Picture Perfect

October 30, 2017 in Appaman Style, DIY, Featured, Holiday Style, Mom Hacks

We caught up with professional photographer and friend of Appaman Laura Orozco to get her top tips on taking a great family holiday photo.

 

1. Consider your wardrobe carefully.  Coordinate outfits, but don’t match.  Use similar colors and styles to create a cohesive look, but let individual styles shine through.  Avoid bright colors and busy patterns.  Bright colors tend to reflect a color cast onto skin, especially for those who have  fair skin. Also, busy patterns draw attention away from the subjects.  If you have trouble planning outfits, check out Pinterest for some ideas!

2. Try to limit your stress and expectations, and go into your session ready to have fun as a family.  As a photographer I have a list of poses and images that I want to capture, but every family dynamic is different.  My only “must have” images are the ones that capture real family moments – joyful, loving, tender, hilarious – even tantrums and meltdowns create beautiful memories!

3. Try to get your bodies as close as possible to portray warmth and connection in group shots.  When you think you’re close enough, move in even closer!  Just an inch of separation can change the feeling of an image.

4. Always let the photographer cue the kids.  Often, I’ll have a perfect shot of the kids, but I catch the parents mid-sentence or pointing towards the camera.  Sometimes, it is hard to get the kids to look at the camera, let alone smile at the same time.  If the parents are camera ready for all of the shots, it is easier to get a great group photo.  I always use parents as attention-getters, but only when the posed group photos are complete.

5. Bribes work really well!  Whether it is a toy after the session or snacks throughout the session, the toughest and grumpiest kids tend to take great photos with some fun or yummy incentives!

 

 

Check out Laura’s Amazing work on her Facebook or Instagram

Are your little ones wearing Appaman for your family holiday pics? Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @appaman for the chance to be featured!

An Appaman Baby Shower

May 9, 2017 in Appaman News, Appaman Style, DIY

Appaman HQ loves to celebrate, and what better occasion than a new baby?

Operations Manager Alyssa is expecting her first child, and with her due date right around the corner, we gathered the staff and headed to Brooklyn for a garden party baby shower at Lynn & Harald’s house.

Appaman cofounder/party hostess Lynn (left) and guest of honor Alyssa (right)

Appaman cofounder/party hostess Lynn (left) and guest of honor Alyssa (right)

We even had a special surprise guest (former Appaman staffer Jenna) fly in from Texas for the occasion!

Surprise guest Jenna (left), Katie (center) and mom-to-be Alyssa

Surprise guest Jenna (left), Katie (center) and mom-to-be Alyssa

We had a wonderful time stepping outside the office and celebrating a smart and dedicated woman who works so hard to make sure that Appaman is the best that it can be.

How does Team Appaman throw a baby shower? Check out our party details and more photos after the jump…

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Need a friend? Print your own foldable Appaman monkey

February 24, 2017 in Appaman News, DIY, In the news

Never be lonely again with the all new Appaman Foldable Monkey!

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Story time!

You may remember that Appaman, Inc. was inspired by and named after the childhood companion of our founder, Harald Husum. When Harald was a kid growing up in Norway, he had a stuffed corduroy monkey named Appaman (“monkey man” in Norwegian) who accompanied him on many fantastic adventures through the fields and fjords. The original Appaman now lives at Appaman HQ in NYC, and while he doesn’t go on as many adventures as he used to, he continues to inspire us, reminding us of the spirit of adventure and imagination of those youthful times.

Now, you can make your very own Appaman to accompany you on your adventures, wherever they may take you. And…it’s free! All you need is a printer, scissors, and either tape or glue. Download and print the PDF from appaman.com/foldable, cut out, and assemble your 3-D papercraft Appaman figure according to the included instructions. (Hey kids: Go wrangle yourself an adult to help with some of the trickier cuts, especially if you print it on heavy paper)

For a limited time we’re including one paper foldable, pre-printed in full color on glossy cardstock, in every Appaman.com order. This special thank you gift for our customers is ready for you to cut, fold, glue, and — most importantly — play with!

Don’t forget to share your adventures with us! We’d love to document all the shenanigans that Appaman is getting into all over the world. Take a photo of your paper Appaman, post it on Instagram, tag us (@appaman) and hashtag your photo #appamanfoldable. Be sure to tell us where he is!

Check out this video and watch a paper Appaman come to life:

Click here to download PDF

 

It’s here: Appaman’s Halloween Costume Guide

October 21, 2016 in DIY, Holiday Style

We love Halloween here at Appaman. Each year, we put together some Halloween costume inspiration from our collection, for fashion-loving fans who want costumes pieces that can go right back into your regular wardrobe when the holiday is over and done.

Have you used Appaman threads for your Halloween costume? Send us pics!

joan jett pee wee herman austin powers cruella de vil star trek kurt cobain halloween costume

Details after the jump

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Boo! DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids From Appaman

October 7, 2015 in DIY, Holiday Style

 

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids | Appaman

The Best DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids
Do you know what your little trick or treater is going to be for Halloween this year? We love the idea of a homemade kids Halloween costume using pieces from their wardrobe. We think of it as money well spent! Here, some of the best Halloween costume ideas for kids using pieces from Appaman’s fall clothing collection.

Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas
Break Dancer
Flashback to the ’80s with our Parker Sweats in Black. Thanks to the three zipper pockets and a stylish slouchy look, he can rock these cool sweatpants way after Halloween is over. The Uptown Denim jacket, a cool faux layered hoodie and denim look, is just at home in 2015 as it would on the streets of NYC in 1985. High top sneakers are a must-do for any legit breakdancing outfit. Add the Varsity High Tops to his Halloween look for kicks that will be super comfy and cool for trick or treating and beyond.

Tap Dancer
Tap dancer style is easy to create with some key wardrobe items she can wear all year round. The Appaman Tuxedo Blazer and Tuxedo Shorts are adorable on their own but when paired with an Appaman Logo Bow Tie, the look becomes total tap dancer.

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids | Appaman

Baseball Player
With the World Series right around the corner, a baseball player Halloween costume is a home run this time of year! Batter up with our must-have Baseball Henley in Vintage Black and Gym Sweats in Strong Blue.

Fashion Editor
The devil wears Appaman this Halloween! Your little fashion dahling will look like an uber chic fashion editor in our Faux Fur Coat in Ink Blue (which was recently featured in Vogue) and a pair of our Cat Eye Sunglasses.

Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids | AppamanPilot
It will be wheels up on October 31st with our cool pilot-inspired clothes. Invest in our faux leather bomber jacket, the Montana Jacket along with our cozy cool Mercer Sweater in Black and he’ll be the most stylish pilot around.

Disco Diva
Paging Donna Summer! Dress your glamorous little trick or treater in our nightclub-ready Pipe Pant in Pewter along with the fabulous Faux Fur Vest and she’ll be the life of the party.

DIY Halloween Costumes from Appaman

Nerd
Geeks are cool! Channel his inner Bill Gates with a few nerd-friendly wardrobe staples, including a Bow Tie, Suspenders, Saddle Shoes, Standard Shirt and Bushwick Pant in Brown Plaid.

Penny Lane
Everyone’s favorite rock band groupie makes for the perfect girls Halloween costume. Bring Penny Lane to life with our Shearling Coat  and Denim Knit Jegging.