Welcome to the VSI newsletter. Here is where you will find monthly tips + tricks for photography and design, links to blog posts that you may have missed, updates on our upcoming events, giveaways, as well as personal updates from Kristi + Holly + Paige. We hope you enjoy!


VSI is excited to offer videography collections for the 2018 wedding season. 
Contact Paige today to discuss your video needs and see our video projects!
What to wear for your senior session!

Here you will find tips and ideas for clothes to wear for a senior portrait session. The task of outfit coordination can be a hard one, especially for senior girls! Right?! So many great outfit options, but we totally want you to rock your senior session by wearing the right outfits!

Match Your Personality! It is important that you wear clothing that is comfortable and your outfit selections should match your personality and your own personal style. 

Dress for the season! Try to stick to colors that work with the season. If it is winter, wear warm clothes so you will be comfortable. The same idea applies for summer, wear clothes to keep you cool.

Bring several options!  I always try to give you my thoughts on outfit choices. I always ask you to bring a few options, so I can help you decide what will work best based on our location.

Be Yourself! For me, one of the biggest pieces of advice I give seniors is for you to feel comfortable and to dress like yourself! Then let me do the rest!

New Outfit! I recommend that senior girls bring one outfit that is something you would typically wear –something casual that makes you feel comfortable and like your “normal” self. I also recommend an outfit that is a bit more special – something you choose specifically for your portraits and that makes you feel FABULOUS.

Props! I definitely encourage you to bring any props that help illustrate your hobbies, personality, or future plans.

These are just a few ideas to get you going for your senior session! The most important thing is to HAVE FUN! This is a special time of year, and you want to enjoy every minute you can!


Wedding season is here and I have had a lot of brides asking about wedding invitation wording, so here is
a second cheat sheet for all you brides out there who are working on your wedding invitations! -Kristi

You can also see some of our premade designs for wedding invitations in our Etsy store:

June huh? Well, June brings the summer heat and my birthday! This year is a big one. Friday I will officially turn the big 3-0. Nope, not upset about it at all. Really looking forward to what my 30s will bring for me and our little family. I feel like 30 is the perfect time to really learn who you are and who you want to be. I have seen a ton of things on Pinterest about lists of things to do BEFORE turning 30, but not a lot of them FOR your 30s. So much emphasis is put on the 20s but I really think 30 is where it's at. =)

Here is a list of 30 things I plan to try to work on over, ya know, the next decade or so...

1. Nurture your tribe...quality, not quantity.
2. Be honest with yourself.
3. Find a career you love....Check!
4. Save some time to be lazy.
5. Travel.
6. Quit bad habits.
7. Cuddle more.
8. Eat breakfast.
9. Face your fears.
10. Learn to love your body.
11. Find what makes your soul happy.
12. Be kind to yourself.
13. Distance yourself from negativity.
14. Have a mountaintop moment.
15. Start something new.
16. Get your finances in order.
17. Learn how to de-stress.
18. Cultivate self-discipline.
19. Stop comparing yourself to others.
20. Read lots of books.
21. Learn how to say no.
22. Exercise more.
23. Healthy eating.
24. Write a letter to your future self.
25. Take more photos.
26. Never stop learning.
27. Wear sunscreen.
28. Stop apologizing.
29. Don’t settle for mediocrity.
30. Continue to set goals.

What goals are you working on in this season of your life?

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of having a bucket list. I love reading everyone else’s and would always say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” but I never actually had a physical list. I bought myself a cute notebook last week and decided to make it my summer bucket list notebook! As I was writing this post, I realized that it would mean much more to me if I had a physical copy of the list rather than just a virtual one. Therefore, I’m making it my goal for this bucket list to be a physical bucket list, first and foremost, not just a virtual one. I wrote everything down in my notebook and then transferred it to this post! Nothing too crazy on this list, just some things I want to be sure to do before the end of summer!

1. Go to a Cubs game
2. Visit my best friends in Valparaiso and Louisville
3. Campfire and s’mores in the backyard
4. Read at least 4 books
5. Go to the drive-in
6.  Swim in Lake Michigan
7. Go Geo-caching
8. Get a tomato plant
9. Make homemade ice cream
10. Give golf a college try
11. Picnic by a lake
12. Tie dye tank tops
13. Give hiking a try (groan)
14.  Jet Ski
15. Write more letters to loved ones
Well, that is the 15 things I plan to do this summer! I am excited to get a jump on these! What is your bucket list this summer?



Anyone else absolutely HATE moving? This summer started off with one of the hottest and probably sweatiest moves I’ve ever made. Picture this, 90+ degree weather, 4 flights of stairs, and only ONE day to move into a new place. Talk about CRAZY. Thank goodness the new house doesn't have so many stairs! Also, it's yellow, adorable, and SUPER cozy. I’m so thankful that I have amazing friends from CrossFit that helped make the work lighter! I mean, if we can do Murph together, moving is nothing right?

Speaking of, I took on the Murph Hero Workout for the first time this Memorial Day! It seems impossible until it’s done. (Seems to be a running theme lately!) Going in, I thought my arms would burn out, and I wouldn’t be able to finish, but with a little modification and a WHOLE lot of encouragement, I finished my first go in 51:33! No joke though, my legs felt like they were falling off after the last mile! As a celebration, we all finished the workout and enjoyed a beer or two and some good grilling afterward.

So, here lies the theme for 2018 – Time to face some BIG challenges and really grind it out, but with good friends and a focus on the positive, it’ll all be worth it.

What challenges are you facing this year? How will you tackle them?

- Paige


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