closet, sold or donated clothes that no longer fit, cleaned out our fridge, and cleaned out our pantry. I've worked to set up some simple organizational systems that give us minutes and seconds (hey, those add up!) back in our day. I'm very excited about taking on this goal in the new year.

    Throughout the year, I will keep you posted as I use my power sheets to track my goals! I'm excited about living an intentional year rather than just letting life happen to me!

 

AJ and Brandy Durham, NC

     We met AJ and Brandy when we first started attending a class for newlyweds at our church. I think the have the neatest story! They met in Georgia while Brandy was getting her Master's degree. At the time, things didn't really go anywhere between them. She later moved to New Orleans. As it turned out, AJ had also relocated to New Orleans to play baseball. During this time, they reconnected and began dating and eventually they got married!

     I was so happy when they approached me for their pictures. What made it even more exciting was that they had a big announcement to share---they're adopting!! I'm so excited for them as they embark on this new adventure

Family photography in Durham, NC
Family photography in Durham, NC
Family photography in Durham, NC
Family photography in Durham, NC
Family photography in Durham, NC
Family photography in Durham, NC
Family photography in Durham, NC
Family photography in Durham, NC

The Best of TR Couples 2017

I seriously can NOT believe we are quickly approaching the end of 2017. To be honest, I feel like the year just started! This year has been absolutely amazing for Tierney Riggs Photography. It has been a year of change and growth! This has been my busiest year yet, so I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my favorite photos from this amazing year! This post will include pictures from bridal sessions, weddings, engagement sessions, and anniversary sessions! Enjoy!

 

Black and white photograph of a bride at the WRAL Azalea Gardens in Raleigh, NC.
A bride and groom having their first look at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North Carolina.
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A couple hugging at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.
Husband and wife twirling for photograph at Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh, NC
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Bridesmaids at the West Point on the Eno in Durham, NC

Bridesmaids at the West Point on the Eno in Durham, NC

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A wedding party at West Point on the Eno in Durham, NC.
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A husband and wife in downtown Raleigh for anniversary photographs.
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The Flamion Family American Tobacco Campus Durham, NC

Ya'll, can you believe Christmas is ONE WEEK AWAY? This holiday season has gone by SO fast!! In honor of the season, I thought this festive Christmas family session would be appropriate. Aren't they darling?

Meredith has been doing my hair since I was in college so when she reached out to me about doing family pictures I was stoked. It was fun to meet her husband and two littles- Jackson and Powell. I had heard lots about them, and they did not disappoint at their sweet family session! Enjoy, friends!

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The Buck Family Raleigh, NC

    I have known Misty pretty much my entire life. We went to the same church and school growing up. We were also in the youth group together. Misty is always such a cheerful, fun-loving person. She is one of those people who just reminds you of a ray of sunshine! So when she approached me about taking some photographs of her and her husband, CJ, I was pretty excited!

    They just got married very recently. We took the photos at Cj and Misty's Raleigh home the day CJ was returning from a lengthy business trip from out West. He was such a good sport! If you can't tell from the photographs, these two are CRAZY about each other. They seriously look SO happy! Also, aren't their pups, Lucy and Dozier, adorable? I love when people include their fur babies in on their session <3

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Morrisey Maternity Session Boyce Farms Raleigh, NC

     Earlier this month, I had the privilege of taking Melissa (of the fashion and beauty blog Mix and Match Mel) and Dan's maternity photos at Boyce Farms in Raleigh, NC. They opted to have the session at the Christmas tree farm, and Boyce farms offered us the perfect location for this! If you're still in the market for a Christmas tree, I'd definitely recommend them!

     Dan and Melissa are expecting their first baby, "Trinity" right around Valentine's Day. I'm so very excited for them as the embark on this new adventure!

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Kyle and Courtney Engagement Session Charleston, SC

    Kyle and Courtney met while they were in high school during her freshman year and his junior year. One day, her car wouldn't start, so a friend ran into class to grab someone with jumper cables---that was Kyle. As it turned out, he ended up jumping her car off a lot (oh, to be sixteen and to have a crappy car again). 

    They didn't really connect in high school, but they both went to college in Charleston. Kyle attends the Citadel and Courtney attends the College of Charleston. During Courtney's second semester of college, they really started to connect. After a year of dating, Kyle proposed on a hiking trip at Crowder's Mountain. He proposed at the summit of the mountain. I had a blast taking their pictures at the Citadel and all over Charleston!

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