Poncho Love

Casual Fall Outfit featuring Johnston & Murphy Ankle Boots for Women

As I’ve been doing  more fashion blogging, I’ve been working hard at upping our photography game. And by I, I really mean my husband. I’m fortunate that he a) has some photography skills and b) takes an interest in my job. It’s actually been a great way for us to connect over a common interest, although sometimes we spend more time bickering than taking pictures, but hey, no one ever said marriage was gonna be easy, right?

Even though he takes my pictures, I usually outsource the retouching because that takes a whole other set of skills that neither of us truly possess, although we’re trying to learn. For the past six months or so, I’ve been outsourcing my photo retouching to Carolyn Clement Photography.

Carolyn is a doll, but until last month, she and I had never met in person. She offered to do a Holiday Mini Session with my family and a fashion photo shoot for me. I’ve been wanting to have a professional fashion photo shoot for some time, so I jumped at the chance. We met up a few weeks ago in downtown Phoenixville for our session.

Take a look!!!

Casual Fall Outfit featuring Johnston & Murphy Ankle Boots for Women

Casual Fall Outfit featuring Johnston & Murphy Ankle Boots for Women

Casual Fall Outfit featuring Johnston & Murphy Ankle Boots for Women

I love this poncho. It’s a few years old, but I still find myself wearing it often during the winter months. I thought it perfectly complimented these gorgeous Johnston & Murphy wedge ankle boots that were sent to me to facilitate a sponsored post. You can see that outfit here.

Casual Fall Outfit featuring Johnston & Murphy Ankle Boots for Women

Casual Fall Outfit featuring Johnston & Murphy Ankle Boots for Women

Casual Fall Outfit featuring Johnston & Murphy Ankle Boots for Women

Becca even hopped in on one.

Mom and Becca

Outfit Details: poncho (old) | similar cropped jeans, (ON SALE for $113!) | black tee | ankle boots c/o Johnston & Murphy | Silpada Half Moon Earrings | Rebecca Minkoff Moto Hobo, $325 (I paid $162.49) | silver link bracelet, $450 

I discovered that it’s much easier to loosen up and feel comfortable posing on a city street when you’re with a professional photographer. With all of her gear, she is obviously a pro, and I didn’t feel as self conscious as I do when my husband and I stop to take a few shots. Plus, it was super fast. I think we only spent about 15 minutes taking pictures, and then she packed up and we each went on our merry way.

Then a few days later, I got a fun surprise in my email — a link to the best of our pictures, already cropped, retouched, and ready to publish on the blog! It was like Christmas morning.

We also did our family photos that day.

Shane Family 2015

She got individual photos of each child, one of my husband and me, as well as a few family shots. She also got a great one of the 3 kids together.

David 2015

Caroline 2015

Rebecca 2015

Kids 2015

Paul and JL

Teens and tweens aren’t the easiest subjects to work with, but with Carolyn’s easy-going style, she was able to pull them out of their shells. I feel like she really captured their personalities in our photos.

It was Carolyn’s idea to meet downtown Phoenixville. Usually you think of going to a park or the beach for outdoor photos, but she is particularly fond of urban photo shoots. This worked perfectly for my fashion photos, but it also made for a unique set of family photos. She would find an interesting stairwell or a little nook in the corner of a building, set us up, and start snapping away.

She also loves to help with wardrobe styling — which, as you probably know, can be the most stressful part of family photos. I didn’t really need her help in this area, but it was nice to know that she offers that service if I’d gotten stuck. I’m so pleased with our photos that I’ve already ordered holiday photo cards. I cannot WAIT for them to come in!