Vintage inspired photographyAug. 19th

As some of you may know, I love to create vintage inspired outfits for special occasions  and I did so a little while back for Tori Johnson creator of the sToribook Blog.  Her son was turning one, and she wanted to have an early 1900′s County Fair themed party!  Tori supplied me with her color scheme and the over all feel of what she wanted.  I came up with this wonderful Madras plaid fabric that I used for the vest and page boy hat, and I used soft wide whale cord for the nickers in indigo.  The final touch was the little bow tie in seersucker blue and white.  Love it!!

Below are some of the  amazing images of Tori and her adorable son taken by photographer Rhobin Tudyk of Rhobin’s Nest Photography. With over 15 years of experience she has captured this vintage county fair look and feel perfectly!  As Rhobin put’s it  ”Photography is a passion of mine and I am honored to be entrusted to capsulate such incredible moments in time.”

For more pictures from this themed party, please visit the sToribook Blog and Rhobin’s Nest Photgraphy.

xo Lisa

Photographer Spotlight… Jennifer CarverApr. 18th

Many of you may have seen some of her fabulous images throughout our site.  Jennifer Carver of Jen Carver Photography, has enthralled me with her photography style.   She manages to capture children in their natural character with such vivid expressions and enchanting poses.   Jennifer , an award winning photographer, has a background in commercial photography and specializes in professional child portraits.  I have really enjoyed working with Jennifer over the last year, and have gotten to know her as a thoughtful, kind and extremely talented woman.  With the use of natural light, her wonderful choice of landscapes and vintage surroundings Jen creates imagery that is amazing.  You will see by our interview, she truly loves her career in the art of Photography.

A few questions for Jennifer:

1. If you could choose to photograph any time period using the technology of today, when would that era be and why?

Gosh. There are so many different era’s that I would love to photograph, but if I had to choose one it would probably be the 18th century, preferably the early years! I am just addicted to vintage inspired anything!! I love how the colors were so soft and delicate and the fabrics were of such fine quality. It was such a period of change.. that photographing the people during that time frame to me would be so fascinating.. It was such a time for change in the fashion world as well as people were looking for comfort factor as well as style. I really think this era still influences the fashion world today! I also see lots of parallels between kids of that era and kids of today.

2. What was your most memorable photo shoot and why?

 My most memorable sessions are certainly with my girls. Sometimes they are planned often times they are not.. but too see them grow and change through the lens of my camera is just a gift that is unmeasurable.

3. What is your favorite saying?

 ”When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” ~ Alexander Graham Bell.

4. When you look back ,what do you consider to be the most important moment in your career?

 Probably the day I purchased my first camera. Something came over me that day… I remember contacting and old Commercial Photographer that I had worked with and asked him to review some of my work to see if he saw any potential.. and when his response was positive..without a second of hesitation I literally hung up the phone and purchased a new camera, software, the works without consulting my husband , family, friends…. Something inside me took over and I just went for it, without any hesitation and fear. That has pretty much been my approach to photography ever since! It was like falling in love.. and taking a leap of faith. Now I can’t imagine my life without it.

5. What tips would you give people on how to balance work with life?

I’m not sure I should be giving any tips in this department! I admit, I am not the best at balancing… it is so difficult to balance when you have a passion for something.. but seeing my kids suffer a bit from my time in front of the computer over the past seasons forced me to realize what is really important, and to make some changes. I decided to put together a long term plan and really determine where my strengths were as a photographer and what i enjoyed the most. With that, came some tough decisions, but decisions that opened up lots of new possibilities … I no longer photograph newborns or family sessions. I am focusing my work on children 1 and up, as well as commercial projects. I also really enjoy teaching other photographers. So this year I launched “The Workshop” where I will be traveling to different cities teaching other photographers everything from marketing, styling and processing and we will go on location to shoot… With these new changes, I will be doing limited client sessions so that I am able to manage my time more efficiently and be present in my family life.

