The Girls Got Their First Real Gig!

April 13, 2011

Matching Sashes Sarah and Reagan Sunflare BLOG
A little change in the line up today. I originally said I was going to post the park pictures from Saturday, but the truth is I have not even had a minute to go through them yet.

About two months ago I woke up to an email from one of the owners of Izzy and Ivy Designs. They make fantastic patterns for the most adorable girls clothes, hats, and handbags! If you sew, you must check them out. Click HERE to visit their website.

In the email, she asked me if I would be intersted in letting the girls model some of their new designs and then she wanted me to photograph them so that the photos could be used for their packaging and any of their print ads in magazines, etc. It only took me about two minutes to respond and of course I said "YES". How could I not?

Shasta and I spoke back and forth a few times about what they needed. She said that everything had to be full body shots so that they could see the entire dress and both of the girls had to be standing up, they could not be sitting. Sounds pretty easy right?

She went to work making dresses that would fit the girls and sent me a package a few weeks ago. I was so super excited when they arrived, but I was a tad nervous.......

They were sundresses and we were still wearing winter coats up until last week. I called Shasta and asked how quickly she needed the photos and she said....."don't worry, you have time. Just hold the dresses and when you have good weather, take the girls outside and get the photos".

Take My Hand Sunflare BLOG
This weekend we had some really nice weather, but it was still only 60 degrees. I sent Shasta an email and said.... still not warm enough for the dresses. She said, okay, but you know my deadline is a week from Wednesday?

I felt a knot in my stomach......

First Bite Of A Blue Bell Sunflare BLOG
Immediately I turned to the weather forecast for the next week and saw that there was only one day that there was a good possiblitly that the girls would not freeze in sleeveless dresses outside.

Reagan picking the blue bell Sunflare BLOG
Monday it was most likely going to hit 80 Degrees.
Only one slight problem.... I had to work.

Don't Go Away BLOG
Thank goodness for longer days and more light. I picked the girls up from the babysitter's as soon as I was done with work.

Running Away BLOG
Our babysitter was so helpful and had the girls all ready to go and her daughter even agreed to come along with me to help! I brought the dresses and hair accessories and we all headed to the local park.

Sarah Holding Flowers One Hand BLOG
I needed to go somewhere close and I just needed to have some trees or flowers or something green in the photos. No time to think about a fancy location, this was going to have to be quick and easy.

Yellow Stool Sisters BLOG
As luck would have it, the bluebells were just starting to pop!!

Backwards on the Chair BLOG
It was threatening rain and I knew it was going to be a race against the clock. The wind was not working in our favor(as you can tell by the flying hair), but I had no choice, It was now or never.

Feet with sunflare BLOG
I have never felt so stressed about a photoshoot because I wanted everything to be just so, and it wasn't.

Blowing in the wind Reagan BW BLOG
Shasta kept telling me not to worry. She said, "Just take the pictures. We don't need the perfect portrait. We want real life."

Sarah Looking Down BW2 BLOG
Well, Real Life is exactly what she got!!

We spent a little more than 30 minutes out in the field and each of the girls wore two dresses. As soon as were done, we headed for home. I got dinner started for the kids and set up my camera to download.....saying a small prayer that I got enough usable shots for her.

After everyone went to bed on Monday night, I was glued to my computer until 1am narrowing down the selection and editing photos so I could get them off to Shasta right away and ultimately, make the deadline.

I couldn't help but share the photos here.... in the end, I think they turned out to be really cute!!

They are going to print soon and we CAN'T WAIT to see the final product! I know she is only going to use the full body shots, but I had to sneak in a few close ups too:)

Shasta must have been pretty pleased with the photos because she has already asked me to shoot a new hat and dress. Looks like this might be the beginning of another fun little side job for me.....and the girls!



61 comments:

mommy of Five said...

from the look of these, you can NEVER tell you were rushed!! they are perfect!!

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

congratulations to your little ones for being famous fashion models :)

and congratulations to you for having your work used in such a great way & on having the prettiest little girlies ever! :)

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Gorgeous...no surprise!! Wow... what a great opportunity for both sides! :)

Love and blessings,
Robin

Kim said...

You did WONDERFUL as always..
LOVE YA..
Hugz..

Wanda said...

Whew....talk about working under pressure. I was nervous for you reading this. I'm so glad all your worries were for not. This "gig" turned out fabulous. The dresses are adorable and the casual setting perfect for the carefree style of the dresses.

