to say i am giddy over this shoot would be an understatement. so excited to finally share it here! i set up this shoot in julian, ca for my most recent “a wildflowers workshop” and i had been planning it for half a year with the mama of this shoot, the lovely miss shauna reed. the idea began with the idea of using tons of pies (the tiny town of julian is well known for their famous apple pies!) which then gave us the idea of making it into a pie eating contest… anything where the kids could get really messy and go home with bellies full of sugar would sure to be a success. ;) i envisioned the outfits being authentic 1950′s and so shauna began to sew together all of the clothing (yes, she made hers and her little ella’s outfits, amazing!) and she also made that adorable pie eating contest chalkboard sign. she also wanted her boys to really be involved to she put them to task at hammering and distressing all of the old pie tins and then strung them into banners with doilies and burlap to be hung over our pie table (i am very blessed to have such a creative friend – you can check out her amazing blog, cake & cotton). from there, i began to collect all of the other vintage pieces for the shoot and also was lucky to be able to use the timeless vintage place settings loaned to me by the vintage table co. (love them)! lisa from lisa’s mini madhattery made stunning 50′s inspired headpieces (thank you!), stephanie at sprinkle baby vintage made the coolest handkerchief quilt and then we got the most delicious pies in town from mom’s pies in julian. shauna and the kids even picked blackberries from her dad’s yard to use for the berry smashing session. to top it all off i got special permission from patrick, owner of raven hill orchard, to be able to photograph the session in his beautiful orchard. he was so very kind to accomodate all of us… my workshop attendees, our set-up and the whole reed family… there was a serious amount of giddiness going on in that orchard. it was really, really lovely. hope you enjoy the photographs!!!