I love photographing child fashion and it’s something I’d like to do more of. This label “Heartstrings Boutique” is designed and hand made by the lovely and stylish Donna Quarterly-Parker in Perth. These dresses are so feminine and unique and are such high quality. I’m not sure if it’s because I have three boys, but I get such joy out of photographing girls being girly! I have seen these garments at Perth Upmarket a few times and fell in love with the “When in Paris” dress, when I first laid eyes on it. Hannah, the little girl modelling the dress lives in my neighbourhood and co-incidentally, goes to the same kindy as my son (although we only figured this out on the day of the shoot!). Hannah’s scooter (pictured) was parked in her family’s garage and their garage door happened to be open once when I was driving by and noticed it.
I’m pretty sure I left tyre marks on their street as I hit the breaks in awe of this scooter. For weeks I drove by imagining that scooter and the many ways I could incorporate it into a shoot. I eventually worked up the courage to knock on the door and ask to borrow it & it’s little owner and voila! In this case, it was worth risking coming across as a crazy stalker. I got some fab pics and made a new friend (Hannah’s mum, Rina).
The red dress is worn by the lovely Maisy, also a kindy friend and her little sister Mia wears the Babushka dress (Red & Denim = stunning!). I also love seeing red & pink together. I have a crazy amount of chairs & rubber boots in different sizes and colours which come in very handy in such a shoot. As with every shoot I do, I opt for very late in the day for optimum light. Not too bright, just beautiful golden soft light.
The weather wasn’t fabulous, so it was very convenient that we shot these in my (and a bit of my neighbours) garden.