photoshoot: my little buddies

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I’ve been babysitting these kids since the oldest was 1, and their mom was my babysitter when I was really tiny! I’m so close with them and they are the ones that got me into childhood photography because all the little things they did inspired me so much.

So now they’re 5 and 7 and I still play with them a lot, but it was fun to do an official family session with them! Challenging though because they’re so comfortable with me and they couldn’t really figure out why we were only taking pictures instead of being able to play WITH me and boss me around! :)

Here are my favorites from our time together:

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Something I’ve been thinking about a lot as I build my portfolio is what I want to say with my photography. I’m not trying to change the world with it. I want to capture the spirit of childhood that is so fleeting. The years go by so fast, and if I can capture this moment in their early lives in a storybook, idyllic way, then I think I’ll have done what I set out to do.

And now I will go prepare more inventory for my upcoming Patchwork show NEXT WEEK. oh my goodness, so much to do!

xo, Michelle

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new painting: alice and the white rabbit

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I made this last week, but finally got a chance to post it! I’ve been so busy preparing for Patchwork Show! Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories (and I love children’s literature oh-so-much). I recently made a custom Lost Boys painting for my friend Courtney, and I loved the style used for it, so I decided to expand that idea for other literature-inspired pieces. (that means more to come!)

I made up this scene that doesn’t exist in the book, but the quote is from the book. I love this quote so so much, it almost makes me cry. I imagine Alice and the White Rabbit having tea together and discussing life :)

part of the original sketch, posted to my instagram

part of the original sketch, posted to my instagram

It’s watercolor and ink, 8×10, and the writing is done in stamps and calligraphy. I loved blending all these different elements that I love to work with, and I’m really happy with how it came out! It’s funny how I notice my style ever-evolving; I sometimes worry about my portfolio not being cohesive, but because I love each piece and all of them have similar wistfulness, I don’t focus on the worry so much!

I’ll add prints of this to my Etsy shop next month, but first I’ll be selling prints of it at Patchwork show in just over 2 weeks! Come see me there if you live in the Southern California area :)

xo, Michelle

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Patchwork show!

Very very exciting news! I will have a booth for Mary and Luna at the Patchwork Show in both Long Beach & Santa Ana, CA this year! It’s a really cool event with TONS of vendors, and I was chosen to be one of them!

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If you live in the Southern California area, please mark your calendars and come see me! FREE admission. There will be food trucks and handmade goodness galore. Support your local artisans- it’s a perfect place for Christmas shopping :)

I’m so happy to have been accepted to this special community of artists and makers! I will now begin preparing like a crazy person.

xo, Michelle