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With our suitcase packed with Kidpik Basics and Cat and Jack pieces, Juliet and I headed to Central Park.  Styling kids has been a passion of mine ever since having one myself and ever since I left my professional career where I used to style all the Saks Fifth Avenue models at the LI store.  As part of a continued photography series with Danny Weiss, I styled Pilar (pictured below) along with my daughter in coordinated outfits.   Luckily, Pilar was just as into an impromptu tea party as Juliet was!  The two met, and immediately bonded.

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As if they were friends forever, they happily blew bubbles, played pretend and posed supermodel style with no fussing or complaining about accessories or outfit changes.  They knew the drill.  080116_shelbyjohn_1517 080116_shelbyjohn_1473 080116_shelbyjohn_1451

Accessories and props are all from Juliet’s closet.  For more shoots that I’ve helped style, click here!  For more of Danny Weiss’s photography, click here!

 

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When styling a photo shoot there are things you absolutely MUST consider when choosing what to wear for a photo shoot.  If you’re paying for these pictures and you’re freezing and recording this moment in time, no matter how carefree you are in daily life, or no matter how little you care about fashion, you need to take note of these DOs and DONT’s.  Coordinate without being corny, else risk endangering yourself for submission into one of those akward family photo sites.

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You’ve been warned.  Personally, I don’t mind a matchy matchy look for a mommy and me shoot if done well..  But I’d suggest avoiding any bright ideas of wearing the exact same outfit between your entire family.  I.e. no all khaki’s and white shirts or all denim on denim.

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While it may have been the trendy thing to do for family portraits back in the day, it looks very dated now.

Without taking matching that far, think about coordinating and complimenting outfits.  Here is an example of a Valentine’s themed shoot that I styled which consisted of 2 girls and 1 boy.  Notice how everything stays within the holiday theme and strictly within the color code of navy, red and white?

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Each look could stand alone with enough interest or be matched up with any or all of the other models and fit right in.  To help guide you, here are 4 Styling DOs and DONT’s when planning your next photo shoot outfit(s).

  1. DO keep theme / purpose top of mind.  This may seem obvious but most people lose sight of it when overwhelmed with the task of finding outfits for the entire family and while shuffling through their wardrobes.  Never losing sight of the final objective and placement of the final photo should guide your every decision.  Edit your styling decisions with this final idealized photo in mind.  Is this for a Christmas card or other holiday card?  If so, let that guide your color choices.  Is this going to hang in a specific room?  If so, you’ll want to make sure you don’t conflict with the decor already there.
  2. DON’T be too trendy.  Dying to show off your fashion-forward style?  That’s fine and understandable.  You wanna be you and stay true to your daily style.  It is possible to do modern touches to classic looks.  To stay confidently timeless though I’d suggest you veer more towards classic or even vintage pieces.  Remember signature 80s fashion?  You don’t want to cringe 20 years from now looking back on your fashion choices.  akward family photos
  3. DONT wear logos, oversized labels or graphic quotes.  Your husband may love the Knicks but now is not the time to advertise his utmost fandom to the world.  Similarly, your dinosaur obsessed son who prefers playing at the playground in tees featuring his favorite animals should be veered away from making styling decisions come photo shoot.  You want the focus to be on the people not the blaring letters, or oversized logos and cartooned characters.
  4. DON’T Clash.  I’ve said it before.  Coordinate and compliment.  Don’t have half the family wearing pastels and the other half in primary colors.  Otherwise, the photo won’t have the professional polished feel that you are paying for.

Read on for the shoots that I styled with Danny Weiss and also for Molly Magnuson! Here for more inspiration!

And follow me @fabgabblog on Instagram for outfits of the day, fashion flatlays and daily fashion inspiration!

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When renowned photographer, Danny Weiss asks you to collaborate on a kids’ project, you don’t say no.  I was so excited that I didn’t fret about having to charge all these clothes on my card and then have to return and pray that everything credited OK post-shoot…well almost. haha Luckily, all the borrowed clothes stayed in perfect condition and everything went just fine.

We aimed for a Valentine’s themed look, with lots of reds, some hearts and a lot of fun thrown in!

valentines day photo shoot, kids styling, kids valentines shootkids valentines party, kids valentines photos, kids valentines day photo shoot vd3 calebvday1 The kids here were wearing a mix of Janie and Jack, Gap, and the Children’s Place.  Staying within the black and white + red theme made all these looks cohesive and classic.  The below shot just kills me.

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I want her to stay this little forever!

