Portraits, Gardens and Children

The "Twirling into Spring" creative challenge with children's heirloom clothing designer Charlotte sy Dimby is over. It is now time to present all the participants and reveal the top 10!


48 SPRING TWIRLS ALL OVER THE WORLD :

From the United States, to Japan, Australia, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and as far as Cambodia, thank you to all the princesses who twirled to the rhythm of nature for our contest.

To thank all our dancers, a special award has been granted to each little girl.

Watch our video to discover all the submissions. https://youtu.be/JI_rkZoxR68




Capture the joy of Spring as your child dances in her Charlotte sy Dimby dress and get a chance to win an impressionistic painting of your child valued at $3000.

We are thrilled to announce a new contest with the classically smocked French style dress brand Charlotte say Dimby.

To take part we invite you to picture your princess twirling in one of our dresses. Perhaps one hand is holding out her dress as it swirls around her or both arms are held up like a graceful Degas ballerina.



The "Why"

Spring always brings the hope of new beginnings. As well as bowing our heads and asking for God's grace, we need to lift our heads each day to see the beauty around us and hold our loved ones close. Let's celebrate our little ones as they dance into Spring!


Inspiration :

"Dancing is a poem in which every movement is a word"

Enchanted by the success of the previous Tea party & Princess and Posies contest, we wished to renew the experience. As Spring begins and flowers start to bloom, our hearts and toes feel ready to twirl in tune with nature’s reawakening! We invite you to join the dance.

Winner’s gift :

The winner will receive an impressionistic painting of their child. Using the submitted photo as a reference, Shari will paint her dancing in an impressionistic garden with the winner's favorite flowers. The painting will be 11” x 14” or a comparable size, depending on the composition of the picture.

The top five photos will also have the chance to be featured on the Charlotte sy Dimby journal.

Time frame :

The contest runs until the 30th of April 2022.





Step by step guide :

1. Dress your child in her favorite Charlotte sy Dimby dress. It can be a dress from this Spring collection or a former one. It can also be a collaboration Bows & Blue - Charlotte sy Dimby dress - see here.

2. Play beautiful music and examples of graceful dancers with their arms outstretched to inspire your little one!

3. Take many photos to capture just the right pose! Don’t hesitate to contact Shari and Charlotte sy Dimby for advice on Instagram or by email at info@shariford.com or info@charlottesydimby.com

4. Write a few sentences or a short paragraph in your caption about how your child will ‘dance into Spring’. What brings her joy about this new season? How will you celebrate it? You can also write about your child’s love for dance.

5. Submit your photo and text by posting it on Instagram.

Tag and follow @sharifordportraits and @charlotte_sy_dimby

Tag 3 moms who do not yet follow us but could be interested. It’s a way to spread the joy!

Add the hastag #twirlingintospring

If you do not have an Instagram account, you can subscribe by email. Please send to info@charlottesydimby.com or info@shariford.com


Photography tips :

The quality of the photo is very important.

* Only one child per photo. You can however submit several photos if you have more than one child.

* Pictures can be taken indoors or outdoors.

* Profile pictures are often best but it does not have to be.

*Photos should be taken with a camera, preferably with a telephoto or portrait lens to reduce distortion and improve image quality.

*Stand as far away as possible, zooming in to get the shot. Don’t worry about capturing her face. Don’t encourage her to look at the camera. Ideal lighting is late afternoon or just inside a doorway or large window.

*Professional photos are accepted with the permission of the photographer, who will receive recognition for their work. You can also ask a friend with a good eye for photos.

For tips on how to best photography your child watch our videos

Please feel free to share about the challenge with all your friends and family.

“Happiness held is the seed, happiness shared is the flower.”






Thrilled to announce a special collaboration with the traditional smocked dress children’s brand Charlotte sy Dimby!

Create a garden fairytale, picture your child in a Charlotte sy Dimby dress among the flowers and get the chance to win a portrait valued between $14,000 - $16,000. The portrait will be 30” x 40” or a comparable size, depending on the composition. It will be painted from the winner’s photo with a blend of classical realism and impressionism from your photo by Shari Ford. The top five photos will also have the chance to be featured on the Charlotte sy Dimby journal.


