Continuing from Part 1… I love how Lori uses her space so beautifully. She has an in-town backyard. It is not huge but she uses it to it’s full potential. I’m sure it did not become so amazing overnight. It probably took years to take shape and a lot of pulling weeds. They have a small chicken coop with not more than 10 chickens and various other pets. Part 2 is all about the “chickens”! (and the lovely Corlana took the amazing photos: Lana Jenae Photography)Aren’t these chickens adorable…I wish I could remember their names…I’ll re-post when I find out!
I’ve wanted chickens for years but I’m waiting on God’s timing. There is a “season” for everything!
It is soooo creative to dream these “stories” up and come up with the location, the clothes, the props and the “shot” list. I found myself losing a lot of sleep this summer because there are so many details! Also, on the morning of this shoot, it was pouring buckets. I quickly changed the whole theme to a “rain” shoot with umbrellas and boots and then it stopped raining and we went back to our original plan. Whew!! but I still want to do that rain shoot sometime. Puddle jumping sounds so fun!
Don’t you just love this shot? It’s probably my favorite!! Gotta love those old-fashioned aprons!
Backyard chickens, old-fashioned aprons and gardens…it’s truly a slice of heaven. Yes. There will have to be a part 3…stay tuned
In this post, “Backyard Garden & Chickens,” I share Lana Jenae Photography Styled by Melanie Beilner; that’s me! We were blessed to photograph a friend’s lovely backyard with beautiful raised Garden Beds and Chickens. 3 out of the 4 lovely daughters are in the shoot plus my daughter. In the above photo, Anna wears Rue 21 Overalls. We got to play with Grandiflora products in our shoot!
Abby is wearing IZ Byer Cowgirl Dress from Kohl’s and a Croft & Barrow White Summer Hat.
I like what the bag says, “With God All Things Are Possible.”
Eliza is wearing Lush and collecting vegetables from the Garden.
5 Loaves Farm provided extra produce and flowers for the shoot.
Kate wears Speechless and collects a floral bouquet in a uniquely crafted carrier.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of more Garden Flora and Fauna!!
Recently I had the great pleasure of doing my first official Styled Interior Photoshoot. It was also a first time collaboration with Fielding Piepereit as lead Photographer and we were assisted by Photographer and Stylist Annetta Bosakova. I was greatly inspired by Selina Lake’s Styling in her recent books: Outdoor Living and Homespun Style.
Blackberries and Bunting
As I mentioned in the previous post, my husband helped me carry out my vision for this white vanilla cake with blackberry layers. It turned out so beautifully and became the focus of the whole photoshoot. It sits on a pretty cake stand from TJ Maxx: Ceriart, S.A. (The apron and bunting is homemade by me!)
I love pulling furnishings and decor together from garage sales and even free finds. Many of the props I’ve used in all my photoshoots are re-purposed (check out my updated Portfolio). The white washed barn table was rescued by my husband (Dream Garden Woodworks) from an old barn. The chalkboard is made with reclaimed lumber. The corner hutch is repurposed from a free find off Craigslist. To see the before and after pics for the hutch, go here!
I believe 99% of the props you see here were picked up at yard sales.
Pansies (orange and purple) decorate the bottom edge of the cake. Blackberries were handpicked by my daughter and I. I’m thinking: End of Summer Goodness.
Also shown here: light blue tea towel from TJ Maxx: Artistic Accents. Pumpkin Spice Yankee Candle from TJ Maxx.
This white vanilla cake has layers of blackberry jam and homemade whip cream with a whip cream frosting. It was very moist and oh so pretty! Fall is almost here but before the leaves all fall, pick a few blackberries and celebrate the end of summer! Bittersweet…
The number 1 help in any photoshoot is people. For my first Interior Photoshoot (at my house), I asked Annetta Bosakova to assist in Photography and Styling. She was full of good advice and good ideas! Taking the lead on photography was my cousin Fielding:
Prepping for a photoshoot requires much planning and shopping. For several weeks I was collecting props mostly at garage sales and TJ Maxx.
On the day of the shoot my husband generously put together the cake I had envisioned:
On the day of the shoot, we foraged the neighborhood for flowers, removed all clutter (the stuff we really need! haha!), and arranged props and flowers:
We took a break here and there to Instagram our Phone Camera pics, eat pizza and talk about Styling and Photography.
I was one happy girl to have these 2 very talented people by my side. Thanks guys for making this day great!!! I learned so much. And thanks to Selina Lake for her inspirational books such as Homespun Style and Outdoor Living which inspired me greatly to do this shoot.
Around here and there in the last week! Country Cottage Living. (above photos on Instagram; melaniebeilner)
Hello! I’ve been busy getting used to my new phone: a Samsung Galaxy S4. My husband surprised me one day with it!! at first I was overwhelmed and my phone number had to change too. Bummer. But then I discovered the camera and Instagram and all the cool effects. Then to top it off I discovered PicMonkey and made this Fab collage!!!! Can you feel my excitement?? So, I’ve been in the dark ages using a flip phone which is small and compact and little stress or anything to do on it. Now, I have this compact basically computer and can do anything on it! I’m a little over-the-top!