We live in a small city. Some would see this as a limitation, but I love the challenge of digging deep and seeing treasures and opportunities around every corner. So, when our public library moved to a temporary location, further downtown, my eye was caught by some unique architectural features that I had never noticed before, like the alley we used for some of our “Newsies” pictures. Then, one day…
“But, Mom…I thought we were going to the library!”
“I know. Just a sec. What is this mural???”
It all came together when we got these matching, hand-me-down dresses. THEN, I found two vintage umbrellas at one of my favorite thrift stores. My hands were tied. This just HAD to happen!
Hair? Check. Accessories? Check. I will write more about how I put their outfits together in my next post. We parked at the library and strolled over to that groovy, color-blocked mural wall.
These flower power headbands were the only things I actually made for this photo shoot. Is that cheating? Imposter syndrome tells me that it is. Then, I remind myself that the whole point of this blog is: Yes You Can! Things can be worthwhile without being hard. Crazy, I know.
They really should bring back this style of umbrella. Isn’t the dome shape adorable?
Eliza is holding a beaded purse that belonged to my mom, when she was a little girl, in the ’60s!
Emma’s purse isn’t vintage, but it had the right look.
I love Emma and her “big girl” poses.
Check out this dapper dude in his green blazer!
As ever, it was hard to get these goofballs to stand still! I had to weed through a lot of blurry photos. They were digging the ’60s vibes and getting into character.
Before we moved locations, we took a little stroll back down Wenatchee Avenue. You can see just a hint of the mural, in the background.
Our next destination was the Wenatchee City Hall. This behemoth is the old Federal Building. It used to house the post office, and I got my passport here, right before Jeff and I were married. Anyway, it was built in the late ’60s, and its stark, modern design meant that I had to include it in our photo shoot.
It’s not an authentic Heminger Family Photo Shoot unless we have to race the sun at the end! Maybe someday, I’ll own a camera that can better contend with not-so-ideal lighting conditions. For now, my smartphone does a decent job.
I love how these slightly blurry dusk photos look a bit like impressionistic paintings.
This is Elliott’s go-to, cool dude pose. I think it’s working for him.
What kid doesn’t love an umbrella? I had a similar one when I was little. It was also clear, but spangled with rainbow-colored hearts. In my imagination, it was my magical, Mary Poppins umbrella.
The Indomitable Eliza Kate.
Well, that’s a wrap! However, it also wouldn’t be a Heminger Family Photo Shoot without a few bloopers. Enjoy!
Creepy eyes. And, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: The Many Faces of Eliza…
Well, I hope these pops of color will brighten your socially-distanced day! I look forward to sharing how I put these outfits together, AND a whole-family vintage photo session in some upcoming posts. Stay safe. I love you!