The

Storybook

Blog

Albums or books are one of my favorite ways of telling your story. Here’s one of the most recent printed at Artifact Uprising.

1 2 3 4

Chickens are difficult to work with. My parents chickens stay in a pen and occasionally in the evenings they are let out to free range. On this particular evening, the girls (as we call them), we so excited to be out that they were not at all enticed with my tiny cup of bait. After quiet a show including my mother clanking on multiple cups of leftover goulash, we had a brief moment of baby meets chickens. Miss Ellia brought her grandma’s apron for the dirty task of gather eggs (hard boiled of course), and then required a bath in the sunset glow of the forest.

 

apron: vintage

 

lilac swiss dot, and blue dress: from The Whimsy Tree’s vintage collection

 

top knot headband: handmade by The Whimsy Tree

 

floral headband: Maya’s Curls


valdez_20130714_243_01
valdez_20130714_228_02 valdez_20130714_229_03 valdez_20130714_235_04 valdez_20130714_237_06 valdez_20130714_253_07 valdez_20130714_257_09 valdez_20130714_238_08 valdez_20130714_268_10valdez_20130714_338_12 valdez_20130714_355_13valdez_20130714_319_11valdez_20130714_276_14 valdez_20130714_288_15 valdez_20130714_295_16

I just loved this session. I had several detail images that I didn’t include in the session blog post, but thought it might be great for a blog on details from styled sessions.

If you’re interested in scheduling a styled session, contact me at elicia@thewhimsytree.com

{what is a styled session}

A styled session with The Whimsy Tree means that there is some sort of feeling, emotion, story, or theme, that you’re wanting the images to contain, and thus requires my artistic vision and pre-planning to create a sort of “scene”. For instance, if you’re an engaged couple and love the feel of the movie The Notebook, we would incorporate elements into the session that would create that feeling. Something like vintage clothing, hairstyles, prop elements like an old quilt, fishing poles, coca-cola glass bottles on an old crate, and of course a specific location like a grassy bank next to a river… all of these as components build a sort of “set” to tell a story. And lighting of course! I almost always photograph around sunset time for best lighting. These elements are all things that we discuss, and plan prior to the session. Styled sessions often cost more than regular sessions because many times you’ll need to purchase clothing to create the look you’d like, or specific props that are beyond what I have in my ever-growing collection. Sometimes it’s really simple styling, and sometimes it’s more elaborate depending on specific style and theme.

View a few more styled sessions here:

Cabin
Engagement
Cousins
Sisters

shabby chic baby_01 shabby chic baby_02 shabby chic baby_03 shabby chic baby_04 shabby chic baby_05

When Ellia’s mom Angie approached me about being her event planner for one special birthday party, it was really just confirmation of something that I had been thinking about for years. I have such a broad skill set… photography, graphic design, sewing, decorating, baking, a tinge of floral design, prop creator… and I felt that I was only using a percentage of what I can do. Someone gave a word of knowledge at church one sunday morning, of just that, not using all of your God given talents, and that same day the birth of the northwest indiana event stylist, southwest michigan event stylist, was born.

I’ll be adding selective Event Styling & Planning to my service offerings when we transition to the new website. For now, if you have questions, feel free to email me… elicia@thewhimsytree.com

I love this family! They really are such sweet people, and their darling Ellia was going to have one fabulous party to celebrate her first birthday, and the completion of their family. The theme was shabby chic baby, which I of course already was enthralled with. It really was a perfect fit and I loved every. single. detail.

The event was for 50, and held at Knox Community Center. Angie was able to borrow all the china, silverware, and numerous other pretties from various sweet ladies. With the help of my husband Nathan, and my mother too, I styled the room, and had everything set up and ready for the family to just walk in.

I’m still swooning over the wonderful memories from the day… like their sweet faces when they first saw the room, and the general delight of the guests. It was dreamy!

see Ellia’s one year session here.

-handmade white swiss dot dress and diaper cover, handmade cake smash outfit, handmade hair accessories, handmade dessert table backdrop quilt, dessert table decor, pound cake, brownie mini cakes, apothecary jar fillers, party favors, floral design, event styling, photography, hand illustration, and graphic design… by The Whimsy Tree.

-floral supply from Main Street Floral and Gifts in North Judson

-cake by Sharon Sawaya
(our cake lady for years now)

-cupcake from Designer Desserts

-two benches made by Angie’s mom

with that… here are just a few favorites…

invitation_thankyou001_valdez_20130728_045_01 002_valdez_20130728_041_02 003_valdez_20130728_005_03 004_valdez_20130728_047_04 005_valdez_20130728_050_05 006_valdez_20130728_044_06 007_valdez_20130728_052_07 008_valdez_20130728_014_08 009_valdez_20130728_030_09 010_valdez_20130728_056_10 011_valdez_20130728_019_11 012_valdez_20130728_011_12 013_valdez_20130728_043_13 014_valdez_20130728_024_14 015_valdez_20130728_055_15 016_valdez_20130728_025_16 017_valdez_20130728_017_17 018_valdez_20130728_034_18 019_valdez_20130728_033_19 020_valdez_20130728_021_20 021_valdez_20130728_075_21 022_valdez_20130728_170_22 023_valdez_20130728_053_23 024_valdez_20130728_184_24 025_valdez_20130728_203_25 026_valdez_20130728_235_26 027_valdez_20130728_268_27 028_valdez_20130728_330_28 029_valdez_20130728_459_29 030_valdez_20130728_379_30 

The winner of the mini children’s session is…Jasmine Stacy!

Congratulations! The mini children’s session includes: 45 minutes with up to 5 children ($25 per extra child), one agreed upon location just before sunset, an online gallery of 15+ images for ordering prints, 5 of your favorite images available through digital download for your own printing (with my printer recommendations).

Contact me to set up your mini session! email me at elicia@thewhimsytree.com, by the website contact form on the bottom of the home page, or by phone 219-851-1466 (however I’m out of the office for my birthday).

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes and for entering the giveaway! 🙂

elicia