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.


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!

The Fate of the Shiny Red Shoes..Sep. 19th

So Behind in my Blogging!!   Well, there are a lot of new things in the works here at Lisa’s Mini Mad Hattery! Which I will share with you all very soon!   The exciting new website is getting close to being completed!! Yay.  I can’t wait to show you all:)

I thought I would start things off with this fun light hearted Poem that my friend Deborah Scherler wrote, it reminds me so much of my youngest, Sabrina:)

The Fate Of The Shiny Red Shoes

by Deborah Scherler

Grandmother bought me

New red shoes, beautiful and shiny…

but tight.

“How nice of her,”

Mother sighed.

“You must wear them for her tonight.”

What she didn’t know is they cramp my toes!

What need have I of these?

When the dogwood tree’s my favorite home ~

There I wear on my feet pink petals and leaves.

“But wear them you must,” mother insisted,

“Your grandmama to please.”

“But I cannot wear them now,” I confessed,The fate of the shiny red shoes

“They no longer belong to me.

I built in the left shoe a home for caterpillar,

In the right, a bed for toad,

And if you want me to wear those shiny red shoes,

You will have to go climb the dogwood.”Photography by Shannon Sewell


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


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..

Vintage Brides..Jun. 16th

I was so excited to have the privilege of sending my hats and new rhinestone-lace wrist cuffs off to the talented Terilyn of  Archetype Studios for this amazing Wedding photo shoot!  The setting was this beautiful French styled Chateau.    I paired up my headpieces with these gorgeous one of kind wedding gowns, created by designer  Sarah of  Vintage Opulence . Absolutely stunning!  The photos, the gowns.. wow!  This makes me want to say “I do” all over again!


Carmella Mini Hat







Coming soon to my shop!


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 :)


Shannon Sewell Lisa Mini Mad Hat


Shannon Sewell Lisa Mini Mad Hat


Shannon Sewell Lisa Mini Mad Hat


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