To Wear or Not to Wear?

When it comes to clothes for toddlers, I sort of regret our past. Those of us who were born in the ’80s and grew up in the ’90s all have some things in common in most professional photos taken of us (I’ll only talk about dudes here, since that’s my experience!):

  1. Knee Socks. No need to go crazy here, but for all those ’80s moms out there — WHY? Didn’t you like our cushy leg rolls? Why cover them with two feet of thin, itchy lengths of the thinnest material known to mankind? It’s not like my legs are already super short. Why emphasize it? Sheesh.
  2. Giant Collars. Ok, this one was kind of cool as far as it went. But I’m not talking about those ’70s collars with the bright purple paisley print. I’m talking about those neck-wrapping deals that looked like they came right out of a painting of Henry VIII. Were those in style?
  3. Shorty Shorts. No need. Just no need.

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See what I’m saying? I have some questions to ask my mother…

Little boys today have it MADE! Just walk into any Janie & Jack store to see how awesome little dude clothes have become. I admit, I’m a little jealous.

And I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to photograph a couple outfits for one of these awesome-outfit stores! Lucy & Leo is based out of New York, and they make wonderful outfits for kiddos out of recycled materials! Here’s a blurb straight from their website:

“Lucy & Leo organic clothing is known for its soft color palate and classic design with a modern twist. As our brand grows, we stay true to our vision of creating unique, adorable and comfortable outfits for your child in an eco-friendly fashion. We are proud to be one of the first organic and USA-made clothing brands in the children’s industry.

Our mission is simple: to provide your child with the finest, highest quality clothing on the market. Our garments move and breathe, are durable and very comfortable.

Lucy & Leo garments are designed and manufactured in New York. We are committed,  to bettering the world. We do that in three basic ways. We manufacture in the USA to support our local economy. We use only environmentally sensitive and organic materials, and for every garment purchased, we plant a tree with Trees For the Future.”

So there ya go! It was my pleasure to photograph Amos, who was adorably representing Lucy & Leo in this styled shoot:

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Model Tests

I recently had three young models test with me to see which one I wanted to use for a flower girl dress story that I’m going to shoot for a boutique in Los Angeles later this year. All of them did awesome, and I wanted to show you some of my favorites from their sessions! Let me know what you think! 🙂 Also, a special shout-out to Ella, Isabelle, and Georgia and their mothers for being so awesome!

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Casting Call

Exciting news is afoot!

Wallao.com is a store in Los Angeles that specializes in flower-girl dresses and tuxedos for ring-bearers. They have asked me to shoot some work of one of their featured dresses! (You can find them here: Wallao.com.

And I’m super stoked!

So with that in mind, I’m putting out a casting call!

Here’s who I’m looking for:

  • Girl, between ages 7 and 10.
  • Fun personality!
  • Takes direction well.
  • Loves to twirl dresses!

At the casting, we’ll shoot a few headshots, and just hang out for a bit and see how she does taking direction in front of the camera! It will involve signing a model release, and I will feature all the casting models on the blog and Facebook page!

The little girl that I select for the shoot will be featured on Wallao.com and will have her photos from our dress session used for their advertising purposes. Sound fun yet?? 🙂

Anyone who is interested can send me a little bit of information about their little model, including their full name, why they would be the best at it, a little bit about their personality, and a recent photo.

Please send this info to tmarsee530@students.sbts.edu and we will talk about casting! Include your email address, please.