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Fall Family Portraits

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Top 5 Tips for Planning Fall Family Portraits

Temperatures are dropping, leaves are changing, and the light has that unmistakable golden glow that can mean only one thing:  fall is here! Fall is the perfect time of year to plan for family portraits. By getting new family portraits taken in the fall, you will have those new images ready for your mantle this coming holiday season. With the crispness to the air and the brightness of the colors, autumn is a beautiful backdrop to weddings and family portraits alike. To help you plan, here are my top 5 tips for planning fall family portraits.

Use Fall Colors in your Family Portraits:

Take inspiration from the rich, saturated colors of nature when selecting your outfits. Consider taking inspiration from the changing leaves and using hues in gold, orange, red or cinnamon. Or, use a complimentary color to the leaves in burgundy, maroon or rich purple.  These dark, rich colors look great against most skin tones and against the bright colors of the outdoors.

Plan your Outfits around your Home Décor

If your plan is to take your portraits in front of your home or in front of your fireplace, plan your outfits to coordinate with those colors and textures.  Consider the color of the stones in the fireplace or the railings on your front steps.  Remembering what your background will look like can really make the end result look great.

On a related note, if you already have a spot picked out for your new family portrait, think about matching the colors in that room.  If you have a big blue sectional, make sure your outfits look great when you hang your beautiful new family portrait above it!

The Rule of Three

When planning outfits, take another note from the world of home decorating: the rule of three. Use three main colors. So if your little boy is wearing a maroon, gold and navy plaid shirt, work around those three colors.  Consider neutral colors like black and brown freebie colors.  Not everyone has to wear all three colors, but using the colors across everyone in the pictures creates harmony and balance in your pictures.

Fall Accessories

The best thing about fall is the accessories.  Break out the tall boots and the skinny jeans! Scarves and cardigans are great ways to layer for warmth, color and texture. Layers allow you to additional pops and surprises of color into a picture. Vary the colors, vary the patterns and vary the textures to create interest across everyone in the picture.

All things pumpkin spice

Speaking of fall, I love the new pumpkin spice latte from Caribou Coffee! Whether it be a pumpkin spice latte, a pumpkin spice donut or a pumpkin spice muffin, make sure to get into the fall spirit. Get inspired by fall for your pictures, whether by the colors of the leaves, the spice in the drinks, or the feeling of gratitude that everyone shares as the temperatures drop.

Fall is a great season for family. Consider celebrating it with a fall family portrait session.  Make sure to contact me to get one scheduled.

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Chelsea & Jack | Bridgeport Art Center Wedding

Bridgeport Art Center Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Chelsea and Jack were married on July 8th, with a ceremony and reception at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.

My second shooter, Alberto, and I had a blast at this Chicago-area wedding, especially because we had perfect vendors to work with. With a genuine couple like Chelsea and Jack paired with the historic sights of the city, we were spoiled as photographers. Their love was so natural, their affection so effortless that it made photographing them so easy. Working with great people against a stunning, iconic backdrop like the Chicago skyline made for an excellent trip.

After a sweet first look shared between the bride and groom, we took pictures with the whole wedding party on the waterfront near the SHED aquarium. The wedding party had as much character as the locations we were visiting. It’s not every wedding that I see a bride thrown that high into the air! I couldn’t help but laugh when they threw Jack into the air as well. It really set a tone of fun for the day having everyone in this wedding party so excited to celebrate with their friends.

Guests were greeted at the front door of the Bridgeport Art Center by butler service and champagne in a functional freight elevator. That kind of historic touch to an old building like this only makes the experience feel more authentic, and I could tell that the guests appreciated the fun start to the day. The ceremony was held in a very unique area of the building with a high, soaring ceiling. The light filtered in through the slats to create an amazing affect. Chelsea and Jack looked so happy as they said their “I do”s.

The entire day was beautiful, from the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the party afterward. Everyone brought their own flair to things, and Alberto and I were never pressed to create excitement for our photographs. The smiles and happiness were all genuine. The joy shared by all was easy to document.

Jack & Chelsea, thank you for letting Alberto and me be part of your special day. Your wedding was truly a day to remember!

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Vendors

Limo – Elite Chicago Limo

Caterer – D’ Absolute

Jeweler – Raymond – R&L Jewelry

Dress – Eva’s Bridal – Oak Lawn

Suits – Adrian Park

Bakery – Oak Mill Bakery

Flowers – Juliet Tan

DJ – Style Matters DJ

Pianist – Violist – Bow Plus Hammer

Wedding Party:

Bridesmaids

Emmaleigh – Maid Of Honor

Lindsay

Lauren

Erin

Nora

Meg

Groomsmen:

Max – Best Man

Brian

Mark

Robby

Gram

Ben – military

Phil

Austin

Pastor Dan

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Joey | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

Chippewa Falls Senior Session Andrew Samplawski Photography

It’s senior session season again. Every year, I’m excited to see the new crop of young people getting ready to enter adulthood, and every year, I’m impressed with the kids I get to meet. This time around, I met up with Joe for a senior session at a nearby hidden location in Chippewa Falls. I loved getting to know this young man and celebrating this exciting time in his life with him.

Joey is an active senior at Cadott High School. He’s into football and basketball, so I made sure to get pictures of him wearing his jerseys to show off his love of the game. He put on his game face (and game paint) for some epic shots—looking like he was ready to take on a championship game. When taking pictures with high school seniors, I love taking the opportunity to capture their interests and passions.

While Joey had a very fierce game time expression, talking to him in person, I found he was incredibly laid back and had no problem relaxing and just being himself. He was really easy to get along with, which meant his session was a breeze! We balanced the serious sports shots with some more relaxed portraits that showed off Joe’s All-American smile. These images really show what Joey is all about – serious about his life decisions, and then some fun times when he can hang and be himself. It’s always great to photograph seniors like this, because their personalities shine through as soon as they let themselves open up. I really enjoyed getting to see both sides of this driven young man.


Joe, thanks for letting me get to know you! Just looking at these images, it looks like you’re ready to take on the world, and I know you’re ready for everything the future brings you.

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