portrait photography

i, jane, have been loving my new camera and got a special opportunity to photograph lucy, annie, and kenzie today. i have gathered my favorite photography tips for photographing people and outfits.

one: get to know your model. know what makes them feel good in front of the camera. in kenzie’s case, we mastered the forced, but perfect, laugh.

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two: (editing tip) use black and white edits for the right photos. personally, photos with very dark objects, such as the wall to left, and very light objects, such as kenzie’s white shirt, make for the best black and white edits.

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three: experiment with different backgrounds. some colors show up best in front of simpler backgrounds (see below), rather than a busy green space or bright colored wall, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

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…. but sometimes, the bright wall can work so, so well.

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four: find the little details. every freckle, fly-away hair, and eyelash adds to the big picture… don’t miss them !

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five: find the best pose for your models. we are big fans of hands in pockets.

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six: use props ! nothing is more fun than a big red lollipop or fun colored drink against a colorful summer outfit.

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seven: try that bold idea- like an all sky background…

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thank you lucy, annie, and kenzie !!

 

 

an interview with sonelle couture

as part of an upcoming summer long project we are doing with showroom mpls, we got the chance to interview fashion designer and custom dress maker sonelle of sonelle couture. we had the best conversation about her fashion journey and style inspiration. enjoy !

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where did your background in fashion begin? i learned to sew when i was 12 or 13 and went on from there. i then studied fashion design at the university of minnesota and graduated in 2006.

what do you enjoy most about your profession? i love doing bridal expos, leather bridal gowns, and custom work and alterations.

how do you advertise your business? i’ve found that word of mouth is most successful for promoting my work.

where do you find inspiration? i’ll play off other designers, look through fashion magazines, or use nature, music videos, and old movies as inspiration.

what is fashion to you? fashion is a way of expressing yourself, expressing your personality, an art form, and it can change depending on your mood.

who are your style icons? carolina herrera, karl lagerfeld, ellie saab, and sometimes chanel when they are not overboard with the jewelry.

how would you describe your style? old hollywood influenced.

what is your go-to look? i love pencil skirts; i think they look good on everyone. i also love jeans, specifically pencil jeans, and a jacket for a more casual look.

do you prefer retail or custom work? i prefer custom work because i like the personal aspect and being a part of someone’s important event.

what bumps in the road have you faced in this industry? branding and marketing is especially hard for me, and making a living off of something you love doing can also be difficult.

how long does it take you to create a piece? typically 10-16 hours for a normal piece, but bridal gowns take me much longer.

what advice would you give to young, aspiring designers? learn the business side of the career too, and work really hard.

what was fashion design school like? you need to go into it knowing how to sew. they teach you about different fabrics, the structure of fabrics, how to recognize different fabrics, and how clothing is made. they teach you the difference between natural fibers and man made fibers and how to keep safety in mind when choosing fabric.

what was your favorite class? my favorite class was my “fashion illustration” class because i love to draw; the final project was a fashion show.

how has the industry developed since the time you were in school? the use of technology within this industry has really increased. for example, when cameras in phones became more common, it made my work a lot easier. i was able to send sketches via text and could do more long distance communication.

how do you stay up to date on the latest trends? i look through magazines, watch fashion shows, stay tuned during fashion week, and observe the way people around me dress. i notice different trends in different geological areas too.

what have you noticed about fashion in the minneapolis area? people here dress casual, are more conservative when it comes to formal wear, and like everyday clothes with a little spice.

where do you like to shop when you don’t design your own clothes? i like to shop at banana republic and opitz. i will walk through the racks and feel for unique fabrics and colors.

how long have you been in showroomtwo years, and i love it. everyone here is very supportive of each other.

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sonelle’s istagram: @sonelle.couture 

sonelle’s facebook: here

thank you sonelle for letting us interview you –

you are amazing.

new cameras

both of us just recently got new cameras, and we love them !

laura wanted a compact, travel-friendly, high quality camera, so she got a sony nex 5t. i, jane, wanted a very versatile camera with many functions and options for various lenses, so i got a canon rebel t6i.

we are both big fans of our new purchases and highly recommend them.

