Expanding my Horizons: Taking a Leap into the Field of Styling

In the world of blogging, you are usually the one in front of the camera. I am constantly making sure that I am picture perfect and ready to make sure that the camera captures the best image. But what happens when you step behind the scenes? What happens when you take a step back and start styling someone else? This past summer, I expanded my horizons to find out.

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The entire world of blogging has always intrigued me. I love the crisp, clean images. I love finding just the perfect words to go with your pictures. I love gathering inspiration from others around me. It is something that I truly enjoy having in my life. Since I enjoy each aspect so much, I decided to take on a different role. Instead of being the one in front of the camera, I decided to take a step behind the scenes and dabble into the world of styling.

My best friend Mary Elaine, of It’s Mary Elaine, launched her blog this summer. Before she could officially set it live on the internet, she needed good, high quality images of herself to build her image. Knowing that I already had experience in this field, she reached out to me to help her put outfits together and assist on the day of her photo shoot.

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I met up with her a few days before the shoot to pick out outfits. We met up at one of our favorite, local boutiques, RMC, to put together and borrow a few outfits. She explained the vision that she was hoping for in her pictures so that I would get an idea for outfits. She also shared her mood board on Pinterest with me so I would have a few visuals. We put together 5 different outfits to shoot.

With the outfits in place, I was able to gather accessories, shoes and props to add to her photographs. I got lucky in the fact that Mary Elaine and I are the same size in shoes. Normally, a stylist would have to borrow or buy the shoes for a shoot, but since she was my size, and I have an extensive collection, I was able to pull from my own closet.

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Our photographer was the fabulous Brooke Roberts of Brooke Roberts Photo. She had great vision, amazing ideas and just a good eye for capturing the perfect shot. During the shoot, I assisted Brooke with props, adjusting Mary Elaine’s clothes, and fixing stray hairs. It was a great experience to see her work and the images that she captured were stunning. I absolutely loved the experience. It was amazing to see someone value my opinion. When I saw the finished product it was such an awesome feeling to see little details that I suggested being captured in the photo. I was so thankful for the opportunity and I will defitely be styling more in the future.

If you are in need of a wardrobe stylist, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I have worked a few other photo shoots since Mary Elaine’s and they have all been a great experience with amazing results. I am also available to style outfits for events, closet makeovers and personal shopping. Whatever your styling needs, I am happy to help!

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I encourage you to check out Brooke’s website to see other examples of her work. I also encourage you to check out Mary Elaine’s blog. She is a true beauty and a great asset to our blogging community here in Savannah.

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All photography courtesy of Brooke Roberts Photo.

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Where Did the Summer Go?

Y’all!! Is it just me or was this like the shortest summer ever??

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Tomorrow is the first day of school and I feel like I just was released for the summer. While I am excited to see all of my new students, I don’t think I am quite ready to return to the daily grind. Between vacations, projects around the house and just spending time with my family, I feel like we were constantly busy. I think that is a lot of the reason why the summer seemed to go so fast.

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As I watch my daughter grow now, more than ever, I want time to just slow down. She is getting bigger every day and gaining so much independence. I love to watch her little wheels spinning as she tries to figure out a problem. It really makes me more aware of the image that I am portraying to her.

I hope that I am someone that she aspires to be like.

I hope that I am someone she admires.

I hope that I am someone she is proud to call her Mom.

All of this makes me want to just take a step back and just enjoy life in the moment. We are only promised today so why not make the best of every possible situation. While I do wish that I was still home with Vivi enjoying my summer vacation, I am going to make the time that we do have together special. It is so easy to get caught up in the business of life that we are not really out living our lives.

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The laundry can wait for another day. Instead I am going to get outside and watch my daughter play. I don’t want to have any regrets and I don’t want to miss out on any moments. I may be going back to work but I am going to put forth an effort to really be present with my family. No matter what your job is, your family should be your main focus. If you always put them first and enjoy every minute, when next summer rolls around, maybe it won’t seem to have flown by so fast.

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Similar Styles: Top | Shorts | Shoes | Handbag | Earrings | Watch

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Photography Courtesy of Brooke Roberts Photo

Hair and Makeup Courtesy of It’s Mary Elaine

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