Outfit / Snap Decisions

Larkspur Vintage | Outfit: Snap DecisionsLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Snap DecisionsGetting these photos proved to be an incredibly trying experience. As you know (or maybe you don’t), I shoot most of my own outfit photos, which is time I truly enjoy; it allows me to have some alone time, get creative, practise my photography skills and explore new parts of my city (sometimes). I have a lot of go-to spots that I shoot at, which you may have noticed by now. These spots generally have little people around because even though I have been doing this for a long while, it is still awkward to have people watch you photograph yourself. On this particular day I had planned to go to one of my usual spots, but silly me, forgetting it was the Caribbean Carnival Parade (aka Caribana), the exact location I was shooting at was filled with Caribana goers; there was just no way I would find a secluded, quiet spot in that area. I had to make a snap decision (pun not intended) about where I wanted to shoot, because I refused to head home without photos in hand (or in camera). The traffic in the city this day was so congested, it was absolute chaos. What normally takes me about 1.5hrs to shoot (that includes travel time), ended up being closer to 4hrs because public transit was moving at a snails pace.  Once I finally reached High Park, it was a lovely time of day, but the mosquitos were well out and feasting on me pretty insanely, and I now have a strange lump on my underarm that I assume came from this day, but it’s hard to say. Not my favourite day of shooting, but you can’t win ’em all. Thank goodness I had one of my breeziest dresses on and a big hat because it was a pretty hot day, and I found myself outside for far longer than expected, so you can imagine the sweat droplets covering every inch of my body (lovely visual for you), which would have been far worse had a chosen to wear a less breathable article of clothing. 
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Hat: Shop Ruche (similar)
Shoes: Bass (old)

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2014 Outfit Recap / Jan – June

Last year – before the New Year – I put together a little post with all the outfits I shared on the blog in 2013. So this year I thought I’d do the same, but change it up a bit. This post will be divided in two so you aren’t overwhelmed with photos, since I decided I wanted to share a full size image from each post (and you can click each image which is linked to it’s original post).

In 2014 I really started working on my own photography and taking my own photos with a tripod. Pretty well all the photos below were taken by me, save for a few by Meaghan and Ryan. My photography skills are no where near where I’d like them to be, but you can definitely see a progression, which is pleasing since I devote a lot of my time to this blog and making it a space you can enjoy and that I feel proud of.

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The Evergladies

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So I have officially moved out of The Everglades – my home for the last 3 years. It is such a bittersweet feeling. I do like change, quite a lot, however I do become quite overwhelmed when too much change is happening at once. So this move was not the most fun (let’s just put it that way). But, c’est la vie, as they say. I have so many fond memories of this place. At one point, when I first started living here, 3 of my best friends lived in the building as well. We called ourselves “The Evergladies” and even had patches made (Thanks Kira!). It was the perfect set up. We could hang out any time we wanted, but never got super annoyed with eachother because we didn’t actually reside in the same home. It had a very “Melrose Place” vibe to it. As time passed, more and more friends started moving in to this building (it’s very reasonably priced, and if you know someone living there, it’s pretty easy to get in). It was nice always running into a a familiar face (and having people to borrow things from). But quite a few people have now come and gone, and I guess it was my turn. I decided to search through my archives to make a post with some of the shoots I have done in my now old, apartment. It was one of my favourite places to shoot photos. Mostly because I didn’t have to worry about passerbys staring at me, but also because it provided a fun backdrop. Hopefully my new place will prove to be just as fruitful and just as well loved.

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Control Freak

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetI took these images a couple weekends ago when I was putting off packing (I’ve been a procrastinator since always). The lighting was nice and since I started (almost a year ago) relying on myself to take my own pictures for this blog, I’ve really enjoyed learning new things about my camera and playing around with it. I almost always prefer to take my own images. Sure, it’s convenient to have someone else take your pictures, but I’m generally much happier with the results when I have done all the work myself (and that’s the control freak in me). I think that speaks volumes about my personality. I prefer to not have to rely on other people to get things done. If I could know how to do everything myself, that would be ideal. But it is impossible to be able to know and do everything. And often times it’s great to have help from others – it’s good to relinquish control from time to time, for your sanity.  I’m still learning to do this in all aspects of my life, as I’m sure many people are. Anyways, just a few thoughts for today.

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Bloomers: Petrune