Images by 606 Photo
Over quarantine I've been busier than ever! One of my favorite photographers I've ever worked with Jennee Johnson and I got to shoot these beauties!
Here is a bit of what I've been doing and working on during quarantine:
Reselling clothes as a side business, including luxury bags
Shooting more cool content than ever, there are a lot of great shoots coming soon
Shooting e-commerce, I've been blessed enough to do it at my house
Expanded my collection of Harley t-shirts
Oh yeah, and I got engaged and booked all of the vendors, engagement photos to be released
So many positive things happened during quarantine and, while it's been tough, this time has been so fulfilling and I'm so blessed to be able to do what I do.
Photos by Jennee Johnson
It's the first blog post of the year and this shoot was one of my favorites all 2019. Why? Because I finally had the opportunity to shoot with my amazing friend Karl again! If you saw my shoot for SoHo House, he was the incredible photographer that shot that set. To view those photos, click HERE! All images today are by Karl Schmid.
Dress: Self Portrait
Shoes: Dear Frances
Blazer: Vintage Pendelton
Necklace: Local Eclectic
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Once again, a special thank you to Karl Schmid for all the gorgeous images that I love so much!
Part I of IV is here! I'm so excited to introduce you to the series I'm testing out on my blog of recreating your favorite bloggers looks! The inspiration for this shoot really came from my love of fashion and looking towards bloggers for my everyday go-to looks.
I decided to start out with Aimee Song, a.k.a. Song of Style, because to me she captures the best qualities of a fashion blogger. Not only is she stylish, she vlogs and runs a successful YouTube channel which I'm obsessed with watching, I find her to be the nicest blogger I follow. She lets her sweet personality shine through in all of her images, posts and videos.
Her looks are always elegant and fashion forward with a classic element and is what got me into following fashion bloggers in the first place.
Song of Style Looks:
Look One: "Self Portrait Red Polka Dot Maxi Dress with Matching Red Eyeshadow look"
Look Two: "How I Styled a Faux Fur Coat for Winter"
Look Three: "Rixo London Has Dropped the Best Mini Dress for Summer"
Chicago, I would argue, is one of the best city's to shoot in. Why? The diversity, walkability and architecture makes any photoshoot spectacular and unique.
One of my favorite places to shoot, that's right by the train, is Printers Row. It's a convenient place to get to that has older architecture for street style, parks for a whimsical lewk, elevated trains for sophisticated city shots and less crowded than most places in the city.
What is now Colombia College Chicago, was called Printers Row (it's still known as that, but most people know it as Columbia's neighborhood).
All of these images were taken in Printers Row. This shoot has a city/street style vibe, but just steps away are family friendly parks that would make any dress look sweet and simple.
Some highlights of Printers Row (for your next photoshoot) include:
Images by Jack Soltysik
Authenticity in Your Brand: Incorporating your personality and lifestyle into everything you do
Representing yourself as a brand is so important. For me as a model, it's always important to show the side of yourself you need to in every shoot. If you're meant to be fierce, even if you don't feel it, you have to dig down and pull out that feeling to make the images look authentic. That process of bringing out what you need to, while making it authentic, is so important with whatever you shoot for your brand.
Showcasing a range of emotions, from e-commerce blank but fierce stare to soft like this shoot is a great way to connect with yourself, communicating your true emotions shine through the images tells your client and those viewing the photo a story. This story, to land, needs to be authentic and true to yourself.
Photography: Audrey Simper Photography
This shoot needs no introduction, but I've cut back on modeling except for my clients, but I am so excited to post this shoot with one of my favorite photographers!
Here's what I wore for this awesome shoot!
Dress: Tanya Taylor
Tights: Fogal of Switzerland
Shirt: Vintage Chanel
Images by Jack Soltysik
Creating for a Purpose, Not Just for Clout
A question I've been getting asked more and more is if I am still modeling. Well, the answer is obviously yes, but it made me confused as to why I was getting that question.
I've been booked for more paid jobs than ever, but have remained mostly off social media. I stopped doing pointless collabs with people on Instagram who don't shoot the content I'm into and I stopped taking unpaid work that wasn't in my brand. Essentially, I stopped shooting for the sole purpose of creating content and more for the purpose that I liked the photographer/team or because I had an idea and wanted to execute it.
And to be honest, I've never been happier. Staying off social media and no longer feeling the pressure to post or shoot with people, means I've had more time to devote to the things that really matter in my life. I've also been able to focus on growing my relationships with the people I admire and those who I'd like to work with.
In the past couple of months I've been through two major surgeries and the death of my great-grandmother, and this time not shooting for views, but for myself, has allowed me to heal and grow as a person.
So yes, I am still modeling. You'll probably only see paid e-commerce work, but if you'd like to shoot, feel free to reach out.
As a model for almost ten years, I find myself learning new things everyday. This blog is a way to share my stories, images that may not be on my main board, and interesting things abut modeling and my life.