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perspective part 1 | a styleberry + Pinkle Toes collaboration

Back when I started taking pictures I read a LOT of blogs. I looked at as many pictures as I could & shot shot shot. Could I get eyes as sparkly? Focus as sharp? Depth of field as buttery? I jumped into that unhealthy game of wanting to do what everyone else did, just so I could prove to myself that I could.

But that just isn’t what it’s all about.

My pictures suddenly looked like everyone else’s. I felt NOTHING when I looked at them. I was lost. So I deleted all the RSS feeds & stuck my nose in my own business. I shot for me. I played. I tinkered. I failed. A lot. & I learned. & something wonderful happened.

The real beauty in art is creating something that is our own. Whether is is handmade goods, paintings, words or pictures–if I don’t stand out from the crowd because of the way I see the world, what am I? Who am I? Can I even call myself an artist? & this was the the challenge I gave myself. I wanted a perspective that was MINE & mine alone. I wanted to publish what I thought was beautiful. & it’s scary–because what if no one else thinks my beautiful is anything to look twice at? It’s taken me a while to stop caring what others thought (and to accept that clients will choose me because they do like my work), but in the end it’s ME behind my images and words & I love what I create. & it’s different. It’s MY perspective.

So when Michele (the oh-so-talented Miss Pinkle Toes herself) asked me if I wanted to collaborate on a project about perspective I jumped in feet first. ABSOLUTELY. After all, (and she doesn’t know this) but she was a lot of the reason I even thought about taking pictures. Her perspective introduced me to a kind of photography that I had never seen before. & I loved her work. So much, that she was the first person I ever asked to shoot my family. I respect her eye and her vision & can pick her work out of a crowd. Clearly, she has PERSPECTIVE. & ours are definitely not the same.

So we brainstormed & thought about what we could do. I suggested getting our little girls in on the action. So we met early one morning (::yawn:: not a fun task for two night-owls) in my favorite little town between San Antonio & Austin for a little project. Same subjects. Same location. Different moms. Different cameras. Two creatives with perspective. So what you see here today is what I saw through my lens early that morning. Tomorrow, Michele will share what she saw behind her glass. I cannot wait to see how these two articles go together side by side.

& if you are wondering about the funky little dresses–we owe Julie of ZozoBugBaby a big thank you for sending us these handmade goodies for Caroline & Amry to wear for the shoot! We had fun styling the latest creations from ZoZo!

Michele kicking things off…

& this is what I saw from that same spot

& then we moved for location two:

Is she beautiful, or what?

“peekaboo!”

location three…& yes. yes we put our children in the middle of a street. with cars.;)everyone was safe. swear.

all of Michele’s boys were along for the ride that morning & upon returning from breakfast, Logan was camera ready. & eager.;)

& location five…the last. Amry’s brothers were back & she was DONE!

& because we photog mommies always find ourselves BEHIND the camera instead of in front of it, we made sure to take a few special shots of each other with our baby girls. Other than newborns, nothing makes my heart go pitter patter more than watching a mommy with her baby. I just love watching the sweetness.

Michele–thank you so much for suggesting we team up for this little project. I had a blast sweatin’ it out with you & your lovely little girlie. Shooting toddlers is no easy feat. I can’t wait for tomorrow, to see your take on the day!!:)


Despite days full of washing diapers & messy fun, Shawna is determined to make mommyhood a stylish adventure. Married to the military & mother to one feisty girl, she is a passionate DIYer & loves sharing how to make the complicated simple. Shawna talks creativity, style, food, decorating, green-chic living & mommyhood at styleberryBLOG, a daily-ish dose of something fab.
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Despite days full of washing diapers & messy fun, Shawna is determined to make mommyhood a stylish adventure. Married to the military & mother to one feisty girl and a snuggly little dude, she is a passionate DIYer & loves sharing how to make the complicated simple. Shawna talks creativity, style, food, decorating, green-chic living & mommyhood at styleberryBLOG, a daily-ish dose of something fab.

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  • AnBrutico

    These pictures are so stunning. I am learning to listen to the creative voice within me and trying to ignore the instinct to worry about what others think. On another note, I love the way some of the photos are much more focused near the center and more blurred as you move toward the edge and was wondering how you achieve this? It’s so lovely.

  • Michele (Pinkle Toes)

    Shawna…I’m absolutely delighted to see these!! I so enjoyed meeting up with you guys and actually wish we could have played longer ;-(. Thank you so much for those last two pics especially. You know I will treasure them. (And look at my little middle child being such a camera hog up there…sigh ;-)

    • Shawna Percival

      ohhh me too. Hopefully we can collaborate on something again in the near future!! (& I know you will!) Um, yes. He pretty much said “take my picture” with his eyes. ha!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=597118979 Bree Grossman Hester

    Love it! What a fresh and wonderful idea. Can’t wait to see Michelle’s take on it.

    • Shawna Percival

      thanks, Bree!! Me either!!