Inspired by the ever-changing tides of postpartum days, Solly Baby's Stormy Coastal Collection is designed to help you navigate the uncharted waters of new parenthood with calm + confidence.
Join us in lusting after the newest hues of the beloved Solly Wrap + cloud-soft baby essentials below. Plus, Creative Director Chelsey spills the inside scoop on the jaw-dropping photo shoot, including unexpected weather + hilarious babes.
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Our Creative Director Chelsey shares what was happening behind the camera during our Stormy Coastal photo shoot on the English coast.
On sheep, cliffs, and magical beaches
For this shoot, we were on location in Whitsand Bay in Cornwall, England. The rugged coastlines are just absolutely stunning. Fields of cows and sheep at the top of the cliffs, and then the cliff sides are dotted with little beach cottages, each cottage reached only by stone path lined with wild blackberry hedges. When we first arrived, the tide was high and no beach was exposed. But as the day progressed, the most stunning beach opened below us, and we just had to dip our toes in—baby's, too.
On sunshine on a cloudy day
It's rare that I'm hoping for storm clouds on a shoot day, but for our Stormy Coastal Collection I really wanted it to feel a bit gloomy and cozy. I hoped to capture the postpartum feelings of life being out of control but filled with snuggles, even if it's a snuggle while everyone is simultaneously crying.
My grandmother always joked, "There are a few things in life that can never be planned. Two of them are the weather and babies." The week of our shoot, the weather predicted cloud cover, but to my dismay, it turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day.
On scrumptious models
One of the things I love about photographing babies is seeing how each one reacts to the sound of the camera. Some of them find it hilarious while others find it so curious. One of the babies on this shoot was really skeptical about the camera and the whole process and kept giving a "bombastic side eye" in every photo.
I also love watching a baby's fascination with being outside. I think it must be such a sensory experience. I am amazed at how often taking just a small walk outside helps to calm a fussy baby.
On favorites from the collection
Stormy Houndstooth is so exciting to me because it's our first double-knit. This means that it's thicker than our traditional wrap, but with the same buttery-softness. The double-knit process is essentially knitting two layers at the same time, which gives the fabric beautiful texture and pattern on both sides. I love the reversible nature of this wrap and could totally see people wearing it either way.