The Atkins Family at the farm!

this darling family contacted me alllllll the way from australia earlier this year to set up a shoot when they would be here in the states for vacation to capture their new little man, kieren and them together as a little family!  we had grand plans initially of a shoot at the beach but the weather didn’t want to cooperate so we instead planned for a happy day at the farm instead.  lara (the mama) ended up picking this farm because she worked there when she was in school back in her younger years. (i think it worked out as it should have, though, in the end to be able to come back around the world and show her new little family the place now as a mommy!) she pulled her little guy around in a wagon, holding the hand of her love… they picked strawberries, cuddled in the cabbage patch and danced their way through all the dirt rows.  their love was incredibly contagious… see for yourself.  (p.s.  lara, can’t wait to visit you all in australia one of these days and finally do that beach shoot we dreamed about.) 😉

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The Reed Family Pie Eating Contest!

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!!!

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