Sweet & Savory Studio: Blog https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog en-us (C) Sweet & Savory Studio (Sweet & Savory Studio) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:10:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:10:00 GMT https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/img/s/v-12/u218492057-o832227757-50.jpg Sweet & Savory Studio: Blog https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog 120 80 Color Schemes https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2017/8/color-schemes It really does make a difference in your end product photos to try and plan/coordinate your wardrobe as much as possible! Thinking about your location also helps. Below are some color schemes I've seen work really well, hope these help inspire you!  




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Mini Sessons https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2017/8/mini-sessons Mini sessions work GREAT for some families, dads only have to smile for a few minutes, kids are all excited and done super quick, you get plenty of great shots for holiday cards and more for grandparents and hanging around the house! I was lucky to be able to offer some mini session weekends in Colorado and California again last year! Colorado families really brought it!

Can you believe we got all these shots of all these families in just 20 minutes?! Thank you to the awesome parents that showed up on time and ROCKED IT!



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what to wear https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2017/8/whattowear  

Gone are the days of wearing black and khaki, white and jeans, or matching polos. These days photography is taking on more of a candid, editorial style and you can get fun with your clothing! The goal is to have everyone compliment each other, but not be too "matchy-matchy." Try to avoid big logos on t-shirts, but don't be afraid of colors and patterns. 


You can go bright or neutral, warm or cool, so many options! I like to see what works in photos and think about your location and "look" for your shoot. Here are some color schemes that I loved...maybe some will inspire you.




Layer, Layer, Layer

Layers and texture look great in a photo. As with all design principals you apply when decorating your home, texture looks fabulous in photos! J Crew and Crew Cuts are great places to seek inspiration when deciding what to wear. By adding a blazer or fun scarf, not only does it make the picture look more complete, you can drop the layers toward the end of the shoot for a completely different look. The best news is layers are very in right now, so it won't be hard for you to achieve this look!



Have a Wild Card

I always tell my clients to have someone be the stand out "wild card" in the photos. I like picking a fun, crazy pattern like an animal print or hounds tooth cardigan. You can also have that "wildcard" wear the accent color as their main color. It mixes things up and can pull an entire look together.
(the pop of pink is the wild card here)                                           (neutrals with a pop of green)

Neutral Beauty

 Neutrals look beautiful in their own way, just please DON"T do all white or all black. Here are some example more neutral palettes, you can play more with textures, style and patterns to spice it up!

It's All in the Details


When in Doubt, Ask!

It's important to let your photographer be a part of the whole process with you. Let them get excited with you and help plan your vision. When they know what you are wearing and understand the feel you are going for (casual, fun, formal, etc.), it will make the picture come together beautifully. It's important to pick a photographer whose style you like. Each photographer has a different style. When you can match that that style with your own, you will love the outcome.


(Sweet & Savory Studio) coordinate fashion photography style waredrobe wear https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2017/8/whattowear Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:18:00 GMT
Baseball Tough https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2016/6/baseball-tough I got to do something a little different last weekend with a local Baseball League, lots of headshots, action shots and I squeezed in a few creative ones...which were of course my favorites! Some of these kids are so intense while playing that they look like miniature grown-ups...glad I got to capture them.


(Sweet & Savory Studio) baseball boys coach pitch dirty golden colorado kids little league photographer teeball tough https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2016/6/baseball-tough Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:30:29 GMT
Seniors https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2016/6/seniors It's getting to be that time again for Senior Portraits and they should be as individual as these young adults! From punk to preppy make sure your photographer captures their spirit as they lunge forward into adulthood. Here are of few lovely spririts I was lucky enough to capture...


(Sweet & Savory Studio) colorado denver golden natural light photographer photography senior portraits seniors teenagers teens https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2016/6/seniors Thu, 09 Jun 2016 02:58:28 GMT
Spring Break https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2016/5/spring-break Visiting the ocean is my favorite...and I made the trip this spring, with my three kiddos. By. Myself. Pretty stoked that we all made it back safe and sound. I was also lucky enough to take a few photos while I was in California. Can't wait to go back

(Sweet & Savory Studio) California Southern California beach cloudy family photography manhattan beach photos pier sand water https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2016/5/spring-break Tue, 10 May 2016 22:48:36 GMT
travellingphotographerSoCal https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2016/1/travellingphotographersocal I'm so lucky, my clients are the best! I was contacted by a few of my favorites and asked if I was making a trip out to the LA area...a few days later I was booked! So blessed to be trusted to document their families, I hope I did all the amazing Manhattan Beach families justice! 

