Gallery Opening Friday November 4th, 7-9
Small World Coffee on Witherspoon, Princeton NJ
We all love the beauty of the great outdoors... And we all deeply appreciate the time we get to spend gazing out at a gorgeous view.
It makes us feel so good, and happy to be in the present moment. That is the intention behind Whimsical Windows™. :)
We can't always be on vacation, soaking up the gorgeous scenery,
but we CAN bring a little of that magic to our everyday lives, through photography and a little imagination. All you need to do is take a few moments to just breathe, as you behold that beautiful view out your Whimsical Window...
And soon enough you will be restored to your natural state of ease and wellness.
Consider it a mini-meditation spot, right there on your wall, whenever you need it. :)
Not to mention it also serves as a super cool work of Art!
Choose what image works with the color scheme in your home, or just what makes you feel good.
We've got a blazing yellow, red and orange sunset, a blue and green tropical paradise,
a crisp snow capped mountain with pink flowers in the foreground, and many more special & stunning landscapes.
Feel free to contact Photography By Cari Ellen for commissions too! Even if you are not in the market for a Whimsical Window please feel free to drop by our Opening on Friday November 4th 7-9 and just say HI!
We will be having the talented Bruce Fredericks play an acoustic set of relaxing and inspiring music for you all.
Bring a friend, share some tea and uplifting conversation, all the while enjoying the VIEWS. :)
The Magic behind Whimsical Windows:
Photography By Cari Ellen (Cari Ellen Hermann) is the magic behind the camera.
She photographed these landscapes in many different locations with complete love and adoration of our precious home, Mother Earth. All Whimsical Window prints are professionally printed and mounted on archival photographic paper.
Dale Hermann is the magic behind the Whimsical Window vision coming alive.
An avid Naturalist, Dale loves to salvage and up-cycle, saving things from the landfill and turning them into treasures. Uncountable hours were spent gathering, scraping, sanding, glueing, puttying, cleaning, painting, staining, screwing, and just lovingly and painstakingly refurbishing these antiquated window panes.
Cari Ellen and Dale have had a blast co-creating Whimsical Windows together and hope they bring some beauty and stillness into as many lives as possible.
If you want to book a Fall Session, or are already a client and have any questions (or want to send me your "outfits on the bed" photo for advice), please feel free to email me at email@example.com!
I love Summer, don't you? I love these long, warm days, I love seeing all the lush green foliage. I love feeling the soft grass beneath my feet. I love hearing the birds sing. I love breathing in the sweet smell of honeysuckle. I love the refreshing taste of ice cold lemonade on a real hot afternoon, as I swing gently in my hammock.
There's something idyllic about summer that makes me simply want to BE in the present moment. To just relish in it and relax and enjoy. I want it to last. I want to soak it in. I want to bottle it up and put it on a special shelf in my memory, so that in the middle of winter I can close my eyes and bring it all back: that warmth, that freedom, that bliss.
Sometimes I feel that way about watching my children grow up. It's just like summer; the days can feel long, but somehow in the blink of an eye it's over. I mean, how in the world is my first born going into High School??? And my "little one" will turn 9 this year, her childhood-ness speedily approaching tween-hood. Where does the time go? I guess it simply goes by in moments. Moment by moment by moment.
And so, I take photographs. Perhaps just for fun, or more likely to try to bottle these magical fleeting moments. Like Jadyn at age 8, jumping through the sprinkler and eating an ice pop on a sweltering summer day. So that in the middle of winter when she's 9, or 10, or 18, I can just take this beautiful photo album off my shelf and look at the images that will bring it all back: that cuteness, that silliness, that sassiness, that bubbly sparkly energy of my sweet little 8 year old girl. And I know when I look at these photographs I will actually be able to remember the way her voice sounded when she squealed at the cold sprinkler water, and the way her eyes sparkled when she found a wild strawberry in the grass, and the way her skin felt so soft when I kissed her cheek after the shoot...
I haven't posted in a long, long while. As you may or may not know, I have spent the last 2 years healing from Adrenal Fatigue. I really had to take some things off my plate, and my photography blog was one of the things I allowed myself to let go of. However, I am now feeling up to getting back to it, YAY! I might go back in time and "back-post" from all the great shoots I have had the honor of doing during this time, or maybe not, we will see. But when I received this email from a cllient of a newborn shoot I did in July, I just knew I wanted to share it with you.
Cari Ellen, it has been such a positive and wonderfully heartfelt experience working with you. To us, it extends so far beyond you being the photographer and us being the clients. You've been part of this intimate little world my husband and I have shared as we begin our family together. I don't know if words can ever fully convey how much that means to us and how you will always have a special place in our hearts for being a witness to these precious moments, and for capturing these moments that we will cherish forever. It means the world to us. We look forward to seeing you soon! With love and gratitude...
I can still cry, reading it again for the hundredth time. As a photographer, my job is to provide a good experience and get people great photos. But my soul yearning is to deeply connect with others. I really love working with my clients, who almost always are already friends or become friends. Receiving this touching email was confirmation for me that I am truly doing my soul work while I am out there being a photographer. It feels sooooo good, and I feel so lucky. And now... on to the images of this very special little newborn!
I love this image below because it incorporates special pre-engagement photos of the couple who have now just become parents...
... and this is the baby's grandfather's baby blanket!
This is a pose that baby often does, dubbed the "starfish". :) SO glad she did it for me so I could capture it!
This image is super special because I took the EXACT shot of mom & dad when baby was still in her belly.
OK so I usually don't photograph events, but I just may make an exception for children's birthday parties. THIS WAS SO. MUCH. FUN. One of my best friends (hi Traci!) created the most incredible fairy party for her daughter Brooke. I mean, she went totally and absolutely CRAZY. The minute I walked in I started freaking out, I am not exaggerating, I was literally jumping up and down and screeching and giggling and bursting with joy at the sight of it all!!! The little girl inside of me was giddy with excitement and the photographer in me felt like a dream was coming true.
Traci thought of everything! There was fairy face painting, flower crown-making, and fairy flying (on the trampoline). There was a fairy treasure hunt where each girl found and collected in her own fairy bag: a clay toadstool, a fairy gem, a plastic butterfly, a fairy necklace, pink fairy bells, a tiny envelope with tiny paper butterflies in it, a sparkly wooden star, and a real crystal. Once each girl found all of her treasures she earned her "fairy wings", which was the perfect touch to each girl's handmade fairy tutu and fairy wand! There was a whole table of yummy fairy food like:
The whole backyard was decorated to perfection with paper flowers and real flowers, with tree stumps for seats, branch stumps for name place cards, and with all kinds of fabric streamers and flags waving in the wind. Believe me when I say that no detail was overlooked and that much joy was had by Traci while creating it. What a beautiful atmosphere it was to behold, and what a magical experience for both the little girls and the big girls alike! Thank you again Traci, for sharing your gifts!!! What a fabulous way to honor and celebrate our Brookie. The only problem is, Jadyn wants the same EXACT 7th birthday party. :)