Inspiration Picture your princess standing in a beautiful arbor. Her beautiful eyes are looking directly at you, every detail of her lovely face visible. Her Charlotte sy Dimby dress swirls about her as her hand delicately rests on one of the roses. Maybe your princess has just come back to her castle with an armful of lavender. Her lovely dress spreads out around her as she sits regally on a settee with her bouquet beside her, graceful hands like butterflies on the flowers. Another princess could be dressed in a delicately embroidered Charlotte sy Dimby creation, flowers loosely woven in her hair, smiling gently like Botticelli’s “Primavera”.

Subscription process Share your best photo on Instagram with a little text about your enchanted floral world. Tag and follow @sharifordportraits and @charlotte_sy_dimby to take part!

Subscriptions are open until the 30th of August 2021.

If you are not on Instagram, you can also take part by email. Please send to info@charlottesydimby.com or info@shariford.com

Step by step guide 1. Dress your child in her favorite Charlotte sy Dimby dress. It can be a dress from the summer collection, a former one or a Bows & Blue collaboration dress.

2. Find or create a beautiful setting with flowers.


3. Have photos taken of your child (only one child per photo) among the flowers making sure the smocks or embroideries of the dress are clearly visible as well as the details of the child’s face. Gentle smiles with no teeth visible are preferred.

4. Write a little presentation of your enchanted floral world.

5. Submit your photo and text by posting it on Instagram. Tag and follow @sharifordportraits and @charlotte_sy_dimby

Photography tips The quality of the photo is very important.

*Photos should be taken with a camera, preferably with a telephoto or portrait lens to reduce distortion and improve image quality.

*Stand as far away as possible, zooming in to get the shot. Never use a flash. Pay attention to the light on your child's face. Make sure she doesn't have the sun on her face. Ideal lighting is late afternoon or just inside a doorway or large window.

*Professional photos are accepted with the permission of the photographer, who will receive recognition for their work. You can also ask a friend with a good eye for photos.

*The picture focus should be on the child’s face and her dress. Arms and hands should be relaxed. Eyes either looking at the camera or only slightly gazing away.

Please feel free to share about the challenge with all your friends and family. “Happiness held is the seed, happiness shared is the flower.”

For questions please send an email to info@shariford.com


Charlotte sy Dimby dress All Charlotte sy Dimby dresses are available on the brand’s e-shop as well as their Parisian boutique L’Île aux Fées 66 rue Notre Dame des Champs 75006 Paris. The brand ships worldwide.


Handmade within their own atelier, dresses come in very limited edition to make each child feel unique and special.

For advice, please send an email to info@charlottesydimby.com or a DM on Instagram. To ensure a good fit, check out the brand’s size guide.



The "WHY"


It seems like the world has been so busy striving to return to “normalcy”, running and rushing about in all directions. How important in spite of the haste, to lift up our eyes and seek for beauty.

Sharing the belief that "It is truly useful since it is beautiful" (quote from the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry) and delighted by all the joy spread through the Tea Party contest, Charlotte sy Dimby and I dreamt of pursuing the celebration of all things beautiful.

I became acquainted with Charlotte sy Dimby through my friend, pastel artist Sally Gates. I was drawn to their poetic spirit and sophisticated details - the delicate smocking, gorgeous fabrics and exquisite craftsmanship of their handmade heirloom dresses. When I held one of their creations, I was holding a piece of art!

How wonderful it would be to paint a child in one, surrounded by flowers whose form and colors seem echoed in these lovely dresses! We imagined this new Princess and Posie creative challenge as a way to strengthen bonds with Charlotte sy Dimby families, to highlight the tenderness of the fast fleeting years of childhood and treasures of Mother Nature.

Thank you for sharing your pictures and putting all your love behind and in front of the camera.

Please don't hesitate to ask for advice.

Subscriptions are open until the 30th of August : To win a portrait of your child valued between 14,000$ and 16,000$ please tag us in a photo of your child dressed in a Charlotte sy Dimby dress holding a flower or in a garden.

Photography tips here