It’s our one year wedding anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than by sharing our casual holiday photos and how to have the best photoshoot!
Okay, I’m sitting here in complete shock that it’s been an entire year since our wedding! How did time fly that fast? People may say that the first year is the hardest, but if that’s the case for us, the rest of our marriage is going to be a walk in the park because this year was wonderful in so many ways. Our first Christmas together, traveling together, making new memories and traditions, and sharing tons of kisses. We’ve also walked through some seriously challenging seasons, but I’m grateful to be in a relationship that values communication and a hand to hold even when the going gets rough. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it a million times over: marriage is SO much better than dating. Like, for real, I thought I’d love it, but I never expected to adore it quite this much. It’s spectacular.
We were lucky enough to get in touch with my fave local photographer to snap our holiday photos yesterday, and I’m just swooning over how they turned out. After doing some serious brainstorming, I decided on the same location we took our first engagement photos. There were so many happy memories attached to the place that it just made sense to go back. Thankfully, the weather decided not to be a grouch, and we donned some cute casual-wear and kissed for the camera. It was great.
my sweater | my scarf | my pants | similar to my booties | B’s top | B’s pants | similar to B’s shoes | B’s jacket
Photos by Meredith Anne Photography
If you’re looking for some tips on how to make the most of your casual holiday photos, you’ve come to the right place.
After four years of blogging, I’m pretty used to photoshoot life. Even Brandon has adjusted to the routine of our couples photos. However, when it comes to professional photos like these that we’ll be sending to all our family and friends, I want things to go as smoothly as humanly possible, and the perfectionist in me wants the photos to be fabulous.
Start by choosing a familiar location. This way you don’t run into any surprise issues like a spontaneous marathon taking place, an additional photography fee, the spot not looking like it did on Instagram, etc. It’ll make your life so much easier – and if you’ve already taken photos there, great! You’ll know the perfect spots to go back to.
Make sure you feel excellent about your photographer in advance. It’s no fun to hire someone, never meet them in person prior to the session, and then have a really awkward photoshoot. Know the person’s style of photography, whether your personality meshes well with theirs, and if you’re getting the most bang for your buck!
Sidenote: Richmond friends, if you’re in need of a photographer for your holiday photos (or engagement photos, or senior portraits, or whatever) Meredith is your gal! She’s been taking photos for my blog on and off for a couple years now and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough!
Choose clothing you’re both comfortable in. I went with Brandon several days in advance to try and find a top he liked that somewhat coordinated with my outfit. This man is simple. He doesn’t enjoy getting too fancy, and I wanted to make sure he had an item he would wear again. We opted for a simple shirt that matched with the green in my scarf, and he wore his favorite leather jacket over it. I knew ahead of time that I wanted these photos to be casual, so I did a little bit of Pinterest-ing and nailed down my outfit with things I already owned + the addition of a cute scarf I’ll wear time and again.
Prep your cards before you take your photos. If you know the theme of your cards, you’ll know the theme of your photos. Decide on a color scheme so that your location, outfits, photo editing, and cards all blend together seamlessly.