{a taste of Fall & a hint of late summer - Boho Style}

Oh yes, I've teamed up again with 2 of my longtime favorite designers.  I've been working with these two for over 5 years now!  I can't believe it.  And they still amaze me with their creativity and talent.  Kait Emerson Designs newest collection are great for late summer and early fall - the Boho Collection!  I simply love this boho style and screamed with excitement when I got these in the mail!  I can't say enough about Melissa of Nuxiemade {designer of the beautiful crochet hat shown} and Feanna of Kait Emerson Designs.  I love you ladies!  Check out these fun styles below and be sure to check out their shops {links on their names} and Facebook pages - Kait Emerson Designs Facebook Page    Nuxiemade's Facebook Page

{Ingrid B. Design's Spring 2012 Clothing Line}

It's SPRING!  And pretty  much summer her in AZ.  And for Spring & Summer Ingrid B. Design's has made some very fun, color outfits for girls...she never disappoints!   Everytime I see something new of hers I'm amazed at her eye and her sense of detail.  She has a very creative and beautiful eye for fun coordinates for every season.  I love love love the yellow top with the black lace, and the stripped dress (the fabric is so soft}, and the ruffling on her floral skirt...um, perfect!!!  I was lucky to have these beautiful friends of ours help model.  Brielle has a hard time being serious around friends (as you can see in the image above) - most of the time it's faces that I can't post here lol.  She's just a goof which makes it a challenge sometimes lol.  But these three girls work so well together.  Aren't they adorable?!  I love their different looks.  The girls were so eager to searching for ladybugs so I ended the session early so they could be 'kids' and find ladybugs.  Brielle modeled the outfits again the next day so we could get more shots and she fell in love with the flowers that I had set up.  Again, she wanted to find ladybugs so she could put them on the flowers.  Here's a peek at Ingrid B. Design's Spring 2012 Collection.  :)


{Rocker Baby Nation: The Raven Collection}

Matilda and I have been working hard on preparing for the debut of her latest baby - the stunning 'Raven Collection'.  This new collection  is so well designed.  Not a single detail was left out in her creation - she truly is an amazingly talented woman!  I was in awe over the design, every detail, the black & white combination (it's still so girly), and the amazing construction.   I'm honestly speechless.  Matilda - YOU ARE AMAZING!  Thanks for trusting me to follow your vision.

Click here to go to her site.

{Re-emerging Retro Styles -FaithWorks4U & Florabella}

I feel like I've been absent for a while...and I don't like that feeling.  I've been wanting to blog these Retro Dresses by FaithWorks4U - I am in love with everything Faith makes (you've heard me say that before).  I've probably mentioned this before, but I think I was meant to live in the 70's - I'm so drawn to this look/era.  Whenever I get clothing to work on for Faith I literally gasp when I open her packages.  My mind goes into la-la land and I envision what I want to do with the dresses and the shoot.  This one was one of my favorites to photograph and Brielle loved her hair in a loose, ballerina bun. On a different note: I get asked a lot about the what I do to get certain looks in my images.  I edit my photos to my liking with my own actions and for these I applied about 10%- 15% opacity using several of Florabella's Lux II Actions. A little goes a long way.  I also love her newest set Retouch & Make-over.  She really put some critical thought about these actions when she made them.  Just thought I'd mention that. ;-)

This first dress is the '1970's Style Square Neckline dress'.

The Simply Sweet Summer Dress.  Love both of these dresses so much!


{girly girls, balloons & 'trendie treasures' newest dresses}

So girly!  That's what I love about these dresses!  They're one of Trendie Treasures latest creations.  Isn't she talented?  I've been working with the designer/owner of Trendie Tresures for a few years now and I always 'ooh and aah' over her newest creations.    I love the soft ruffles, the flowers and the pretty Spring colors too choose from (more colors on her site)!  Brielle and her friend got to play in them for pictures - they were so cute running around being silly together!  If you haven't checked out Trendie Treasures,  you're missing out. Her shop is full of colorful, fun and very girly designs.  Become a fan on Facebook for her newest creations, promotions and the newest happenings with her business.


So one of my favorite designers is at it again!  I don't think she sleeps.  She's always stocking her shop with new knit creations and they are selling out so quickly!  She makes hats in a variety of styles, colors and sizes for both boys and girls.  And she has the MOST beautiful dresses!  They are some of my favorites to put Brielle in!  Not only hats, and dresses but hair accessories, scarves, cocoons, leg warmers and more.  Check out her shop for all the goodies.  :)  she's on Etsy too!

