I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to do my first official styling gig only a few weeks after arriving in L.A. with über talented St. Paul girl Stephanie Hynes Photography for a lifestyle photoshoot to add to the L.A. Models portfolio for the lovely Rubina.
The goal of this shoot was to be fun and fresh. We wanted outdoor upbeat images of blowing bubbles, hula hooping in the backyard, and other fun party like activities.
I went shopping to find some fun, colorful, and youthful pieces. Since all of the clothing would need to be returned after the shoot, I had to choose my stores wisely. Forever21, for example, will only accept returns for store credit.
I shopped at Ross, OldNavy, Nordstrom Rack, and Target and had no problem returning everything after the shoot. Hiding the tags was a bit of an adventure, but worked out in the end!
Follow my experience below! :)
See the final shots of my styling on my stylist portfolio page here!
These are the first few outfits that I picked up. I sent these over to the photographer who said she wanted a few things that were edgier, more global inspired, and youthful. When I went shopping originally I wasn't sure how edgy I could be. I had ruled out crop tops and the like, but once I got the green light on that, it was back to the drawing board....or Target ;)
I sent the new pieces over to the photographer who was very excited about them! Finally I was on the right track!
I packed the following in my bag for the shoot:
-Small Sewing Kit - Needle and Thread
-All Different Sizes of Safety Pins
-Clothes Pins and Chip Clips to pin clothing tighter
-My Little Steamer *BEST THING EVER*
-ALL of my own jewelry and accessories, just in case!
Afterthoughts: Invest in a portable garment rack. Thankfully, Stephanie Hynes had one for me to use! Also, bring more hangers than you think you'll need.
Afterthoughts: The bustier was an XS as it was the only one at Target and I am not entirely pleased with the fit. It looks ok in the photo, but in the future, I would put the model in something that fits better. It didn't fit her bust properly and I had to safety pin her into it.
Afterthoughts: The white jean jacket is a great idea in theory but doesn't photograph well. In the future, I will likely stay away from bright whites like this unless we have proper studio lighting.
Afterthoughts: This necklace is my own and is from OldNavy. It is too long on the model. In retrospect, I should have pinned it a bit tighter using a safety pin.
Afterthoughts: This was not the necklace I had planned for this outfit. I think I was planning on using the chunky blue statement necklace from OldNavy. But on the model, it was just too much. This necklace is actually a DIY vintage skeleton key on a silver chain from Target and is my own. I luckily happened to be wearing it at the shoot as I left my entire jewelry case at location #1. In the future, I will ALWAYS bring all jewelry and accessories to the alternate locations because sometimes those need to be switched last minute.
Afterthoughts: While this necklace looked great with the dress in theory, it is too chunky in the photograph. I have a perfect vintage gold locket from my Grandmother that I had left in my jewelry case at location #1 that would have made this look a lot more delicate. Lesson learned, ALWAYS bring all the jewelry when changing locations. We had to reuse the key necklace from the outfit above and I would have preferred the gold locket with the pink floral.
Afterthoughts: This would have been way better with a delicate gold necklace.
Well, there you have it! I was able to return all the pieces with no issues and it was a GREAT experience for me to add to my portfolio. Obviously there are a few things I will do differently/better next time, but I am so thankful to Stephanie Hynes Photography for giving me this opportunity!