I had to wait until after holiday card season...warning, these kids are beyond adorable!


(Sweet & Savory Studio) California Manhattan beach beach family love photographer photography photos pier sand travelling water https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2016/1/travellingphotographersocal Wed, 06 Jan 2016 21:30:00 GMT
So...snow? https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2015/12/so-snow I'm absolutely dying over the SNOW shoots I did this winter. I usually shy away from them...too cold for little noses, cold toes, etc., etc. But this year I had a few phenomenal families that braved the cold and snow and now I need to do more! Tee-pees, candycanes and hot chocolate were involved of course! 

Hard to plan, but worth the wait...S N O W!



(Sweet & Savory Studio) cold colorado family golden love photography photos photoshoot snow https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2015/12/so-snow Mon, 21 Dec 2015 06:25:57 GMT
Pumpkin Patch https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2015/12/pumpkin-patch One of my most fashionable and fun clients suggested we do a pumpkin patch photo shoot this year and OF COURSE I agreed! She styled her adorable family just right for the location, and we caught it on the muddiest day in 5 years I'm sure of it. But that didn't stop us and I'm thrilled with her casual sweet photos. What about an apple orchard next year? 


Just the absolute cutest, really!!

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Oh these babies! https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2015/10/oh-these-babies Newborn photography takes more time, more editing and more patience...but OH THOSE BABIES!! Gosh I love them! 5-10 days new is the best time to photograph them, but that is the LAST thing a new mother wants to thing about, but boy you'll be glad you did. Broken record alert...THEY. GROW. SO. FAST. Stop, record and remember this time, it's over pretty quickly.

(Sweet & Savory Studio) Colorado Denver babies family golden love newborn photographer photos sweet https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2015/10/oh-these-babies Wed, 28 Oct 2015 22:21:37 GMT
#travellingphotographer https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2015/10/-travellingphotographer I'm lucky enough to have clients in other parts of the country that I can't stand not photographing, so I've tried to accommodate those that I can and travel to them. It's usually an intense weekend chock-full of photos shoots and visits and scouting new locations, but I love it! Plus I got to hear the ocean and see a killer sunset...and that's a great day in my book!

(Sweet & Savory Studio) beach family family photography love ocean park photos siblings travelling photographer https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2015/10/-travellingphotographer Tue, 13 Oct 2015 03:44:56 GMT
Magic https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2015/9/magic I don't know a better word for it, but it's the combination of the sweet love between family members, the light filtering through the air, leaves twinkling in the breeze, something about it just MAGIC. To snap those moments and freeze that second is what I love about this whole thing. Because life moves too quickly to remember...


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Autumn https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2015/9/autumn I love Autumn...don't really love what it means is coming (WINTER?!?!) but darn it is beautiful in Colorado when the leaves are changing! We even get it a little sooner in Golden than in Denver, so weird right?!? Anyway, I've been taking advantage of the colors with my clients and packing them in before we lose all these gorgeous colors to the cold winter winds, blegh! Can you tell I don't love winter? ;0) Anyway, enjoy some of the crisp Colorado color...

(Sweet & Savory Studio) Fall autumn changing colors kids leaves photography https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2015/9/autumn Wed, 16 Sep 2015 19:35:23 GMT
Birth Announcement Trend https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2015/4/birth-announcement-trend I'm loving the new birth announcement trend of a visual scavenger hunt for birth detail clues, less for the designer to do, but definitely more work for the photographer, luckily I'm both and went for it for this announcement, what do ya think? I loved the way it came out, see if you can catch all the clues...

Front Announce Front Announce

Name: Avalon Lynne

Born: August 18th @ 3:29 am

Stats: 19.5 inches 7 lbs 4 oz

Named after Avalon Bay in Catalina Island California

(Sweet & Savory Studio) Baby Baby Announcement Birth Announcement Girl Trending https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2015/4/birth-announcement-trend Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:14:44 GMT
Mermaid Birthday Party https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2013/6/mermaid-birthday-party After conceding last year to Hello Kitty, when D wanted an Ariel, Little Mermaid bday I laid down the law :) I couldn't do that 2 years in a row, so we went with a more simple vintage, mermaid theme for her 5th birthday. It was right up my alley with turquoise, white and burlap colors so we ran with it! A mermaid tail "smash" cake (my favorite tradition), vanilla "sandy" cupcakes with a white chocolate shell along with a few other yummies made up the dessert table. Wish I had taken a few more photos, but as always the day just went by too quickly! Here are a few:


Here's our little mermaid with the starfish party favors in her hair :)























































































Such fun! Thanks for everyone who came to help D celebrate her fifth birthday and smash her face in that cake!!

