Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Please Dress Me.

I need you.

I am style-less. I am very content to walk out of my house in clothing that:

1. fits properly, and
2. doesn't have paint on it (most of the time)

This is a problem.

Let me 'splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

This is Joanna, at Joanna Taylor Photography.

We went to school together.

I like to name drop.

We were like this.

She's like: "No. We were not."

Anyway, Joanna only takes clients as hot or hotter than her.

Which is why she turned us down.

That's a joke there, Sonny. No, no. She takes funny-looking clients, too. Which is why she booked us.

She really has her work cut out for her. I told her how totally, utterly awkward in front of a camera we are already. Also, I told her she has to make me look thinner. And zit-less. And only get my good side.

She is soo screwed.

Anywho, I don't know what to wear. This is where you come in.

Follow me into my closet.

Dress me.

Mold me.

Act like I'm your Barbie. Except 20 pounds heavier, in all the wrong places. Oh, and with bad skin. And bad hair.

Okay, so are you with me? Help me. I beg of you.

I should take this opportunity to say that I see myself (for a portion of this session, at least) in something nice, with heels. OF COURSE: heels. Onward.


Don't worry, don't worry-- I shan't be sporting that post-pool, Julia Roberts "Sleeping with the Enemy" hairdo that day.

Glad I could put your fears to rest.

I think I ought to tell you that that grey number goes way, way down:

and also while I'm thinking about it that I forgot to try on this number that I have as well.

Leaning towards this navy number. . .

Rest assured that I do own an iron. And I do know how to use it. Prior to this occasion. Cross my heart.

Oh boy.

Maybe we should just go for a "Marla Hooch" shot and forget about it.


Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

Grey one with some bling.

Or the second blue one down.

I remember though in pictures we were always matching as a family, so you should probably wear what will match them the most.

And even though I like the style of the grey one, the blue one will look a little more formal.

I'm always down for a high-waisted skirt as well, helps hide my hips!

Joanna Taylor said...

Oh Mandi, this post made me giggle. I vote pink. Either one. Wait, what color is your bike? Still, I like the pink(s). They are flirty and a little less churchy? :) But if you come in anything at all, that would be better than nothing at all. *snicker* You'll look extra fabulous in whatevuh, because, well, look at you. P.S. I love your hair.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I pick the gray one or the solid dark blue one that has the robes in the background. Thanks for my photo tips and I love your window moldings. I have a busy couple of weeks ahead, but hope to practice what you told me soon. Can't wait to see your photo shoot!

Anonymous said...

definitely something with color! and don't do matchy matchy with your family - go with colors that go together for everyone, but that aren't necessarily the same. i usually start with my husband's shirt and pull colors from there for everyone else. just not black/white/beige :) i love the pink dress with the white cardigan you have on toward the bottom! :)

Layne Bushell said...

I liked the pinks too...but the lighter one might get washed out... i agree...choose colors that "go" but aren't matchy matchy! You'll amazing what ever you throw on your beautiful self. I wish I could say I was like barbie only 20 more pounds!!!

Tempest Ahoy said...

I love dressing the fam in all bkack, as i love b & w shots...it really makes the faces 'pop'.

Janelle Bartlome said...

I am the last person to give adive about clothes. My friend the photographer gave me this advice. It's all about the mom. Make the mom beautiful and then coordinate everyone else to her. So... I don't think you will have a problem. You are already beautiful. I liked the tan skirt and white top. But no one else did in these comments so maybe you shouldn't listen to me?

Emily said...

I am no fashion expert...seriously i'm a t shirt, levis kinda girl, but I like the first one. Yes I know the pink one. I think it looks good on you and if you dress the boys in black and put you and McKenna in pink it will look really cute.

Sue said...

Love the spots but maybe better to stick with plain for pics. Therefore the grey but lose the frilly hem!

Danielle said...

1. I have never laughed harder than at the Marla Hooch comment. Love that.
2. You look amazing, Sleeping with the enemy hair and all (I actually really like it).
3. I vote for the white/off white shirt.

Ariel Elizabeth said...

I love both of the blue dresses...the one with the side tie & white tank underneath is probably my favorite. The black & white polka dot one looks really cute on you. I'm torn between the three!! Darker colors are generally better for professional pictures b/c the flash will wash out lighter colors.

Anny said...

I like the grey one - number 2. Its timeless and figure flattering.

Rebecca D said...

Everybody seems to like the pink one, but I am partial to dots so I vote that one...
I likes the beige skirt, but it appears some sort of lace "scrunchee" thing attacks your head when you put it one, so I'd avoid it...
Seriously though you could put on a potato sack and look good so why don't you equal out the playing field for us and go in sweats... and remember there is no crying in baseball...

WhettenWild said...

You know I like the pink one =). I also really like the cream skirt and shirt though. I think you look so pretty and tan in that one. Really, any of them would be great. You look gorgeous in every one.

I can't WAIT to see your pictures!

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

Give me a break, 20 lbs. You don't need to lose a pound. As for the clothes. I like the grey or the white shirt tan skirt. Good luck, I know how hard it is to choose for pics. You will look great whatever you where. Just work it girl!

Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points said...

I think if Joanna weighed in then all other votes are off.

But I actually was thinking pink too.

Don't do the dots.

Dots aren't photo friendly.

Or, that could be stripes.

Stick with pink.

dena4kids said...

Hee..hee you make me giggle...I vote pink. I love all of them, but the pink ones are fun. Although, I do like the blue one...or the black one...no wait there was the white one with your beige skirt..I liked it too....No..no, I can make a decision...pink.Pink.=)

chris w said...

You are hilarious.

I vote for any of them from the solid black down. You have great dresses!

I can't wait to see the family pics!

Leca said...

I recommend solid colors. But a really good photographer will choose which one you should wear to make it blend with the shoot. Good luck!

Kate said...

Ahhaha Marla Hooch. Love that movie.

My absolute, hands-down favorite outfit is the navy blue/black (?) wrap dress. It's solid-colored, flattering, cute, AND above all, classic. Which means you won't look back in ten years and say, "my GAWD I was wearing THAT?"

Which is what my family always says about our pictures...lolol

Alissa said...

I love that Joanna and I have so many friends in common without actually knowing each other all that well.

i like the grey one. but i think it'll be too long.

Teri said...

I love the blue and the polka dots, but...you are GORGEOUS, woman, and you'll look like a million bucks no matter what you wear!!