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Style Guide: How to Style Your Portrait Session

The holidays are just around the corner!  You know what that means-Christmas cards arriving in every shape and color!

I love, love receiving mail.  It’s a quick and fun way to, both, keep in touch and share the holiday joy with your friends and family.

Now-let’s talk styling.


Q & A


Q:  What should I wear?

A:  You want your clothing and accessories to reflect you and your family’s (roommate’s or children’s) personal style.  You also want to feel comfortable.  My best advice?  Where an outfit that makes you feel amazing.  It fits well, accentuates your best features, and works well with your own movements.  Fitted clothing photographs better than baggy clothing.  Also, think layers…  scarves, jackets, socks-each add depth.

Q:  What colors should I wear or not wear?

A:  Anything.  There are a few things to keep in mind.  Tailor your choices to your skin tones, eye color, and hair color.  Personalize it.  I’ve also heard that you should or should not wear certain colors-nonsense!  My camera and I can work with just about any color.  TIP:  Coordinate and then add a pop of color (something vibrant, but understated).

Q:  Which dress/blouse is best?

A:  Folks often text me photographs of themselves in their favorite outfits.  The few rules I have are… Don’t wear any logos or sayings on your clothing.  A small logo is fine.  Anything larger draws the attention away from you and your loved ones.  No large patterns.  Again, same rule, smaller patterns are great.  Any large pattern will be too busy to photograph and tends to date the photograph.  Think timeless!


Q:  Should we wear formal or casual outfits?

A:  Bring both casual and formal!  I, personally, adore heels.  They elongate your legs and give you height.  The fancier, the better-in my opinion.  It’s best to have options (TIP:  Bring flats for trekking through fields).  Bring a few outfits to the session.  Sometimes your favorite sweater loses a button on the way or it turns out that a deep blue blouse “pops” much more than the blush rose you brought.

Q:  What about accessories?

A:  Accessories are your friends!  The rule is to take off ONE accessory once your dressed and ready to leave your home for your shoot.  I say-bring it with you.  We can change it out on site, depending on what may photograph best.

Q:  What should my roommate/spouse/children wear?

A:  Try to match one another in formality or casualness.  You also want to match similar color schemes.  A good rule of thumb is to choose only three colors.  The number three is a design rule for just about anything your designing or creating.  Two colors does not provide enough contrast (generally).  It is also good to have different textures, if you have them.  I.e.  shiny, smooth, rough, cozy, etc.

Lastly, if you want to hire a professional stylist, I have a few friends in mind!  I only offer this service for full sessions and weddings.  Some are free.  Some are pricey!  They are all great, depending on your needs.



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Celebrating Five Years

 The end of the summer of 2013 marks our five year anniversary!!!

When I was a college art major at the University of Georgia, I thought I had nothing of real value to SAY to the world.  As time went on, I graduated, and gradually began photographing the world around me.  You folks, rather organically, led me to what I do today.
I wanted to show the good times.  The days to celebrate.  It made sense to me to share beauty, to share the subtlety, to share the joy that life brings each of us.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you.  You guys are near and dear to my heart and my business!  There are the ups.  And the downs.  But getting to know you folks.  Being a part of your most awesome best day ever, has made being an image maker that is of service made it all much more than worth it.
You rock.
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August Rhea + Luke Griffith | Johns Creek | Perimeter Church | Georgia Wedding | Alyssa Alig Photography

Luke and August got married on June 29 at Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, Ga. They had a beautiful wedding and reception complete with sea foam bridesmaids dresses and coral floral arrangements.

Perimeter Church is a beautiful place to get married and the chapel is stunning. August and Luke and their bridal party were smiling the whole day and just had a great time celebrating.

Luke and August, your love is so evident and I enjoyed being able to capture this special day for you! I wish you all the best in the future!

Ceremony: Perimeter Church
Reception: Berkeley Hills Country Club
Cake: Sweet Chloe’s 
Florist: Tricia Stadley
DJ: Atlanta’s Choice DJ
Decor Planner: H2 Occasions


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