GUEST BLOGGER : My Valor & Vine Experience + BONUS diy

The preparation that goes into a family photo session can be overwhelming. We try to be as helpful as possible at Valor & Vine photography to guide you through this process so you will love your photos and cherish them for a lifetime! 

I’m going to share my experience doing a Beloved Session with Valor & Vine. 

Once we selected a date, it was time to begin thinking about the basic style or vibe I wanted for our photos. I looked through Valor & Vine photos and Pinterest for inspiration. Jessica does the candid, emotive, natural vibe so well - so I wanted to really embrace that. 

Anyone who has photographed with Valor & Vine knows about the AMAZING Client Closet, which is always expanding. This was a perfect place to start. The long flowy dresses will make you feel beautiful and carefree. I selected a dress that I had my eye on for a while, and a few backup options in case that dress didn't work out. 

My next step was to choose outfits for my two little ones, a 2 year old little boy and a newborn girl. I wanted their outfits to reflect that same natural and relaxed feel. It was important for the colors to coordinate but not be overly matchy. To create this look I knew I would need natural fabrics that weren't stiff or rigid. I was able to complete his whole look for less than $20 from H&M, score! Lastly to choose an outfit for Baby Isla I ordered a little lace bodysuit that is now available in the Newborn Closet for your future sessions!

Everything was all set and shipped in time for our session. I planned to make matching flower crowns for me and my daughter. Once I had our outfits in place I could see we really needed a pop of color! I looked around for some flower crown inspiration and decided to do a deep magenta crown to pop in our photos. I will share my DIY experience below! 

Did everything go exactly to plan? Stay tuned for my ‘Day of Session Experience’ post to find out! 

Its hard to believe I’ve been working with Jessica for 6 months already! I’ve had the privilege to help so many of you and I look forward to working with more of you in the days to come! Family photos don’t have to be stressful, I am just an email away to help you with all of your styling questions. 


BONUS Flower Crown DIY Tutorial

  For the basic structure of the crown you need only two items. Floral wire and floral tape. I chose to get “stem wire’ but you could use basic floral wire as well! This cost less than $5 from a local craft store

 For the basic structure of the crown you need only two items. Floral wire and floral tape. I chose to get “stem wire’ but you could use basic floral wire as well! This cost less than $5 from a local craft store

 Next I needed some flowers! You will need some greenery, along with flowers of your choosing! I wanted the main focus to be these deep magenta flowers with the ivory flowers to accent them. Helpful tip: buy more flowers than you need!

Next I needed some flowers! You will need some greenery, along with flowers of your choosing! I wanted the main focus to be these deep magenta flowers with the ivory flowers to accent them. Helpful tip: buy more flowers than you need!

 Fit the wire to your head size. I   recommend leaving a little space to allow for the tape and stems that will be on your crown.   My crown went fully around my head. If you're doing a crown for a baby you’ll want to make a partial crown so you can lay them down or rest your hand behind their head. I bent my wire to create loops which I later tied a ribbon  through.

Fit the wire to your head size. I   recommend leaving a little space to allow for the tape and stems that will be on your crown. 

My crown went fully around my head. If you're doing a crown for a baby you’ll want to make a partial crown so you can lay them down or rest your hand behind their head. I bent my wire to create loops which I later tied a ribbon  through.

 Now for flower placement! I found it best to start from the middle and work toward the back, this way you are not weaving stems through the flowers.   As you go, add in large and small flowers.   I found it helpful to continually look in the mirror with the crown on to get a better idea for flower placement.   Here is my last work in progress photo. As you can see I’ve finished one side and am beginning to start the right side, directing all the flowers toward the main focal point  Check out our photos for the finished products!. 

Now for flower placement! I found it best to start from the middle and work toward the back, this way you are not weaving stems through the flowers. 

As you go, add in large and small flowers. 

I found it helpful to continually look in the mirror with the crown on to get a better idea for flower placement. 

Here is my last work in progress photo. As you can see I’ve finished one side and am beginning to start the right side, directing all the flowers toward the main focal point

Check out our photos for the finished products!. 

- Natasha Cartwright