You booked the session, decided on the location and now … What to wear? This is probably one of our most frequently asked questions and honestly, probably the hardest part of the session.  

 Typically, we suggest that outfits coordinate, without being matchy – matchy, and fit your family’s personality.   Pick outfits that are classic and timeless, without a lot of logos, graphics or writing.  It’s usually easiest to start with one persons outfit and then work out from there.


Style: Everyone’s outfits should match in style. For example, try to stay away from having one person dressed in a cocktail dress and another person dressed more casually in jeans and t-shirt.  Going along with this, keep in mind the location of your session when you are picking outfits.  That fancy dress might not look right in a field with grasses and weeds, where a flowing summer dress might be perfect.  Outfits with lots of patterns and loud colors might overwhelm a park setting, but would be perfect for an urban setting with brick walls or graffiti.


Patterns:  Patterns can be used in moderation, and please don’t feel like you need to stay away from them.  Patterns can add a lot to a portrait, if done well, and overwhelm a portrait if not.  If one person is in an outfit with lots of patterns, try to keep the other outfits simpler, with large stripes, solid colors and simple textures.  Try to limit the wording or characters on shirts or outfits, since they can distract and date your portraits. 

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Colors: Several factors can go into deciding colors of outfits.  First off, pick colors that look good on your family. Whites and light grays might wash out pale skin, yet look amazing on tanned summer skin.    Seasons also effect colors.  Black might not be the best choice for the  middle of summer.  Typically, browns, creams and oranges, look better in the fall, where as bright colors colors look better in the spring and summer months.  Don’t worry about just sticking to one color either.  Pairing colors together like blues and yellows, browns and greens, violet and grays, can really add dimension to the portrait.  The last thing to think about is your home and where you are going to display your portraits. Try to stay within colors that will complement your home as well.  If you are going to hang your family portrait above your mantel, in a room that’s decorated in browns and greens, a portrait where the main colors are purple and blue might not look the best.  

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Accessories: Here is where you can have a lot of fun! Accessories can be used to add a pop of color,  show off personality or just complete your look.  Scarves, layered necklaces, shoes, hats, sunglasses, headbands and flowers are just a few fun ways to add some pop and personality to your portraits.


Other things to keep in mind as well:

Babies look great in simple outfits, naked or just in diapers because clothes can sometime overwhelm them when they are so little.  Don’t be afraid to bring accessories for them, like hats and headbands, or you can just keep it simple.  Either way works, and they are just adorable!

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Try to avoid getting a hair cut right before pictures, to avoid the “just cut” look.  Stylists don’t always style your hair the way the you would style it yourself and it takes about a week for your hair to grow out of the “just cut” and look natural.

Don’t forget the shoes! In our sessions, we’ll take a variety of portraits, some including full length, head to toe portraits.  The perfect dressy outfit can be ruined by sneakers, so please, remember shoes matter just as much as the rest of the outfit!

When in doubt, bring along several outfits, accessories, props, shoes, etc.  We can help you decide what will photograph the best for the style of portrait you are trying to achieve.  It only takes a little extra time to bring extras along and sometimes it’s easier to decide with a second opinion! :)

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And lastly…

Make sure the outfits represent you and your family.  Portraits turn out so much better if you wear clothes that you are comfortable in.  If you are a more casual and fun family, then jeans and button down shirts or sweaters might work perfectly for your family, instead of sport coats and ties.  

And as always, we are always willing to help figure what look will work best for your family and session!

Oh sweet baby S, you’re getting so big! We’ve had the pleasure of photographing you once a month since your birth, and we must say, this session has easily been our favorite! Your little personality is starting to show and it’s awesome! You smiled through the entire session, even giggling at Amanda and I at times! The smiles you give aren’t little ones, they cover your entire face, and make your little eyes sparkle too.  We’re just smitten with you little one, and we know your mommy and daddy are too! We loved getting to capture how you grow and can’t wait to see what you have in store for us during the next session! :)

3 month old baby - Homestead Park - Hilliard, Ohio - AV Photography

3 month old baby - Homestead Park - Hilliard, Ohio - AV Photography

3 month old baby - Homestead Park - Hilliard, Ohio - AV Photography

3 month old baby - Homestead Park - Hilliard, Ohio - AV Photography

3 month old baby - Homestead Park - Hilliard, Ohio - AV Photography

3 month old baby - Homestead Park - Hilliard, Ohio - AV Photography

3 month old baby - Homestead Park - Hilliard, Ohio - AV Photography

3 month old baby - Homestead Park - Hilliard, Ohio - AV Photography

Look how big he is now.  A quick flash back to his newborn picture with daddy’s bear.


3 month old baby - Homestead Park - Hilliard, Ohio - AV Photography

Meet Nick Serio.  This sweet man celebrated his 99th birthday recently. 99th birthday, can you believe it? Born in 1914, this sweet man celebrated with a party thrown by his family and some family portraits as well!  He has such a young spirit, and he enjoyed joking around with his grand kids and even let the littlest one help blow out his candles and sneak a swipe of icing off his cake.  It was so clear to see how much he is loved by all his family.  Thank you all for going outside on a warmish day in February for these awesome family pictures!

And Nick, happy 99th birthday!













What a fun session! My sweet friend, Joanna who owns Clintonville Green Clean, thought it would be fun to do a vintage styled shoot to promote her cleaning business.  And we couldn’t have been more excited! What fun! We loved coming up with ideas for her vintage photos and it was neat to see her in action when we switched gears to her cleaning uniform.  Clintonville Green clean is based out of Columbus, Ohio and she uses green products for safe and effective cleaning of your home.  She does an amazing job! Please check her out for all your cleaning needs.

Clintonville Green Clean












Oh my goodness!  This little nugget has stolen the heart of his mommy and daddy and as soon as I met him he had stolen mine as well. Baby S is just the sweetest little one, sleeping peacefully during our session, giving adorable sleepy baby smiles and snuggling deep into whatever prop we put him on.  He is amazing and his littleness is so much fun to look at.  It’s hard to take  your eyes off of him!

Rachael and Rian, he is just perfect.  We can’t wait to see him again and watch him grow! We just love him!








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