Sunday Shoe Swoon: Fun Sneakers

Aug
13th

Sunday Shoe Swoon: Fun Sneakers

Vintage sneakers are all the rage these days, and we love them! They are easy to wear with just about everything, and they come in every color combination and fabric imaginable. This means everyone from the haute couture fashionista, to the busy mom or student, can find a sneaker that fits their lifestyle. Here are some of our favorites:

The Adidas Gazelle is a very popular sneaker this season, and it comes in black, mint, pink, peach, and navy. We love the unexpected pop of color that the pink pair brings, and it looks great with all the high waist denim that is available this season. You can find it at many department stores, but we love that Nordstrom offers free shipping.

Nike is another perpetual favorite, and many fashion bloggers love this chic black sneaker. It has a very chunky heel, but looks great with skinny jeans and long cardigan sweaters, which can carry you into the fall seasons. The style we linked is called the Cortez, but we also love the Nike Air Huruache, as well, for the same reasons. They are versatile, under $100, and can be worn with dressy or casual items.

Lastly, the classic Vans have been taken up a notch with unexpected colors, textures, and high platforms. This metallic gold pair would look awesome with a bomber jacket and a vintage 90’s style jean. Remember to stay tuned to our blog for the latest style, fashion, and sales for the stylish senior! We like to stay on top of the trends so that we can give you the senior session you’ve dreamed of!

Top Three Best Deal Sites for Seniors

Aug
2nd

Top Three Best Deal Sites for Seniors

 
So, you’ve hired a senior photographer and you’re giddy with excitement. You’re practicing your smile in the mirror, you’re thumbing through magazines trying to find that great hairstyle, and you’re looking through your closet, when you realize.. you need to get a new outfit! Thing is, you have no idea where to start, and your session is coming up fast. I’ve got your back, girl! Here’s three websites that’ll take care of all your outfit needs:
Jane is an online boutique marketplace where you’ll find just about everything you’ll need for your senior session, with a good percentage taken off. With fall quickly approaching, they’ve got plenty of autumn style in stock. Since it’s a bit past spring, their spring apparel is on clearance, and still looks just as good in the summer heat. They have the whole color spectrum to choose from, so you can decide on your session’s palette easily. Their deals don’t last forever though, so pick them up before the leaves start changing.
Hautelook is your one-stop-shop for clothes and accessories. From shoes, to jewelry, to handbags, they have everything a graduating student could ever need to complete their outfit. Say you’ve got it all figured out, except for the shoes. You’ll find a plethora of different styles and brands to sort through, and I guarantee they have your size. And don’t forget the purse! They have tons of designer bags, and most of them for half price. They have new deals happening all the time, so you can save while you spend.
Zulily is one of a kind. They have new sales every single day, so you’ll never be found wanting for a deal! If you want to get a few outfits for your shoot, I’d suggest stopping here first. From casual, to formal, and everything in between, they’ve already marked it down, just for you. They have some amazing offers going on all the time, so you can pick out the best styles to showcase you for your session. Check back every day to find something new!
Hopefully this short list has taken a bit of the pressure off of your shoulders. Senior sessions are supposed to be a nice, comfortable experience, and that’s what I strive for in each of mine. In fact, I guarantee it! Contact me here to book your session today!

How to Choose a Senior Photographer

Jul
24th

Alright, so you’re just about to hit one of your big milestones in life: graduating from high school! You’ve been through a lot: the ups and downs, tests, high school drama, prom, and everything in between. Exhausted just doesn’t go far enough to describe you right now, but excited does! Whether you’re going right into college, or right into the workforce, the options are on your mind, buzzing ecstatically around. But no matter your high school experience, you want to commemorate your time there, and you want to do that in the best of ways.

Enter the senior photographer.

Now, there’s a lot of senior photographers out there to choose from. Few are established, professional photographers, and a lot are just getting their start. Don’t get me wrong, everyone has to start somewhere – I was that person once – so I have a lot of respect for those entrepreneurs! No matter how much time they have behind the shutter, what you’ll want to look for is someone who has a good grasp on their own style. If their portfolio looks like a jumble of random images, loosely strung together, then I would advise you shy away from them. When an artist knows their style, it means they’ve matured into it. The beginners are the ones searching and experimenting so they can find their voice, and to be frank: they don’t really know what to offer you, or necessarily how to translate what you want into their artistic framework. Choosing a senior photographer who has found their voice, and is consistent in their work, is choosing a seasoned, professional artist who will handle you with respect, and give you exactly what you want to see, with their own flair built right in.

Next, you want to think about the experience. A lot of parents have spent a good deal of money on a photographer who gave them less than desirable results, and from there they go to a more professional artist to have new ones taken. This means they’ve spent double what they needed to. So, when choosing, be sure to look at everything they offer in terms of: hair and makeup, location, session diversity, and concept shoots. You want to go with someone who is known for making their clients feel comfortable, and for providing a plethora of options to choose from for their sessions. I have three different session styles for my seniors, and each at least offer an hour of professionally done makeup application. For a teen on their way out of high school, confidence may be in short supply. It’s important to look for someone who can bring them out of their shell, while making them feel special. The best photos come from a great session experience!

