Anna – “farm hand style”


Well, yes. you have seen these boots before! and yess you have seen HER before! My daughter has been helpful to be a model as I learn the art of photography! Yes, I will use other people too as I gain more confidence :) I dressed her “farm hand” style with a jean jacket and cowgirl shirt. My brother and I did the photography but all these images shown were my images. He has taught me a lot in the limited time he spent with us at Christmas. He is a Master at Landscape Photography.


She does so well looking bored; we get some of the best shots this way! The location was at a mutual ¬†friend’s home with several “falling down” barns.



The patina of these old barns was amazing! Washed red and green moss.


Then we let down her hair and put a red blanket around her and sent her to look out into the beyond from the fields…


AND the wind gets busy and her hair starts flying…


the wind is really blowing the blanket! Isn’t she the best “model”? My ANNAMARIE!


I love LOVE barns and fields.


Those eyes!


and here she is fixing her hair…


What is she imagining? (or is the sun in her eyes?)



Glad you caught this episode/photoshoot of Anna; on the farmstead.


a “little” bit of Christmas around here!


These snowmen sing a jolly song (WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS!) when the special button is pushed! BTW, after my “styled” Christmas and photoshoot the kids were ready to decorate the living room for Christmas the way they wanted it; snowmen on the mantle and a variety of ornaments on the tree with no color scheme. I was happy to let them do their thing but I did miss my color scheme with the “pops” of orange. But real life does not exist in styled photoshoots!!


In case you are checking in here after an absence, I’ve recently gotten a new decent camera and I’m practicing, studying, and pestering my photographer brother while he is visiting. There is so much to learn between buttons on the camera, composition, styling the scene, and then finally editing. Yikes!


I have been blessed by my brother’s expertise and a new lense for Christmas that is good for close-ups and blurry backgrounds; so beautiful!


This is a “new” but used slip-covered chair I got off craigslist. It is big and comfy. I sold the 2 white slipcovered chairs for a handsome profit to buy my new camera; so blessed!


The above collection is a tribute to the photoshoot Annetta and I did together early December. Several of the items were in the shoot with orange as an accent color and the embroidered “Happy Holidays” was a special handmade gift from Annetta that I haven’t shared yet. The black and white photo is a very old photo of my father in-law Ernst (far right), as a boy, with his family in Slovakia.

Annnnddd yessss, I’m crazy obsessed with editing “matte” finishes very much like Simply Rosie.

Christmas Inspiration; Miss Mustard Seed

Christmas Inspiration

If you are visiting from Miss Mustard Seed, welcome! The above image is a sneak peak of the shoot I styled with photographer Annetta Bosakova. GOD IS OUR COMFORTER is written on the chalkboard and is such a comfort when life is tipsy turvy. We actually shot 2 stories and the main story was in our Living Room; simple, white, homespun Christmas. We are submitting it to magazines and such for hopeful publication next year. Here is a sneak peak:IMG_4518


And here we are at the end of the day…

Melanie Beilner & Annetta Bosakova

We both had the best day working together and will hopefully collaborate again soon!

Catching the Train Part 2

Into a magical land...

Besties photoshoot

This is Part 2 of “Catching the Train”….teens dressed from the Great Depression Era on an Adventure…we ran down the railway tracks chasing after sunshine and found a beautiful spot with a red barn, farm fencing, fields, and the sun setting. I did not know this beautiful spot existed and there it was!

Melanie Beilner Stylist & Photographer

If this doesn’t remind you of the scenery and mood from the Anne of Green Gables series, then you do not know “Anne.” Check out the series for kids and adults by L.M. Montgomery. and check out the movies series as well!

1940's Fashion

So, I was using my flash shooting into the sun and it seemed to work on some shots like this one but as the sun went more and more down it did not seem to work as well. Gotta consult with my photography pro friends.

train tracks photoshoot

Sources were listed in Part 1!

Lynden Farmlands

Country Railway

Twirling Best Friends

Melanie Beilner Photographer & Stylist

Anthropologie Models

Vintage Best Friends Photoshoot

The girls had very little makeup on and little jewelry but they sure are beautiful!

skirt fashion vintage

Sunset photoshoot

The train never came but it was the best adventure and the beauty of the setting sun and the farm lands (Lynden, WA) was one that cheered me as I had been stuck inside for many days! Annamarie & Irina, you girls are such kindred spirits!

Catching the Train Part 1


Hello! Welcome to the 1940’s era; these 2 girls waited and waited for the train but IT NEVER CAME!





The vintage luggage I found at yard sales for about a quarter a piece. I got a new camera recently and I’m learning the art of photography! I edited the photos “matte” inspired by Simply Rosie!

Melanie Beilner Stylist; waiting for the train

Catching the train; Melanie Beilner Stylist & Photographer

These lovely girls are my daughter and one of her besties; aren’t they BEAUTs?!

1940's fashion

Vintage luggage

Best Friend Photoshoot


Other sources include second hand clothing from here and there; crocheted grey hat by Petra Hernandez. Tie up Boots from TJ Maxx. Antique jewelry from Oma. Stay tuned for Part 2!