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, September 17, 2009

perfect model

This is my niece, Mya. She's so beautiful inside and out. And she's such a trooper! When we shot this a crazy storm blew in as we were driving to the location. It went from nice sunny weather to nearly freezing rain! She completely braved the storm and was shivering, but still wanted to help make lovely pictures in the sand dunes. We trudged our way up the dunes and about 10 minutes into the shoot, the sun broke through and gave us perfect light! And temperature!


  1. Mya is gorgeous! You are very blessed to have such a beautiful model so readily available!

  2. What an angel, and this skirt is positively ethereal!

  3. Wow she is gorgeous and your line is stunning! You are one talented person!
    Love your family shot to!!!!!!!!

  4. Mya so sweet!
    Whole my live I was dreaming of such skirt!!!