Rustic, Los Angeles family photos from Annie McElwain

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Love the simple, rustic feel of these photos from Annie McElwain of Raya Carlisle and her beautiful family.

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

As a photographer herself, Raya knows a little bit about what makes a nice shoot. Here’s how her inspiration came about and a few tips on making your shoot nice too:

During a normal Target run I happened upon the peach & gold polka dot tulle skirt for Genevieve. I may have texted Annie a picture from the store saying “I guess we need to take some family photos, because I just found this”. And so we did.

When we do family photos I like to have a common theme, but try not to be too matchy. I almost always start with one item (like the tutu) and then go from there. I was going for a combination of earthy tones, pinks and metallics. Our outfits were a combination of some things in our closets and a few new things too. We are a pretty casual family, but we like to be fancy too and I love pretty romantic clothes in such a gorgeous green natural setting.

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Rustic family photos by Annie McElwain | 100 Layer Cakelet

Beautiful work, Annie! And beautiful family, Raya.

Family fashion:
Forest – Sweater: H&M, Denim: Levi’s, Shoes: Vale
Raya – Top: Forever21, Skirt: Ann Taylor, Shoes: Nine West, Necklaces: J.Crew & Ann Taylor
Baker – Top: American Apparel, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Converse
Genevieve – Top: Old Navy, Skirt: Target, Shoes: Old Navy
Kid’s hats: H&M

All photos by Annie McElwain.

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becky on Apr 9, 2013

what a beautiful session! Gorgeous images!

nicole sutton on Apr 9, 2013

I love this shoot Raya and her family are beautiful and you captured some super sweet moments...makes me look forward to future family shoots of my own <3

Catherine Carlisle on Apr 9, 2013

Love these fabulous photos of my nephew and family! Great job!

Annie McElwain on Apr 9, 2013

Raya has the most beautiful family a photographer could imagine. I had a great time on this shoot and feel lucky to call Raya a friend.

croatia wedding photography PJ Photos on Apr 10, 2013

What a lovely team and what a great job:-)

Jackie {The 20 Something Society} on Apr 13, 2013

What a lovely family!

Angelica Golden on Apr 16, 2013

Beautiful!

Aileen on Apr 22, 2013

Beautiful family Raya! I love these pictures. Annie is so talented!

mercie on Apr 27, 2013

i love raya and annie's work. this shoot is a fantastic example of two photographer's working together to style and capture an idea. beautiful family, beautiful images.

Little Lamb, Ottawa Family Photographer on Sep 10, 2014

I had to pin these photos as gorgeous family photo inspiration. So beautiful.

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