Summer Family Pictures


Spring and summer is a perfect time of year to schedule those family portraits. Personally,  for outdoor sessions we aim for dreamy evening light, green fields (or lush foliage), and colorful southwest accents for your sessions ideal natural backdrop. 


I have had several inquiries for dressing the family for professional photos recently,  so what better time to educate, then now! We’ve had our family portraits taken a few times and one of the hardest parts is trying to figure out what everyone is going to wear. Most times (because, like you, I’m an over scheduled busy mom) I wake up the morning of the session and scramble to throw something together, which never leaves me overly impressed. I’ve learned over time that you need to have a plan IN ADVANCE! The most successful sessions, are the prepared ones! We can help assist you in making ideal clothing, and palette suggestions for your session! Professional photos are not cheap. Wearing a TNMT shirt inside out because it’s the only plain white tee your son has is not going to cut it. These are photos that will adorn your walls and make you smile every single day. Let us shot it louder for everyone in the back... Yes, the outfits matter.


Example Only- Not Our Image⬆️ 

Example Only- Not Our Image⬆️ 

Here are a few do’s and don’ts for what to wear in a family photoshoot:

First and vitally important, do not dress everyone in the same exact outfit. The reason you are most likely having your family photographed is to hold on to the memories that you are creating at this time in your life. Having said that, wear clothing that reflects just a bit of your personality. It’s best to settlei on a color family and then choose your accent color(s). Incorporate different shades of these colors throughout everyone’s outfits. Mixing in patterns is a great way to keep the look casual and not too “matchy matchy”.

Example Only- Not Our Image⬆️ 

Example Only- Not Our Image⬆️ 

Clothing/fabric with texture(linen, denim, lace, etc.) photograph beautifully, especially if you are thinking of displaying these photos in black and white. Stay away from clothing with large logos, and pin stripes. Accessories are a super quick way to add personality to everyone’s overall look, or add that perfect pop of bolder color.

To recap/illustrate…..

Don’t…. dress everyone exactly the same way. Why? It’s boring, and you’ll all blend. Go for a cohesive look, not matchy-matchy. 

Do….. choose colors that compliment each other. Mixing shades of a certain color or prints in the same color family are easy ways to add more pizazz. See sample image of summer below. 


Don’t….forget about the shoes, and socks! Professional photographs are an investment and the details (like shoes AND socks) matter!

Do.….think about your home and where you’d like to hang your portraits. Use the color schemes in your home as inspiration and dress in classic tones that compliment accordingly.


With these tips in mind, I’ve come up with a few of my favorite summer combinations! See examples below! 



Being that Pantone’s color of the year is coral, I’d also maybe mention it as a notable pairing color as well in the palette above. 



Blues and whites are all about being bold and crisp. With a slightly nautical vibe, blues and white (particularly navy) are the perfect canvas for adding in a 3rd pop of color – but greens/torquioise or bright colors like yellow and orange will add a sunnier disposition). Don’t go overboard if you decide to add in a 3rd color – do this in accessories.

 ⬇️ Example Only- Not Our Image




Going for a more casual, everyday vibe? Plaid is a timeless print that can surprisingly be mixed and matched very easily. Keep at least one common color to weave everything together and dressing one or two family members in a solid color is a good tip if you are afraid it’s too much. For example, enjoy my family Christmas card from 2018 below!


Hopefully this helped make what to wear in your summer family photoshoot a little less scary?? Family pictures are supposed to be memorable, and fun. Don’t take that experience away by worrying about wardrobe! If it’s too much to handle, send us a note! We are more than happy to make recommendations.


The best advice I can give is start with mom. Then piece together children, and finish planning dad’s wardrobe.. that’s the best place to consider starting! 

Again, don’t hesitate to ask any questions!!  


Newborn Itty Bitty | Gillette, Wyoming

Itty bitty fingers, itty bitty toes. Litte squishy smiles, and an itty bitty nose! 

Newborn snuggles are simply good for the soul. You forget how little their features are...until you hold them, cuddle them, & wrap them to keep warm. This little mister was an absolute dream to have in the studio. He slept soundly his entire session! He even shared with us a few cute little smiles. Welcome to the world little one, the Hagen family is in 7th heaven to finally have you here! 

Mr. & Mrs. Baker - Gillette, Wyoming Fall Wedding

Floral: Crazy Daisy Floral
Cake: J-Cakes
Photography: PhoenixPhotos Photography
Reception Venue: Cam-Plex Frontier Hall
Catering: Pokeys



Jace and Brandi said, "I Do" on quite possibly the windiest fall day in Campbell County. The trees literally flew through their air as we captured their family portraits at the park. Magically, when it came to picture time, the weather calmed just long enough for us to get outside, and take advantage of the stunning October colors here in Gillette, WY. This has to be the most picturesque weekend wedding we had this fall. 

Every detail of their day was beautiful. From burlap, to lace, to baby's breath cut bouquets. and grandpas heart tucked into the brides dress. Every detail was carefully curated to provide for the most flawless wedding day! 

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Jace and Brandi Baker! 

Class of 2019 VIP Senior Model Application



What is a "Senior Model?"

You are the face of PhoenixPhotos Photography! We show you what a fun and memorable experience senior shoots with us are, and to enjoy the quality of our products! As a Senior Model for PhoenixPhotos Photography, you'll enjoy many benefits our regular clients don't typically get to! You'll have first access to early shoot dates, and the option for multiple shoots. But mostly, you, and YOUR parents will also appreciate the higher referral rate credit for sending us new clients!

Professional Makeup is required & included for our Senior model shoots! 

What are you agreeing to as a model?

If you are selected by our team. you are agreeing to use PhoenixPhotos Photography as your exclusive senior portrait photographer. We'll expect you to refer our name and contact information to all of your friends, share and post about us on your social media accounts and let everyone know about how wonderful your experience was with our photographer. There will be several modeling and fun opportunities throughout the year. PhoenixPhotos will be hosting an all out Senior Bash with some of our favorite local vendors - exclusive to our VIP's, and their Senior Friends! Who doesn't like to get fancy once in awhile!  Not only will you receive an excellent deal on your senior session - but you'll also get to multiple opportunities to model for our style team, in all different season! 

How to be chosen:

We are looking for outgoing, fashionable, active teens in multiple areas. You do NOT need to be an experienced model, or have any level of specific experience.  We simply want someone who will be energetic, and have fun with our team as we work together over the course of the next year!

Program cost: Our VIP Senior Model will receive their session at a special discounted rate. Saving nearly $300 on just your session! 

Credits: Each time someone books with us and mentions YOU as the referer, you'll be credited with $20 towards your final print and product package! Refer 5 friends, and receive all your prints/announcements/products (up to a $500 value) ***FREE***

We will be selecting THREE candidates this year. In order to be considered, you must be from the following communities:
Wright, WY
Casper, WY
Glenrock, WY
Gillette, WY
Moorcroft, WY
Newcastle/Upton, WY

If you or someone you know might be interested, please fill out the information below!!! 



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Tell us a little about your involvement!
I understand Professional Makeup application is included and provided, but hairstyling is not
I understand I would receive a discounted rate for my session
I understand that being a Senior VIP Model for PhoenixPhotos means I will only use their studio for my Senior Portraits. *
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I will tell all my friends about the amazing time I always have with PhoenixPhotos.
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