Category Archives: Lookbook

Collection of Fashion Styles and Inspiration

03.10.13 | Spring 2013 Lookbook; Chelsea

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Spring is here which means colors and light fabrics and if Seattlelites are lucky, sun! That doesn’t stop Chelsea here from showing off her spring style here in my first lookbook post of the new year.

We sifted through her wardrobe to find some of her favorite pieces. Many of these styles can be put togther at minimal cost. You just need to explore your local consignment shops and vintage boutiques. In Chelsea’s case, some of her accessories also came from street fairs during her travels abroad.

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Pairing pinks and purples with her patterned skirt, Chelsea shows that bold wears well this spring. Pairing the pink sweater (consignment shop) with pink shoes from Forever 21 and the purple belt with purple headband from Fuego she creates flowing color schemes broken up by the neutral navy blue skirt from Wet Seal. The dreamcatcher necklace adds a bit of Chelsea’s personality. She caught this gem on the streets of LA.

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The second look here shows that beige and brown tones can go together. This daring flowing spring dress was found at a consignment store. Throw on some matching heel boots from Journeys and a belt, and you’re ready for that afternoon coffee date. The necklace was handmade in Spain using recycled wine bottle caps. Beautiful accent piece to this simplistic, but stylish ensemble.

Chelsea is a hairstylist that I’ve worked with for several years now. If you’d like to update that hairdo this spring, stop by the Rudy’s Barbershop in Capitol Hill where Chelsea spends her time chopping mops!

02.25.13 | Kristina Portrait; Highlights

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In getting back to basic lighting, I attempted to create a ring flash effect with my tungsten lights. A ring flash, used in many glamour images, is used to create and even, flat complexion. I attempted to add reflectors to all sides and above and below my key lighting, which I did not diffuse. I did add an element of highlights to her hair from directly behind.

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While there is a little more shadowing on Kristina’s face than I would’ve liked, I think the image came out balanced and the highlights added a nice halo effect to her hairline. I also shot this image at a high ISO setting of 1600, creating a grainy effect which adds a nice grading to the highlights in the image and her shadows.

02.19.13 | Chelsea Portrait; Experimenting with Exposure

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Sometimes its good to get back to basics and refine your approach to things. When I recently sat down with Chelsea, I wanted to play around with exposure. Exposure is a balance of aperture and shutter speed, but your film speed also plays a factor. I had never used my ISO setting to alter my exposure in the past.

Usually I try to shoot with the smallest setting to capture as much fine detail as possible. This time I experimented by changing the ISO on my digital SLR and keeping the f stop at f/5 and the shutter speed at 1/25.

Using a simple setup, diffused key lighting and back lighting…and a bunch of reflectors, I was able to capture a clean complexion for this beauty shot of Chelsea. My ISO was set at 200 to allow for a decent shutter speed.

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I altered my ISO to a much faster 800, keeping the aperture and shutter speed consistent. With my lighting, I was able to blow out Chelsea’s portrait in this second example and create contrast of light and dark, giving the portrait a much different feel. The light purple tone was created in post processing with a filter.

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Of course you can accomplish a similar image by slowing the shutter speed or increasing the size of your aperture. I like the simplicity of the overexposed portrait and the gritty quality of the detail in the shadow lines.