One thing I love about New England is the town centers. How each town has a gathering place of small stores and restaurants. Even better when those stores are one of a kind or carry merchandise that is not available in other places.
I am lucky enough to live in Coolidge Corner in Brookline. It’s hard to overstate how much I love Brookline, and Coolidge Corner is the best area of the best town. Really. I’m a little biased, but I have done some research on this.
So, I was really excited last fall to see that Tiny Hanger, a children’s clothing store, was opening in Coolidge Corner. I remember the little sign on the door–about a woman following her dream of opening a unique clothing store for kids and her excitement about the grand opening. It’s always inspiring to read about someone jumping in, both feet, to realize a dream. Well, when the store opened, it was better than anything that I could have anticipated. I mean, let’s be real, it’s not that hard to find amazing and cute kids clothes, but this place really went the extra mile. Each piece was carefully selected–and beyond that, there was clothing from local women making gorgeous pieces in their basements. I swoon at these things. Mostly because as the world gets more and more global, you have to try harder and harder to find truly unique things and Lucia had done just that. Shoes made by a woman in Brookline (see photo below), local hats upcycled and made locally (also pictured), sweaters and capes from local designers.
Everything is lovingly selected. And now my adoration has grown into a partnership. Tiny Hanger has partnered with me to help you make your portraits the best that they can be. For details, inquire about this special offer when you book your family’s shoot. Exclusively for Portraits by Lisa customers.
This will help me answer the question I get most frequently from clients is “what should I wear?” Tiny Hanger has lots of great answers. Items with texture, ruffles, interesting seams, patterns, bright colors, fun buttons. Here are some examples: a onsie that leaves the cute little toes revealed, tiny ruffles on pants, baby jeans, subtle apliques. Really, your child won’t ever look bad, but in these clothes s/he will look especially gorgeous.
Over the next couple of weeks Lucia and I will give you some examples of Tiny Hanger’s outfits that will photograph well. And even if you don’t have a shoot–I recommend dropping in (after all the holidays are coming!). But don’t be surprised if you come out with a few more items than were on your list, the clothes are irresistible.
In honor of the 3 families who have inquired about infant shoots this week–here are some suggestions from Lucia and I about how to dress your baby for a shoot: