Anne of Green Gables


That’s Anne, Anne with an “e”.

This session has been a dream in the making for me since, well, since I first became a children’s photographer nearly twelve years ago. I can still remember the first time my stepmother, June, introduced me to the Anne books and movies. How to describe a character like Anne? I adored her relationship with Marilla, Mathew, and Diana. Her love of books, of learning and the pursuit of “her ideal” man when he was there all along … what girl didn’t swoon over Gilbert?

When I booked this location back in March as a location to hold one of my Sweetlight Collective Workshops (for child + family photographers), I knew I had to plan an Anne of Green Gables shoot — the location (house, grounds, etc.) were a perfect fit to my vision … although, nothing comes close to Prince Edward Island (dream vacation), I knew I could make it work. To prepare for the shoot I watched the movies (the first two, naturally) and had two custom dresses made (Anne’s + Diana’s) and purchased “Gilbert’s” outfit from Zara and put down on paper the posing/scene ideas I wanted to recreate to my interpretation.

Of course, not all of the scenes I captured made it to the final cut. I had an additional scene with my “Anne” + “Diana” with a bottle of raspberry cordial, but it’s a hard scene to pull off unless the viewer is a 100% “Anne Fan” and understands the girls are NOT drinking something inappropriate {wink}.

If you are interested in learning more about my Workshops for photographers, please visit my website by clicking HERE. I only have two more Workshops before I retire (from workshops, not photography) located in Southern California (nearly sold out) and Round Top Texas at Rachel Ashwell’s luxurious The Prairie. Also, all of the images in this series were process from the Photoshop actions I sell for photographers — view the actions by clicking HERE.

If you are an “Anne Fan”, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below … And sharing the link to the blog is always welcomed + appreciated.



Thank you to my sweet model (and especially her Mama for driving her all the way from Texas) … when she modeled for my previous Texas Workshop, I knew she’d make a wonderful “Anne” … not only in looks, but in spirit. I look forward to capturing her again in the future.

Lastly, try to provide a “grown-up” model or two at my photographer workshops, so meet our grownup Anne bridal shoot model below.

Isn’t she lovely?


Vendor Credits |

Location | The McGee House in Harrodsburg Kentucky
Hair | Jimmy Whitenack {instagram @hair_connarymua} + Jessica Manis {@eyedobeautyonlocation}
Styling | Skye Hardwick Edmonds




the freedom project


I have had this project in my heart for well over  a year. I’m not claiming it’s original or hasn’t been done before, but I will say with confidence is that it was born from a place of my heart that I cherish. A place of purity and devotion. I cannot draw, I do not own a paint brush, but I have my camera.

I love my country.

I do not love the direction she is headed. More than anything, I would love to see her brought back to her former days, more along the lines of what our founding fathers had intended.

There is always hope. There is another generation and I consider it an honor to raise up my son to be a man who respects God, his elders, and his country. To know what it stands for and why it needs protecting.

The other day my son told me “he wanted to be in a battle” and to “be a hero”. Of course, as his mother I wanted to yell,“stay safe, no!”. But I kept my fears to myself — we need a nation of men and women who are weary of “safe”.


“Where will our country find leaders with integrity, courage, strength—all the family values—in ten, twenty, or thirty years?

The answer is that you are teaching them, loving them, and raising them right now.” — Barbara Bush


{ About the Images Below }

These images are dedicated to my God, first and foremost, and to my country. A love-song, in imagery form, as to what it means to be an American. Dare I say a Patriot.

Lastly, my prior military husband helped me with this session and we were sure to protect and respect the flag during the shoot.

© 2011 Skye Hardwick – Do not use without permission









“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heavenand will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14


Stay tuned for more images from this series.

If you are in the San Gabriel Valley  CA area and would like to have your child a part of my Freedom Project, please drop me a line. Especially from those who have a loved one who is currently serving our country.

Furthermore, to the Photographers who may be reading. I am writing an article for my Soulographer Inspiration Blog about connecting your heart to your images using this series as an example. Keep watch for that one!

If you enjoyed this post, I’d appreciate it if you would share it with others who would enjoy it.

Until then.

- Skye xoxo