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Loved having this styled shoot featured on Desiree Hartsocks Wedding Blog. Collaborating with Lydia Messenger Photography and Eye Heart Pretty Things made for a very fun day in the hot, California, desert. We wanted to share a boho, relaxed, engagement session.

To read more about how we brought everything together head over to Desiree’s site HERE to look at this free spirited session.



Photographer: Amy Stone Photography and Lydia Messenger Photography

Caterer:Claro’s Italian Market

Invitation Designer: Eye Heart Pretty Things

Hair Stylist: Karisa Belan

Jewelry: Style Fox

Etsy Designer: The Bows and Ties Shop


Todays Small Shop Feature is Malia + Kai. This company has so many cute twirl dresses that little girls will just LOVE! They truly are the perfect twirl dress which Hayley obsessed about every time she puts one on. Make sure you head on over to her shop she has so many cute new dresses right now!

Tell me a little bit about yourself, who you are, what your company is:
I’m Shawna, the crazy lady behind Malia + Kai.  I’m a work at home mama wrangling 3 littles (ages 13, 3, and 8 months) here in coastal North Carolina.  When the kids don’t have me tied up you can find me at my sewing table, cutting out rainclouds or dinosaurs or pineapples and sewing clothes for my littles and hopefully yours too.  We are all about comfort and simplicity around here so I try to throw in a little style and create something cute.


What happened in your life that helped your decision to actually create a small business?
The simple answer is Malia happened 😛 When my daughter was a little over a year old she started to get reeeeaaallllly picky and difficult to dress.  And it wasn’t necessarily the style of the clothes but the comfort level.  She straight up refused to wear anything not jersey soft material.  So if it wasn’t leggings or T-shirt dresses she wasn’t having it.  Putting a pair of actual jeans on her would elicit a hissy fit that rivaled Kanye.  I still wanted her to wear cute things though and so I figured out how to make clothes for her that were super comfy but still trendy.  When she outgrew them and I would go to sell them on IG, people wanted more, and thus Malia + Kai was born!


Where do you find inspiration:
So many places.  A lot from my kids and their interests, I start with whatever their favorite thing is at the moment.  For instance the Sharptooth dress started with Malia’s obsession with The Land Before Time and dinosaurs.  Sometimes I get an idea and the execution of it turns out to be a complete disaster and sometimes it turns out even better than I expected.  I will just see a pattern and get a vision in my head and mess with it to see if it works.


What is your favorite part about your small business? What is the most exciting part about what you do?
I love the creativity of it.  It’s so much fun to dream something up and see it come to life, and even better when other people are excited about it too.


What I loved about her dresses is that they are so easy to make cozy for colder weather but then also you could just throw one on and you are summer ready! The shorts are definitely going to be a staple to just put over a bathing suite at the lake this summer.

Outfit Details:

Dresses and shorts: Malia + Kai

Moccasins : Freshly Picked Moccasins

Necklace: The Hatching Hen

Hair bow : Valley Gal Designs


Photographing a family in at the Manito Park Greenhouse was so much fun. I was so excited to see Charlee and her parents again. She is now 6 months old and was sitting up and looking at all the plants. Well, mainly the pink ones, who can blame her they were absolutely stunning 🙂

Manito Park has many areas to walk around in and see all different gardens. But something draws me into the greenhouse every time. Maybe its the quite, maybe I feel at peace here, maybe I deeply long for a greenhouse of my own.

Hope you all enjoy this amazing family and their 6 month old photo session. You can also check out past sessions with them here:



Charlee Loved it when we had her stand up and hold onto mommy and daddy’s hands. She wanted to walk so badly.spokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photos

There is just something so sweet about daddy and daughter photos.spokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photos-_0572spokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photosspokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photos-_0573spokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photos-_0575spokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photos-_0574spokane-manito-park-green-house-amy-stone-photography-6-month-old-family-photos-_0576


Photographing Seniors outdoors is one of my favorite things. Since living in Spokane a friend of mine has introduced me to Bowl and Pitcher. Whenever I am at this park I feel like I discover a new area every time. I look forward to coming her many times over this summer.

Lily is such a beautiful person she told me that she just didn’t know what to do in front of the camera but every time I took a picture I couldn’t get enough. Lily you are totally a natural and you have nothing to worry about! Girl you rocked it!

Thank you for allowing me to capture this time in your life. I am excited to follow your journey.