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Welcome to the Lanari Photography blog! Tom and Kristin Lanari are wedding and portrait photographers located in Appleton, WI. We think that we have one of the best jobs in the world: telling your story by capturing the beautiful and the unexpected. Whether you want to see our work or read about our technical geekiness, come by often to see what's happening!
10
Sep

What to Wear: Fall 2014 Family Portrait Sessions

At this point, the What to Wear boards really don’t need any introduction.  Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year to have your family portraits taken, and you need outfits that reflect the season but are still comfortable enough that your daughter who thinks everything is itchy and tight will be on board.

Each style board is very unique in terms of colors and style, but hopefully wearable (is that a word?) by many different families.  And because I know that dressing your family for their portrait session can be crazy, the details on where to find all of these pieces are included after each board.  Enjoy!

Fall 2014 Family Portrait Outfit Ideas | Lanari Photography | Appleton, WI

Rust/Khaki/Denim Family Portrait Session: Dad is wearing a sweater from J.Crew, a shirt and jeans from Old Navy, and Clarks boots.  Mom is wearing a dress from Modcloth, a denim jacket from Gap, and Born boots.  Little Girl is wearing a cardigan from Hanna Andersson, cords from J.Crew, and boots from Oshkosh B’Gosh.  Little Boy is wearing a shirt from J.Crew, cords from Hanna Andersson, and shoes from Stride Rite.

Fall 2014 Family Portrait Session Outfit Ideas | Lanari Photography | Appleton, WI

Blue/Emerald/Denim Family Portrait Session: Mom is wearing a shirt from J.Crew, a skirt from Boden, a scarf from Etsy, and Toms shoes.  Little Girl is wearing a shirt from Hanna Andersson, a vest from Old Navy, a skirt from Oshkosh B’Gosh, and shoes from Hanna Andersson.  Baby Boy is wearing a sweater, onesie, and jeans from Gymboree.  Little Boy is wearing a sweater from Hanna Andersson, jeans from Levi, and C9 by Champion running shoes.  Dad is wearing a shirt and jeans from Old Navy and Adidas sneakers.

Fall 2014 Family Portrait Session What to Wear | Lanari Photography | Appleton, WI

Cream/Gold/Chocolate Family Portrait Session: Mom is wearing a shirt from Boden, pants from Columbia, earrings from Modcloth and Taos shoes.  Dad is wearing a sweater from Brooks Brothers, jeans from Old Navy, and Sperry Top Sider shoes.  Baby Boy is wearing a sweater and pants from Old Navy, and Pediped shoes.  Little Girl 1 is wearing a dress from Old Navy, leggings from Ralph Lauren, and Pediped shoes.  Little Girl 2 is wearing a shirt from Hanna Andersson, jeans from Carter’s, and boots from Children’s Place.

What to Wear Fall 2014 Family Portraits | Lanari Photography | Appleton, WI

Purple/Gray Family Portrait Session: Mom is wearing a tunic from Athleta, leggings from Gap, earrings from Modcloth, and Frye boots.  Little Boy is wearing a Tea Collection shirt, pants from Old Navy, and Converse sneakers.  Little Girl is wearing a sweater from Gymboree, a tutu from Bloch, tights from Hanna Andersson, and Hunter boots.  Dad is wearing a shirt from Banana Republic, pants from Old Navy, and Clarks shoes.

Interested in having Lanari Photography take your family portraits this fall?  Visit our website and contact us today!  Fall dates are filling up very quickly!  Tom and Kristin Lanari photograph families in the Appleton, WI and Fox Valley area.

7
Apr

Kayla and Evan Engaged! | Appleton, WI Engagement Session

When Tom and I first met Kayla and Evan, it was at a wedding show where they found themselves in a photograph we took at their friend’s wedding the year before!  Clearly, the universe was guiding them directly to our booth, and to having us photograph their wedding.  Which was perfect, because they’re awesome and we love working with awesome people.

It’s a good thing these two can roll with the punches, because we ended up calling their first session short because of weather!  The second attempt, however, was perfect.  Beautiful weather, great location, and Kayla had on a really cool owl necklace.  Their session is also an example of why Tom and I work as a team…it got dark at the end of the session and Tom had a cool shot in mind, but silly me is terrified of the water and the dark.  Needless to say I abandoned ship (or bridge) for the safety of the shore while Kayla and Evan kept being awesome.  I got to see the fruits of their labor while safe and warm in my office on the computer. :)  We can’t wait to photograph their wedding this June!

