Friday, October 21, 2011

Good Bye Blog, Hello Blogsite

Hello!!!!  upon the advice of a wonderful photographer, I have decided to do away with this blog.  I am moving everything over to my new website/blog, aka blogsite.  I'll leave this up a little longer, but please bookmark the new site Cat Herndon Photography!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

*Deal Alert*

Today on Etsy seller DuncanCreative is being featured. Heartsy is essentially Groupon type deals for Etsy, and in her shop you will get $28 worth of product for $14! She has some really adorable crocheted items that make great newborn props, and is open to custom orders! I am absolutely in love with this little mermaid costume

Aww, or a little turtle!

Visit to see these items, and other adorable things, or just visit

Monday, October 10, 2011

Mini - Session Information

The Holiday Mini-Sessions will be held on October, 29th.  If you have signed up, please read this post.  It has important information regarding your session.

First, each session is 20 minutes.  Please make sure you are on time or a few minutes early because it will take away from your session time.

If you end up being 10 minutes late, you will only have a 10 minute session and I may not be able to provide you with the 5 digital images because of the lack of time.  I will not offer refunds because of being late.

If you would like Holiday props please bring them with you.  I will have a few things, but if you want something specific, please bring it along.

If there is bad weather, we will reschedule for another day.

I will have a complete price list up soon for ordering Holiday Cards and other Holiday items.  The original pricing for the Holiday cards is no longer current because  I am switching printers due to quality issues with my last printer.

I will be emailing everyone that signed up, next week.  I will re-confirm your time.  At that time, please let me know if the mini session will be a family mini-session or just kid(s).

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

How to Avoid Ending Up on Awkward Family Photos

We've all seen the site, and if you haven't, please feel free to run and look at it now. It is really amazing, but not exactly the place you want your treasured family portraits to end up at. That's why I'm here. I want to help. I want you to look less like this:

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and more like you just walked out of a dashing fall ad campaign for JCrew. But how you ask? Easy. Here are 5 tips to getting what you want for your family photos.

First, I want you to
Visualize. I am a *huge* fan of for helping me figure out what exactly I want. Sometimes I have so many different ideas floating around in my brain it is impossible for me so sort out what I want for breakfast and what I want to wear to whatever fabulous event I'm pretending I'll get to attend. Pinterest lets you piece it all together.
Choose a Base and work from there. In the outfit board I made today, I started with navy blue. I recently with shopping with Cat for her family photos and this is what we did. She had a general idea of what she wanted, and had a few pieces, and we worked from there. We chose a basic navy blue dress. We originally intended on getting a nude heel, but sometimes, a shoe chooses you, and that is what happened, in the form of a fuchsia platform pump with crystals on the heel. Which leads me to...
Don't be afraid of color! See that awkward family photo up there? Mullets aside, that monotone denim isn't doing anyone any favors. Repeat after me, "Color loves me. It wants to hug me." Color is great, but don't get this confused with decals, logos, writing, etc. It's distracting to the eye, and has a way of dating a photograph.
Focus on clean lines, good fits, and how it makes you feel. If you don't feel good in what you're wearing, it is going to be obvious. With kids, make sure they can move in it comfortably. You want them to feel as good as you do. Let their personalities show through and have fun with it!
Be upfront with your photographer. She does this regularly, she's seen a lot of things that worked, and a lot of things that didn't. It can't hurt to ask her what she thinks.

This is the Outfit Board I did today, using Navy Blue, Grey, and Fuchsia.