Keeping in line with the black, white and red color story, we shot the below series and danced along to some music.  The kids were too much!

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What was your favorite shot?

To see another photo shoot that I styled with Juliet as our mini-model, see my shoot with Molly Magnuson here. 

If you or someone you know needs a kids stylist for photo shoots, collaborations or for a closet makeover, feel free to contact me at fabgabblog@gmail.com!  It’s my passion!

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My Instagram husband doesn’t understand or care for social media even when I try to convert him with stories of amazing collaborations that have happened through it like my most recent collab with famed kids photographer Molly Magnuson and the very talented Jessah Amarante from The Beauty Maiden.  Jessah contacted me wanting to work with little Juliet as her hair and makeup muse.  I styled the shoot and Molly shot it. Together we made a terrific team!  Just check out some of the pictures!

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I styled Juliet with a vintage dress and some socks and shoes from a wholesaler contact of mine.  The headpiece was a crazy concoction from a very dear friend who created this for her Burning Man trip – who would ever have imagined that it would get another use from a 3 year old minifashionista!

We went for a Pocohontas, tribal look inspired from Jessah’s vision board featuring an enlarged feathered headpiece, similar to this one.

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I have to say, these shots are pretty stunning!

For the next outfit, I went an entirely different direction.  I wanted simple and sweet, something less editorial and more timeless.

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There’s something innocent about bare feet and this frou frou dress, I think.

For the next series, I styled it a little quirky, adding a touch of trendy nerdiness to it.

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I’m a sucker for nerd glasses on kids.  I just wish I had a mini briefcase for her to carry and complete this look haha.

Stay tuned and subscribe for another photo shoot I just styled for 3 kids in NYC!  And let me know if you have any styling questions in the comments below.  I’m always available for collabs and styling jobs.  You can contact me at fabgabblog@gmail.com

 

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As a continuation to my last blog post about Alice in Wonderland themed events, I wanted to show you pictures from a wedding photo shoot I learned about through Style me pretty, a fellow blogger’s site.  Thanks to photographer, Jessica Claire, we have this beautiful photo shoot!

Don’t you love the styling and how attention was paid to every last minute detail?

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Looking for fall fashions?  Look no further.  Gap Kids had some great autumn colors in their boys collection for back to school which were the perfect thing to wear for our Central Park shoot with Danny Weiss.

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The classic mustard yellows, deep wines, and navy mix are timeless enough to ensure you won’t cringe when looking back on these back to school shots years later.

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We had so much fun playing around during this shoot.

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080116_shelbyjohn_1836Kalia, is wearing a Kidpik jean jacket and top with a tutu from Target’s Cat and Jack collection.  Headband ears are from Gap Kids.

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Our male models, Sebastian and Jonathan made modeling look effortless and fun.  Thanks to a great team!  And thanks to Danny Weiss for partnering up again.  To see other shoots I’ve styled with Danny, click here.

 

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Inside the New York Fashion Week tents, my favorite booth was the Unicef area where you could play with props and take a silly photo with smilebooth.

 

I’ve seen these props on etsy and think they’re so cute!

I’m giving away the red vintage peplum dress shown here through the blog.  Click here for more details!

This last outfit is H&M (except for the belt and purse).  I bought the wool heart-printed shorts for $5bucks.  Don’t you heart them?  See the Chanel calfskin chain-link purse in the last two shots?  I’m selling that so make me your best offer and leave your email for me to return your message!

For more on my favorite photo booths and photo opp areas click here.

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Juliet’s favorite color has been pink since the beginning of time.  So when I heard about Pietro Nolita, an all-pink restaurant in ..wait for it..Nolita, I just had to take her!  Though pink is not MY favorite color, I do love an Instagrammable scene and this one promised to be just that.  While waiting for friends to join us for lunch, we witnessed non-stop photo shoots outside the adorable, eye-catching facade and had to wait our turn to take these shots!

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Little Juliet was so happy that mommy let her wear her pink princess Aurora costume for the occasion that she belted out princess songs to the surprise and joy of pedestrians turned adoring spectators.  Much to their delight (and the restauranteurs who happily watched the mini-princess dance, sing and perform during their meal, she did this all right outside their viewing and even popped in for a view herself!

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The world is her stage!

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We were overjoyed when our friends arrived and couldn’t wait to try out this intriguing place!

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They loved discovering the library of pink books and pretended to read each one while we waited for our table.

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It’s a teeny restaurant and they don’t take reservations but being that it feels so unique and special, it is definitely worth the wait!  This would be the perfect place to host a girly, 20-person private party (themed in pink of course), wouldn’t it?

