This is the summer of smocked dresses for me and I hope they stick around for years to come because there’s truly nothing more comfortable or more forgiving, especially for the postpartum period I’m currently in. My obsession with smocked dresses started earlier this year with Hillhouse nap dresses and soared to new heights with the addition of several Maxwell & Geraldine striped dresses to my summer wardrobe. The brand was founded this spring by two sisters and I think their dresses are gorgeous quality at an under $200 price point. I wore their Brooke dress to go strawberry picking with Teddy a couple weeks ago and they were kind enough to send over the blue and white striped Kate dress I’m wearing here (I wore the XS in the Brooke and the S in the Kate). Carly snapped these photos on a particularly hot morning in ‘Sconset and it’s the perfect breezy silhouette for summer. We’re taking our first ever professional family photos on the beach in a few weeks (any tips or tricks?) and this style is a top contender for me!

P.S. I purchased my dress from Tuke Bazaar (another female-owned small business you should check out!) but if you order directly from Maxwell & Geraldine, you’re welcome to use code MACKENZIE15 for 15% off your order!

maxwell & geraldine kate smocked stripe dress

maxwell & geraldine kate smocked blue and white stripe dress

nantucket lightship basket design darling

design darling maxwell & geraldine kate smocked blue and white stripe dress

Maxwell & Geraldine Kate dress c/o (use code MACKENZIE15 for 15% off)

J.Crew sunglasses  //  Nantucket lightship basket (similar here, here, and here)  //  Castaner espadrilles

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  1. We’ve had a few professional family photo sessions with kids (most recently an at home newborn shoot with 2 little boys!) and my first tip is to lower your expectations 😉 and also to have snacks on hand for the toddler! Also, this is weirdly specific and perhaps obvious, but to have someone outside the frame try to make your son smile — in one of our shoots I’m making goofy faces in way too many pics bc I was trying to get my toddler smile. Haha.

    The key for me is to remember when everything thing feels hopeless that a few good pictures is the goal — not 100 good pictures. And also to remember photographers are magic and they will capture the smiling moments of your children even if those feel rare. Good luck! I think professional shoots are always worth it!! 🙂