Featured Session | Olivia | Augusta, GA Senior Photographer

Oct
23rd

Elegance: I saw it personified during Olivia’s shoot, which was one of my favorites sessions ever! She and I determined before we set out that we wanted to focus on natural backdrops, and a complimentary color palette. Case in point, notice her gorgeous purple top and blue jeans against the deep green leaves. All those wonderful colors were easy on the eyes, and Olivia makes it even easier. She’s a passionate girl, who takes care to notice other’s needs around her, and she’s got a great sense of humor on top of it all! It was such a joy to spend the time with her and to brainstorm her shoot together!

Speaking of working together, I wanted to talk a little bit about what you can expect on your first shoot with me. Whether you’re a senior commemorating your graduation, or you’re getting some headshots in the studio, or you’d just like some nice pictures of yourself (because, let’s face it, you deserve it!), I want you to feel comfortable and at home in front of the camera. I know the trials and the perils of a photo shoot all too well, and I work as hard as I can to make your first experience your best, and the first of many to come.

It’s up to you and I to decide on what we can make happen for your shoot, and it’s my job to make your vision a reality! Olivia and I worked together on colors, location, poses, outfits, etc. These are photos that you’re going to look back on for years and years, so having control over what they look like is an important thing. If you’re not sure about what you’d like to see in your session, I make it easy for you and present you with a plethora of options that I think you’d love, and we go from there.

Overall, your photo session is about you, and we’re partners in making lasting memories you can hold in your hands, and remember forever. Contact me HERE today to book your session!

Polo Under the Stars benefiting FOTAS | FireStar Polo | Images by Maybe Ortiz

Oct
20th

I wanted to take a break from my usual posts to highlight something wonderful that happened. Back on October 6th, Dennis and I sponsored Polo Under the Stars, an event to raise funds for Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS). It was such a success! We raised more than $8,400 for Aiken County Animal Shelter, and it’s already in good hands helping make every end meet. This is such an important part of our community, and it’s my pleasure to draw support for them. The center of the whole fundraiser were the polo games, and boy, were they spectacular!

Over 700 people attended to watch the games from the United States Polo Association Delegates Cup tournament, while the youth teams kicked off the festivities, and Maybe Ortiz captured some beautiful images. I don’t know how often you’ve seen those brave souls – horse and rider – run full speed around Firestar Farm, but when they’re racing around each other after the ball, your adrenaline spikes alongside theirs. The Trapeze polo team won a close match of 15 – 12 against the Wildcat team, with Dennis on the victorious side! It made for a memorable evening, alongside the scrumptious meals from the food trucks and the delicious drinks from the open bar.

I love so much being able to make a difference in my community. Alongside the hard work of so many wonderful people, we’ve made a bit more progress in supporting FOTAS and those who run it. Being able to provide an entertaining evening and doing it for a good cause is a very fulfilling thing, and it brings joy to my heart to see the positive effect our work has on the animals in the shelter. I believe the most important things are the things we do for others, and I hope to live that out in my life as much as I can. And if we can involve polo, dinner, and drinks at the same time, then all the better!

To contact FOTAS, go HERE

What to Wear When it’s Cold Outside

Oct
12th

Chilly air that cuts your skin to the bone, falling autumn-colored leaves, and for some of us, a dusting of snow. When fall shows up, it can hit pretty hard. But hey, we’re prepared for the blow, with our wool sweaters and our long johns, right? Maybe you were so caught up in the glorious warmth of summer that you forgot all about the impending cool seasons. Fear not! I’ve got you covered, from head to toe:

•Headwear
Alright, so I know what you’re thinking. Don’t all the girls just wear a beanie, and call it good? While there are a number – a very large number – of cute beanies, they’ve been around forever, and when they’re overused they can become a stale staple of winter attire. Instead, might I suggest some other options: the elegant, retro cloche hat is a wonderful choice, and so is the beret. You can find winter variations for both of these! Another, more rare option is the Greek fisherman’s hat. Not just for the men, this cap goes well with the cold, and it’s full of style.

•Jackets and Sweaters (and more)
Part of the beauty of the cold seasons is the sea of wool that we wear to embrace the winter spirit. There’s so many sweaters, scarves, jackets, coats, and turtlenecks out there, it’s hard to choose just one to get for the season. This is one of those perfect opportunities where you can make your own fashion. If your personality is more flowy and fun-loving, a loose sweater would go great with it. On the flip-side, if you have a more rigid, logical perspective on life, then a traditional, no-nonsense look might be best. Make it your own!

