Ellie Beans Feature & Giveaway

I fell in love with Ellie Beans’ adorable girls’ dresses the moment I laid eyes on them. They are just the right amount of vintage, bright and fun. Gabriella was happy to model a couple of them, and she really got into the spirit of her little roadside wildflower stand. Frankly, I’m about to overload you with images from our session, but I really just can’t help myself. When a toddler is willing to sit in one place for 45 minutes straight, the trigger finger gets very happy.:-)

Hair Accessories by Banner Boutique
Yellow Frame by Organic Bloom (psst! I sell them! Contact me for more info.)



 (4/16 update: giveaway now closed)

I am very excited to announce that Ellie Beans is giving one of my readers a $20 credit to their Etsy shop!


To enter Ellie Beans Kids Clothing giveaway:

1.  Make sure you’re a follower of both Ellie Beans and Alexandra Keller Photography on Facebook. Then come back here and comment saying you are!

2. For an extra entry, visit The Ellie Beans shop on Etsy and comment back here with your favorite item.

3. For another extra entry, pin this to your Pinterest. It can be any image from this post. Come back and comment with a link to your pin.

4. One more bonus entry for those of you who are all about extra credit! Share a link to this giveaway on your Facebook (just copy and paste the url). Comment back here with a link.


Easy, right?! Good luck! This giveaway begins today, April 6th, and will end on Monday, April 16th.  This giveaway is open to the US only.  A winner will be chosen at random using random.org, and announced right here on my blog Tuesday the 17th. Winner must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.



Katie tidball  April 6, 2012 – 4:39 pm

I liked both pages! Eeek I hope I win!

Congratulations Katie! Email me at kellerphoto@live.com within 48 hours to claim your prize!
Heather ToddApril 6, 2012 - 1:53 pm

I ‘Like’ both pages on facebook!

Heather ToddApril 6, 2012 - 1:55 pm

I love the “Pretty Please Ellie” Dress.

Heather ToddApril 6, 2012 - 1:58 pm
Heather ToddApril 6, 2012 - 2:02 pm

I’m not sure how to grab a link from a new time line post, but I shared the link to the giveaway on facebook! :)

MicaelaApril 6, 2012 - 2:06 pm

One entry for liking both pages on FB!

MicaelaApril 6, 2012 - 2:08 pm

One additional entry for visting etsy and choosing the little boy tie (because it’s the only boy thing on her store!)

SaraApril 6, 2012 - 2:09 pm

I’m a follower of both on FB!

SaraApril 6, 2012 - 2:10 pm

The Pretty Please Ellie dress would be perfect for my daughter!

Lindsay MApril 6, 2012 - 2:38 pm

I “like” both on FB

Lindsay MApril 6, 2012 - 3:15 pm

I LOVE Sophie Sash Knot Dress…that Miss G is modeling!!

Jennifer ClarkApril 6, 2012 - 4:09 pm

I “liked” both pages because there was no “love” button <3

Jennifer ClarkApril 6, 2012 - 4:10 pm

My fav is the Pretty Please Ellie….my daughter is wearing hers for Easter <3

Jennifer ClarkApril 6, 2012 - 4:11 pm
Jennifer ClarkApril 6, 2012 - 4:14 pm

I also tried to find a way to link to the shared post but couldn’t ?? I did indeed share it on my wall though :-)

Katie tidballApril 6, 2012 - 4:39 pm

I liked both pages! Eeek I hope I win!

Katie tidballApril 6, 2012 - 4:40 pm

Oh the ellie dress is my favorite!!!!

Shannon TurnerApril 6, 2012 - 7:55 pm

I like both FB pages. Ellie Beans is gorgeous just like your photos!

Shannon TurnerApril 6, 2012 - 7:56 pm
Shannon TurnerApril 6, 2012 - 7:57 pm

Oooh! I love the Sophie Dress, but really anything Ellie Bean is beautiful!

Shannon TurnerApril 6, 2012 - 8:05 pm


I shared a link on FB.

Christina HarveyApril 6, 2012 - 8:10 pm

I facebook liked both sites and love the Pretty Please Ellie dress. Trying to share the link now.

Katie TidballApril 6, 2012 - 9:14 pm

Here is the link to my pin…


Katie TidballApril 6, 2012 - 9:15 pm

I also shared the giveaway on my facebook page. Im just not sure how to link it to this page…help!

katie TidballApril 6, 2012 - 9:15 pm
Tammy FullerApril 7, 2012 - 6:10 am

I liked both pages on facebook

Tammy FullerApril 7, 2012 - 6:11 am

I like the Sophie knot dress the best!

