It's A Garden Party was inspired by my love for gardening and the upcoming 13th birthday of my granddaughter.
I'm a backyard person with a love for entertaining and our Collier Homestead has the perfect country backyard for it. Lush green grass, rolling fields , mature oaks and maples and of course my garden, a mix of vegetables, perennial flowers and herbs. So a vintage garden party theme was ideal for a styled shoot for these lovely young ladies.
As I watch my granddaughter grow and develop into a young lady from a silly little girl I was struck by the observation that our children change right before our eyes. We miss the transformation and in a blink of an eye they are all grown up. The tween years are an awkward age for a girl. Middle school, boys, developing bodies and behavior changes. One minute you see a child acting up and being so silly and an hour later you are having a mature conversation with a young adult ! You shake your head and say to yourself "Where did my little girl go" or "OMG, she is growing up so fast!" Tween, in the middle, between a child and young lady.
I had a passion to preserve this age in beautiful , vibrant images. Collaborate with amazing vendors and go outside the box and capture images of this age group that is rarely photographed, yet oh so beautiful. Full of innocence in their eyes and appearance. They could all still wear children girl sizes, even though they regularly shop juniors because the clothing is more "mature" I felt the dresses were perfect choices . They show their true age and beauty without aging them to soon. The colors popped as much as their individual personalities did.
Lunch for models and vendors was provided by Honeybaked Ham during our prep for the shoot . The girls got the princess treatment with professional hair & makeup and they loved that personal attention! What girl at any age doesn't like to be pampered! The girls giggled, chit-chatted and acted their age. They loved the attention and felt oh so pretty. So deserved, such amazing beautiful, lovely young ladies♥
I cannot emphasize enough that this is the "forgotten age" for portraits. Tween girls are full of vibrant beauty, innocence, awkwardness and grace ! As a family photographer , I photograph infants , toddlers, seniors and families. But I have to admit , I believe this is a beautiful age group to photograph. So happy that I will have this to treasure in the future when my granddaughter is an adult .
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Venue| Collier Homestead
Hair & Makeup|Sheryl Martin Makeup Artistry
Floral & Tablescapes| Charmaine Parton Floral Design
Furniture | Darling D's Events
Desserts| Sweets By Becky
Invitations & Menu|Twila & Co
Popcorn|The Popcorn Bag
Bracelets| Peacaloo Boutique