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This photograph was taken in almost complete darkness.  On a bridge.  Over water.  Kayla and Evan are my heroes.

 

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Just got engaged?  Tom and I would love to chat with you about photographing your wedding!  We are based in Appleton, WI but travel all over northeast Wisconsin.  Visit our website and contact us today to set up your complimentary consultation!

13
Mar

What to Wear: Spring 2014 Family Portrait Sessions

The most frequently asked question about portrait sessions here in the Fox Valley is “what on earth should we wear?”  These outfit idea posts have become some of the most popular on the blog (I may or may not have squealed the first time my boards were posted on Pinterest!), and I hope that these latest additions are just as helpful as past boards!

When I think of spring, I think of saturated pastels, bright greens, fun patterns, and anything sparkly.  My guess is that Tom would not think of the same things, haha!  This year’s spring outfit boards are definitely not for the faint of heart, and they may not match everyone’s home decor, but they will definitely help you and your family stand out from the crowd!  Enjoy!

Spring Family Portrait Outfit Ideas | www.lanariphotography.com

Dad: Sweater, Old Navy. Shirt, Boden. Pants, J. Crew. Shoes, Clarks.  Mom: Sweater, Boden. Skirt, J. Crew. Shoes, Born. Earrings, Ann Taylor. Baby: Outfit, Carter’s. Boy: Sweater, Nordstrom. Shirt, pants and shoes, Carter’s.  Girl: Dress, cardigan and shoes, Carter’s.

This first board was inspired by the colors of the ocean and cool sea breezes.  Because today it is 20 degrees in Wisconsin and I’m dreaming of the beach!  The mom’s sweater provides the anchor for all of the other colors, and navy provides a great neutral to balance out the brighter pastels.  For many people, navy is easier to wear than black and is often easier to find in kids’ clothing!

Spring Family Portrait Session Outfit Ideas | www.lanariphotography.com

Mom: Dress and shoes, J. Crew. Earrings, Kendra Scott.  Dad: Shirt, Old Navy. Pants, Axist. Shoes, Clarks.  Girl: Shirt, Gymboree. Leggings, Baby Gap. Shoes, Stride Rite.  Boy: Shirt, Old Navy. Shorts, Children’s Place. Bow Tie, Etsy. Shoes, Target.

For the modern family, black and white provides a classic color combo that’s made a little bit more lively with some bright spring green.  And how cute is that bow tie???  This outfit idea would be perfect for an urban family portrait session, and you could definitely add more sophistication with a jacket for Dad or a fancier dress for Girl.

Spring Family Portrait Outfit Ideas | www.lanariphotography.com

Mom: Shirt, J. Crew. Capris, Kohls. Scarf, Nine West. Shoes, Piperlime. Dad: Sweater, Old Navy. Jeans, Gap.  Baby Boy: Overalls and shirt, Janie and Jack. Shoes, Carter’s.  Baby Girl: Jacket, Children’s Place. Skirt, Old Navy. Shoes, Pediped.  Big Boy: Polo, Old Navy. Vest, Crazy 8. Shorts, Gymboree. Shoes, Converse.  Big Girl: Tunic and leggings, Crazy 8. Shoes, Stride Rite.

Red and aqua is an extremely unconventional color combo, but I just love it!  The trick is to go with a soft, minty aqua and a true cherry red and ground them with a neutral like navy.  If you live near some water (I could picture these outfits for a session at High Cliff State Park or in Door County!), the contrasting colors would be amazing with the sand and waves.

Spring Family Portrait Session Outfit Ideas | www.lanariphotography.com

Mom: Shirt and shoes, Boden. Capris, Kohls. Earrings, White House Black Market.  Dad: Shirt, Brooks Brothers. Jeans, Levi’s. Shoes, Born.  Baby Boy: Romper, Carter’s.  Girl: Entire outfit, Carter’s.

This final board draws inspiration from beautiful pastel flowers, pairing a gentle coral with chambray and denim.  If you’re not the biggest fan of coral, you could swap almost any pastel into this set and it would be equally dreamy.  There is an interesting  mix of patterns here with Dad’s striped shirt, baby’s plaid romper and girl’s anchor skirt, but each of the prints are small and don’t overpower each other.  Mixing patterns is a great way to bring variety into your portraits, just be sure that the patterns are whispering instead of screaming!

