Just because spring has sprung, it doesn't mean the rain has gone away!
On Day 4 of NYFW, it poured rain all day across the five boroughs. I had three shoots scheduled, plus was attending the Vivi Zubedi runway show in the afternoon and wanted to shoot street style. Instead of cancelling all of my shoots and just spending the day inside with a soy rooibos tea latte, I tapped into my resourceful Seattle-self and found indoor/covered/alternative locations!
Read on for my best finds in Manhattan and Brooklyn for shooting on a rainy day.
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It's undeniable how fabulous the attendees of NYFW are. From retro vibes to athleisure chic and everything in between, the street style outside of the shows was unbelievable! Take a peek at the best street style looks from NYFW that will take us into the spring and summer.
Along with my blogger friend Giulia, I'm headed off to New York Fashion week! Of course I'm filling my days with exploring and shooting, and had to create mood boards to gather my location and theme inspo...
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Looking to create content while on vacation, a business trip, or visiting family? Hiring a local photographer is the best way to document your trip, especially if you’re traveling alone. However finding the perfect photographer to create your travel content is not easy, but it is not impossible! From my experience working with traveling bloggers and influencers around the world, I've come up with these three easy steps to find your dream photog anywhere you go!
Happy December! The gift giving season is officially upon us. You're probably here because you need to find a perfect gift for that photographer or photography lover in your life and have no idea where to start. Well you're in luck! Read on and find a gift for every photog on your list this season.
Fall is hands down my favorite season. The weather, the food, the fashion, the colors, the holidays - I look forward to the leaves changing each year.
I'm all about taking advantage of everything fall has to offer - so when Giulia from Palm Trees and Pellegrino wanted to do a pumpkin patch shoot with Emma of Emma's Edition and Marellen from MARELLEN, of course I said yes!
We had an absolute blast, so today I want to share some pro tips on making sure everyone can have a smashing gourd time taking pictures at the pumpkin patch!
#1 - check the weather
Overcast and dry weather is ideal for a pumpkin patch shoot. Avoid rainy days as that will only mean tromping through mud. When we visited the Carpinito Bros Pumpkin Patch, the weather traded off between soft and cloudy light, and harsh direct sunlight (typical PNW weather). If you are shooting in direct sunlight, make sure you’re shooting with your subject’s back to the sun to avoid harsh shadows on their face.
#2 - brings friends or family along
Nothing is more fun than a day at the pumpkin patch with those closest to you! Gather your friends for a girl’s (or guy’s) day out, or your family for a fall themed family photo.
#3 - plan your outfit accordingly
Plan out your color palette ahead of time, especially if you’re going with friends so you make sure you don’t clash or get too matchy matchy. For our shoot, we went with a classic, muted fall palette with chunky knits, tall boots, and felted hats.
Also make sure your outfit is pumpkin patch appropriate – no stiletto heels, white pants, or long coats, as these will immediately get dirty/stuck in the ground.
#4 - get pinspired for poses
Make sure to research poses before you go and create a plan to reach your posing goal. Giulia was inspired to find the biggest pumpkin in the patch to make her autumn throne, and we knew we wanted to get a perfect shot of the trio walking arm in arm down the patch path. But don’t limit yourself to what you find on Pinterest – don’t be afraid to get creative and even a little silly (like Marellen really feeling her pumpkin) because come on – you’re at a pumpkin patch!
#5 - use (unconventional) props
Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty while at the patch! Get in a wheel barrow, pick up a pumpkin (or two or three), or enjoy some homemade kettle corn.
#6 - the pumpkin patch is your oyster
Jump on the hay ride, go into the corn maze, check out the fresh vegetables and plan out your dinner! Pumpkin patches are all unique and full of hidden gems, so make sure to explore.
I hope you all get to a pumpkin patch this season!
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out on the streets
Just start wandering from the South Kensington tube station and you will find so many cozy front steps and gorgeous all white facades to compliment your neutral palette Instagram feed. Strike a pose and feel like this is your new neighborhood.
victoria & albert museum
If you're a fan of art and architecture, the Victoria & Albert Museum will be a dream come true. It boasts an incredible collection, as well as a gorgeous courtyard and dining room. Grab a bite to eat under these ethereal chandeliers, or a cup of coffee by the reflection pool. Just make sure to take pictures everywhere you go on this incredible campus.
walls, doors, and more
While most of South Kensington has those amazingly pristine white house fronts, the neighborhood is also bursting with color! Across from the Imperial College of London down the Princess Gate Mews are some of the most gorgeous pastel backgrounds in London, including this huge millennial pink wall! There are also numerous colored doors on every block to compliment any feed aesthetic.
Want more tips on Instagramming London? Check out my last post on Instagrammable shops, and stay tuned for more in this series!
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In the first part of my series on shooting in London, I'm sharing where do to a bit of shopping in the city, and get a fabulous Instagram picture at the same time.
In London, you will see Cath Kidston bags on everyone's arm - their adorable, vintage inspired prints will steal your heart right away. Their flagship store in Picadilly is a shabby chic, interior design dream, perfect for the fun and feminine feeds.
Liberty of London
Liberty of London really has it all when it comes to luxury goods - plants, fabric, jewelry, food, a year-round Christmas shop, and so much more! The interior is quite dark and not for every feed's vibe, but the Tudor revival exterior is perfect for fairytale vibes with abundant fresh flowers on display.
Skinny Dip is famous for their fun and sometimes wild accessories, from phone cases to patches. They have locations all over the city, full of neon signs, pastels, glitter, and unicorns. They even have products in Top Shop!
Right around the corner from Liberty of London on Carnaby Street is Monki, the Scandinavian fashion company that has taken street wear by storm. Full of feminist t-shirts and mirrored surfaces, get lost in shopping and don't forget to take pictures for all of the #girlbosses in your life.
Where are your favorite places to shop and shoot in London? Share below!
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You've planned the perfect shoot - location, outfit, and captions are all picked out. But when you wake up the day of, it's pouring outside! What do you do?
Fall has hit in the Pacific Northwest, and that means rainy days. Rain doesn't always mix well with blog shoots, but I'm here to say you don't have to cancel when rain is in the forecast! I'm sharing my top tips for shooting in the rain and avoiding photography disasters.
But before I go any further, I want to touch on an important part of shooting in the rain - protecting your camera gear. Whether you're using a DSLR or your iPhone, you always want to protect your gear. The best ways to do this are:
Now you're ready to shoot!
#1 - stay indoors
My go to spots for shooting inside when it's raining are coffee shops and the Seattle Public Library. When choosing a location, look for large windows and bright interiors that will maximize the natural light. Incorporate a latte or a cozy cup of tea and you have fabulous fall vibes.
But also get creative! Shoot in unexpected indoor places - the underground, shopping areas, or in buildings of a local university!
#2 - use rain accessories to your advantage
Instead of hiding your umbrella and rain boots, let them shine! Bring out your favorite jacket and beanie, and showcase your rainy day style.
If you want to avoid actually getting soaked while shooting outside, look out for overhangs and doorways to provide coverage for shots, like we did below.
#3 - just embrace it!
Standing directly in the rain isn't for everyone, but if you're willing, it creates gorgeous shots! Stomp in puddles and just have fun, or go for a more moody, wet hair look.
Again, watch out for over hangs and doorways to take breaks between shots.
Thanks for reading, hope my tips help you this fall!
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Karya Schanilec is a Seattle based photographer specializing in fashion, portrait, and performance photography.
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