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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Even MORE museums, markets, and the tube - plus a shoot with the lovely Sophie from TotallySoki!
More museums, moody street photography, public transportation, and making friends with some of the locals.
Karya Schanilec is a Seattle based photographer specializing in fashion, portrait, and performance photography.