What a fun gig. Bring on more, right? I know you're burning the candle at both ends these days. Dont forget to take care of you!

xoxoxo

day by day said...

beautiful, Lisa!!! I think they turned out just wonderful!!!

Ellie said...

oh my goodness - so cute!! the bluebells are perfect, huh?!

the one of Reagan's sweet little legs - ohhhhh - pure sweetness!!!!

You are amazing, if I even had one of your gifts :)

xo ellie

Cora said...

The girls are ADORABLE! I am off now to check out the patterns, I am having a little guilt that Chloe is wearing an Easter Dress that I didn't make but for some reason I ran out of time :)

DiJo said...

Girl... On your worst day, you could shoot a magazine layout!!! I think they are sweet and perfect for this product!!! You are going to help her sell some units!!!

Love Reagan's legs!!! So darn cute! And, Sarah looks beautiful.. Real life looks good on her!

:) Diana

Kayce said...

Wow! Lisa these are fabulous and would make me whip out the wallet immediately! Love the late afternoon light and the sweetness of the entire shoot! Beautiful!

M3 said...

Love these, and love the clothes!! Oh, and the Bluebells, my goodness I wish we had bluebells.

(Tell your buddy that if she needs any 5-year-old twin models, I know a couple of fashionistas who would be happy to help out. :-) )

Sharie said...

Adorable Lisa! Thank GOODNESS!! the girls were in a good mood! How sweet are those dresses!

Heidi said...

How exciting! And such beautiful shots of the girls!

Raymonde said...

Oh Lisa, those are so beautiful. You have done a really good job, if I had little girls I would want those dresses.

Take care. xxx

Alyson and Ford said...

Wonderful! What a great side job, to be able to be with your daughters too!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

Michelle said...

These are all STUNNINGLY beautiful! I think my favourite is the one of your eldest daughter looking up at the camera, perfection :) And those bluebells!

Love Letters To China said...

OMG... these are wonderful! The designer must be so pleased with the final product. Even though she wanted full body...my favorite is of Reagan sitting on the chair and the closeup of her feet. So sweet....

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

xoxo

natalie@ our old southern house said...

love that designer. i've made several of their designs, but my favorite has to be the romper with ruffle legs and elastic thread at the top. i love the fabric of the girls' dresses!

Life with Kaishon said...

How exciting : ) Your little models are absolutely adorable! LOVE their dresses. Beautiful pictures!

Nicolasa said...

How exciting!!! You did a fabulous job the photos are gorgeous! I can't wait to find out what photo was selected!

Sharon said...

I agree with Love Letters to China, LOVE that one of her sitting down with just her lower half showing. That belongs on a wall!

jennifer said...

These are precious!! She picked the two cutest models :)

Nessa said...

That LOOKS like the most carefree photo shoot ever! Great job... they are adorable.

Gail said...

Lisa, These might my favorite pics you've ever taken...so adorable.
Shasta must be extremely pleased!!!
Happy it worked out for you weather wise. The one of Reagan sitting on the little chair showing her feet is precious!

You constantly amaze me with all that you juggle and do it so well!

Have a rest of your week!


hugs...

Gail

3 Peanuts said...

Congratulations, Lisa!! You and the girls did a GREAT job. Shana does/did a lot of this. She got beautiful things for her girls in the process too:) I am sure there will be many more opportunities for you!

Just Bits and Pieces said...

So beautiful.....the shots are amazing!

Ashley Sisk said...

I think these turned out perfectly! My mom owns a children's boutique. I can't wait til I have children to do just what you're doing now. Clothing designers want to know that their clothes not only look great on a hanger, but on real kids - so these are great!

Jessaca said...

GREAT set of photos!!! LOVE LOVE LOVe those cute dresses!!! Love the photo of your little girl sitting in the yellow chair just singing her legs in the air.
Have a good one!!

Marla said...

So so pretty!!! I think that location worked perfectly and those dresses are just gorgeous! I can't wait to see more!! The girls did a great job on their first "gig"!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

I was wondering when you were going to post these! The dresses look adorable as do the girls. and, the bluebells are in! i have a shoot there next saturday...I hope they are still there.

Pix-Ology said...

Awww, they are gorgeous! And congrats on their first "job"! I am happy to see those Blue Bells sprouting up! I will be out there this weekend!

Hugs,
Janet

Jewels of My Heart said...

