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

Monday, September 7, 2009

Opal's pink tulle skirt starring Lyla

We did another impromtu photo shoot last week. Lyla was in town visiting and this age only happens once! She was the perfect model for the "Mia" tutu. This little white barn is in downtown Santa Clara and we have shot there many times. I always love the images from this gorgeous little building. And who can resist Lyla?


  1. What a perfect combination - setting, clothes, model and photographer! Just breathtaking!

  2. oh my! the Mia tutu is just dreamy!

    i am daydreaming here! a friend of mine is getting married this November and I would love to wear the Mia tutu!

    if the giveaway is for an adult size skirt, i am crossing my fingers to win it!

  3. You have such gorgeous skirts! They are so breathtakingly beautiful...so unique, so chic. So glad I came upon your blog! If you ever are in need of another little model my daughter would be perfect!

    CherryBlossomsDesign AT hotmail

  4. Oh my goodness, this is beautiful. And I love Lyla's little baby tummy over the top of her tutu. She is absolutely precious. =)

  5. Simply gorgeous, if I am ever blessed with another baby I so want to jump on a plan and have you work your magic on a photo shoot. Your clothing and images are beautiful. I adore them. x Cavania, London