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Dirties https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2013/3/dirties So...I admit, I like the dirty ones, chocolate on their faces, mud on their hands, those are usually my favorites :) It shows their little personalities, how proud they are that they were able to cover their entire face with muck, A-dorable! Not all parents like these shots, I get it, they are sweet and angelic when they are cleaned up and soft focused. ...but sometimes, I just can't resist the "dirties" :)

(Sweet & Savory Studio) Cuties Dirty Kids Photos https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2013/3/dirties Wed, 06 Mar 2013 00:44:13 GMT
Dawgs https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/12/dawgs Love 'em! They sometimes disrupt a family photo shoot, but it's usually a fun and chaotic disruption, which I don't mind! They are part of our families and we should document that :)


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Sleep Smiles https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/10/sleep-smiles I'll wait for a long time to get these fleeting moments, it's just as cute as catching a puppy dreaming about chasing a rabbit. You know they are happy, you just know it. I haven't caught many in photos, but I'll be patient and keep trying :) I love you sleep smiles...

(Sweet & Savory Studio) Happy Patience Sleep Smiles https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/10/sleep-smiles Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:12:10 GMT
Just beautiful https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/9/just-beautiful Sometimes I can't explain why something turns out the way it does, serendipity? Certainly nothing I do :) Just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Sometimes, I get the credit, but I don't deserve it. Can't fabricate love and that's exactly what you see here...


(Sweet & Savory Studio) family love snuggles https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/9/just-beautiful Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:34:56 GMT
Baby Fever https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/9/baby-fever It's a good thing I get to play with adorable tiny little babies all the time in photo shoots, because I needed my fix this weekend! I got to photograph a VERY cooperative 4 week old, this little guy was adorable and totally into our shoot. I think he might have even posed for me a few times...can't be sure though :)   

Towards the end of the shoot we were talking and they mentioned they had an old chair in their garage, WINNING! We dragged it out and it was perfect on the front lawn with this beautiful family...I was in heaven.

You never know what each photo shoot will be...just glad I got to spend a little time with this awesome little guy :)






(Sweet & Savory Studio) baby baseball boy chair love vintage https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/9/baby-fever Thu, 20 Sep 2012 02:28:06 GMT
Bomb-Pops and Spud-Gun Fun https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/7/bomb-pops-and-spud-gun-fun I didn't grow up with Bombpops, but even I feel nostalgic about them?! How is that possible? There is just something about the way little ones are covered and stained by the end, and just don't care! Anyway, we had a great fourth of July sans fireworks this year, but we lit up a few sparklers, glow-sticks, and of course, the Spud-Gun. Go USA! See the rest of the album here.

(Sweet & Savory Studio) Bomb Pops Fourth of July Red White and Blue Spud Gun Summer https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/7/bomb-pops-and-spud-gun-fun Wed, 11 Jul 2012 22:22:14 GMT
Hello Hello Kitty https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/6/hello-hello-kitty Let's just clear it up, I do not enjoy Hello Kitty, she doesn't do much, I guess she's cute...but not much else. However, somehow my Dayton got exposed to her and fell in love. I tried to stop it, I discouraged it, but there was nothing I could do, she was smitten with the kitten. I think it was the pink ruffles that sealed the deal. Anyway, I folded and did her 4th birthday party in a Hello Kitty theme, ugh. We bent it towards girly and I actually really liked the way it turned out, of course Kitty had to be there, but in just a few small places :)

So I turned to my favorite place Pinterest for cake ideas and found a lot of awesome umbre cakes, below is my attempt at that, as well as a Kitty "Smash" cake. Otherwise I catered all the food, just made the desserts, cakes, sugar cookies and lemon bars.



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Babysitting https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/6/babysitting Sometimes I get to photograph kiddos that I don't know, but feel like I do by the end of the shoot. Little Hannah was one of them, she asked her mom if I could babysit for her sometime. Love. What a yucky day, what a beautiful family that lit up the clouds, just goes to show that weather doesn't always matter :)


(Sweet & Savory Studio) Cute kids family funny love https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/6/babysitting Tue, 05 Jun 2012 02:56:00 GMT
Clean Little Boys! https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/5/clean-little-boys Don't get me wrong, I've been known to dig for snails with little ones if it will get me some smiles, but there is something sweet about a clean little boy. These two stayed clean for allllmost the whole shoot, I actually think I got dirtier than they did.  

