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Lessons Behind the Lens is a series documenting the different tips and tricks I’ve learned from collaborating and shooting.
My second favorite thing about Liz (the Self Love Stylist behind Liz Wears What) is her style that feels so seamlessly chic, but also professional. My most favorite thing about? Her infectious energy and laugh. Quippy, funny, and armed with a sense of silliness that will immediately put any nerves to rest, Liz is ready to help you look and feel your best.
Liz came to me wanting updated photos for her website, blog, and social media channels that reflected more than just her business. We wanted to create something that truly shows off who she is and what working with her is like. Being a stylist, there are a few props that we knew had to make an appearance. A mirror. Clothes on hangers. Lots of accessory options. These are things that folks can immediately recognize and would associate with her type of business.
But we both agreed that we wanted to put our own twist on the classic stylist/fashion shoot that’s done in a beautifully minimalist studio with a closet or garment rack. Liz already had photos like this from a gorgeous shoot she’d done the year before and wanted some variety.
Getting her out into the world and surrounded by nature partially comes from her own love of flowers and plants, both ones that are alive and those featured in designs on her clothes. Putting a stand up mirror in the middle of a field with clothes hanging off and accessories at the ready gave us more room to play and take advantage of the location. With the wind gently blowing and the sun peaking out, Liz was able just do what she does best – style outfits and laugh.
Going out of the box on this shoot was a little nerve wracking. There is no guarantee that something will look cohesive when you try out a new location or an unexpected prop or a different look. There was always a chance that folks looking at the photos would be like “A mirror in a field? What…?”. (And honestly, there’s probably someone who did think that.) But creating something new was not only great in terms of outcome, it was also a fun and collaborative experience for Liz and I.
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Hi, I'm Dylan, a photographer in the Philadelphia Metro Area. I love iced coffee, red wine, and am always up for binging Gilmore Girls or Parks and Rec..