What should I wear?

What should I wear?  Is the most commonly asked question from my clients. As a fashion lover, helping my clients put together outfits for their photo shoot is one of my favorite parts of the process. 

I truly believe that your wardrobe should reflect your personality and during your photo shoot isn't the time to attempt styles that aren't you.  Of course, you are welcome to add in a few pieces that might not be something you wear daily, but keep in mind you will want these portraits to stand the test of time and not be dated by your clothing selection.

I suggest bringing 4 to 6 outfits that reflect your personal style and brand (if we are creating personal branding photographs).  Adding blazers, jackets, vests, or scarves can transform your look without having to completely change outfits the same can be said by adding jewelry.  

Shoes can also elevate your outfit, but more often than not only a few portraits will show your full body. Most clients are drawn to 3/4 of the body or waist up portraits. That isn't to say if you have a pair of heels or boots that make you happy you can't bring them!  Please do! 

This leads me to one final point. I am going to break my rule of bringing outfits that aren't in alignment with your personality.  If you have an amazing cocktail dress, prom dress, homecoming dress, black tie event gown or pageant gown hanging in your closet PLEASE bring it your photo shoot!  This is the perfect opportunity to wear the dress again and have an ultra glamour magazine style portrait.

Still at a complete loss on what to wear... don't worry I have several Fashion Inspire Guides to help you make wardrobe selection a breeze and an ever-growing studio closet you can choose from.  [Should you have any dresses hanging in your closet that you'd like to donate to the studio closet, please let me know]


Meet Jen - Mindset & Accountability Coach - Personal Branding Photoshoot, Lancaster Pa

I might be a bit partial but this had to be one of my favorite personal branding photo shoots because my client Jen, happens to be my business bestie!  We've shared plenty of ups, downs, phone calls filled with tears (you know... the big ugly tears that no one can understand) and we soaked up all of the truth bombs Gary V threw out in a 30-minute platform presentation and danced our hearts out with Tony Robbins for 4+ hours! 

When Jen came to visit a few weeks ago, we decided she needed a few new headshots for her upcoming website rebrand.  I can't wait to plan her next shoot and I have a feeling we will be at the beach with her puppies, husband, and paddleboards!  

Jen has helped me overcome mindset challenges I've experienced and has taught me how to reframe my thoughts and change my story!  I am beyond grateful and blessed to have her in my life personally and professionally.  If mindset and accountability are a struggle for you... know you aren't alone and there are people out there who can help support you on your journey... read Jen's story below and connect with her as she might be the missing link to help you like she has helped me! 



Name: Jen VanBarriger
Website / Social Media
www.jenvanbarriger.com is currently under construction but you can find me hanging out on facebook (facebook.com/jennifervanbarriger) or mostly on instagram @jenvanbarriger

What is it that you do?
As a mindset & accountability coach, when I’m not adventuring thru life with my husband or cuddling with my amazing boxers, Bailey and Belvedere, I am practicing what I preach. I spend time daily committing to happiness, abundance, joy, healthy boundaries, raising and protecting my vibration and as well as personal growth.

My purpose and messages resonate with my clients and audience causing them to take action, create and achieve goals, and live with the passion to achieve greatness.

What problem/challenge do you help solve for your clients?
I guide my clients to overcome the noise of doubts, fears, and questions we all have in our mind. Together we will uplevel your mindset by showing up 100% unapologetically as you begin living in a space of love and  abundance

What services and/or products do you offer?
As mentioned above, my website is currently under construction as I rebrand. So in the meantime, you can find daily inspiration and motivation from me on insta and facebook while I’m over here cooking up some juicy stuff for the world. Think…personal cheerleader in your back pocket ; )

What is the best advice you've ever been given?
That you can have, do, and be ANYTHING you want in life and the only thing stopping it from happening is the BULLSH*T stories we tell ourselves. Our mind is the most powerful tool we will ever be given and we ALWAYS have the choice to change our mind and our life.

What are three things you couldn't go without?
My husband.
My dogs.
…not really “things” per say, but those three are the very essence of my being. Without each of those, in their own way, I would not be the person I am.

Anything else you'd like to share about WHO YOU ARE & WHAT YOU DO?
I believe gratitude is the #1 thing required in our lives to get us from where we are to where we want to be. When you challenge yourself to be truly grateful for each and every blessing in your life, it is then that the universe begins to conspire and bless you with even more.

I challenge you to keep a gratitude journal for the next 30 days. Each and every day, take notice of 5 - 10 things you are grateful for in the world around you. We often take for granted simple things like fresh air, clean drinking water and a place to sleep, but those are all things to express gratitude for.

Take notice in how your attitude towards things starts to shift. If you miss a day, start the 30 day clock over and keep going!



Should a reader want to learn more about what you have to offer how can they reach you?
For now, find me on social media! www.jenvanbarriger.com is currently under construction but you can find me hanging out on facebook (facebook.com/jennifervanbarriger) or mostly on instagram @jenvanbarriger

Meet Anabel - College Planner - Personal Branding, Lancaster PA

One of the greatest perks of this industry is working with clients through all stages of their lives.  I met Anabel when she was going into her senior year of high school and she has finished college and is now helping high school seniors with their college planning.  Anabel stopped by the studio a few weeks ago during my mini Personal Branding Photo Shoot Day and I was so happy to learn about her post-college gig and what she is up to now!  


If you are struggling to decide which college might be right for you, help with your college essays, or if financial aid is making your head spin - she is your girl!  