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With Italian pasta, salads, sandwiches and ROSE’ on the menu, it’s definitely a place that us moms AND kids could enjoy! Note – They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner plus cocktails til 2am!)

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We had a blast at this girly restaurant and we highly recommend it for pink and non-pink lovers alike!  For you pink lovers out there, you’ll be happy to know that they sell matching tee shirts with the quirky slogan, “pink as fuck.”

IMG_1170  For more of our fashionable adventures, follow me on Instagram and check out our daily IG stories!

 

Pietro Nolita can be found at 174 Elizabeth street off of Kenmore.

just look for all the fashionistas snapping selfies…

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To help create special moments for my family, I enjoy celebrating each holiday and marking the passage of time with mini celebrations.  I host themed play dates for Juliet, play dress up, produce photo shoots in holiday colors, bake themed desserts with my little one and have fun re-decorating the dining area with her.  Here’s my 2016 year in review showing how just one small area of a NYC apartment came to life each season.

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For all the details from this adorable, “Wild For You” themed Valentine’s PJs and Pancakes play date, click here!

The girls played with their furry stuffed animals, sprinkled toppings on heart-shaped pancakes and brunched like little ladies while wearing their matching animal PJs.  It was so much fun that I hosted another Wild For You play date during Valentine’s with a slightly different setup.   For this posh play date we decorated heart-shaped Valentine cookies and wore heart printed sweatsuits. Click through for all the details and tips on how to create your own!

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For her birthday at the end of February, I turned our dining area into a Mickey Minnie black and white themed space since our Disney kid was clubhouse crazy!

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Click here for all the budget-friendly details!  The next month, I hosted a princess themed play date featuring a Beauty and the Beast screening, ballroom dancing, and mommy and me manicures.  With free printables, I transformed the buffet area to a blue and pink sparkle and sweet station.  Click here for more!

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I’ve never been one to celebrate the fourth of July with such enthusiasm until recently.  Decorating my home in red white and blue has become a tradition ever since having a little one.  I want to celebrate every holiday with her in a fun, stylish and meaningful way.  Besides being festive, holiday decor is a talking point from which teachable moments can spring forth.  My little one learned about the American flag, identified stars and stripes, and practiced color memory with these visual aids as a baby.  Nowadays she likes and insists on getting involved with the decorating!

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During my birthday month (Sept.) I used some remaining party decor to make the place feel festive.  Hubby agreed to cook me his first dinner ever as part of my present.  What better entertainment on my birthday than to watch him try and figure his way around the kitchen I thought?  Juliet and I set the table with all our Oh Joy for Target items leftover from last year while daddy fumbled through the Hello Fresh kit with all the dinner ingredients.  Below was the end result!

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I opted out of hosting a Halloween bash this year and instead hosted some close friends over for a crafty trick or treat pre-party.  Here’s our dining area transformed once again with a damask shower curtain and homemade banners on the wall.

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And for a simple and comparatively minimalistic Thanksgiving scene, I cleared out the dramatic Halloween decor and re-purposed items around the house for a totally different look.  Using fall favorites such as white pumpkins and apples, I created an elegant scene with pure white with silver accents.

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Then I held a posh play date sponsored by 7 or 8 brands under the theme, “sprinkle some fun” which you can see here and got to re-use the backdrop from Juliet’s bunny birthday party as well as the princess party.

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These are some of my favorite looks using whatever I had around the house, gift wrap, shower curatains, re-purposed party decor.  I hope this inspires you to change it up every once in a while and give your home a fun festive look for your favorite holidays in 2017!

Happy new year!

 

 

 

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I’ve styled hundreds of models while working in PR and in fashion whether it be for Samsung photo shoots, promotional street teams, fashion shows or for Saks Fifth Avenue.  Nowadays, I style mostly my 3.5 year old daughter and child models like Kalia pictured below.  This photo shoot was with renowned photographer, Danny Weiss and Kidpik Basics clothes.

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Shoes are her own and the fanny pack and flower crown were from my daugher’s closet.  Clothes are from Kidpik Basics.kidpik basics, central park photo shoot, child models

For this second round, Kalia changed into a Kidpik denim jacket, comfy, striped long-sleeved tee (also Kidpik) and a fun tutu from Cat and Jack.

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I love the carefree, summer vibe I’m getting from these shots.  And they’re making me miss the warmer months!  Thanks to Danny Weiss and team!  Stay tuned for more shots from this outdoor Central Park shoot!

 

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