Thursday, September 30, 2010

You're a new morning

Dress: Laura Ashley, vintage, thrifted;
Sweater, belt: Ann Taylor LOFT;
Shoes: Zigi Soho.
How I've worn the dress before: here.
Listening to: "New Morning," Alpha Rev.

I am really pleased with how this photo set turned out. I took the new camera out to the park in the morning, and tinkered around with the settings as the sun crept up. Apparently there is a huge difference between "Landscape" (which focuses on more blue and green tones) and "Sunset" (warmer tones), and knowing this helped me get the color tones that I wanted to capture.

The direction of my blog photography has evolved since I first started taking photos. I've found more and more that while my intent is to take photos of my outfit, I'm more interested and content in fusing those looks with landscape backgrounds to create more of an editorialized shot, and have more of my photos look like illustrations. I've been looking at a lot of nature photos online for inspiration -- particularly Ansel Adams' work. I know it sounds really ambitious, but I'm trying to figure out how to incorporate those kinds of nature settings more and more into my outfit shots.

It's the return of the Southern-d├ębutante-circa-1983 dress. This might be my favorite outfit ever on the ol' blog. I have struggled with how to style the dress for everyday wear because it seems so formal (tiers! sweetheart neckline! in-your-face print!). This time around, I basically just employed my autumn outfit formula: Add a sweater and belt it. I get to wear it without getting asked if I'm going to a themed party, and the tiers aren't compromised. The dress is happy, and so am I.

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  1. I love that dress - and the photography of course!

  2. Great pics hunnie....

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  3. I like the ruffle detail of your sweater! It's so chic :)

  4. Oh I love these pictures. So serene and beautiful and peaceful. And that dress is fantastic under the ruffle-front cardigan. Such a great pairing!

  5. beautiful dress...the ruffles are perfect.
    i love the colors on it.
    these pictures are beautiful. as are you!!!

  6. The fullness of that dress is so beautiful and your styling definitely makes the dress so wearable for everyday purpsoes. And the bright colors are just stunning on you!

    And thank you also for the helpful hint about the difference between landscape and sunset settings. I have seen the landscape setting on my camera and wondered how it would impact the pictures.

  7. That dress is so adorable! I think you'l be able to find a million ways to wear it. It's too cute to just sit in your closet :)

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  8. oh the ruffles! So sweet and fun.

    I continue to be impressed by your photography. Thanks for putting so much effort in :o)

  9. Hi Joann! Really, there is a difference between the landscape and sunset?? I can't see the difference! but reading this confirmation from you helps a lot haha!!

    Your outfits are always pretty, and your white cardigan is something I'd like to own heehee :D

  10. I LOVE that cardigan. What a perfect piece for layering and adding interest to your dresses!


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