Blondeshell Studios Blog

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

In October, I volunteered for the Red Shoe Council’s inaugural Casino Royale fundraiser, and as luck would have it, this adorable family won a holiday portrait session with yours truly.

I loved that Stephanie had a vision for her Christmas cards. She had the whole family, including the dog Stanley, wear ugly Christmas sweaters. In the words of the great Ted Mosby:

These photos were taken at the University of Tampa near the Henry B. Plant Museum. Apparently, this is a popular location for Christmas card photo shoots because I counted at least six other photographers setting up their shoots. I'll post more photos later. The ones above didn't make the final cut, but I didn't want to spoil the surprise of Stephanie's Christmas card!

I’ll be back at UT for another family session next week. There’s still time to book your family portrait session so contact me today!

XO,
Michele

If you like it then you shoulda put a bow on it

My obsession with Lilly Pulitzer began several years ago. I fell in love with their colorful prints, and first noticed them when they had an alligator print. I have a deep appreciation for the artistic work that goes into making each pattern, and find myself inspired, creatively, when wearing these original designs.

So it should come as no surprise that I had to get Lucy (my beloved fur-sister) a collar to match my outfits. One of my favorite summer 2015 prints is Red Right Return. I love the color palette as much as I love the sailboat design (Sailboats always remind me of my Papa).

Etsy is very dangerous to my wallet. There are so many cute things on there made by talented artists. I highly recommend LillyDuds for dog collars. They are well made and you can purchase an optional detachable bow. Because everything is better with bows.

For this photo shoot, my Daddy and I took Lucy to Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs, Fla. The lighting was perfect in the early evening, and it wasn’t blazing hot so that was a bonus. As usual, we walked away with paws-itively perfect photos of Lucy. It is so hard editing down her photos because she’s so stinkin’ cute in each one…I’m not biased or anything.

If you would like me to photograph your furry family member, book a pet session with me today!

XO,
Michele