fashion photography

fashion photography

Thursday, August 30, 2012
• 12:50 PM •

Katherine

Katherine pose 2

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I had a blast styling and shooting my friend Katherine.  We’ve been great friends ever since we met in advanced calculus during our 2nd year of university (I’ve never had more fun applying Stokes’ Theorum!). This allowed us to be really comfortable around each other for the shoot – she was at ease when posing, and I didn’t feel any pressures to perform with my camera, as I’m still learning a lot about photography. The joys I got from this fashion shoot reminded me of why I work so hard on this blog – because it’s fun.

Since this is my first serious shoot, the goal was to simply display my style in a natural and pretty light, and not to aim too high just yet.  Katherine thrifted this top at Value Village this summer for something like five bucks.  It’s actually a collared shoulder padded button-up, and was probably around in the 1940’s.  It was a great find, though I don’t believe it’s that wearable.  I haven’t told many people, but I have this thing I’ve been doing for a few years now, and it never seems to fail me.  I wear things backwards if they don’t look good the right way. I love what this quirky method of mine gave here.  Worn backwards and with cuffed sleeves, an old top was transformed into something much more modern, yet its classiness is preserved.  That is the essence of the style that I tend to strive for in my own dress – modern and classy.  It was really funny that Katherine’s entire outfit apart from her shoes is worn backwards, right down to the ring! In fashion, people always aim for the unexpected, and I think this was a way of achieving just that.

I will definitely be doing more shoots of my own once Montreal fashion week and all of its hype comes to a close.  I’m excited to start getting more creative with the styling as well as the post processing.  The question now is who, what, where and when!

Speaking of Montreal Fashion Week, have you entered our draw to win 2 full passes to the shows? You’ve got nothing to lose and tons of fashionable fun to gain!

D

Sunday, August 19, 2012
• 1:56 AM •

B is for Bold

Daura_Chain

This photo was taken back in June of this year with Pier.  I was sitting at home and being pretty useless on my computer when he asked me to come by his studio to do a shoot, just for the fun of it.  I had absolutely nothing prepared for the shoot and it was already pretty late! I decided that since I didn’t really have a mind-blowing and/or unique outfit prepared, I’d opt for classic black, but keep things interesting by going bold.  Above I’m wearing some opaque wool tights, Michael Kors studded wedge sandals, the Swarovski Montaigne Jet Necklace and a chiffon scarf that I twisted and wrapped around a strapless bra.  Pier decided to showcase my look with one very retouched photo to the left, and an almost untouched/raw black and white photo to the right (where I am not wearing the necklace). Props to a job well done on his part.

That’s one of the things I enjoy about styling – you work within your restrictions and you try to create something interesting with what you’ve got, by playing around with certain variables.  I think that trying to create something with zero constraints would make our heads explode. Imagine having all the clothes, accessories, models, sets and equipment available to you, and trying to put together the very best look you can with all of those options. One would never reach a final decision! At the very least, stylists are constrained to achieving a certain image.  I know that the more clothes I buy, the harder it is to decide what I’m going to wear because I’m always looking for the best possible outfit. I once watched a TED talk explaining how too many options make us unhappy.  The dude’s got a point.

I absolutely cannot wait for Susan and I to start styling for local boutiques! We have 2 different stores in mind at the moment and it’s going to be a lot of fun.  The challenge now is setting all of this up while working a full-time job.  Come September, I’ll be a full-time student again for one more intense year until I get my degree, which will make things even harder for this serious hobby of mine.

Montreal fashion week is coming up soon and we’re so very excited.  Have you checked out the list of designers?

– D

Saturday, July 21, 2012
• 5:44 PM •

Fashion Shoot – Sick of Myself

wriggly portrait

“Sick of Myself” suits the title of this fashion shoot because at the moment of its publication I am completely sick of myself – go figure.  I’ve been blogging since February of this year.  That means it’s been barely 6 months since my cousin Susan and I launched this website.  If you’re a blogger then you know exactly how I feel.  Blogging, like any business (or should I say “aspiring business?”) is tough work and it is extremely frustrating not to get the support of those you know.  It’s tough to stay rational and tell yourself that your closest friends may just not be in the right demographic for what you have to offer online, but at the same time, you become so obsessed with your work that it hurts to think that your best buddies don’t care much about its achievements.  Conversely, you hate yourself for being a spammer and feel pathetic for all this self-promotion.

Online success does not come easy which is why I think I am so obsessed with it – you’re competing with millions of people and you either step up your game or get lost in cyberspace.  There are countless ways to improve and I have acquired many skills since the start of this blog, most of which would not be worth trading for instant success.  I am confident that Snob Affair will succeed and help us reach larger goals in mind – it will probably experience many more transformations by the time we’re done with it, but I know that we have what it takes to make it.  We just have to be patient and stay focused on reaching the right crowd.

“I like to tell people that all of our products and business will go through three phases. There’s vision, patience, and execution.”

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft 

There are few professions in this world whose success does not rely on the approval of others.  If you want to do something and you don’t have a rich daddy, a huge supporting posse or personally know a celebrity, then I would recommend putting it on the net and seeing how far that can take you.  I am not exactly a great example right now, but I can tell you that the act alone of working towards something is extremely rewarding, and I mean this in the least cheesy way possible!

Many thanks to friend and photographer Wriggly for this portrait shot.  A fashion shoot with you increases my cool factor by infinite orders of magnitude.