• Shari Ford


Capture the magic of childhood through an impressionist style portrait by Shari Ford in a Charlotte sy Dimby dress

Exclusive offer

What better than a smocked dress to illustrate the magic of childhood? To celebrate youth in all its beauty, I am offering to create portraits straight from your girl’s sweetest photos in a Charlotte sy Dimby dress. Imagine your favorite moments turned into a painting to treasure forever….

Inspired by Impressionism, my aim is to paint a fleeting moment, to eternalize a darling movement, a precious twirl or pose from these joyful and carefree days. Less detailed than official portraits, these small sized paintings focus on emotions, capturing the true essence and ‘impressions’ of childhood: its innocence, tenderness and delicacy.

A new concept

The idea is to ignite a new way of painting: I will be following my inspiration more than working on a commissioned system. You are invited to submit your photos. If they speak to both my eyes and heart, I will create a portrait out of it. If you wish, you will then be able to purchase it. If not, it will be featured on my online gallery and offered for sale to all.

Enjoy this freedom and express your creativity! Enjoy a fun photoshoot and create timeless memories with your daughter. Then take the chance to have the moment captured on canvas by sending me the prettiest photos of your princess!

This new concept is also an opportunity to foster a special bond between artists and models. Sharing a passion for traditional clothing and being a mother myself, love and care will be put into each portrait.

Price and size :

The small impressionist style portraits will be between 16” x 20” and 18”x 24”

Prices will be between $2200 and $6000 depending on the composition.

For those wishing a more standard portrait, visit my website www.shariford.com. A $1000 discount off a portrait $8500. or more will be offered if the child is wearing a Charlotte sy Dimby dress.

Shipping fees will vary on the location knowing portraits will be sent from Tennessee.

Several children can be painted in the same portrait for an extra 50% per child.

Process :

1. Acquire a Charlotte sy Dimby dress. The dresses are available online at https://charlottesydimby.com/

The brand makes one dress per size and releases new collections every month.

They ship internationally.

Please feel free to contact the team at info@charlottesydimby.com and mention “Inspire the Artist” to receive advice and more details on the dresses.

2. Photograph your child. For photography tips and inspiration, we recommend watching our Youtube videos or contacting us directly at info@shariford.com. . Photos can be your own or taken by a professional photographer. It is not necessary to see the child's full face- profile or back work too. Send as many pictures as you like by email to info@charlottesydimby.com

3. Fill in the form. Please note that those who took part in the past contests will be given priority.

4. If and when Shari decides to paint your child’s portrait, you will be notified by email.

5. Once the portrait is ready you will be sent a high quality photo version by email and will have two weeks to decide if you wish to purchase it. If the decision to purchase the portrait is made, a small deposit will hold it until payment is complete. If not the portrait will be published on Shari’s online gallery available for all to buy.


Sending a photo or allowing Shari to use your photos grants Shari & Charlotte sy Dimby the right to publish your photo & portrait on all their social media and website. It gives permission to Shari to paint a portrait from your photo and sell it. If the pictures are made by a professional photographer, please make sure you have her/his approval to share before sending.

It does not mean you necessarily need to buy the portrait if Shari paints one of your child. You are not committed to purchasing the portrait.

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