How Cool! I love Izzy and Ivy Designs.... I have some of their patterns and I am so excited to see their new hat design!
Your girls are toooo adorable and I am so excited for you three! Beautiful photo shoot.
You go girls!
Hugs,
Daleea

redmaryjanes said...

Absolutely precious!
They are going to be just thrilled with these photos. Keep us informed when they come out in publication :)

Kim said...

All I can see is picture perfect!

Faith Hope Love Photography said...

What a great opportunity, I would love to come across something like this! And the girls are THE perfect models, so cute in those dresses too. Sure makes me wish I knew how to sew!

JinXiu said...

Congratulations. How exciting. The girls look georgous. What a memory for their album. you must be one proud mom

carolinagirl said...

Cute girls and cute dresses!

Great photos under pressure - as always. I cannot wait to learn more. I am now not wanting to post any photos until I have all of the classes under my belt. Ha!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

I just love these! so whimsical! And the models are adorable. The dresses are really sweet!

lea
xo

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous as always - your photos and your daughters! Love the colors of the dresses and your background. Love Reagan's legs!!

Jodi Lebrun said...

What a neat opportunity! You all did a great job-they are so cute!

Dhemz said...

awwwwwwww...so spring! love their outfits....:)

Cindy M said...

I just know we are going to be GREAT friends!! I love the way your photos always look so wonderfully composed, and then I read the hilarious back story!! Beautiful! Thanks for the pattern tip! I'm checking out their site next!

Oh, and that photo of Reagan's toes...WOW. I think I want a print of that for myself!! It's just awesome! And the flowers add the perfect texture to the photo.

AND I want that yellow chair. I'm done now. The end.

Margaret said...

I love the "real" life feel in these photos! Wonderful opportunity as this is where you excel.

The Sanders Family said...

Love these, Lisa! You did a beautiful job taking photos of these beautiful dresses. And oh how lovely your little models are! Commercial work is my favorite, as it means I get to work with my very favorite subjects...my own kiddos! Have fun!

Martha said...

beautiful photos....I wish I could sew some cute dresses like these!

Jboo said...

So cute! The girls look adorable! Hope the warm weather gets there sooN! :)

Janet

Jamie Rubeis said...

The photos are absolutely beautiful!!!! The girls look darling in those dresses. You did an amazing job.

Abi said...

Your photos are breathtaking! I'm so glad you included the close-ups... I love the baby toes, yellow chair and golden light!

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Beautiful shots- as always. Love your girls- they always make me smile

jenbusymom said...

Hi Lisa! The girls are absolutely as gorgeous as ever and what beautiful pics! I'm trying to get back to my blogging now! Glad Reaghan is doing well and Sarah looks like the perfect big sister!

Buckeroomama said...

Congratulations, Lisa! These turned out awesome! Not really expecting anything less from you, though. :) The girls look so pretty in their outfits.

April said...

What a wonderful opportunity and beautiful photos!

Briana's Mom said...

These are so wonderful!!! Beautiful! I cannot wait to see the final product either. Your gorgeous girls are going to sell lots of dresses. :D

Stefanie said...

WOW! Looks like spring has sprung by you... the bluebells are so lovely!
And your precious girls are even more beautiful :)

Jennifer said...

Wow, I don't know if I could handle coats anymore, but we hit almost 90 here one day last week. I'm not ready for that either.

The girls are too cute! I love the picture of Sara close up! So cute!

Michelle R Photography said...

What a fun little side gig!! The girls make adorable models and the clothes are so cute!! The bluebells add the perfect touch. So glad that you were able to finally get a decent weather day. It has been extra crazy this spring, I think.

Beautiful images, Lisa!!

xoxo,
Michelle

Red Chestnut Photography said...

Beautiful Lisa!! So happy for your fun opportunity! The girls looked lovely and so happy! What great models they were! I liked Izzy and Ivy on FB.

Football and Fried Rice said...

those photos are amazing!!! the sundresses are darling on sarah & reagan!!

Vhen said...

lovely photos...

my first time here and now a follower..

hope you can visit mine as well..

http://point-shoot-vhen.blogspot.com/2011/04/black-and-white-wednesday-1.html

Casey said...

so cute!!

Dita said...

WOWZA....what a GIG! I am so super excited about all this I can hardly believe it. Two talented ladies who hooked up to join forces at what they each do best...and two very special little models who get to reap the benefits of having the best duds this side of the Rio Grande!

Can't wait to see what you gals cook up next!

xoxoxo
Dita