Sweet Shop is Open in Warrenville, IL
You guys know I’m obsessed with pretty dresses, right? I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these gorgeous Little Dreamers Tutu rentals! The colors…the poof! These dresses had me at flutter sleeves. As soon as I saw them, I knew exactly how I wanted to utilize them. Well, in reality, I would have loved to get them in front of some fun murals downtown Chicago or downtown Naperville, but being that we live in the midwest, it was only 32 degrees outdoors. I had a feeling my models wouldn’t be so happy with me if I had them out in the cold. So we brought our session indoors and did it right here in my studio located in Warrenville.
This Sweet Shop from Babydream Backdrops was the perfect drop to use as it incorporated all the same colors as these gorgeous dresses. Pinks, baby blues and just a hint of yellow. My mom and dad had purchased a gumball machine when my brother and I were growing up as they thought it was a fun addition to our game room themed basement. It also just happened to be the perfect prop to use in my session!
The Donut Dilemma
I went to pick up donuts and the location I went to only had vanilla donuts that day. How boring…but because I didn’t want to drive around town all day to find “the perfect donut”, I came up with a solution. A white vanilla donut is just a blank canvas, right? I had my models add sprinkles to just half of each donut. We may or may not have “lost” a couple of donuts to some hungry tummies in the process. Haha! One of them ended up with a couple sprinkles on their lips and an idea was born! Who wouldn’t want sprinkle lipstick?!?
Just Create Fun!!
Being that I coin myself as a lifestyle photographer, I don’t do a lot of rigid posing. Even in the studio setting. I like to set up a scene and let the child decide what to do with just a little guidance. Now of course, I have a vision in my head of what I hope will take place, but I play games and use prompts to make my visions come alive. By doing this, it makes kids comfortable, and we get much more natural smiles and reactions. Because the child is comfortable in this setting, 9 times out of 10, even the shyest little one will be telling me what type of “poses” they want to do by the end of their session. These “poses” always get included in their proof gallery and many times, 1 or 2 will be picked as a favorite. It’s a happy balance between photographer and model =)
If you would like to do a session such as this one, please reach out. It is perfect as a birthday theme or just a fun session! The Sweet Shop is OPEN!
A Little About Rental Dresses
I love renting and purchasing my dresses from Little Dreamers Tutus. The owner and creator, Whitney, is absolutely amazing. Her dresses are stunning, and her rental program allows me to photograph girls in beautiful dresses without breaking the bank. With that being said, the secret is out! With her increasing demand, she needed to change her business model and now these dresses are offered on a very limited basis. If you see me promoting an upcoming session with a rental dress…I most likely won’t be able to get that dress again! If you fall in love with a dress…book that mini session! Or, if you have a different idea for the dress (it’s amazing the inspiration these dresses provide), book a full session over the dates of the rental and we will make your vision come alive!
Kim Novella is a lifestyle family photographer based in the Western suburbs of Chicago. She services Naperville, Warrenville, Wheaton, Oakbrook, Lombard, Downers Grove and surrounding areas.