A Merry Cousin Christmas

Who would have thought I would actually enjoy taking family photos for once? I had some pretty scarring photos back in the day. Imagine a small chubby kid, dressed up in western style clothing with her eyes closed and face all sweaty in every photo. That was me.  I swear the perfect recipe is to be past the age of puberty, have an outfit you feel confident in; and a talented, fun photographer.

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Planning ahead isn’t one of my strong suits, but I’m working on it! The day of the photoshoot I was frantically rummaging through my entire closet to find some type of ‘fall-christmasyesque’ outfit that didn’t scream lumberjack.

I recently bought this taupe, so-called turtle-neck sweater from Urban Outfitters that I wanted to incorporate so badly. On the website, it looks like a normal length sweater. But no, as you can tell it’s a freaking dress! To add more coverage and layers to the dress, I wore a black slip dress underneath. I believe that having a black slip dress in your wardrobe is an essential. You can wear it under anything, like a leather jacket, or alone during the summer!

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The “sweater-dress” itself is as non-form-fitting as you can get. I decided to use a satin tie as a cinch around my waist. The tie was part of a blouse I got from Nordstrom, which I stole for this situation. Fashion tip: If you need a belt, use one of your shirt or dress ties instead!

You can never go wrong with thigh-high boots. They just make everyone’s legs so long and skinny! Also, you don’t look as ‘crazy’ for wearing dresses and skirts in the winter time.

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For these photos, Caitlin, told us to look at the person who we think is the loudest. These are our real reactions!

If you are in the Cincinnati/Louisville area, Caitlin Murphy, is your go-to photographer! Not only does she have great photography skills but she is also a lot of fun to work with. She is so sweet and has many great ideas for your family photos!

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