What it was like working with a personal stylist

What it was like working with a personal stylist

How We Met

I met Stephanie the way I meet a lot of my small biz friends, the internet! Or more specifically, facebook groups! We are both members of a social media empowerment/strategy group and every week there is a classifieds post to offer your services, seek out services, or establish a trade of services. I love taking a peek at this post every week because if I find the right fit, these posts are a really great way for me to get acquainted with other business owners in my area. This is especially helpful being so new to the Los Angeles area.

So in exchange for photographs, she was offering her expertise as a wardrobe stylist. The most SoCal trade ever? Yes. And I say that proudly! It seemed like only weeks before we connected I was discussing with some friends wanting to create a bunch of go-to outfits for my closet so I can be lazy and look great at the same time (anyone relate?). And not just the sweat pants and messy bun kind of lazy, but like the Steve Jobs lazy. The kind of lazy that says “I don’t have time to pick out an outfit so I’ll wear what I know I look good in so I can focus on my meetings and endless list of audiobooks in my Audible library” kind of lazy.

I'm starting a support group!!! (kinda)

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Guys, this is a big confession: I've had McDonalds twice this month. And probably four times the month before.⁣⁣ Something I've battled with is guilt associated with self care or "enjoying the little things" in life. ⁣⁣And with full transparency, I don't feel comfortable with this confession!

If you've ever had two minutes with me, you'd know I'm not a fast food gal. There's a world of judgement out there, and I've built up a fear for it the more I engage on social media. ⁣⁣But what good is that fear doing? Sometimes I want a hashbrown from the drive thru, and sometimes I want to eat lettuce for eight days straight. Neither is "better" than the other. (Ok hashbrowns are definitely tastier!)⁣⁣

I'm willing to bet there are a few of you who probably sighed at my confession, but probably more of you who stopped your scroll because you're there with me. This blog is for the latter group. The "we feel guilty for enjoying life sometimes and don't want to anymore" support group. ⁣⁣I'm here for you, just like I know you're here for me. Can I get a "hell yeah" for that? Enjoy life guilt-free my friends. I'm learning to do that myself.⁣ Happy Friday!

Keith + Jenny: Snowy Mt. Hood Engagement Shoot

At the end of January I made a trip back to Portland for a few photoshoots. One of those was for Keith and Jenny’s engagement shoot! Somewhere in the list of potential locations was the suggestion to shoot in the snow. It’s been a while since I had a full session in the snow, but I was SO excited when we put it on the schedule. I’ll be honest, I don’t travel to Mt. Hood enough, so I had no clue where to suggest our session would take place other than Timberline or Trillium Lake. Since we had already shot at Trillium Lake for their proposal, and since Keith and Jenny knew the locations WAY better than I did, I let them take the reins on this one. And so we ended up at Frog Lake!

I can only imagine it’s just as gorgeous in the spring time with the wildflowers and beautiful reflection of Hood in the water, but even with a heavy blanket of snow (and no reflection), I was stunned. Hopefully you can see why this gorgeous snowy engagement shoot is on my top five. I mean, basically if you bring your dog (say hello to Atlas) to your shoot, you’re gonna end up on my top five :P

Counting down the days until October!

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Blue Light Glasses Changed My Life

Blue Light Glasses Changed My Life

Like probably most of you here, the first time I heard about “blue light glasses” was on Instagram. My first impression, was dang, those are cuuuute!!! Although that’s usually my reaction when I see anyone with a stylish pair of frames. Then it was mentioned in this post that these glasses were non-prescription used to protect your eyes from harmful blue light that’s emitted from technology, such as our phones or laptops.

When should you take your engagement photos?

When should you take your engagement photos?

Wondering how long to wait after the proposal to take those engagement photos? I'll give you a hint: there really is no right or wrong answer. But in the video below, I break down all the things you should consider when booking your session to get the most out of your time. From weather and personality traits, to technical aspects, you can find all of your answers here!

Best Ceremony Times For Summer Weddings

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Nailing down the specific ceremony time for you wedding can be a headache. What are you actually supposed to consider when planning the time? Do you just choose one that looks good? What I commonly see happen is couples will plan their ceremony around a traditional "dinner time", or they'll plan it early so they can spend the rest of the night partying. While neither is necessarily wrong, if it's those gorgeous portraits you're after, you might be headed down the wrong path already!

Why? Well, as we all know "Golden Hour" is the best time to shoot those soft gorgeous portraits, right? But why? Because the lighting doesn't cause those harsh shadow and it's not as blinding to look towards the direction of the sun! So then why are ceremonies being planned for 3pm in the summer when the light is going to be right on your face? 

With the extended amount of sunlight we have in the summer, I would recommend you take advantage of that and schedule your ceremony as close to sunset as you can get without interfering with other important photographed events (portraits, cake cutting, speeches, etc). And to make this easier on YOU, I've created an exact list of what times these would be for the summer months here in Oregon! You can check those out below. 

What you'll see is that these ceremony times are about two-and-a-half hours from sunset. Although you'll have less sunlight after the ceremony, you will have likely missed the opportunity to be blinded while giving your vows! I think that's not a bad compromise. 

June Sunset 8:45-9pm: //  Ceremony Times 6:15pm - 6:30pm
July Sunset 9-8:30pm: //  Ceremony Times 6:30pm - 6:00pm
August Sunset 8:30-7:45pm: //  Ceremony Times 6:00pm - 5:15pm
September Sunset 7:45-6:45pm: //  Ceremony Times 5:15pm - 4:15pm
October Sunset 6:45-6pm: //  Ceremony Times 4:15pm - 3:30pm

And as a final note on choosing these ceremony times, ultimately where you are standing will make the biggest difference. If you're indoors, you probably won't have to worry about these specific times. If you're in an open field, it's incredibly important to take notes here! If at any point you are able to find shade, no matter how close or far you are from the sunset, it will benefit your images overall. That said, if the shade is spotty, or if your guests are only half covered, these times again will come in handy.  

Four Things To Know About Rehearsal Dinners

Four Things To Know About Rehearsal Dinners

Possibly one of the more confusing pieces of wedding planning isn't really for the wedding day, but actually the day before. Rehearsal Dinners are meant to be relaxing, fun, and casual, but there's not much information on the whats and whys of the actual event. So to clarify, I've written a list of commonly asked questions regarding the rehearsal so you can take the pressure off and focus on planning a night to enjoy pre-wedding.