6. When and why did you choose to become a photographer?

In a sense I think Photography chose me! I worked alongside photographers for about 18 years as a Marketing/Art Director never thinking to step behind the camera myself at least a professional one.. It wasn’t until after I left the commercial Industry and had my two girls that I looked at photography in a whole new light.. Although I had documented the better part of my life through the years, it had new meaning when I started photographing my girls…I was so inspired by them and didn’t want to miss capturing one second of their little lives. From there it has turned into so much more… through Photography I have met so many wonderful people and developed so many friendships. It has been a life changing experience. I could kick myself all of those years for not doing it back then, when I was working with such incredible talent, and had more time …but I realize everything happens for a reason.. you go through this path in life not knowing what door will open next.. it has been such a wonderful adventure so far!

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Thank you Jennifer!

Featured Photographers… Sassyfras StudiosMar. 27th

I am in love with the talented artwork of these two sisters.  Welcome Sassyfras Studios!  I had the pleasure of working with Christen Lucas and Lauren Wagoner a few weeks ago. As you will see in the interview below, they are quite an inspiring duo. They put together an amazing set and used a couple of our newest pieces to create a magical and enchanting land.   These gals see the world in technicolor and this definitely shows in their images.  Stories are told, love is felt and beauty is seen in every detail…

1.  If you could choose to photograph any time period using the technology of today, when would that era be and why?

We definitely both agree it would be around the 1940s-1950s for a bazillion different reasons…. but i’ll limit it to just 3 :)

1. The CLOTHES! aaaah… so many days I daydream of dusting my home in a “twirl”worthy dress, babies cooing in the background with the roast in the oven. <— like a dress could do all that. Seriously, though, we love the fashion of that time period. There is something so romantic about post-war dresses and their adorable hats.

2. The MOVIES! Cryssi and I were raised on old movies. The girls in our family would snuggle under the blankets on a Friday night, being swept away by Carey Grant, Jimmy Stewart and James Garner. Some of our favorites were and still are Pillow Talk, The Thrill of It All, You Can’t Take it With You, or Arsenic and Old Lace. We now make our hubbies watch them with us ;)

3. The MUSIC! There is something about the music of that era that just makes you want to get up and do the jitterbug. Favorites like Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Elvis Presley {a huge fave of Cryssi’s- she even had a life size poster in her room for years, yup, it’s true} the McGuire sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra…. on and on and on. My hubby still sings When I fall in Love to me while we dance.

2. What was your most memorable photo shoot and why?

Cryssi- Before Sassyfras was even begun, Cryssi did a photoshoot of our meemaw and peepaw for a project in college.  Those pictures will probably always be out favorites of them… two precious souls snuggled up at their home on the lake.  It was the last photo shoot ( and one of the only) of our best friend meemaw Margie, before she passed away.  When we began Sassyfras, we knew she was such a huge part of it and would have loved the name.

Lollie- Cryssi recently took my birthing pictures of baby Adelveis.  It was the first birth she had been a part of and in my opinion, she captured my favorite pictures she has ever taken.  I am a huge sucker for photojournalistic photography… and she did just that.  She captured every single emotion of the day from pain to fear to extreme joy.  Every time I look through the pics I cry :)

3. What is your favorite saying?

OK, just for fun these are a bit silly

Lollie- “Modest is Hottest!” :) Yes, I sometimes say this at shoots. I think it is important for our young ladies to know that you do not have to show it all off to be gorgeous. I say it to my youth girls at church and have said it quite often at shoots {as Cryssi laughs and shakes her head in embarrassment}

Cryssi- “Just Sayin”… she literally says “just sayin” after everything she says :) “this picture looks awesome, just sayin”…”I love your outfit, just sayin” “you have a booger in your nose, just sayin”

4. When you look back ,what do you consider to be the most important moment in your career?

Honestly when we took the huge leap of faith and began Sassyfras. Both of our hubbies were financially making next to nothing. Cryssi quit her job and we watched children during the day and did shoots in the evenings and every weekend. Our hubbies let us drain our savings to buy all the equipment we needed… some weeks I would just sit and pray that God would send shoots our way, and He always did. Our goal was to go full time in 5 years and we did it in 8 months. We have never done without or had a need too big that it was not met by our precious Father. Some people would just say that God had nothing to do with it, it was all of our talent… But, I have seen His hand at work through so many precious people He has sent our way. I have to give Him credit!

