Dress Your Best All Year Round

Hey Humbletakes Fam!

How is your summer going so far? My little ones are definitely keeping me busy. The summer months are amazing for photos because the weather is perfect 98% of the time. Kids love being outside and it shows. There is only one July MMS date left! (No August dates this year cuz the Sages will be livin' it up in beautiful Idaho and Utah for the month!)

July 29th: BOOK HERE

One of the things I get asked most often as a photographer is, "What do I wear?". I'm coming at'cha with some awesome wardrobe tricks for your next photo session no matter what season it is! I know people love summer and autumn as the backdrop for their photos. The weather is beautiful and the colors are gorgeous! But you can have beautiful pictures ANY time of year! The grey skies of winter can be incredibly romantic, or dressing your little one in a raincoat and galoshes for spring is off the charts adorable!

I know that outfit coordination can be hard during the best times of the year, let alone the more shady ones. I am here to help simplify the task. I have some tips (and examples!) of what to wear for any photo session throughout the year!

Let's get to it!


I know here in CO springtime can be tricky. It's sometimes warm, sunny, not a cloud in the sky and then all the sudden, BAM!, afternoon thunderstorm! This complicates dressing for a photo shoot and the best advice I can give is just roll with it. I little rain at your shoot can be fun and make for awesome candid playful shots of your family! So think:
  • Long sleeves but light fabric
  • Cropped jeans
  • Fitted jackets (I love well cut cropped jackets)
  • Light scarves


Summer is so wonderful for photo shoots! Everything is green and bright and fun. This is probably the easiest season to dress for.
  • Sundresses
  • Flowy skirts
  • Short sleeved-button up
  • Classic shorts 
  • Pops of color


MY FAVORITE SEASON!! I freaking love autumn. The colors are perfect, the air is crisp but we're not into freezing temperatures yet. AAAHHH! I just love it. Ok, so the power of dressing of an autumn session is layers. Layers and layers.
  • Cardigans
  • Scarves
  • Long sleeves and heavier fabric than spring (read: flannel, even wool)
  • Well fitting, full length jeans


The trickiest season of them all. I have a love/hate relationship with winter. Winter sessions can be oh so magical or oh so miserable. There are a couple things that improve the chances that your winter photo sesh will be on the magical side.
  • Don't try to pull of that adorable tank with your favorite cute short shirt and ankle boots. You'll be freezing...and your face will show it. I can't photoshop that out, y'all.  
  • Wool leggings under your favorite skirt
  • Sweater or cardigan
  • Be wary of large coats. I know they're warm but they add bulk + lose shape = no good
  • Beanies. Adorable accessory that keeps you warm. Double win!

What is your FAVORITE season?!

Shoot ya Later :)


FAQ about Mini-Mini Sessions!

Hey Humbletakes Fam,

What are y'all up to today?! Fall is almost here. It's sooo close. I can feel it! If you know me, like, at all you know there are three things I can't do without (right after my hubster and babes) and those things are nachos, diet coke, and fall. I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of this amazing time of year.

The upcoming months are my absolute busiest! And, why wouldn't they be? Everything is perfect for an amazing photo session (check out my tips about how to have a flawless photo shoot HERE)!

With that in mind, I thought I could give a quick breakdown to all my newbie MMS'ers about what to expect when you book your MMS! If you haven't booked already, you can pick one of the following dates and book below:

July 8th: BOOK HERE
July 16th: BOOK HERE
July 29th: BOOK HERE

1: What do I need to do? How do I prepare?

Immediately after you book you will receive a confirmation email reminding you of the details of your session. In that email there will be a link to an extensive MMS blog post. At the very bottom of that blog post is my "Tips for Your Session" section. Read them! These are the best tips I can offer to make your MMS experience fly right off the charts.

2: How will my session go?

It's so easy you'll be blown away.

  • You will arrive at the determined location about 5-10 minutes before your session time.
  • You might catch the tail end of the session before you. Take this time to primp. Fix hair, makeup, kids clothes that got tousled from the car ride, wipe faces, etc. This will ensure that you are not using any of your session time for these details.

Remember, these sessions are called mini-mini for a reason. I try to get as much into your session as quickly as possible. That means changing the location up a bit (just moving around whatever property we are at) and getting as many "combos" as possible.

My average family MMS includes: multiple poses of the entire family, each child individually, all of the children together, mom and dad, fun/silly whole family shots. However; this is YOUR session and these are YOUR pictures. If you want something specific or don't want something I typically do, just let me know! These sessions are straightforward and right to the point! I want you to come have a great time and enjoy family time!

3: The photo shoot is over. Now what?

  • After your session, I will most likely give you a hug. What can I say? I'm a lover not a fighter. Then you and your happy tots will be on your way.
  • About a week later you will receive an email with a link to your "proofing gallery". This is an online gallery that has all of your edited images (number of images depends on family size and session time).
  • You and your family can go through that gallery and make any minor editing requests. A minor edit would include something like if I put a picture in black and white but you would like to see it in color or vice versa, having an image cropped in, minor blemish removal, etc.
  • I will upload any edits to your proofing gallery. After you review any edits, you send me the numbers of the images you would like.
  • Depending on the session you book you will get either 5, 10, or 15 digital images. You can always purchase more digital images for $10/piece.
  • After you send me your selections I email your pictures to you. These pictures are yours. Forever and always yours. You can share them on social media, email them to family, print a million copies.
  • And that's it! OH! And you are forever changed by the incredible experience that is a photoshoot with Humbletakes....I hope. I'm pretty sure it couldn't BE any easier.