And then, you have to keep budget in mind. There’s a balancing act that happens when you weigh capturing the memories you don’t want to forget, against breaking the bank. Fortunately, a good deal of senior photographers keep their prices reasonable for their clients, while charging enough for themselves to make a living. My most popular session runs for 250$, and you’ll find that’s very common for what’s offered! If you hire someone for 50 bucks, then you get what you pay for. You usually end up settling for whatever you get, instead of getting images you’ll cherish for years to come. I offer a plethora of options for prints, and digital files, so you invest in something that will last you many years, and you’ll have a smile on your face every time you look at them.

Those are just a few points to get you started on your search for a senior photographer, but if you’re already here reading this, I’d say you’ve found her! I work hard to uphold my ideals: to always make my clients comfortable, to deliver the best quality product on the market, and to make the shoot personal and individual to showcase the senior.

If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, contact me HERE!

Our three favorite items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Jul
17th

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is underway (opens to the public on Thursday), and you’ve probably seen just about every fashion blogger writing about it, so we wanted to round up the items you’ll want to snatch up. If you’re a Nordstrom cardholder, you can shop right now, too! This sale is a game-changer because it is all new release items that are on sale.

Sam Edelman Ankle Boots: These are already flying off the shelves for those with Nordstrom cards, and they are beautiful! We love buying ankle boots at the sale each year, because they are deeply discounted. They come in four beautiful colors and are sure to be this season’s “it” item.Barefoot Dreams cardigan: Another favorite, because it is so darn soft! This one comes in five colors and has a hood. It’s the perfect loungewear sweater, and looks great with leggings.

Hunter rainboot: These have a steep discount during this sale, and we adore these boots because they last forever! They are down to $119 from $185, and come in two amazing colors! We wear these through the whole  year, from springtime rainstorms to winter snow, they hold up through just about everything.

If you’re a cardholder, be sure to grab these items at their discount and shop the rest of the sale! It’s pretty rare to get current season items at such great prices. 

Five Must Have Items for Summer

Jul
11th

Alright, so summer is here, in all its glorious heat. Whether you’re the kind of person who loves the sun, or who’d rather stay out of it, I think we can all agree on summer being full of fun things! And for us ladies, this means we need a few things to fully appreciate the summer, in all its glory. Here’s five of them:

•A Cute Swimsuit 

The best way to beat the heat is to get into the water. When the thermometer hits the triple digits, all I want to do is go swimming. And I want to do that in style! There’s a suit for each of us, regardless of how we view ourselves. It can be a solid color one-piece, a cute two-piece to show off all your hard work during the spring, or maybe somewhere in between! There’s a ton of them to choose from, so choose one that really represents yourself. That’s one of the points of fashion anyways, to show yourself off!

•A Gym Membership

The verdict is in: being healthy makes you happy. With summer harvest being in full swing, there’s plenty of fruits and vegetables to make us joyful for a long time. Paired with eating right, working out is a must for maintaining an active lifestyle. While for some the thought of working out doesn’t make us anywhere near happy, the goal of being able to get into that knock-out of a bathing suit is enough to keep us going. So, that gym membership comes in handy, making it as easy as driving (or walking!) there and back to get that workout in. 

•A New Hairstyle

In this heat, having real long, unruly hair can be torture. Just like the windy months, it can be a pain having hair past your shoulders. If you’re into it, shorter hair for women is becoming quite the trend, and styles from the past are becoming more and more popular. The 20’s are coming back! For those of us who don’t want to say goodbye to our long locks, get a cut that makes it easy for you to put your hair up. There’s so many different ways to do that, from bobs to braids, and each makes it easier to manage the heat. Besides, a new haircut can make you feel more confident, and a cut paired with your personal style is a bombshell that you drop everywhere you go.

•A New Outfit

Fashion changes with the seasons. Fall has more autumn tones, winter is all about warmth, spring shows off our pastels, and summer is all about loose and flowy outfits. While there’s no strict rule for what you must wear for each season, it’s practical to gird yourself in clothes that let the cool breeze flow through. A cute sun dress will do just that, and there are so many different style to choose from! Plus, there’s a plethora of flowy tops at all your favorite shops, and with our busy lifestyles, you can find what you want in just a few minutes. All that’s left to do is get your girlfriends together and get out on the town!

•A Good Book

If you’re anything like me, your life consists of go, go, go. So often we forget we need rest, and we need it now. You can come up with any excuse you’d like, that you have to hurry over there, get this done, prep for the next day, but none of those will give you the quiet time you need. Block out time in your life for moments where you are just simply still. A good book will allow you that quiet time, without the guilt of laziness. Read about a subject you’re interested in, whether that’s romance, poetry, philosophy, theology, or short stories. There’s a book for every subject, and it’s waiting for you! Treat yourself to those times of rest you deserve.

There you go, five must haves for summertime. I hope you have a happy season full of fun and sun!