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I am so excited to announce my partnership with Elizabeth Layne Heirloom, vintage heirloom clothing for children.

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I have been follwing Christy, the owner of Elizabeth Layne, for a while now.  As the mother of a young daughter myself, I always had to stop and and sigh over the beauty of her handmade –oh my gosh I NEED that– clothing. Back in the day, as they say, mothers and grandmothers used to spend hours upon hours sewing and embelishing special garments for their children. With our busy lifestyles that we live today, it has become all but a lost art. Well, now you can have your very own, pass me down for generations, custom made, special heriloom piece. Everything that Christy uses is hand selected for its timelessness and quality. The way that she approaches children’s dress making is truly unique and not made for the masses or a quick sale. Which led her to me. Christy, being a photographer herself, has an appreciation for capturing and treasuring pictures of how we are right now, to be looked at in the future, and bring remembrance to certain times of our lives. Along with Christy, bringing back somewhat of an old tradition, I too am bringing back an old tradition, classic oil portraiture. While staying traditional, we both incorporate modern techniques and practices in our art. Christy and I have been fans of each other for a while now and when I announced swtiching over to oil portraits, she contacted me right away. What goes better with an heirloom timeless hand made gown than an oil portrait of your sweet child wearing it? Unfortunatley, your children wont let you dress them forever and after a certain age, chubby cheeks surrounded by lace will be a fleeting memory. While Christy has customers from all over the US, my clientelle has been limited to right here in south Louisiana. I have decided to open up a select number of portrait comissions just for Christy’s clients. Her clients will be able to purchase their children(s) clothing and then commission an oil portrait from me at a special rate. I just love looking at Christy’s clothing so much and it is even more delicious to paint. More details can be found here.  These comissions will be limited as customer service is very important to me and in order for me to give each client my absolute best, I have to limit the amount of work that I am able to take on.  I am currently not photographing my own clients as the weather is too dreary and cold for outdoor portraits and I am still putting together my studio.  I should be able to start taking on new clients for both photography and painting soon, but until then, I will be working with Christy.  I will be working exclusively with her clients for now. Commissions from her clients will be the only clients that I will be painting as far as clients that aren’t photographed by me.

  • January 23, 2016 - 12:27 pm

    Rachel - I am interested in getting an oil painting and two outfits for my boys.. Will you honor the original discount that you were offering on Instagram?ReplyCancel

    • January 24, 2016 - 8:55 pm

      erin - Yes Ma’am :) emailed you back. Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

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Glorious. Fancy. Beautiful Framing. As much as I LOVE LOVE a beautiful piece of painted canvas, the frame is the icing on the cake. It’s like that set of stackable gold bangles the just makes your little black dress that much better. I love a gold frame. I might venture to say that I snobbishly only love gold frames. Simple, linen matt, 5″ wide with every inch carved, love them all. I am proud to provide my clients with a gorgeous frame to complete their art purchase. I will help you select one, don’t worry. We will select the perfect one not only to compliment your painting, but to coordinate with your home and furnishings. Below you can see a little peek of 2 sweet little frames that I just had to have for the studio. As well as the sweetest little dupioni silk dress that I have in the studio for my little clients to wear. And below that, my latest paining. Two cherub little twins. I have 3 more paintings in various stages of progress that I can’t wait to show off soon!

 

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Hi Friends!!

I have been working hard over here behind the scenes photographing and working on my painting. I have a full fall calendar so don’t have a lot of time to work on my new love but have been sneaking some time in on rainy days. I will no longer be photographing sessions as I have in the past. Current clients on my schedule as well as baby planners need not worry. Your sessions will continue as planned. I am not taking on any new clients right now and will likely not do so until I have had a bit of time to better perfect my new style of photographing and painting. I am still working on the logistics of everything but what I do know, and can tell you, is that I will still be photographing your children but our only goal during the session is to capture a photograph with the purpose of that photograph being oil painted. There will be no more general newborn, child, family sessions where you get a gallery of different poses and backgrounds. All sessions will be heavily planned from background, clothing, where the painting will hang in your home, frame choice, etc. I will be offering custom framing and am doing that myself and really enjoying what little I have done so far. I have been able to justify purchasing cool framing guns, tapes, paper, hardware, and such. I love buying supplies. I am working on a more formal approach to studio portraits that I am not quite ready to show yet, but soon hopefully:)I have been luckily enough to have some of my current clients commission portraits of photographs that I have taken recently so I have been enjoying creating and painting those. I will also be changing my name just a bit. As much as I LOVE being Ell photography (my initials), sadly, it isn’t quite fitting for what the future holds. I already have my current logo designer working on painting my name in the same style as my ell. I will be changing my website and Facebook page to Erin Lato shortly as well. I will still be photographing but that will be such a small part compared to the oil painting so I thought it fitting to change my name. The turn around time for the portraits will be around 3-4 months from the time the photograph is taken until the final piece is presented. I have fallen in love with working with oil paints but….they take pretty much forever to dry. I have a feeling you will agree that it is worth the wait though.  I learned something today, art is hard to photograph, lol. The varnish on the painting is very reflective so if any master art photographers are viewing this, please excuse my ignorance. This little beauty is going to her forever home in the morning and the frame just came in this afternoon so I only had a short window of time to work with but couldn’t wait any longer to show all of my friends and clients what I will be doing from here on out. So here she is….my very first painting!! I am so excited to show her off! I have 6 or 7 more in my queue to paint when time allows so lots more sharing in the future!!

 

 

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Hi everyone! If you are wondering why I haven’t been posting many photos lately, there is a reason. I am currently booked for the remainder of the year and have decided to stop shooting for a bit to work on a personal project that I hope to be able to offer to clients early next year. If you are one of my baby planners, have a scheduled session, or we have talked about a session, don’t worry, your session will still take place, this is just for new clients and sessions. I have a fabulous referral for all mommies to be and who I will be referring all newborn clients who contact me to Rachel Ezzo Portraits. She a total sweetheart and will have a studio right down the road from me. She has a fabulous simple style and loves neutrals just like me. 

I hope to have a few pretty pictures of what I will be offering next year very soon

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Hi everyone! If you are wondering why I haven’t been posting many photos lately, there is a reason. I am currently booked for the remainder of the year and have decided to stop shooting for a bit to work on a personal project that I hope to be able to offer to clients early next year. If you are one of my baby planners, have a scheduled session, or we have talked about a session, don’t worry, your session will still take place, this is just for new clients and sessions. I have a fabulous referral for all mommies to be and who I will be referring all newborn clients who contact me to Rachel Ezzo Portraits. She a total sweetheart and will have a studio right down the road from me. She has a fabulous simple style and loves neutrals just like me. 

I hope to have a few pretty pictures of what I will be offering next year very soon

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