(Sweet & Savory Studio) baby boys clean smiling https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/5/clean-little-boys Wed, 16 May 2012 20:58:54 GMT
Like I wasn't there... https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/5/like-i-wasnt-there I LOVED this couple :) You could feel their love, especially this kind of, I missed you so much it hurts, can't live without you, touching all the time, love. These two barely knew I was there, and certainly didn't mind me documenting their frequent kisses. What an enchanting couple, thanks Lauren and Cam for braving the rain, ignoring the cold and forgetting I was there!

See the rest of their photos

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Savor the sweet things https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/4/savor-the-sweet-things I personally hate tic-tacs, but kids love 'em and they don't usually make a huge mess on their faces! I use tic tacs when bribery is necessary, usually at the end of a session when I want to make absolutely sure we got that smile, you know the one. I probably got it in there somewhere, but just to make sure those tic tacs sure some in handy!

(Sweet & Savory Studio) bribery candy photos smiles tictacs https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/4/savor-the-sweet-things Sat, 21 Apr 2012 22:30:17 GMT
Happiest place on earth https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/4/happiest-place-on-earth I cannot wait to do a photo shoot at Disneyland! I've done them for my family (of course) but have one scheduled in August for an AMAZING family and I can't wait! It is a special place for them and they go all the time...lucky, I know. I feel like the kids are going to have those huge smiles of pure joy and totally forget I'm there. 


Best place for a shoot? Somewhere special, everyone having fun, you forget anyone is taking pictures :)


Here's my favorite of me and my kids at our last visit

Happy at Disney

(Sweet & Savory Studio) https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/4/happiest-place-on-earth Tue, 03 Apr 2012 18:20:39 GMT
Birthday Time https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/4/birthday-time My little monster just turned 2?! I feel like he should still be an infant, but whatever :) We celebrated, as we always do, with a theme! His favorite, race cars! Here are a few pics, I found a blog that said to use the Starbucks frappucino (sp?) glass bottles for drinks, YES! They were perfect and sooo cute with striped straws. Used lots of Oriental Trading Co. stuff for decorations and projects, ie: a car painting station. Picked up some old tires from my local tire shop (yes, I know a little trashy but Shane loved them!) and they used bouncy balls to roll inside them. Made the cake checkered on the inside like the flags, and cookies and cream cupcakes (sans kid-spit) for the adults. Grabbed some funnels and race car rubber duckies for the water table, and of course a little matchbox car to take home in a stamped bag. My little man didn't care about much but the donuts and cake, typical! He's so my son :) Can't wait to do it all again with Day in the summer!

(Sweet & Savory Studio) birthday boy car party race second vintage https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/4/birthday-time Sun, 01 Apr 2012 21:47:39 GMT
Memory Hoarder... https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/3/memory-hoarder--- Hello, my name is Ashley and I'm a hoarder.

A memory hoarder. I have religiously kept photo books for the last 4 years (as soon as babies were born) and have external hard drives filled to the brim with photos. May never use/look at them again, but just knowing they are there and the time is chronicled I feel better...

Is it just me?!?

One of my favorite memories from last year with my hubby on Capri:

(Sweet & Savory Studio) https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/3/memory-hoarder--- Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:40:11 GMT
Dreary... https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/2/dreary--- I'm feeling dreary caught in the middle of winter here in Colorado, itching for some adorable kiddos to shoot. But alas, we'll have to wait for that magical sun to come out once again. I feel like we're so close...and then the snow comes again!


In the meantime, any other Coloradoites ready for Spring?!?!

(Sweet & Savory Studio) https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/2/dreary--- Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:32 GMT
Savor the sweet things in life https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/2/savor-the-sweet-things-in-life How do we catch those memories? If you are like me I can't remember where my purse is half that time, let alone what everyone was doing a year ago. I feel a draw to collect those memories, almost hoard them so I can remember. I remember what the grass smelled like, how the light was warm and everyone was giggling, the weeds tickling us. I know it isn't important to everyone, but it is to me. I won't ever get that moment back, the kids at that age, that light, that day.


We have to capture these sweet everyday moments, don't we?

(Sweet & Savory Studio) https://www.sweetandsavorystudio.com/blog/2012/2/savor-the-sweet-things-in-life Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:59:52 GMT