San Francisco Birth & Baby Fair {Behind the Scenes} San Francisco Baby Photographer

The SF Birth & Baby Fair was a hit! It was held at Fort Mason last weekend where Herbst Pavilion was packed with bellies, bellies and more bellies! I had the pleasure of being side-by-side with both Senn & Sons on my left and Parent Coach SF on my right. But how did we get from start to finish? WHEW - a lot of work. brooke bryaBrooke Bryand Photography | Birth and Baby Fair San Francisco | San Francisco Baby Photographernd photography-birth and baby fair san francisco Initial plans on the left...finished product on the right

I met with the ever-talented Kim Senn of Senn & Sons a few weeks ago to get some semblance of a plan together. She had a booth next to mine and while I have a decent grip on marketing/the message I want to send prospective clients, I need h-e-l-p on bringing a 10x10' space with an 8' table to life.

It started with the backdrop. I wanted something feminine, but not just framed photos, so I printed three photos on foam core HUGE (20"x30") as well as two foam core logo signs. Then, I had to figure out how to actually hang these puppies. Let's just say I may have found my retirement career as a grommet-installer. After a few tries, totally rocked it! It's indicative of how non-domestic and non-handy I am to even share with you how proud I was of myself for creating two simple holes in a piece of foam core, but hey...life's little successes, right?

 Brooke Bryand Photography | Birth and Baby Fair San Francisco | San Francisco Baby Photographer

Then, I blinked and it was the day of the fair! Thanks to my truly off-the-chains amazing hubby Dave, I had all day Saturday and all day Sunday to myself to prepare and be at the show. For once, I wasn't rushing from place to place...I was actually (gasp) ready! The day went by in a blur of big adorable bellies and tiny itty-bitty newborns, mixed in with cutie-patootie chub-a-lub babies that just bring a smile to your face. Thank you so much for stopping by to introduce yourselves, everyone! I look forward to working with you soon. Here are the final results from the booth "design"!

 Brooke Bryand Photography | Birth and Baby Fair San Francisco | San Francisco Baby Photographer

Brooke Bryand Photography | Birth and Baby Fair San Francisco | San Francisco Baby Photographer

Ooh, and I totally got to rock my video all day long which was fun to share with everyone walking by (and entertaining the kiddos as I had convos with their mamas and daddies!).

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What to Wear for your Family Photo Session | Guest Blog Post

I am so pleased to share a guest blog post with you from Kate with Undeniable Style. I told her that my clients often ask what to wear for shoots and, though I can provide guidance and am good at knowing what doesn't photograph well, I'm at a loss when giving suggestions on adorable clothes for kiddos of all ages. Kate graciously stepped in to create a special post just for you guys!!!! Without further ado, here is Kate:************************************************************************************* Undeniable Style Blog | Brooke Bryand Photography Hi Guys! I’m Kate and I’m the blogger behind Undeniable Style. I’m the kind of girl who will wear stripes with floral, gold with silver, and 20 layers at a time {unless it’s over 80 degrees}, and I’m here today to help you guys find a look that’s right for your family fall/winter 2011 photo sessions.

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My goal is always to make the outfits cohesive, but I’m not really interested in matchy matchy! And absolutely, the most important piece of advice I can give is to make sure you are Comfortable and True. To. You.

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Lucky for us, in San Francisco, it’s always a layering kind of season. Layers can be a great way to add dimensionality and personality to your session with Brooke!

Below, I’ve included some links to some of my favorite fall-hued kids clothes out there today. The pieces are meant to be mixed and matched to create the perfect outfit, layer by layer.

Boy:

T-Shirts starting at $9 (1 & 2), Button down shirts $9.95 (6 color options! Alternate option here), Jeans $9.95, Boots $29.95, Beanie $7.95, Vest, Jacket $44.94, Sweater $24.95

Toddler Boy:

Button down shirts starting at $14 (1 and 2), Sweater $19.94, Zip front Cardigan $19.94, Vest, Cords $26.95, Shoes $14.94

Girl:

Drop waist floral print dress $39.90, Faux Fur Vest $44.95, Sweater Vest $29.94, Chunky Cardigan $39.90, Tights $10.50, Boots $29.94, Knee Socks 3 for $10!, Ear Muffs, $9.90

Toddler Girl:

Skirt $17.90 (alternate option $16.90), Top $25.90, Sweater $48, Jeans $29.95, Cardigan $26.94, Shoes $39, Tights $9.94

Thanks for letting me guest blog, Brooke! ************************************************************************************* It's Brooke again...I just want to say thank you to Kate for putting this together!!! I have a few other tips and examples on my website under "Details" > "What to Wear". Note that the items Kate offered are for layering and stay true to keeping outfits simple (i.e. not distracting)...for example, there may be a graphic on the tee, but it's actually covered by a great-looking sweater or vest. I hope this helps you in determining what to wear for your session. As always, feel free to email me links/photos of outfits you're considering and I'll provide feedback!