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After seeing a demand for baby announcement designs here at The Whimsy Tree, I’ve decided to create a couple custom designs for the store. I will be offering design services to finish the card with your own images. For now here’s a sneak peak of some inspirations, including some great finds from local antique stores such as, vintage baby bonnets, books, luggage and an old watch spring tin. I love finding vintage goodies that inspire me in design and also for session props.

1. fioreblossoms
2. sweetapolita
3. ikeahackers
4. stylemepretty
5. designeditor
6. hawthornethreads
7. shopruche

 

see the current blog post of custom design services and a pink and orange chevron birth announcement: http://thewhimsytree.com/blog/2012/05/04/custom-design-services/

I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to photograph grandparents day at a local private school. While studio lit formal portraiture is not something I regularly do, I enjoyed it. I wanted to play it safe with the background color, BUT also incorporate a bit of my style. The backdrop idea is originally from this pin, however she must have changed her link, and it seems to have disappeared all together. These simple paper fans are made from inexpensive white paper towels, around 50 sheets of them. It seems like the cheaper the paper towel is, the better, since softness isn’t something you want for this project. This is an extremely budget friendly backdrop at a cost of around $4.00 for the paper towels and glue sticks for the hot glue gun. We had everything else. I simply made various sized paper fans and pinned them all over the white fabric I use on our backdrop frame. While this project was a tad bit labor intensive, I think it’s still worth it, and if your well organized, you can carefully stack and store the paper fans in boxes for the next use. You can also make them with colorful scrapbook paper and insert popsicle sticks where the two pieces of paper meet, this will allow them to fold up and store more easily – like traditional paper fans. I used the paper fans again for the testing session below with Sarah. If they happen to be used again sometime, I’m thinking of spray painting some for a touch of color. For more details, just check out the last image – an animated gif. Most images were photographed with our Canon 5d mii and the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Double Glass.

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Thirteen. It’s an age when childhood begins to meet adulthood. The sometimes awkward stage of growing up. I remember thirteen fondly. It was a time of excitement. Honestly, it seems like just the other day and somehow I’m now approaching thirty!

My niece, Sarah, just recently turned thirteen and I thought it was an opportune time to capture her entrance into that teenage whirlwind.

 

 

 

I can’t help but share these blooms with you since today is officially spring! These peach tree blossoms make me think of freckles…

 

Another wonderful spring season is headed our way and I can’t help but feel excited. These little posies are one of my favorite spring flowers. I just love the color intensity and scent of muscari!

I also wanted to remind you that I am taking spring photography session and dates are filling up! You can contact me at elicia@thewhimsytree.com, or call me at 219.851.1466, to schedule your session.