I got exciting news that a long time client of mine was due with their first baby in a month!
I also knew that they have prayed for this and had heartbreak in the past.
I wanted to do something beautiful to honor their rainbow baby.
I saw this gorgeous maternity dress.
There were three different versions and a sash version floating around on maternity sites.
All of them sold out.
I tried Easy but it would take 6 weeks and 400 dollars.
I spent days emailing dress rental sites from California to Florida. All were booked out until July.
I posted on forums asking to rent it from privately from photographers. No one messaged.
So two days before the shoot I said screw it!
I went online and ordered 5 yards of each color of the rainbow in beautiful translucent chiffon.
The next morning I walked into the fabric store.
It was packed! There were at least ten older ladies waiting with arms full of fabric to be cut chatting away.
I pulled a ticket number and got behind them.
The kid behind the counter then called out, "42".
I looked at my ticket expecting to see 50 or 60.
The entire line got really quiet as they realized none of them had drawn a number.
I sheepishly smiled and got a sash cut to attach all of my chiffon to.
I am not skilled enough to make a dress so a sash it is.
I also picked up heat tape which just lets you iron fabric together because as you guessed it I also can't sew.
I got home and after Flynn went to bed that night I went to get all my supplies together.
When had my iron disappeared? I don't know I'm a bad housewife!
So the next morning I borrowed an iron.
I dropped Flynn off at Preschool.
I sat down on my living room floor and laid everything out.
I start pulling out all of the beautiful chiffon I ordered!
First the red, then orange, then yellow and then it went horribly wrong.
The next three colors I pulled out were not chiffon.
They were a thick, scratchy broad clothe I would not make a potato sack out of!
Ok I still had a few hours. I could do this! My session was not until the evening!
I ran to the store and cut 5 yards of each of the missing rainbow colors and drove home as fast as I could without getting a ticket.
I spread all 7 colors out in the order they were to be ironed onto the sash.
Then I reached for the sash.
The bag containing the sash and the heat tape was missing.
I swear it was right there on the floor next to the brand new iron all ready for me before I went to the fabric shop.
I searched EVERYWHERE for it!
By this time there is only an hour to go until the shoot and I still have to pack up my gear and drive out to the site.
I run to the cupboard where we keep gift wrap and pull out a Christmas holiday ribbon.
I then run downstairs to my husband's work desk and steal his stapler.
I line up the colors on the holiday sash and start stapling like a madman!
Half way through I run out of staples.
At this point I am pretty sure the gods are laughing at me.
My husband then comes home with a half hour to go and is treated with the sight of me running around opening draws and boxes looking for more staples!
He helps me find more, I staple staple staple and then grab my bag and run out the door to arrive for my session right on time.
I love the images we got.
I have used it twice already.
I will next week hire a seamstress to appropriately attach the material too a proper sash.
I also will never ever make another Pinterest project again!!!!!!
I absolutely love you, Tree. Thank you for making me laugh and cry while reading this post. You are such a blessing! Thank you for capturing our double rainbow pregnancy. I can't believe you didn't share this story with me during our shoot!
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