5. What tips would you give people on how to balance work with life?

Bahahaha… for some reason this question made me laugh. I {Lollie} am a new mother of 2 and have no idea what the word Balance means! Both of our hubbies are youth pastors so we basically are either living at the church or on a shoot. The thing that has worked best for us is from the beginning we sat down and discussed our priorities. We always wanted God to be first so we try to never miss our Monday and Wednesday evening youth services… plus, we do not shoot on Sundays. That is a huge deal because we only shoot 2 hours prior to sunset and can only shoot 1 session a day… SOOOOO, 3 of our days are pretty much off limit to shoots. Then on the other days we schedule sessions, DIY projects, design props, etc… The thing I wish I could tell people {and am constantly telling myself} is there is no job in the world that should replace your relationship with God and your family. ALWAYS, put Him and the ones you love above it. There are days I have to push the computer aside and just play or paint with my girls… or Cryssi has to just get away for a date night and it is always worth it. I know I will never regret these moments I spend with my family.

6.  When and why did you choose to become a photographer?

We have always loved taking pictures… but really wanted to become a storyteller about 4 or so years ago. We have been taking pictures for years but just wanted more from it. We are huge dreamers and have big ideas for our sessions… and I hope we continue to dream. We want more than anything to tell people’s stories in unique ways. We love anything fun and different and are constantly inspired when someone says “go out of the box with us” There is something magical about capturing those precious moments {baby’s first breath, saying “I-Do”, family’s snuggling under the clouds…} it is just an honor and in my opinion, the best “job” in the world.

 

 

Hats off to both of you, and your talent that you are sharing with the world. Thank you so much Christen and Lauren!

For more images and great crafting ideas please visit their blog at http://sassyfrasstudios.blogspot.com/

Wander…Mar. 22nd

“The world that has made us can no longer contain us”…

The age in which our young girls are too big for the ” little girls” clothing , but not quite big enough for the ” Junior” section.  The wants of a young girl to be stylish, but comfortable.  With this is mind  two Mom’s ( Shannon Sewell photographer, and Lisa Tice Designer )  got together  to collaborate  and design a line to fill this gap and came up with WANDER..

For a look at more images of our line  and our featured piece please visit http://shannonsewell.com/theblankpage/  or http://lisasminimadhattery.com

We are offering 15% off until Sunday March 25th  with coupon code ” laceshift15 ” .

Please come and check out our feature in Dreamer Journal “a creative sketch book” .

Featured Photographer…. Valeria SpringDec. 19th

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of working with Valeria Spring the photographer behind The Red Balloon Photography based out of Seattle, WA.   I love how her images portray that feeling of nostalgia, it is almost as if you are looking through the old photo albums that  may sit timelessly on our  parents shelves waiting for the younger generation to open and get transported back to an era of glamour and grace.

When I asked Val to tell me a bit about herself and her photography, she delighted me with her response.  ” I live + love + create memories in Seattle, though my roots take me back to Buenos Aires, Argentina where I originally fell in love with photography. I’m a super passionate portrait photographer addicted to vintage ephemera and typically trapped inside a dreamy child-like story plot somewhere far far away.”

A few questions for our featured photographer:

1.When and why did you choose to become a photographer?

It was a little over a year after I finished high school and I was going to school to become an art director in advertising and I thought that photography would be a great way to complement that. Once I took that first class I was hooked, fell completely in love with it.

2. If you could choose to photograph any time period using the technology of today, when would that era be and why?

There are many different periods that I would LOVE to be able to photograph, but if I had to pick only one it would be the 50′s. First because that’s when my parents were kids and I’ve always loved listening to their stories about how growing up was for them and have always been so fascinated about how different those times were from my reality. And how awesome would it be to be able to see them as children and capturing them with my camera? I also love everythong from that period, from the clothes, colors, designs, etc., etc.

3. What was your most memorable photo shoot and why?

I have many memorable shoots but there’s one that holds a very special place in my heart. It was August 2010. My husband was out of town and the girls and I decided to gown to our alley to play and take pictures. The light was breathtaking, the girls were enjoying themselves, running, laughing, looking for special treasures, bugs, plants, etc. It was magical and I captured that magic in my camera and will treasure it for ever and I know they will too.

4. What is your favorite saying?

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Dr. Seuss.

5. What do you consider to be the most important moment in your career?

Hmmm… I would say when I realized that I could shoot with my heart and follow my vision even when shooting for clients. That’s what helped me decide to jump in and start my business.

6. What tips would you give people on how to balance work with life?

I struggle with this a lot and haven’t found the perfect balance yet. It’s been the hardest part about running my own business and even more so since it’s from home.

Timeless…

Valeria said that when she is not daydreaming in wonderland, she is most certainly capturing magical moments on camera, hugging her two little ones, watching movies with hubby or Photoshop-ing like a crazy person!

Thank you Valeria!

Lisa’s Fine Frocks..Oct. 12th

Talk about inspiration.. wooly lambs, Scottish Highlands, bag pipes!  I LOVE anything Tartan.   A lot of different textures and styling went into the making of our first Fine Frocks line.  A small collection of pieces from soft bamboo tank dresses to curly faux lamb capelets.. oh and we can’t forget “The Tartan Toaster”  handbag!

 

 

Highland fur capelet, tartan skirt with ruffled gusset, funky wool leg warmers and the tartan toaster

Tartan ruffled tank dress with linen denim vest and arm stockings

All of these amazing images were captured by one of our Featured PhotographersShannon Sewell.  Shot on location in Ontario, Canada.

Thanks Shannon!

Featured Photographer – Nichole VanJul. 3rd

Earlier this year I had the great privilege of creating a hat for photographer Nichole Van of  Nichole V Photography.  It was so exciting to use a French Baroque theme for this mini hat and to watch Nichole transform her photos into works of Art.   As some of you may know, Nichole won the prestigious International 8×10 Portrait of the Year from Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) for 2007, as well as many other awards Internationally.    I Love the amazing landscapes and the sense of magic her photography portrays!  Nichole also has Flourish , an Emporium for Photographers, with her wonderful Heirloom Textures, Brush sets and more..check them out they are fantastic!!

Nichole travels across America and internationally holding Photography workshops,  soon she is off to Australia!!  Nichole is definitely an inspiration to me, I find her to be such a kind and warm hearted person, with so much knowledge and wisdom to share.  Nichole was so gracious with her reply when  I asked her a few fun questions…

 

1.  If you could choose to photograph any time period using the technology of today, when would that era be and why?

Yay! LOVE this question . . . . but man, talk about a hard one to answer. I honestly think that I’d love to photograph ancient Rome . . . . I think that the colors and architecture would be amazing. Not to mention that all those togas would create some nice drama, haha.

2. What was your most memorable photo shoot and why?

Mmmmmmm, this is another good question . . . . I think my favorite sessions have been shooting my own children in amazing locations like ghost towns and such. They’re also the most memorable shoots because they involve driving long distances, listening to my kids melting down in the car and then all the crying and whining during the session, haha. I love the results in the end, but I could still do without all the drama!

3. What is your favorite saying?

“Photography is 1 percent talent and 99 percent moving furniture” –Arnold Newman. That saying is so painfully true!

4. What do you consider to be the most important moment in your career?

Mmmmmm, honestly, the most critical decision was to purchase the full version of Photoshop instead of staying with Photoshop Elements. Granted, this was many years ago, but I’m still in awe over how much that one decision changed everything for me.