Ana dubonApril 7, 2012 - 11:40 pm

Liked both pages on facebook

Ana dubonApril 7, 2012 - 11:42 pm

My favorite dress is the sophie sash knot dress

Lindsey KayApril 9, 2012 - 11:31 am

I follow you both!

Jenny SApril 9, 2012 - 11:39 am

I liked both on FB!

Jenny SApril 9, 2012 - 11:40 am

I love the Tea Garden custom dress!

Jenny SApril 9, 2012 - 11:42 am
Jenny SApril 9, 2012 - 11:49 am
StephMApril 10, 2012 - 11:49 am

Like both of you on FB!

StephMApril 10, 2012 - 11:49 am

From the Etsy page, love the Tea Garden Mix match Dress!

StephMApril 10, 2012 - 11:51 am
JessicaApril 16, 2012 - 12:40 am

Liked both!

Heidi DoroghaziApril 16, 2012 - 7:24 pm

I like both pages :)

Sweet Rosalie

Baby Rosalie’s mommy was the fabulous winner of my January session giveaway. I was so excited to find out that we would be doing a newborn session – I absolutely adore photographing newborns and have accumulated quite the prop collection over the last few months! Rose was 6 days old at the time of this session and while she tried to resist my sleep-inducing tactics at first, once she finally got to sleep she snoozed away like a little champ. Without further ado, here’s the little princess…

This last one’s a little bit of a departure from my usual newborn style, but I just felt this image was begging to be vintagefied. What, that can be a word, right?

Sarah SwiftApril 3, 2012 - 5:04 pm



4 years ago today we said we would, and we do. I thought I’d write you a rap to the beat of Ice Cube’s ‘Friday’, but, well… that didn’t work out. There are some things I can do well, but I suppose rapping isn’t one of them. Thank you for being the yin to my yang, the zig to my zag, the salami to my pastrami. I love you for so much more than you can ever imagine. Cheers to 7 years of us and 4 years of Us. <3

Bottega Louie – Los Angeles

Last weekend my adoring hubby decided to whisk me off to a charming french cafe to express to me his utter delight and appreciation for my presence in his life.


Fine, fine. I dragged him out to downtown L.A. to scour the fashion district for newborn props. After a few hours he was ravenous and I remembered a charming restaurant that I had been meaning to explore. See, the restaurant’s still charming and thus I will stick to story #1 for now. We had a fabulous lunch/early dinner (“dunch”) at Bottega Louie, and picked up some macaroons to take home because the box was pretty (I’m a sucker for gorgeous packaging), and because they were pretty. And I like to eat pretty things too you know.


I couldn’t inhale these without taking a few shots of them first, so here’re the macaroons in all their glory.

I must add that their French Onion soup is just blissful. I’m on a perpetual mission to find the best French Onion soup in life, and have 2 favorites, both utterly inaccessible to me. 1 – Ruth’s Chris, which has decided to take it OFF their menu (!!) and 2 – Lahaina Grill, which is on Maui. If you know of anyplace in Southern California with amazing FOS, please, pretty please let me know of it!:-)

What the Crop?

I couldn’t help myself. Alternate titles included: “Crop it to Me” and “Hip Crop Hooray”. I’d better get on with it before I come up with more and you all run away.

You’re probably long familiar with the traditional 8×10 print. You might have even noticed that when you’ve tried to print an 8×10, a portion of the image has had to be lopped off. It’s unavoidable, and quite a few of the “typical” print sizes actually require quite a bit of image cropping. I’ve put together a little visual guide to understanding just how much of an original (4×6 aspect ratio format) image is lost, so to speak when cropping.

Yep, that 8×10 and 20×24 sure lose quite a bit from the original, don’t they? I do generally keep image ratios in mind when shooting, to allow for cropping later. I do also offer prints in sizes such as 8×12 and 12×18 as well. And the days of only finding frames in size 8×10 are long over. I also offer Organic Bloom frames in every custom size imaginable.

See, now, that wasn’t too croppy, was it?;-)

Special thank you to Rachael Myers Photography for offering these awesome templates for photographers. Check her out!
Britneye LadnerMarch 21, 2012 - 8:16 am

this made me giggle with all the little puns LOL