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If you haven’t check out Villa Nova Pizzeria in New Buffalo, add it to your list of places to eat while in Harbor Country. Here’s a project we just finished up last month. We photographed their catering menu, and designed the menu as well. Keep up with them on Facebook for specials! And don’t forget to try the cannoli’s!

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When Asher had turned 6 months old, the family not only continued with his “grow with me” sessions, but thought it was the opportune time to also do some portraits for the whole family. The location we decided upon was a state park in North Liberty called Potato Creek. I hadn’t been there in years, but remembered it having a big lake and bike trails. It has a lot more to see than what I remembered, and turned out to be an awesome location. His adorable sister Braelyn was a big helper. It has been a blast to watch Asher grow. I’ve photographed him as a newborn, a 3 month old, and now 6 months. I’ll also be following him all the way to 12 months, so expect two more sessions with this growing family. If you’re interested in a “grow with me” package you can email me at elicia@thewhimsytree.com, or fill out the contact form on the bottom of the home page.

The family also wanted to announce some news… their having baby #3!







Several months ago I was contacted by someone in Tennessee to design a birth announcement.  By communicating via email and looking at images of the babies nursery, I was able to come up with a design that the client loved. Her photographer, Brandy Jaggers did an amazing job with the newborn photography, and the whole design came together perfectly. The bamboo paper gave a soft luxurious feel to the card, and we turned the orientation of the accordion card to better fit the images. I love how they turned out, and was glad for the opportunity to create something special for the new addition to the family.

contact me at elicia@thewhimsytree.com for custom design projects.

While most of my time is taken with photography and graphic design, I do find some time to work on sewing projects. Here’s a sample of a dress I’m working on for an upcoming little one’s session. Since I don’t use patterns I thought I had better make a practice dress before I made the real outfit. This one has a kid friendly pocket for carrying little friends. You’ll find the dress for sale in the etsy store soon. I already love this sweet little dress and have decided it must be made into an adult size!

I’m a big fan of imagination. I love books and how your minds eye can create the scene and characters, and really make a book come alive. Sessions are kind of like reading and writing books for me. I have certain things in mind to help create a story, but as the session begins, the story unfolds into something magical – always based on the characters in the story, a child or a family. They help me write the story. One of the props I brought to this session was a yellow parasol. I had expected to use it in someway, and I’m so glad I was able to watch Abbi’s little story unfold. I call the series Dancing on Sunshine.