{FaithWorks4You Back School/Fall}

Oh Faith, she is amazing!  She's a treasure in the handmade community.  She blows me away with her creative styles and retro-modern looks for little girls.  I'm absolutely smitten with this dress!  Oh and my  previous session (a snippet shown below) for Faith's back-to-school 'Brielle Dress'  was featured on I Lived 2 Click.  Check it out :)

Faith is getting a lot of attention - businesses and clothing mags are intrigued with her amazing style.   More to come! Below is her 1969 Retro Style V Shaped collar dress.  I love it!!


{Gooseberry Lane Originals} commercial photography


Eek!! Temperatures are spiking out of control in Arizona :( and I'm not too happy about it.  For those of you on FB you may have heard my griping yesterday.  I can't help it.  I'm usually a very positive person but this has pushed me too far lol.  High temps 110- 115 mixed with any amount of humidity is a recipe for disaster here in Arizona and the humidity is between 30%-60%.  That doesn't seem very humid does it?  When I lived in South Carolina the humidity was 90%+  (not fun) but the temps were in the 90's not the 110+'s.  So I feel like I'm in an oven here and I'm just waiting for this pain to stop.  The kids' recess at school has been canceled this week because of the heat advisory.   It's just not fun.  The dog has to be coaxed into going outside to go potty it's even too hot for him.  But I know, it could be worse.  I've heard from my Texas friends and friends in Southern states that they are suffering too.  So at least there's company in the misery :)

Not too long ago I photographed some adorable dresses for Gooseberry Lane Originals.  Have you heard of of this cute Boutique?  They have beautiful handmade designs - since it's handmade by the owner and designer, turn-around my be a short few weeks but it's worth the wait.  Mandy, the designer/owner of Gooseberry Lane Origninals lives in Ohio with her husband, and two children.  She started  her Business in 2010 but has been sewing for customers for years prior to the opening of her boutique.  I had so much fun brainstorming this session.  I wanted it to be unique, fun, girly and interactive.  So I came up with the idea one night while trying to fall asleep and in one day build the 'Fruit Stand' while my husband was out of town {sleepless nights can be productive when he's gone :) }.  The temperatures were HOT when we shot this session, so we had to pat the girls sweat down every few minutes.  They didn't seem bothered thankfully but you can tell by their flushed cheeks that it was a warm day.  I was so happy how it all turned out :)

Gooseberry Lane Originals can also be found on Facebook.

{Back to School} FaithWorks4U!

I have to admit, I'm not ready for summer to end.  It's been so busy with swimming, camps, and late summer night movies.   I just don't feel like we've accomplished all the 'summertime' things that I wanted to - like more campfires with s'mores (it's a bit hot in AZ to do this but we've done it a hand full of times over the past month - I just want a few more), a lemonade stand, swimming in a creek or swimming hole and exploring small towns - like quirky/artful, Bisbee, AZ.   So we're going to try to cram those activities into the next 2 weeks since the end is fast approaching.

In thinking about back-to-school, Faith has some recent designs she's releasing just in time for school.  This is one of her most recent designs - more to come...  It's getting me, as well as Brielle, excited to start the school year.  Dare I say, I'm  in love --with this dress!  I want it in my size and I want it in every color for Brielle ;o).  I can't express how much I love Faith's work.  She has created her own style with a modern twist on retro-vintage designs.  They are simple and classic, yet fun and hip.   And I love them.  Faith and I have been working together for a while and I'm so thankful that she shares her amazing creations with me.    Here's a link to her shop - FaithWorks4U and her Facebook Fan page where you can hear about her latest promotions & new design releases.  :)

Funny little blopper of Brielle with the apples.

{Vintage Crown}

I posted this image along with a few others on Facebook and have had many, many e-mails asking me where I got the crown Brielle is holding {above} and wearing {below}.  I feel so lucky to be able to photograph this beautiful vintage crown for  TFJ Designs.    Brielle loves it and keeps it next to her on her nightstand.  When she first saw it she squealed then covered her mouth and finally said in a whisper, 'Is this a 'real' crown?'  Do I get to wear it?  We stood in the dinning room looking in the mirror as she tried it on.  I wish I had my camera then...it was priceless seeing her expression.  She didn't want to take it off, so I secured it to her head with bobbypins.  And during the session, she had so many ideas - so we went with them...she danced with lace, caught ladybugs and she wanted me to get a ladybug to put on the crown so I could take a picture of the ladybug with the crown (that one didn't work out since all the ladybugs flew off the crown and back onto her dress or on her arms).  After the session she kept the crown on until bedtime.  I love that she's sooo in love with this crown.  You can find it at TFJ Designs and the price....amazing for such a pretty vintage styled crown.  Thank you so much again Tabitha, you have such an eye for pretty things.... I love all the goodies you sell in your store!!