Q & A with Anabel

What is it that you do?
I work for the College Advising Corps, a national non-profit dedicated to bettering college access and increasing enrollment of low-income and high achieving students.

What problems and/or challenges do you help solve for your clients?
I help high school students construct educated college lists, edit their college essays, and apply for financial aid opportunities.

What services and/or products do you offer?
Free college counseling

What is the best advice you've ever been given?
The best advice I have ever been given is to be gracious, be humble, and never miss an opportunity to connect with others.

What are three things you couldn't go without?
Sushi, Green Tea, and family!

To learn more about Anabel and how she can help take the stress out of college planning connect with her on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/anabel-waplinger-310415137/

Chelsea and Paxton - The bond between mother and son

As many of you know... I am not a baby or child photographer, but on a rare occasion, I'll work with a client who asks me to incorporate a few portraits with their little one.  Now, that I've been in the studio for several months I've been opening up to the idea of working with more kiddos on a regular basis.  (If you haven't seen the birthday theme tween photo shoot I did a few weeks ago, check it out HERE)

I've had the privilege of getting to know Chelsea over the past year and was so happy that she agreed to return to the studio with Paxton for a mommy and son photo shoot.  


I also asked Chelsea to share what she has learned in this past year by becoming a first-time mother and a boy mom. 

What is life like as a boy mom?  Life as a boy mom is busy, rambunctious, and I can't forget the cuddles. I think all boys are born mamas boys.

Where do you find the coolest outfits for your little man?  Target and I do a lot of consignment shopping also

What did you wish you knew about boys before you became a boy mom?  
Oh boy, I think this goes for anyone who is a mom of boys or girls... it's HARD. You will cry, yell, feel guilty, feel like you're not doing anything right. But that love you have is unreal, I wouldn't change any of it for the world. 

What's the best advice you could give another mom who is going to have a baby boy? TALK TO OTHER MOMS, you need all the support you can get because you second guess everything you do.

And her last bit of advice: Enjoy every moment, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Local Resources: 

A quick google search provided these possible resources for Lancaster area moms.  Should you have additional resources to share; groups, shops, upcoming events, etc please leave any information you wish to share in the comment section below. 


Events and Activities for Kids

Miracles Consignment Shop

Little Bo-tique


A new division of Amanda Kraft Photography - Coaching for Creatives

This post is going to way different than any of the photo related posts I've been sharing because it's something that has been burning deep inside my soul since 2013 and it's about time it hit PUBLISH! 

Grab a coffee, green juice, or tall glass of water and get comfy.  If you aren't a fellow creative you might still find interest in what I am about to share. 

Allow me to start off by saying I am a multi-passionate and potentially serial entrepreneur.  I love owning businesses, creating business + marketing plans, and working with clients so this new venture isn't as much of a stretch as it might seem to those of you who do not know me personally. 


Back in 2013, I hit rock bottom - while my photography business was booming with 30+ weddings a year and 60+ high school senior clients on paper everything looked amazing - however, I was struggling inside.  My weight was OUT OF CONTROL, I struggled to sleep and couldn't seem to get ahead of my to-do list. Working out was a long wedding day or photo shoot.  As my business expanded so did my waistline.

Let me be crystal clear... these were choices I was making with how I was running my business. 

I remember the night that I had the biggest meltdown of my life, I was surrounded in clothes that didn't fit and I could no longer mask my weight gain with killer shoes or a flashy handbag.  I needed help - A few weeks later I took my 200+ self to meet with a nutrition coach and began changing my life - one bite and step at a time. 

By enrolling in a 12-week nutrition program I had to show up for myself - by changing my diet (saying goodbye to excessive sugar, soda, and carbs) and moving more than to greet FedEx when I had a delivery.  At the end of the 12-weeks, I had lost 20 pounds and took back control of my business by establishing boundaries, work hours, and saying no to projects that simply didn't align with me. 

After sharing my successes and nudges from the universe, I decided to go back to school to become a Holistic Health Coach and eventually a personal trainer.  As I continued to educate myself and transform I would go on to lose 60 pounds and dramatically change the relationship I had with my business, food, movement, and life. 

What I didn't expect was the impact that my journey would have on my fellow photography and creative friends and even a few clients.    Which leads to this BIG, SCARY, POOP MY PANTS ANNOUNCEMENT!  

I am officially offering Coaching for Creatives! 


I am beyond excited and inspired to coach creative business owners who juggle so many projects, tasks, events, deadlines and everything in between on a daily basis yet can't seem to find the time or support to put themselves first.  


What does this mean for my new studio, current and future photography clients?  Nothing is changing, I am still photographing clients (new and former), but am adding support to my fellow industry members so they don't fall into the same pitfalls I did.  My blogs might start to take on a bit of a wellness approach from time to time, but I promise to continue sharing photo shoots.  

However, if you really want to dive into my wellness life -----> CLICK HERE!



Shake what your momma gave ya!

Ask yourself... when is the last time you've embraced your beauty and been photographed? 

I wouldn't be shocked if you told me it's been years.  It's time to stop hiding because If something god forbid happens to you, your loved ones aren't going to care about your weight, gray roots, or any other ego induced idea you think about yourself.


Instead, your loved ones will cling to the memories that accompany those photos - not the thoughts your ego is pumping into your mind. 

Let me help you embrace your own definition of beauty and exist in portraits for your loved ones to treasure for years to come.