I thought all week about where I wanted to shoot this blog post. I have a lot of places that I love to go, but they aren’t always exactly kid friendly….not that that has ever stopped me. However, nowadays I have the twins and it’s just a little bit harder to pack ’em up, drive, and then frantically try to take a bunch of pictures before I am asked to leave or asked what in the world I am doing there. That stressful situation usually just makes me scream at the kids and then they protest the entire shoot. Thankfully on Saturday night my husband and I were forced to take a detour on the freeway. It directed us to an area of town I had never been, yet was fairly close to our house. I decided to go back the next day and ask if the property owner would mind if I took a few pictures in front of their house. I have done this before and although it may seem crazy, I am always received well – if I say it’s pictures of kids! I think most of the time they like the thought that they have a spot that is appealing to others. When I got out of the car, where my husband and kids were patiently waiting, I was greeted by a huge pitbull. Honestly, I was super freaked out and just stood there yelling, “hello?” Luckily the owner heard me and came out. He seemed confused, but after I nervously got my question out, you could tell he thought the fact that I wanted to take pictures in front of his house and chicken coupe was kind of cute. This long explanation is to tell you not to limit yourself. When you are driving to work, to the grocery store, keep your eyes peeled for spots that capture your attention. You can always ask permission to take pictures pretty much anywhere. Okay, so now that I told you all of that…we got to the location and only spent about 5 minutes there before we packed up headed to one of my “go-to” spots. The yard was filled with crab grass, thorns, and ants. If you haven’t noticed, I like to do shoeless laydown shots, so this wasn’t exactly the spot to take two little babies and a 6 year old. But that’s not to say I didn’t get a few shots before Finn ever took his shoes off.
and the babies weren’t out of the car before he had his first melt down and wanted to go home…I may have promised ice cream cones, packs of gum, toys, endless game downloads..okay you get the point.
So we were off to a place that I knew well which was super close to home; the cool brick walls of the nearby auto repair shop. It was Sunday, so nobody was going to ask me what I was doing right? Nope, a lady actually pulled into the parking lot and drove around to the back where we were and asked if I need help because Mila was crying….to say I wanted to die and felt like a horrible mother is an understatement….But she left and I carried on. I’m glad I did because in the end I got some great shots in the most amazing little outfits on earth.
This shoot was beautifully styled by Wee Mondine. Wee Mondine brings you a lovely, international selection of cool, comfortable clothes for your kids. Their online atelier could be a shop in New York or Paris, filled with gorgeous, fun clothes and they deliver that experience right to your door.
The owner behind this sweet shop is Elizabeth Crosby. While expecting her first child, she began to scour West Village baby boutiques to find the best in clothes and products for her new addition. Interested in soft, organic clothes she found that her choices were limited. She wanted clothes that were fun, beautiful and would last through several kids could be past down to future generations. Over time, she learned a lot and fell in love with some amazing brands. A month before her daughter was born, her family moved from Manhattan to Connecticut. She found herself forced to buy all of her favorite brands from on-line retailers. She needed a website where she could find all of her favorite brands in one place…Hello Wee Mondine!!!!!
All of the clothing pieces and stuffed dolls can be found in her shop right now…so go check it out. Finn is wearing Nico Nico and Emma and Mila are wearing Oeuf Layette. The cute bunny is Hazel Village which can also be purchased at Wee Mondine. She is also offering our readers 15% off their entire purchase. Use CODE: OVERTHEWALL15 Happy Shopping!!