My Life Outfits Tips & Tricks

family photos, christmas cards & the barn

I know it’s that time of year when we all start thinking about Christmas cards, which mean family photos.
Not because I am on the ball and have mine all addressed and ready to go or anything
(in fact I never even sent mine last year although they were adorable and I still haven’t sent my thank you notes from the wedding…perhaps I should merge the two?) it’s  because of the barn.
The barn at the bottom of the hill that I pass at least once a day to get anywhere.
It is old and white and otherwise quite ordinary except for the fact that it is some kind of photographic oasis.
The last few weeks whenever I pass by there is a BIG LINE of people just waiting to have a chance to pose in front of it’s white glory.
I wonder if fights ever break out at the barn between territorial photographers?
Or if anyone  is profiting off the barn’s magnetism, if not, perhaps I could pose as barn owner and charge a royalty for it’s use?
I wonder how barns came into play so hard in the Utah family photo scene, are they here to stay?
Is it just a passing fancy like all denim or arms folded back to back posing?


(this is my lovely sister Heidi and her gorgeous fam. They don’t live near here so I felt it was only right that they get photos at our landmark…when in Rome!)

Anyway, so that’s the very long story of how I know it’s on all yer minds.

Which is why I thought it would be helpful to post some tips tricks and tutorials on photo hair, makeup etc.
I took some photos of my sis and her family.
This week I’ll show you how to get her hair and her makeup from this shoot.

to get her outfit: Skirt-{Target} Top-{Forever21}


I also made a Christmas card template for anyone who  likes free stuff.

{to download click here}

This file is .PSD so if you have Photoshop or Gimp you can download it, edit the name and add your gorgeous photo!

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80 Comments

  • Reply
    Jenni
    November 5, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Great post. Your sister and her family are beautiful! Can’t wait for the tutorial.

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      Cara
      November 6, 2012 at 12:05 am

      Thank you!

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    tiffani
    November 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

    these are beautiful.

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2012 at 12:06 am

      Thanks gorgeous:)

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    Amber
    November 5, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Wow. Gorgeous genes definitely run in your family! Looking forward to the hair and makeup tutorial. Great job on the pics!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2012 at 12:07 am

      haha you are sweet thanks Amber!

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    Audrey
    November 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

    HOLY BLEEP Cara why do you have such nice hair. Seriously not fair. Not to mention the happy and beautiful family. Happy not yet Holidays from Canada!

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      Cara
      November 6, 2012 at 12:09 am

      That you Audrey, it’s actually my sis and she has better hair than me, I am pretty jealous of it myself! Love my Canadian ladies! Happy almost holidays to you too!

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    brooke
    November 5, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Your sister is beautiful! I was just contemplating cutting my bangs again..now seeing hers i am feeling better about it! LOL Can’t wait to see how you did her hair! Have a great day!
    brooke
    onprairiehill.blogspot.com

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      Cara
      November 6, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Thanks Brooke, haha bangs are nice for a winter change!

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    Kristin
    November 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Gorgeous and loving the template! Also- I just recently cut off about 8 inches of my hair so it is just about shoulder length and am feeling the loss. 🙁 Have you done any posts on shorter hairstyles? I would love to see your take on it! Happy Monday!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2012 at 12:46 am

      Thank you Kristin! I really have not done any posts particularly for short hair! But I promise to work on it! A lot of my burl vids work on most lengths but I love short too so I will work on it!

  • Reply
    Cassie Ilten
    November 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Your sister and her family are beautiful!! I just cut my bangs so I think I shall try to replicate her hair for the ball on Friday. Wish me luck!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2012 at 12:47 am

      This Friday?? Good luck! Take lots of photos!

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    Maseface
    November 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    The site looks super clean and it’s easy to navigate. good job

  • Reply
    Jen
    November 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Cara, I love the desaturated look to these photos! They look fantastic, your sister is lucky to have you in her life 🙂

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2012 at 12:49 am

      Oh I am lucky to have her! Trust me:) Thank you, Jen. I get my actions for free from deviantart.com they have really fun desaturated actions

  • Reply
    Christina
    November 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    So excited about the tutorial!!! I love the posts you do. You make me more confident when I go out! Thanks!!!

  • Reply
    Veronica
    November 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    LOVE the hair and makeup! Looking forward to the tute! Love your blog!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2012 at 12:49 am

      Thanks Veronica!

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    Marilla
    November 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Or is it a passing fad like glamour shots (by deb)? 🙂 you are so cute in your posts.

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 6, 2012 at 12:52 am

      haha thanks rill:)

  • Reply
    Alicia
    November 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    You guys have the best hair!!!! Cant wait for the post on this one. Taking the Biotin, switched to Wen, drinking water (my least favorite beverage) and trying to keep my hair long after having two kids, it just wants to fall out!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you! ugh, I know water is THE WORST. BUt sooo worth it! Good luck with the growing!!

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    hillary
    November 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    where did your sister get her skirt? so cute

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      It’s from Target! I added a link to the post.

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    Megan
    November 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Are you kidding me?!? Are there any unattractive people in your family!? My goodness! She is gorgeous. Where did she get that adorable shirt? Also, what products do you recommend for VERY frizzy hair? I LOVE your blog and cannot wait to see this hair tutorial 🙂

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      Cara
      November 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      haha Thanks! My sisters are pretty gorge huh? haha I added a link to her shirt to the post:) Frizzy hair!? haha I am a broken record but have you tried Wen??

      • Reply
        Cara
        November 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

        wow, so man haha’s I must be laughing my head of over here:)

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          Megan
          November 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm

          HAHAHAHA! I like HAHAs, too! I did actually order it a few days ago. Babies/hormones and the Austin, TX heat have made me a frizz head. I’m hoping to be “Wenning” soon!!!! Thanks so much for the link!

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    Ali
    November 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I love the outfits you and your sis put together! So cute! I also want to know where the heck she got her ensemble?

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks Ali! I added the links for everything to the post for you!

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    Catherine
    November 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I am in loveeee with your sisters hair! My hair style is more similar to yours (just wish it looked as gorgeous as yours! lol) But I wish I had the balls to try bangs haha. PS. recently found your YouTube & blog…perfection!

    http://www.maybebabyxo.com

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      Cara
      November 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      Thank you Catherine! I bet yours is beautiful, I think rachel’s bangs are nice because they aren’t super thick or bold so they are a really good gateway bang! Go for it!

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    Hannah
    November 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

    What font did you use for the Christmas card signature “The Jacobs”?? I love, love, love it!!

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    Lyia Clark
    November 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I just wanted to thank you for this template. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your posts.

    Here is how my Christmas card turned out if you were interested in who is using this template! : ]

    http://lyiabelle.blogspot.com/

    ALSO…My fiancee and I both think that you very much look like that actress in ‘The Artist’, Bérénice Bejo who plays Peppy. So beautiful.

    Again…thank you!

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    December 16, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Thanks for the download! Love your style!

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