Most of my styles are modified versions of purchased PDF patterns.
I test out the sizing and styles on my own models - mainly through my own daughter's wardrobe - so that I can assist customers in the purchase of their items, as most are not able to be tried on before buying.
This also allows me to check fabrics and patterns for comfort, durability, practicality of wear according to age of the child, and ease of dressing.
The following are the main pattern shops that I use - please contact me if you would like to know any more information on particular styles. Of course I cannot share patterns or modifications with you, but can let you know the name of a particular pattern if you are also a keen sewer,
I would love it if my sewing was a source of inspiration for your own projects.
Violette Fields Threads
Little Lizard King
Vintage Little Lady
Brindelle and Twig
Tie Dye Diva
I use an entry level DSLR camera - a Nikon D3200 with a standard 18-55mm lens.
I then process all of my photos through Adobe Lightroom.
With each photo shoot I learn more about lighting, positioning, props and working with my models, to make it a happy and productive experience for everybody!
The best tips I can share are to pull the camera out whenever you can - especially if your kids are in a great mood and looking particularly adorable! I still use auto mode (sshhh!!!) as if I spent the time to adjust settings manually I would miss all the best shots...
Cropping is my main edit - I often use one hand while shooting with my daughter in the other, so don't always have time to find the perfect frame and line up through the lens. A bit of rotate and crop and generally you can find a good few shots out of an afternoon's adventure!
There are some excellent presets available for purchase to use with Lightroom - they save a lot of time on manual adjustments.
If you find a great location when you are out and about, take the kids there when it's not too sunny and just let them play. Make the most of golden hour - before sunset - whenever you can!
And if you are game, let your models take photos with your camera after you have finished, it keeps them involved and sometimes they get the best shots if they manage to fluke the focus - kids seem to give the best smiles when their friends are taking the photos!