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

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

opal petit clothier and the silver gates

So one of the shoots we did this summer was during a roadtrip to drop off my son at summer camp. I'd never passed through this town before and I brought along some Opal clothing just in case we found a great location. Well, we definitely did, however, it was full sun overhead. The worst time of day to shoot. We still got some beautiful images, but I'd like to try this location again on some late afternoon.... This is the Andelin skirt with the Isabel corset top.

Here is the location with the gates from a distance. So happy we stumbled upon them!

Getting ready for the shoot. In the car, of course! People must wonder what exactly it is that we're doing dressing in cars and styling hair by the trunk!

Mia loved pretending that these were the gates to her house!


  1. the Andelin skirt is amazing, it reminds me of Marie Antoinette!

    the pictures came out great!

  2. I blogged about you here...

    thats just how in love I am with your skirts!

    CherryBlossomsDesign AT Hotmail

  3. i was sent your site from a friend and am in love with your work! have you ever tried doing boys stuff? i would love to see some styling you could do with little boys :)

  4. Oh my goodness. I stumbled upon your website through "Grosgrain" and I am glad I did. I am in awe with your talent. These clothes are so beautiful! I am learning how to sew and this is so inspiring to me. I hope you don't mind me sharing this on my blog.


  5. These shots are gorgeous, she looks amazing in that skirt. Such a twist on the old and new. I love the contrast!