5. What tips would you give people on how to balance work with life?

Well, my best advice is to hire a nanny, haha. But that isn’t always practical or feasible. So my next best advice is to become a better photographer in camera. As a photographer, you sometimes feel like you spend your life in front of your computer in Photoshop. And photographers always assume that a faster workflow will help them gain back precious time with
their families. But in reality, if your photos are nearly perfect out of camera, then the amount of time you have to spend processing them is really minimal. So I focus on spending an extra 5-10 minutes with a client to ensure that their images are perfect SOOC and then I don’t have to spend hours in Photoshop “fixing” problems!

6. What is your favorite journey?

Again, I LOVE your questions. My favorite journey is the journey I take every day with my little family . . . I love watching them grow and change. For me personally, I feel that I am a constant student. I LOVE to learn and so I’m always on some sort of journey to learn something new, to stuff even more knowledge into my head. I think that the second you stop learning, you
stagnate as an artist.

Thank you so much Nichole!

some  of Nicole Vans amazing images..

what a fun picture!  These children are definitely not camera shy!

I love this one!

The colors and heirloom styled texture below are simply amazing

Beautiful..

Dress up with the Show Stopper!Jun. 25th

Some girls just love to get all dolled up! Big and small we girls are always up for dress up fun.   This Show Stopper Mini Hat is one of my most versitile hats, with so many funky colors it goes with almost anything!  My favorite accent on this hat has got to be the fabulous Vintage yellow and purple orchid dated back to the 1940′s!    Here are a few adorable pictures from two amazing photographers!

The Show Stopper Mini Hat

 

Special thanks for these amazing photos courtesy of Jen Carver Photography. What talent!

Thank you Jennifer of Creative images by Jennifer for this super cute photo!

There are so many great photos with the Show Stopper , from my customers!  I can’t wait to show you more..

Featured Photographer – Shannon SewellJun. 3rd

This is my first post featuring a photographer.  I plan on highlighting a new photographer every other week or so – so check back to see some amazing talent!  Would you like to be highlighted?  Please e-mail me images using Lisa’s Mini Mad Hats and tell us a bit about yourself.  Anyway, along the way I have met so many amazing photographers who have been willing to help and promote my little business.  I am in awe of their talent and how they view the world.  My first featured photographer is Shannon Sewell.  Shannon and I live close to each other so we have been able to meet up, chat and get to know each other.  Here is a bit about Shannon…

When I first met Shannon, I was struck by her kindness.  Shannon is warm, open and supportive.  She possesses the instant charisma that attracts you and hers is laced with genuine warmth.  When I asked her if she would like to be our first Featured Photographer, she kindly accepted.  Of course!  Please visit Shannon’s website and check out her work, she is wonderfully talented and a kind person to boot!

If you could choose to photograph any time period using the technology of today, when would that era be and why? the 70′s for sure.  i’m a total hippy-boho girl at heart… love & being unique were in vogue (both things i love to capture) and everything would already be styled for me!

What was your most memorable photo shoot and why? there are two… the first is of my kids.  it was one that ended with me in tears (non-cooperative subjects, bad light, none of my visions were coming to fruition) but somehow i managed to get a handful of my favorite images ever out of it.  just goes to show that when you are photographing subjects you love, you can’t go wrong.  the second was when i got to go on tour with a band and shoot for a few days.  it was such a different experience than my normal children’s photography… loved the behind the scenes, constant contact, impulsive experience.

What is your favorite saying? ‘be the change you want to see in the world’

What do you consider to be the most important moment in your career? actually deciding to make my passion my job.  i used to think it was naivety that made me do it… it was actually pretty brave and it has pushed me to levels i never imagined.  very thankful for that leap.

What tips would you give people on how to balance work with life? you HAVE to prioritize and stick with it.  at the end of the day what will you really be proud of and what will make you smile?  those are the priorities.

What is your favorite journey? parenthood.  it is a crazy, ever changing, up & down ride but there is nothing in life that has changed me more (for the better) or made me feel more fulfilled.  always excited for it’s next turn :)


 

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