Friday, February 2, 2018

Twirl






When I was a little girl I didn't want to wear a dress unless it had good twirling capabilities!
You know what I'm talking about!
If I spun and my skirt didn't fan out, it was not the skirt for me!

When you become an adult, avoiding the results of twirling or gusts of wind is the wise thing to do!
For those of us who still like twirling but not letting it get out of hand, a solution has been made!

These cool little doohickies adhere to fabric about six times and can be placed on the included plastic card when they aren't in use!

Spring is coming soon and so are the sun dresses! 
I'm in Florida so the warmth comes and goes all "winter" long.
That means I get to take advantage of these dress weights a little sooner than most!

You can find her Instagram @DressWeights
Her Facebook and Twitter are @DresssStrong


Dress: Ollie Mae's Boutique
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Earrings: Tjmaxx
Basket: Vintage




Monday, January 22, 2018

Who Takes Your Pictures?




Since I received a good response on the How I Started Modeling post, I thought I would answer another common question I
get!

Piper, Who takes your pictures?
Well the answer is a little complicated, so why not make a post about it?
The short answer is "Different people."
The long answer is... I do photo shoots somewhat regularly for work and for collaborations when people ask me and if it's a good fit.
I'll break down each type of shoot I do.

If it's a commercial shoot I have no control over who the photographer is.
 Sometimes I already know the photographer and sometimes the photographer even recommends me.
That doesn't always happen but it's nice when it does!

Commercial and collaborative shoots are similar in how you get the photos and what you do with them.
An online album is made and invitations are sent to all parties involved in the shoot to download and use for social media unless it is to be published. (I won't get into that here)
ALWAYS tag the people involved in the shoot, especially the company, photographer and any hair and makeup/vendors involved if you post to social media!!!
I can't stress this part enough,  always give credit where credit is due.

Another source of photos? My friends!!!
I have many friends who are photographers so when they get a new lens or piece of equipment they will ask to test shoot/get creative and I'm happy to oblige.

Meeting people with similar interests as you can be helpful. 
I've even gone to lunch with a fellow blogger and we each took turns taking outfit photos with our phones, I've only done that one once but it was fun and could be a good idea if that sounds right for you!

You know what they say "if you want something done right, do it yourself" 
Every once in awhile I break out the old tripod and use the self timer in a pinch.
Some bloggers rely solely on this method and they do it beautifully!

Last but not least I've started to get my human selfie stick *cough* I mean my Husband to take iPhone and camera photos for the blog and Instagram.
iPhone when we are out and about and the lighting is good enough but I try to push the camera photos more due to the quality.
He usually limits me to three photos with the phone so 
it's more pressure! lol

With the camera he usually gives more effort and I think it's sweet! 
I input the settings and show him what I want to be in focus and usually he does a fantastic job! Sometimes he cuts my arm off... Above you will see exhibit A.
Before my husband I've used just about all of my family members the same way at least once!


Final Tips
Instagram has been a great tool for connecting, after moving I didn't know anyone in the area but several people reached out when they saw my geotags or hashtags for the local area. 
Example #Naplesfl
Using those will help other creatives find you and they can reach out if they would like to!

Only reach out yourself if you believe the photo shoot to be mutually beneficial, I never reach out first because I'm a little weird about it. 
I have never liked the idea of initiating as a model because ultimately it sounds like this in my head. "Hey, do you want to take pictures of me?" CRINGE!!!! 
If there is a large company or brand that reaches out and it requires an awesome photographer I feel better about saying "Here is this opportunity if you would like to be a part of it!" 
In the end everyone is different so you do you!
Don't forget the best camera in the world is the one that is on you and these days phone camera quality is great!!! 
Flat lays make great content and I usually take them with my phone, simple as that!

Most importantly
Be SMART about your photo shoots, don't meet in secluded places if you've never met this person.
Don't do anything you aren't comfortable with and trust your gut if it doesn't feel right!!!!


Favorite Jeans: Mom Jeans 
Wedding Booties: Chinese Laundry 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Neutrals and Black



I'm finally blogging this outfit from FALL!!!
It's crazy balancing Photography and Blogging and I'm afraid the blog gets the short end of the stick!
This is what I wore for My Handsome Man(MHM) and my Anniversary dinner!
I was in North Florida just the day before for photo shoots and drove all day to make it back in order to celebrate with the Hubby.
It was worth it!!! 
One year down Eternity to go!

Also a little life update, I started a Youtube channel and I'm currently doing a giveaway on my Instagram!
I'll link my latest video HERE
Feel free to check it out but remember I'm VERY new to it so it's hopefully going to get better as I go! :) 
xoxo
Piper Arielle 

Hat: Amazon.com
Sweater: My Sister's
Pants: Gap Similar Here
Belt I've had for years: American Eagle
Boots I can't stop wearing: Target

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Michelle Gonzalez Collaboration










Michelle contacted me for this super fun boho photo shoot and I can't say enough good things about her.
She is so sweet and talented and if you are ever in the Fort Myers/Naples area and you want a fun dreamy photo shoot she is your girl!!!
Did I mention she also made the flower crown herself?!
Click the link below for her website!
Instagram is @Michellegonzalezphoto

Also I have this slip in both the shirt and the dress slip you see here.
It is buttery soft and comes in Light tan and Black. 
If you are interested here's a link to the best slips I've ever owned!!! --> Honey Slip 

 Cream Dress: Old LC Lauren Conrad collection
Floral Dress: Nordstrom Rack