•Pants and Leggings
When it comes to your legs, the guiding principles in fall and winter would be warmth, and color. There comes a point when you can only do so much with pants or leggings, and their style comes from your overall palette and look. This is where you can really have fun with it: complete your fall look with an autumn palette, blend in with the winter wonderland with white pants and a colorful coat, or if you’re brave (and warm-blooded), you can go for the cute legging/long, baggy sweater combo. Wrap yourself in your own personal style.

•Shoes and Boots
Like everything else, there’s a lot of options, but here’s where practicality meets high fashion. When the weather gets chilly, it also gets wet, and boots really come in handy walking through puddles! Depending on how wet you wanna get, there’s three great styles: booties, tall boots, and over-the-knees. Each has a different look for a different occasion, and when things aren’t that bad out there, which is an occasion in itself, you might go with some cute flats, a pair of mules, or if you’re feeling fancy, some festive heels. You might just want to listen to the weatherman before you decide!

There you go, those are some ideas to build your seasonal outfit from top to bottom. Stay warm and wonderful out there!

How to Wear Mule Loafers

Oct
5th

What’s the big thing in fashion right now? Well, since you asked, I’ll give you the inside scoop: mule loafers! One of the many reasons these shoes are on the frontlines of the fashion world is due to their versatility. You can wear these puppies on any casual Friday, or on any fancy occasion. The only time you have to put some thought into these statements is deciding what to pair them with! And you won’t have to spend long thinking about it. I’ll make it even easier for you: here’s some of my favorite outfits to go with your mules!

Midi Skirt

So this outfit is usually on the fancier spectrum, but it’s quite the showstopper! If you start with your loafers, you can use its color palette to build the rest of the ensemble. Colors aside though, a midi skirt is the perfect length and style to compliment your mule loafers! Pair it with a blouse and a jacket or cardigan to combat the oncoming cold, and you’ve got one fantastic look for a night on the town.

Boyfriend/Skinny Jeans

On the more casual side, pairing your mules with boyfriend or skinny jeans is a no-brainer. Everyone seems to have jeans lying around at home, and they go marvelously with these shoes. You can give it a dose of formal if you add in something more business-casual, like a blouse, or you can keep it low-key with a t-shirt, or any sort of cute top really. You have quite a range to choose from!

Patterns

Here’s an interesting one: use matching separates to create a unique, consistent look, and pick some loafers that accent the outfit, and round it out to complete the style! Most any pattern will do for this, and if you’re not a big fan of matchy-matchy, you can keep the same unique feel with some printed trousers. Again, there’s a lot to choose from, and it’s up to you and your personal style to make the final choice!

Those are just a few of my favorite looks. There’s plenty more, and that’s the fun of fashion: it’s all about your personal style! If you’re more of a laid-back gal, or more prone to primping, there’s a shoe for you.

Spoiler alert, it’s the mule loafer!

The Best Places with Fall Sales | Fashion and Style

Sep
27th

When it comes to Fall fashion, we all want to save a few bucks! It can get expensive to buy a season’s worth of clothes, especially when you’re trying to    build a classic and stylish wardrobe. Here are some of our favorite sites for getting the best prices on your senior wardrobe:

LOFT 

Before you go assuming this one is for only the career woman or its too “old” for a senior wardrobe, be sure to check out their newest items. They have really great staple pieces like cardigans, skirts, and more, and although they are on the more modest, conservative side, they would be perfect for your next interview or college scholarship event. We love their sweaters and dresses because of the way they wash up nicely, as well. They do amazing sales, almost every month, and you can find promo codes in their emails.

LOFT.COM

American Eagle 

We love the new stuff at American Eagle, and we really love their sales! They do half off denim quite often, and their X4 collection denim is some of the best of the price point. You can usually earn cash back as well on EBates, and their jeans are usually under $50. We also love their basic tees and tanks, because they seem to last and not shrink up in the laundry. Their plaid shirts are also a favorite!

Nordstrom

Nordstrom is known for being an expensive clothier, but their sales are CRAZY good. Just click the “sale” tab on their website and watch the prices fall. We especially like their house brands, Caslon and Halogen, because they are well made and beautiful. Check out the moto jackets by BLANKNYC and the jeans by Paige, they are some of our favorite and most loved in our closet!

Factory J Crew

Jcrew is also known as a bit of a preppy, expensive store, but their factory online store has plenty to love, with nearly everything under $50. We like the Studio Tee, the Mini skirts, and all their jackets! The prices are so good, you can buy lots of great staples and really expand the wardrobe you already have for fall, too.
They do great promo codes a few times a month, and the shipping is a great price.