Y'all are busy frugalistas and, believe me, I get it! I'm looking out for you. I want to give you amazing pictures of your kids and family while keeping your budget and schedule in check!

I didn't answer your question? Email me at melissa@humbletakes.com!

I love y'all!

Shoot ya Later :)


The Other Side of the Lens, the Client Experience: The Christensens

Hiya Humbletakes Fam!

I wanna give a quick shout out to all of my June MMS peeps! You guys were amazing and I am so happy I got to meet/shoot/hang out with all of you! If you'd like to join the MMS fun you can book your May Mini-Mini Session below!

July 8th: BOOK HERE
July 16th: BOOK HERE
July 29th: BOOK HERE

It is here! The time you have aaaaalll been waiting for! *drumroll* This month's installment of "THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LENS, THE CLIENT EXPERIENCE....ERIENCE...erience....erience...." (monster truck rally announcer-like).

The Christensen family are long time clients of mine and I adore them. Cassie loves authenticity when it comes to her family photos, and life in general, but really for family photos. She has four crazily adorable, little humans running around. She understands that not everything is perfectly in place all the time and that it's ok.

Let's hear her take on her photography shoot experience! 

You have family pictures taken every year, why?

All my single years and newlywed years, I wasn't very big into pictures.  Even when I had my first baby I didn't take the time or energy to get pictures done.  When my second baby rolled around, I realized how fast time was flying. I looked at my then 19 month old boy and realized I had already forgot so many of the little moments that I tried to freeze in time, by taking a mental picture. 

I would think to myself, "this moment is so precious and special, I want to remember it always."  I came to learn I was already forgetting many of those "mind taken" still shots.  I've been doing family pictures ever since.  I want to have those moments captured forever, not just in my heart, but on print.  And an added bonus, I am able to share my joyful parent pride with Grandma's and Grandpa's.

What are some of your favorite things you've done with your pictures? 

Melissa has done an amazing job capturing the light that sparkles in my kiddos eyes. My heart melts when I see a close up photo of them, with their authentic smiles and their eyes filled with laughter.  I've used my pictures in so many ways it's hard to pick a favorite. I always have amazing Christmas Cards, ask any of my friends.  I've used the pictures for birth announcements. On my fourth baby, Sydney, I gave an announcement to my OB-GYN and he said, " that's one of the best announcements I've ever seen."  And he has seen thousands over his career.

I thought is was because my baby was so adorable, but really it was probably the pictures that made it amazing.  My third boy, Matthew has the bluest eyes I've ever seen. One photo shoot delivered a close up of his beautiful baby blues. I framed and enlarged that picture, and placed it on my mantel.  Five and a half years later I still love looking at it and remembering his big, beautiful eyes. I'll cherish that picture for as long as I'm alive.

I've also used some "mini-mini" pictures for my kids baptism pictures. Those pictures have really spotlighted that day in my kiddos lives.  I've also totally replaced my kids school year book pictures. I get way better pictures at a way better price.  

What is one of your favorite pictures or photo session that Melissa has taken and why?  

I'm not sure I can even answer this question, I've gotten so many wonderful pictures over the years.

One of my favorite photo shoots was with just my family, Melissa took us to an old abandoned barn.  She engaged each one of my kiddos and got great pictures. She even got a few pictures of my husband goofing around with the boys.

I remember feeling a little self-conscious about my "after baby" belly pooch. When I got the pictures back I was shocked with how good I looked. Not trying to sound snobbish, but I felt great looking at myself in those pictures.  I was grateful for a photographer who took the time to make me look good, knowing how important that was for me, during a time in my life when I felt insecure. 

Another one of my all time photo shoots was of my entire in-law family.  We were together for Thanksgiving and my mother-in-law wanted to have "entire" family pictures. We went to this really cool, old, vintage location. It ended up being a little cold, but we still all had a great time.

We were all goofing around and giving Nonnie and Papa huge "hug attacked". It amazes me that everyone in the picture had smiles on their faces, I mean with 9 grand-kids, that has got to be hard to do. I love, love, love the pictures from my second daughter, Sara's baptism photo shoot. I'm her mother and have always thought she was beautiful. When I saw her pictures I saw her in a totally different light. She is growing into such an amazing woman, her pictures were gorgeous!

I also had Melissa come take photos at one of my daughters birth. I know it's a little unorthodox, but I absolutely love seeing those pictures and remembering everything about that amazing little bundle joining our family.

Melissa was very tasteful and truly captured that experience for us. I'm done having babies, which makes me a little sad, someday's (not all), but I'm truly grateful and cherish all the little moments of time that Melissa has captured of my crazy little life!

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There you have it! I couldn't have said it better myself.

Shoot ya Later :)