 

Dreaming of custom family portraits in Appleton or Northeast Wisconsin?  Contact Kristin and Tom today to book your session today!

7
Mar

Stephanie and Ben Engaged! | Plamann Park Engagement Session, Appleton, WI

We always have such a fun time with Stephanie and Ben!  They are one of the nicest, most down-to-earth couples we’ve had the pleasure to work with.  They’re both teachers, and our daughter loves it when they come over to our house.  She usually plays coy with “Mr. Ben,” but then talks about him nonstop after they leave.  Tom and I are looking forward to photographing their wedding this summer!

For Stephanie and Ben’s engagement session last summer, we headed to Plamann Park on the north side of Appleton.  It’s a huge park that offers so many different options for portraits!  Stephanie and Ben are Brewers fans so we started out by the baseball diamonds, then made a quick wardrobe change and moved to one of the fields for gorgeous sunset portraits and silhouettes.  This first shot is hands down one of my favorite shots from 2013!  The colors!  The sweet kiss!  Gah!  Now want to retake our own engagement portraits.

Romantic Sunset Engagement Session | www.lanariphotography.com Appleton, WI

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Are you engaged and getting married in northeast Wisconsin?  We would love to photograph your wedding!  Contact Tom and Kristin today to set up your complimentary consultation!

24
Feb

What to Wear: Spring 2014 Engagement Sessions

I don’t know about you all, but I have had it with this Polar Vortex.  Last week’s warm(ish) spell made me feel hope, like spring really would return someday.  Today is a beautiful sunny day if you just stare out the window and don’t walk outside, and I can see a patch of brown grass about an inch square outside our patio door.  People of Wisconsin, there is hope!  Spring is coming!  Maybe not until June, but it’s coming!

So to combat the sucking vortex of coldness, I decided to start posting the ever-popular What To Wear guides for Spring.  Enjoy!

 

This first outfit relies on a pop of shocking pink to draw attention to our lovely bride!  Admittedly not everyone loves pink, but this concept could work just as well with a lovely aqua, mint green, or purple.  Depending on the weather, you can keep the trench and blazer on or take them off for some variety in your photographs.

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Striped trench and dress from Boden.  Blue flats from Modcloth.  Earrings from ShopBop.  Blazer from Piperlime.  Sweater and jeans from Old Navy.  Shoes from Cole Haan.

 

This next outfit combo also relies on preppy layers for that oh-so-unpredictable spring weather.  You can take the blazer on and off as needed, and he can doff the sweater for a more informal look.  Just beware of wearing this particular blazer with his button down alone: the patterns are on the same scale and would clash!  A smaller plaid or check would pair nicely with the striped blazer, or you could play it safe and go with a solid color blazer.

Spring 2014 Engagement Session Outfit Ideas from Lanari Photography, Appleton, WI

Striped blazer from Target.  Coral sweater and denim shirt from J. Crew.  Jeans from Old Navy.  Necklace by Apt. 9 for Kohls.  Boots by Frye.  Button down and sweater from J. Crew.  Jeans from Old Navy.  Shoes from Adidas.

 

This final look relies on beautiful spring green to provide punch!  The mix of patterns works here because of the large scale on the button down, and the small scale on the capris.  A note about shoes: I always err on the side of caution and recommend flats for all of our engagement sessions.  Unless you’re used to walking quite a bit in heels, flats are infinitely more practical and comfortable.  This is especially true in parks and other natural areas where the terrain can be uneven, and heels can sink right into the grass!

Spring 2014 Engagement Session Outfit Ideas from Lanari Photography, Appleton, WI

Tunic and blue flats from Target.  Capri pants from J. Crew.  Scarf and bracelet from Banana Republic.  Earrings from Max and Chloe.  Button down from American Eagle.  Jeans from Old Navy.  Socks from Brooks Brothers.  Shoes from Cole Haan.

Hope this gives you a great starting point to create your perfect engagement session!

 

Tom and Kristin Lanari are wedding photographers in Appleton, WI.  If you’d like to learn more about how we can tell your love story through photographs, contact us today!  You can also visit us on Facebook!

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