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we are excited to be able to expand our photography skills and options. stay tuned for some great posts coming this week !

daily summer posts coming your way & lake harriet!

hi, all! sorry for our lack of posts, we have been busy with graduation and sooo many grad parties! hope everyone is well.

we wanted to let you know that we plan on doing daily posts this summer, like last summer, and that we have so much fun coming! we have been busy coordinating with different companies and brainstorming fun ways to work with them.

i, laura, wanted to share some photos of lake harriet (in minneapolis) that i took the other night! for those of you that haven’t gone and that live in the area, i would definitely recommend that you come enjoy the lake soon! it’s a great place to run, walk, fish, swim, paddle board, enjoy concerts, and eat at too!

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the bandshell holds movies, concerts, and other events in the summer

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this is the rose garden, a beautiful, large park-like space with a bunch of flowers and fountains. it’s right across the lake on the east side. 
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love the colors

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m is for marist! (my college, if you missed our announcements a few weeks ago)

thanks for reading! see you tomorrow!

greetabl collab & some exciting news!!

hey, all! we are so excited to show you an awesome company that we collaborated with, as well as give you a quick update about our future!

greetabl is “an online one-stop-shop for creatively-curated gifts and greetings that are personalized, packaged and sent in just a few clicks.” the adorable photo boxes filled with treats are a creative and cute way to send your love to a friend who lives far away or someone that needs a little surprise in their life.

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perfect for all occasions, i (laura) chose to send one to jane to congratulate her on her college choice- villanova university!! jane will be studying public health and marketing in philadelphia this fall. laura is headed to marist college in new york! she will study fashion merchandizing.

as for our blog, we are happy to say that we plan to continue, even as we head out east! we are so excited for what the future holds. thank you for following along!

laura in miami!

both jane and i were lucky enough to get some sun in florida (i was in miami and jane in fort lauderdale) last weekend!

here’s some of my fav pics from the weekend:

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in search of sun
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pink skies

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recognize those shoes from our spring break shoes post?
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10/10 would recommend novecento in miami
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what i was doing while you were breeding by kristin newman is the perfect book for vacation- a must read!
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i’m not a fan of the huge tent behind me haha

 

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thank you for the great trip, mary, maeve, hannah, martha, and greta x2!!!

style feature: mckenna

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Mckenna. Age 17. 

What is you go-to outfit?

Black jeans and a t-shirt. Or anything with stars because I’m really into them right now.

How does your style reflect who you are?

I just wear what makes me happy. For example, this pin [Scotland flag pin on jean jacket] is from Scotland and it reminds me of my trip there and that makes me happy.

What is one article of clothing you couldn’t live without?

Hats.

What is your favorite piece of clothing that you own?

My yellow baseball hat.

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thank you, mckenna.

rooftop view

although it was freezing up there, nothing beats an up close and personal view of downtown mpls! here’s some photos taken from the foshay tower observatory.vsco_123016-1

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rainy day pink

happy monday ! today was a rainy day in minnepolis, a perfect day to pull out the warm pink turtle neck.

similar sweaters here and here

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we hope you’ve enjoyed ringing in the new year. our thoughts on 2017 and ideas for resolutions are coming soon !

 

a christmas cruise

this past week, i, jane, spent my time on a cruise through florida and cozumel, mexico. it was a fun filled week spent with some of the most special people in my life, my family. here are a few pictures from our time at sea.

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the trip started in miami, florida. we celebrated being reunited with relatives as we watched the sun go down and paint the sky purple.

i got this (similar) american eagle tank for airport navigating and the long first day of travel.

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the miami skyline.

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on day two, we stopped in key west, florida for a few hours. after jewelry shopping and taking a picture in front of the ernest hemingway house, we boarded the ship for a day by the pool.

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[ignore my fashion forward cruise “sail and sign” card and lanyard]

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cozumel, mexico! i have never seen water so blue or trees so green. amazing. while in cozumel, we went snorkeling and enjoyed a couple hours at the beach.

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stepping off the ship in the sunny and gorgeous cozumel made the nights of sea sickness and sea legs all worth it.

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thank you carnival cruises and my family for providing nothing but fun and a good time.