a look behind the scenes

My name is tammi swanson. I am a photographer, a children's clothing designer, and a stylist. I have also been a model, and a hair and makeup artist. My life, it seems, has always been surrounded by photo shoots and the fashion industry. My passion is children's editorial photography, and children's clothing. The stylist in me is always searching for the perfect items for photo shoots, so I have finally decided to turn my ideas into a children's collection. I see the end result, which is the photo shoot, in my head, and that is where I begin. I describe my designs to my pattern maker, we work out all of the details, and then I shoot the pieces the way I have them envisioned. It's all about creating a story, the mood, the beauty of childhood. I love the children in rennaisance paintings, pale sea and sand colors and tree-lined paths. I love formal gardens, small towns, farms and the countryside. Hopefully, some of you love these things too. This blog will tell the behind the scenes story of how it all comes together. Including what's really going on before, during, and after the photo shoots!

"Ophelia" tulle skirt giveaway!

Add yourself as a follower and automatically enter yourself to win the "Ophelia" tulle skirt! The drawing will be held December first and you will be able to choose your color and size of skirt. This is a $178.00 silk and tulle skirt with a silk underskirt. Perfect for a special photo shoot or a wedding or family portraits or the holidays!

the "Ophelia" tulle skirt

Thursday, June 25, 2009

sweeter than candy

For this photo shoot, we decided to make an old printers shop look like our clothier. (I wish it really was!) With our little model getting fitted by our seamstress, wearing a gorgeous gown and a candy necklace. Her choice. After I got permission from the printer, we stopped at a little downtown candy shop and got megan her candy necklaces. She was so excited to get them! Isn't it funny how life changes? She is tiny, but her payment for being my little model was only a candy necklace! That's all she wanted from an entire candy shop! I picked up a lollipop too just to carry on the candy theme that she had now created and it turned out really cute. After the shoot, as we headed home, it took her about 5 minutes to fall fast asleep!


  1. I am truly smitten with opal and all your photography, even all your music choices-devine! Gorgeous girl, gown and photos!

  2. she looks so cute and the pictures are beautiful!