Every year for the past five years, I've taken pictures of my beautiful nieces and nephew. They live on Maui and each year my beautiful sister-in-law let's me have them for one day during the vacation time they take to visit Washington state.
Each year I pick a styled theme for them. This often takes me about a year to decide on the theme. This year I chose the MOD SQUAD 60's theme. I couldn't find dresses for the girls in a reasonable price range or colors that I wanted to I broke out the dusty sewing machine that hadn't seen the light of day in quite a long time. My mom of course, being my partner in crime, went with me to the fabric stores and was my final decision maker for patterns. I guess sewing is like riding a bicycle because I actually remembered how to do it!
So the problem that came up was the location. I wanted to get that Mod Squad feel and 60's high fashion style. I originally wanted to do the shoot down in Seattle. However, a friend told me about a double decker bus in Fairhaven, a section of Bellingham, WA. That's where we decided to do the shoot. Then the second wardrobe change to us to the Western Washington University's sculpture garden. My dad is a member of the US Coast Guard Auxillary and was in classes in Bellingham part of the day and joined us later in the shoot.
This year my entire family jumped in including my beautiful sister and sister-in-law, my amazing parents, and my brother (under duress). It was fun. My family is very creative though and even though I'm a professional photographer, there were a lot of opinions from my dad, sister and brother. My mom and sister-in-law just rolled their eyes. I think it came out well. My niece even got hold of my camera and took pictures of me! There's a reason I'm usually behind the lens.
Now the hard part is to figure out what to do next year...